What are the priorities for your children's ministry?
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Yesterday, I had a phone interview with someone who is finishing up a degree in children’s ministry.

He asked some great questions. One that he asked was, “What should be the big 'wins' for a children’s ministry? What do you want to see happen in kids’ lives when they are leaving your children’s ministry?"

That’s a great question. Here was my response.

First and foremost, for each child to have a stepped across the line of faith and began a personal relationship with Jesus. We know we have a narrow window of time when kids are open and receptive to the gospel. The majority of people come to Christ as a child.

I want every child to know Jesus as their leader, forgiver and friend.

Second, for each child to have a growing relationship with Jesus. I want to see them growing through prayer, Bible reading, being part of a church family, serving, sharing their faith and being mentored by a caring leader. Our goal is to give kids the tools they need to begin feeding themselves spiritually—to own their spiritual growth.

Third, for parents to be equipped to lead their children spiritually. Our goal is to partner with parents and equip them with the knowledge, resources and milestone events they need to lead their children with confidence. Parents want to lead their children spiritually; many just don’t know where to start. Our goal is to come alongside them and be their biggest cheerleader, resource and encourager. 

If someone asked you what are the top three goals for your children’s ministry, how would you respond? Would these be on your list? Maybe something else? What are your priorities? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

Dale Hudson has served in children and family ministry for over 24 years. He is the director of children’s ministries at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach, Fla. He was recently named one of the top 20 influencers in children’s ministry. He is the co-author of four ministry books, including Turbocharged: 100 Simple Secrets to Successful Children’s Ministry.

For the original article, visit relevantchildrensministry.com.

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