CLOSENESS: All ministry requires closeness. It must be where people live and meaningful to their life. It’s community involved, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate. We can’t sit in our pews, doing church our way, and expect children just to show up. If they do, they won’t come back if their experience isn’t close to the reality they know.
Children’s ministry must purposely go to where children live, be relevant to how they live, and meet their individual needs. The ultimate goal is to challenge them, but first we have to meet them where they are. Here is the bottom line: ministry to children cannot be done at a distant. It involves getting close; down on our knees, in their dirty little faces, and in their sometimes strangely, developing minds.
Take Away: Children’s ministry must purposely go to where children live, be relevant to how they live, and meet their individual needs.