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Children's Ministry Vision

Reaching the Vision

In 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Paul lays out a pattern on which we can build our vision for teachers and their classes in Sunday School and Children's Ministry.  Note the results in the verses below, and what is required in order to be effective:

Inspired - Chosen - Empowered - Sent - Living Examples!

"Paul, Silas and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.  We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.  We continually remember before our God and Father for:

1.  Inspired:
  1.  Your work produced by faith,
  2.  Your labour prompted by love, and
  3.  Your endurance by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

2.  Choosen:

For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our Gospel came to you not simply:

3.  Empowered:
  1.  With words, but also with power,
  2.  With the Holy Spirit,
  3.  With deep conviction.

4.  Sent:

You know how we lived among you for your sake.

  1.  You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering,
  2.  You welcomed the message given by the Holy Spirit with the joy.
  3.  You became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.

5.  Living Examples:

The Lord's message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia; your faith in God has become known everywhere."

Setting a Vision:

Vision is the stirring of the imagination and creation of a mental pattern or idea of what the future should be like.  This grips people, and focusses their energy into achieving that goal.  In Proverbs 29:18, the Bible tells us:

"Where there is no vision, the people perish."

As children's workers we need a vision and so do our children (otherwise they will perish!).

Setting a Vision:

What should your vision be for the Children's work?  At least the following:

  1.  Each Teacher - Called, dedicated, trained and enthusiastic!

  2.  Every Child - Eager, loyal, learning, Saved and growing.

Reaching the Vision:

How can we reach our vision?  This can only be done through prayer, our example, much preparation and work, and with the help of the Holy Spirit.  This will lead to a going forward and building up of the Lord's work.  The children will respond by growing spiritually and this in turn will change their attitudes, and lead to their participation and outreaching to others.

Today's children are often bored and uninvolved in this spectator generation.  We can address this by planning involvement, variety and fun into our programmes.  Our goal must not only be for their Salvation, but for a genuine change in the children's lives through the work of the Holy Spirit.  And then for the children to be nurtured and mentored into spiritual growth and maturity.

Prayer is the real answer and through this God can change any situation.

Your Vision:

Take time to pray and ponder what the vision for your children should be.  Inspiration comes from God so we need to make time to be quiet before Him and allow Him to breath this into our lives. Then write it out on a sheet of paper and pin this up where you will see it every day.

The vision will guide your prayers, preparation and teaching you do, and inspire you to greater effort!

You must be - what you want your Children to be!

God bless.


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