How important is the preschool/early childhood ministry in your church? Many people think preschool ministry is simply "childcare" and not as important as elementary, pre-teen or student ministry.
This reflects the view of the culture as a whole. But I would beg to differ. I believe the early years of a child's life are the most critical.
This period is the foundation that shapes children's lives. Research confirms that the first five years are particularly important for the development of a child's brain, and the first three years are the most critical in shaping a child's brain architecture.
Early experiences provide the base for the brain's organizational development and functioning throughout life. They have a direct impact on how children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities.
Children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life.
Each week we spend lots of hours and resources creating preschool classroom and chapel environments that will effectively communicate God's Word to the kids. Even in the nursery, our leaders pray over the kids, sing songs to them, teach them, and get them acquainted with the Bible.
Please ... please ... please ... make your preschool/early childhood ministry a top priority. From the nursery to 5 years old—pour, pour, pour into the lives of children. Remember ... "In the race to a child's heart, the first one there wins."
Dale Hudson has served in children's and family ministry for over 24 years. He is director of children's ministries at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach, Florida. 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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