Your #1 Job

 

Biblical Illiteracy is at an all time high in America.

When I talk to professors at Bible Colleges they tell me that new students seeking theological degrees know little to nothing about the Bible.

Is this a problem?

It’s more than a problem – It’s a crisis.

If you don’t think this is a crisis then you have your head in the sand.

Ironically, this digression has happened at time where the church in the USA has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on themed classrooms, high-tech media centers, and full time KidMin pastors.

We have beautiful buildings and dedicated staff, but our kids are not learning the Bible.

My question for you is do you want to be part of the problem or part of the solution?

The problem is clear; kids are not learning the Bible.

In my opinion too many of us have bought into the philosophy of “teach less for more.”

The good news is there is a solution for this crisis.

The Solution is: Teach More Bible.

If our kids are starving the answer is more food, not less.

The first thing the Apostle Peter tells pastors to do is, “feed the flock of God.”

As Kidmin Pastors we have to think about many things including security, recruiting volunteers, dealing with angry parents and staying current with the culture.

At times it can be overwhelming, but let’s not lose sight of our number one job, feeding the sheep.

If you were to pray with your neighbor to receive Christ, what kind of advice would you give them after their conversion?

My guess is that you would tell them three things.

1) Go to Church.

2) Read The Bible.

3) Pray.

Why do we need to read the Bible?

Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ and the purest way to fellowship with Christ is to read His words.

We need to get into the Words of Christ and get the Words of Christ into us.

If we don’t do that we will not make it.

Peter said it like this, “Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation.”

The Word of God is nourishment for our soul.

Not only will we not grow up spiritually with the Word of God we will not survive without it.

Here is why preaching to kids is so critical – more critical than any other ministry.

Kids under the age of eight can’t read yet.

They are totally dependent on someone else to feed them.

Don’t parents have responsibility here?

Absolutely, but you can’t control what the parent’s do.

You can’t control what the youth pastor does after you.

You can only control what you do.

It’s a great idea to hand out parent curriculum to parents so they can preach it at home, but you still can’t make them preach to their kids.

One day I asked this question in my kids church.

“How many of you read the Bible every day or your parents read you the Bible every day?”

Out of 200 kids only 40 hands went up.

I was in shock.

We did a great job of creating resources for parents at our church and still only 20% were using the resources.

The bottom line is this; many of the kids in your class are only getting one meal a week.

The Word that you are preaching is precious to your kids and it’s precious to the Lord.

Preach the Word! Go Deep!

If it’s in the Bible you can preach it to kids.

Preach in a way that holds their attention, but don’t just entertain them.

Preach the Word and preach it with passion.

Did you know? Just last week, I released a brand new KidMin book called The Red Book that tackles this issue and more in its 45 chapters? This book is a step-by-step guide on how to develop an effective KidMin that brings life change to the kids you minister to on a weekly basis. Click here to claim your copy.

Mark Harper

Pastor, Filmmaker and Coach, Mark Harper has over 30 years of experience in the local church. He is the creator of the Super Church 2.0 Curriculum, which is used in over 5,000 churches worldwide. The focus of Mark’s ministry is helping leaders build strong churches and helping parents build strong families.
Not only has Mark served in the local church as pastor, associate pastor, and family ministry pastor but he is also a certified coach with the John Maxwell Team.
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One thought on “Your #1 Job

  1. Susan Lyttle says:

    Right on!!!!!!! Thanks for saying this. I have been doing this for a while now with our all-age Jr Church kids. It is so important for them to realize the Bible is about real people who God interacted with, many who loved and obeyed Him and many who did not. It’s all about recognizing what God is doing in their lives and what He wants to do in ours!

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