6. You are not the source of the children's spiritual formation
Do not give parents the idea that the church does everything for their child’s spiritual development. Stress
that you are only a support for what they are doing at home. A good portion of your time should be giving them
resources and equipping them to lead their own children at home. Bring the ministry to homes, not just within your
7. Stop creating an environment where parents feel like the church needs them to be
Provide a way that they can submit prayer requests to the church staff so they can be prayed for and problems
can be dealt with together. They need to know they are not judged, but welcomed and loved in the mess of life.
8. Kids need God’s Word taught simply, and to be loved by an adult who listens
Stop thinking that the next best thing is always happening. It’ll be exhausting if you're always looking to
order the new curriculum based on that season's new hit TV show. God’s word is life changing and captivating as it
is. What kids need to know about God and the Bible has not changed. Don’t sacrifice this for trying to stay
current. If it works, great, but stop searching and searching for what just came out. Kids need what they have
always needed: to know his Word, taught straight up. This is what changes their hearts. They also need to know that
they have a space to be listened to and loved by a real person who takes the time to be in their classroom every
9. Give kids a family atmosphere at church; your
goal isn’t entertainment atmosphere.
We are a body of believers. Brothers and sisters in Christ. Our ties together have to do with him alone. With
encouraging one another and building one another up in our faith. Kids need this too. God’s Word changes lives. The
love of his people showing his love to others is what lonely hearts need. It’s what your heart needs. It’s what our
kids' hearts need.