By Bobby Williams
One of the questions I often get as a pastor when people are deciding to attend the Ridge is, “What do you have for my kids?”
It’s a good question and one I appreciate. It tells me they care enough to ask.
But as often as I get that question, almost as often, I find people who just simply know very little about our Ridge Kids ministry (some are even parents!).
So I thought I would take a moment to talk about a few common myths about Kids ministry & what really goes on in Ridge Kids.
Myth #1- Ridge Kids is Sunday School
I don’t what kind of Sunday school classes you went to as a kid, but for me it was rather boring.
We sat in a dull painted, cold room with a teacher who had *maybe prepared 5 minutes before we walked in.
Plus think about the language used; teacher, lesson, school…another day of school????
At Ridge Kids, we don’t do Sunday school, we do a kids experience. It is designed to be FUN & engaging for children & centered on the gospel. Oh did I mention fun? YES! They intentionally are having fun!
Myth #2- We send kids downstairs so the adults can worship
In fact we encourage older children to attend a worship service on occasion. We love it when kids & parents can worship together.
We don’t baby sit kids so the adults can go to church. We engage children in an environment built with them in mind so they too can experience Jesus in the same relevant ways adults are.
Myth #3- Anyone can work with kids
I mean really, how hard can it be?
It’s not that it’s hard, but it does require a different kind of person. Someone who loves kids is a great place to start. A Ridge Kids volunteer needs to be a person who takes seriously teaching children about Jesus.
Also, they need to be safe. We take the safety our kids very seriously & this is why “just anyone” can not volunteer in that area.
Myth #4- Adult ministry is more important
Show me a church that values adult ministry over kids or student ministries & I will show you a church that will get old & die.
Truth is, they are equally important. And if anything, kids & student ministries near more of an emphasis & attention.
Did you know that a majority of people give their life to Christ before the age of 16? The older a person gets, the chances decrease.
So YES- it’s very important.
Myth #5- Kids are the church of tomorrow
No, kids are the church of NOW.
Kids & students are just as much part of the church as adults. By saying they are the church of tomorrow, we’re saying they are not important now but will be later.
If we don’t make it important now, there will be later.