God has always known, loved, and led His people. Though we haven’t always followed faithfully, God has a plan to call us to Himself.
Is there anything better than knowing you’re truly loved? And to be known and loved—that’s just golden. In your children’s ministry, you’re uniquely positioned to help kids feel known and loved. Not as a herd, but individually.
And not known in a general way but known well. As in “I-know-the-name-of-your-pet-rabbit” well. As in “I remember what you said last week” well.
You probably can’t connect deeply with every child on your own, so encourage your entire team to interact with kids. From the moment the first child arrives until the last one bounces out of the room, grab every opportunity to build relationships with kids.
Ask questions. Share stories. Laugh together. Find out what’s happening in their lives so you can pray for kids, both on the spot and later.
When children feel known and loved, that’s when they’re willing to listen and be led. That’s when they look at you as a grownup who can be trusted, someone who wants what’s best for them.
And that’s the perfect time to tell them about Jesus. The effort you make to know and love kids opens their hearts to following Jesus, who is ever ready to lead them into a new life that reflects God’s wonder.
So go ask a child about that boo-boo or new bike.
Good things will happen.