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Is It Worth It?

Posted by Chris Wright on with 0 Comments

It happens every summer.

As children’s ministry is in the busiest season of the year, people begin asking those questions. The dreaded questions. The ones that I should be ready to answer, and yet always catch me by surprise.

“Why do you do so much during the summer when so many are away on vacation?”

“Wow, this looks expensive. Couldn’t we use our finances in a different way?”

“Isn’t this type of program a bit outdated (i.e., ineffective)?”

Each of these questions are quite different but they are really asking the same thing, “Is it really worth it?”

Is it? Is it really worth all the effort?

VBS alone takes nine months of planning. Music & Drama Camp takes almost six months of thought. Add summer camps that have to be secured seven months in advance and mission trips that can take a years’ worth of planning, on top of our normal weekly programming, and it is mind boggling. But is it really worth it?

The answer is unequivocally yes, yes, and yes!

It is worth it because we are called to do it, our children deserve it, and it makes an eternal difference. Jesus himself found it important to share with children. In the book of Matthew, we see a beautiful picture of Jesus taking the time to pour into the lives of children and declaring, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14). Jesus is pointing out that children are receptive to the message of the Gospel, and we want to make every attempt to share Christ with them.

We see an emphasis on the importance with sharing God’s word with children in the Old Testament as well. In the book of Deuteronomy, God directs Moses and all the Israelites to share the commandments with their children. “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deut. 6:7). In Psalms we read, “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done” (Psalm 78:4).  I feel that these verses and many others point us to understand that children are important to God and he wants them to have a relationship with him too!

I also believe that the children deserve it! So often I have heard the ideas that children are the future church! I disagree!

Children are the church of the present.

We know that more than 60 percent of people who give their lives to Christ will do so before the age of 12. More than 80 percent will do so before the age of 18. Children have the ability to hear, receive, and act on the message of Christ. We have families in our church today because their children shared the gospel with them, because a child shared the gospel with their child, or because a child invited their child to one of our programs. The children of our church may be our future leaders, but they are also the church of today!

And finally, our efforts make an eternal difference. It is amazing to watch children place their trust in their Savior. Every week, we make sure that our Sunday School and Children’s Worship programming points to Jesus. There is also something amazing about the power of large outreach experiences, such as our summer programming, all of which have an evangelistic undertone. We expect children to come to know their Savior, and that is exactly what happens. So far this summer, we have seen over 40 children right here in our church come to accept Christ. We have quite a few looking toward being baptized later this year and many more asking questions that are helping them grow in faith.

Is it worth it?

Yes.

Our summer calendar is full of programming, it can be extremely exhausting to our volunteers and staff, the cost sometimes seems to be over the top, and it is easy to ask why. But when a child walks up to you and asks you how they can give their life to Christ, isn’t it worth it? I think so.

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