then what about writing/living a life story worth living? What about that rich and satisfying life Jesus talks about? What about all things working together for good? What about plans to give you a future and a hope?
Those verses and more remind us and encourage us that God does care for us and that God has a plan for our lives. We should teach that to the kids in our ministries!
We also need to teach them, though, that the are only a part of a larger body and shouldn’t think of themselves as more important than others. We need to help kids discover that we are made by God so we can do the things he’s planned for us. We need kids to learn to pray, “May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
As my friend Robin Dugall said in his comments to my previous blog, “…we are all part of a bigger story.” We can’t forget that the main character of the story is Jesus. Our individual stories are important, but they are vignettes in the larger God Story that continues to happen all around us.
If we are to be missional in how we approach children’s ministry, then I believe that our primary goal is to help families and children know God’s Story as revealed by his Word and actively become a part of that Story.
In the coming days, I’ll be outlining how I think that goal gets played out. In the meantime, what do you think our primary goal in children’s ministry should be?