Action, Not Words

So many churches say, “Children’s ministry is one of our top priorities.” They say the words…but they are just words.  When you look at the fact that most people accept Christ before the age of 12 you can easily connect the dots on what should be a priority for a church.  Unfortunately, so many churches are saying the words without having any action to minister to children.   I just got off the phone with a children’s pastor in another state and he is having a hard time trying to convince his senior pastor that children’s ministry is more than child care.  This church has spent countless thousands on new furniture for the foyer, repainting & updating all the offices, new lighting for the restrooms but when this children’s pastor asks for money to repaint and theme a room for his kids…the answer that comes back is, “No, it’s just child care for the 11 a.m. service.”  My heart breaks, not only for that particular church but for many others around the country, where the sentiment is the same.  That’s why I’m so thankful for what we have here at NewSpring Church in Wichita, Kansas.  Kids are important to us…and we back those words with our actions.  Having hundreds of volunteers who serve with a passion to reach kids is just a start.  We also have beautiful, engaging areas for all ages.  One thing that can’t be overlooked is our senior staff who believes in kids’ ministry.  So the next time you are dropping off your precious cargo in one of our kids’ environments, why don’t you say a word of thanks to the volunteers who are there to greet your child and make KidzWorld a place where kids can learn about God’s love for them.