One day a parent asked me the following question:
“What is the most important thing I can do to make sure my kids stay in church when they become an adults?’
I did not hesitate.
“Teach them to be Leaders.”
Of course, I can’t guarantee that your child will stay in church when they become an adult, but I can tell you how to increase the odds.
People that get involved in church stay in church.
People that do not get involved in church, may hang around for awhile, but will eventually leave.
I had a unique opportunity to observe this first hand.
I was children’s pastor at a mega church in Minneapolis from 1986 –1992.
I launched out in my own ministry from 1992 to 2002. But then was offered the children’s pastor job back at the same church.
The first thing I did was to look for the kids that grew up in Super Church in the 80’s.
To my surprise most of “my kids” were not there.
The statistics held true. Eighty percent of the kids from my Kids Church had left the church.
But there is some Good News! I found that 60% of the kids that were involved in one of our ministries were still in the church.
Here are some examples:
- Monica was eleven when she started leading worship in Super Church. Today Monica is 35 and she sings in the sanctuary.
- Seth is the Grade School Department Head.
- Kelly is one of our youth pastors.
- Krista and Ginger teach in our Christian school.
- Jacob owns his own business and he is one of the best volunteer teachers in Super Church.
All of them started in ministry at 9 or 10 years old. They were on the Puppet Team or the Worship Team or AV Team and they are still in ministry today.
The heart of a pastor is discipleship.
- A pastor gives people an opportunity to do things.
- A children’s pastor gives kids an opportunity to do things.
- If you are a one-man team you are not making disciples.
They say that 20% of the people in our churches do 80% of the work.
Why is that?
Maybe because we tell them when they are children that they can’t do anything for they Lord and they continue to believe that when they become adults.
Over the past thirty years Debbie and I have trained hundreds of kids in ministry.
Many of them are in full time ministry today.
We didn’t just teach them how to sing or act. We taught them about leadership.
We recently took our lessons on leadership and put them into print so you can teach them to your kids – Super Church 2.0 Leadership.
A benefit you will see by teaching Super Church 2.0 Leadership is that your adult volunteers will become better leaders.
In fact, I think the best way to learn to be a leader is to teach on leadership.
Your own words will build an internal compass in your heart.
There are leadership gifts in your kids.
Place your order and start training your young leaders today.
“A little child shall lead them.”
Here’s What You Get!
- 12 Large Group Lessons
- 12 Small Group Lessons
- 12 Home Devotional Lessons
- 12 Adventures Of The Masked Hero
- 12 Bottom Line & Memory Verse
- 12 Digital Review Questions
- 12 Short Films
That’s $12.42 per week!
Watch the below video for an overview of the “Leadership” series
See It In Action
Lesson 1: Everyone Can Be a Leader – 1 Samuel 16:7
Lesson 2: Vision – Proverbs 29:18
Lesson 3: Follow The Leader – Matthew 4:19
Lesson 4: Commitment – Matthew 8:22
Lesson 5: Serving – Matthew 20:26
Lesson 6: Right Response to Correction – Proverbs 10:17
Lesson 7: Pull Your Own Wagon – Galatians 6:5
Lesson 8: You Will Get Shot At – 1 Samuel 17:29
Lesson 9: Teamwork – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Lesson 10: Leading From The Middle – Matthew 8:9
Lesson 11: Think Like A Leader – Proverbs 6:6-8
Lesson 12: Run Your Race – Hebrews 12:1
Lesson 13: Review Lesson