Yesterday, I had the chance to speak in our main service, as we kicked of “Family Week” at my church. I spoke on the story of Samuel and his call by God (1 Samuel 3:1-21). After reflecting more on that story, I have noticed it teaches us a few important points that every Christian should know about children.
1. God thinks children are important.
We see in the story of Samuel, as well as other stories in the Bible, that God thinks children are important. Children are so important to God that they could be given responsibilities in a place that was considered the one of the most sacred areas in all of biblical history. In fact, Samuel’s responsibilities, were not just called responsibilities…they were called ministries!!! In 1 Samuel 3:1, it says that Samuel ministered.
Children’s ministers must convey the message that children are important to God. Children are not little people who need to be babysat in church. They are people who are capable of serving in ministry, just like everyone else. In fact, Jesus even uses children as examples of faith (Matthew 18:2).
2. God can use people no matter what the age.
Samuel had a MINISTRY role at the tabernacle. Sure he was under Eli, but that doesn’t take away from the importance of what he was doing. Samuel was allowing others to worship God because of him helping around the church.
Children should not always be spectators in church. Children should be active participants in ministry. As children’s ministers, we should be continuously looking for areas in our churches where children can volunteer and minister to others– whether that be singing, stacking chairs, cleaning the floors, or greeting others.
3. Children can handle big responsibilities, if they are taught to do so.
We need to teach children that they can play important parts in the kingdom of God. God can use children, despite their age. He has been known to in the past, and He is no different today. David fought Goliath when he was just a boy. Josiah became king of Judah at the age of eight. Joash became king of Judah at the age of seven…imagine that!!!! We must partner with parents to disciple children and help them become both worshipers, leaders, and ministers in the church.
Have you witnessed children being leaders at your church? What happened? Leave your story/experience in the comment section or on social media!
Here are a few leadership resources for children that you can check out online:
- Curriculum: Kid Lead
- Media: Leadership for Kids TV
- Article: Help Kids Become Leaders
- Book: Leadership: It’s Child’s Play
- Book: 7 Principles of Inspiring Kids to be Leaders