NextLevel Online: Children’s Ministry Training

Session 1: Why children’s ministry is important

The first session is an introduction to the importance of children's ministry, what the scripture says about children, and what the scripture describes ministering to children. Children’s ministry partners with God and parents to help lay a foundation of faith so that as a child grows physically, they might also grow spiritually so that they will follow Jesus every day of their life.



Classroom

Classroom Instructions

Lesson
Materials: Lesson Outline
Leader
  • Opening activity idea:

    • Ask a long-time volunteer to share what they love about children’s ministry.

    • Ask a new volunteer to share why they feel called to children’s ministry

  • Discussion:

    • In small groups, discuss the following

      • What makes you excited to serve with children?

      • What makes you nervous about serving with children?

  • Preparation for video content or lead your volunteers in review of the following biblical texts. (see handout)

    • What does scripture say about children?

      • Genesis 1:27

      • Deuteronomy 31:12-13

      • Acts 21:5

      • Mark 10:13-16

    • Example of Jesus

      • Luke 2:6-7, 40, 52
    • What does scripture describe about ministry to children?

      • Deuteronomy 6:4-9
      • Matthew 18:5-6
      • 2 Timothy 3:14-17
      • Psalm 78:1, 4-6
  • Discussion Prompts:

    • What did you learn from the review of scripture that was new to you?

    • Which biblical text inspires you to teaching children? Why?

    • What additional biblical texts or stories might you include in a list of scriptures that encourage us towards the importance of ministry to children?

    • What might you say to someone who says “children are the future of the church” but don’t need much time and attention until they grow up?

  • Concluding activity:

    • Review your children’s ministry vision statement with your volunteers.

    • Describe how volunteers are so important in achieving the vision of your congregation and the commands of God in disciplining children.

(Handout)

  • Introduction:

  • What does scripture say about children?

    • Genesis 1:27

    • Deuteronomy 31:12-13

    • Acts 21:5

    • Mark 10:13-16

  • Example of Jesus

    • Luke 2:6-7, 40, 52
  • What does scripture describe about ministering to children?

    • Deuteronomy 6:4-9

    • Matthew 18:5-6

    • 2 Timothy 3:14-17

    • Psalm 78:1, 4-6

Children’s ministry partners with God and parents to help lay a foundation of faith so that as a child grows physically, they might also grow spiritual so that they will follow Jesus every day of their life.

About NextLevel Online

The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.