This book, Redefining Children’s Ministry in the 21st Century, is the catalyst that became the foundation for Kids in Ministry International. Written by Becky Fischer in 2001, it has almost become a classic among those who have the vision for bringing children into the supernatural presence of God. Caution! This book is not for the week at heart! Expect your sacred cows to be kicked over once and for all!
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In business one must evaluate on a continuing basis the effectiveness of what they are doing if they are going to have a viable presence in the market place, or they will go broke. They must evaluate everything from finances to customer service. If customers don’t like products or services, they will go elsewhere.
But in the church there is seldom any real evaluation going on especially in children’s and youth ministries. Our attitude too often is as long as the kids are out of our hair, we’re happy. Seldom do church leaders ever sit down and actually evaluate the spiritual effectiveness of their children’s ministries.
Children up to the age of 19 make up nearly one third of the world’s population, and yet the Church prefers to focus on adults for discipling, equipping, teaching, not realizing that childhood is the time God designed people to receive the Gospel. While only 6% of people accept Christ as adults, and only 4% as teenagers, as many as 32% of children receive Jesus when given the opportunity. Yet their salvation is many times belittled at worst and undervalued at best. In this teaching we share challenging statistics of why we need to concentrate on evangelizing and discipling children more aggressively as church leaders. After all, the Muslims are having great success discipling their kids.
The Church as a whole globally has been operating under a 200 year old wine skin in ministry to children. It’s time we press in to hear what the Spirit of God is saying about a new generation. There are three critical core values every church needs to adopt to make the needed shift of capture the heart of a new generation for Christ. Learn these Core Values well, because they are the foundation for everything we teach in KIMI.
Even in our Charismatic and Pentecostal churches, it is rare to see more than about 25% of our children under the age of twelve filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. This is primarily because adults frequently doubt a child’s ability to understand this gift or use it properly. This session completely debunks those erroneous opinions and demonstrates how powerfully children can be used by God when filled with the Holy Spirit while giving advice on how to lead children into this experience easily and effectively.
Our primary goal in every children’s service is to take boys and girls into the presence of God. We do this by using the pattern of the Old Testament Tabernacle of the Outer Court, Inner Court, and Holy of Holies. We take the children from the Outer Court, where they are physically active through games and music, to the Inner Court, where their minds are engaged through the teaching of the Word, then into the Holy of Holies, where the Holy Spirit can minister to their hearts and spirits. This unique pattern makes a powerful combination of activities that ministers to each child’s spirit, soul, and body.
Intense, heartfelt worship with kids is a critical element of taking kids as deep into the presence of God as we know they can go. But there are built in problems in children’s ministries in practical areas in creating those worship experiences. It is very rare for children’s ministries to have the luxury of live worship bands due to lack of musicians, equipment, finances to buy the sound systems, or even just the space to put it all. Therefore we have had to become experts at having powerful times of worship with just CDs.
Most churches have historically only held Sunday Schools for their children. They have focused on telling Bible stories rather than teaching the meat of God’s word and creating room for the move of the Holy Spirit. Our KIMI curriculums are primarily written to be used in a children’s church setting rather than the Sunday School classroom, primarily because we feel the children’s church environment is much more conducive to a move of the Holy Spirit. We deliberately design each of our lessons to take the children into “the Holy of Holies” and encounter God’s presence.
Packaging the Word of God in creative and interesting ways is key to helping children embrace, enjoy, and love your Bible lessons. As a teaching tool, using creative drama skits is one of the best ways to help kids remember important principles from the Bible. Drama skits should be in every teacher’s tool belt. It livens up the classroom. It can change the atmosphere from something serious to lighthearted humor.
Children just love to have fun because that’s the way God made them. The first time anyone suggested to Becky that she play games in her children’s ministry, she was highly offended. She took her Bible teaching with children very seriously. But when she learned that engaging in a few minutes of play at the beginning of a service opened up the heart of a child to be more receptive to the teaching of the Word, she began too look at it differently.
With over nineteen years of experience in children’s ministry, day care work, and raising five children of her own, Laura shares a plethora of creative, effective ideas for discipline that keep the atmosphere fun and in control at the same time. Discipline should not the dreaded punishment for bad behavior. Instead, you can learn how to create an atmosphere where discipline is warded off and seldom needed. And it can add lots of fun to your atmosphere. You’ll want to take lots of notes
More than ever before it is crucial that we put a new emphasis on learning the Word of God. The Psalmist said, “I will hide his Word in my heart that I might not sin against God.” This is a season in the earth where God’s word is being denigrated, belittled, and nearly forgotten. We have new emerging generations of children who barely know the basic Bible stories, much less memorized important scriptures. We need to do what we can to bring attention to Scriptures in every children’s service, as well as in our homes
Becky shares that from her experience of over 17 years in children’s ministry that she sees ministry to preschoolers as one of the most important. According to her these children, ages three to five, are the most spiritual sensitive of any time in the life of the child. While much of what they see and say is relegated to an “overactive imagination” Becky shows how much of the time they are actually having a spiritual experience but lack the vocabulary to share what they are feeling and seeing in an acceptable way and are therefore misunderstood.
Believe it or not, churches are one of the most frequent targets of child molesters because of the great need for volunteer help and the high trust factor among Christians. So it behooves every parent and children’s minister, and church leaders, to know the most basic prevention policies for the safety of our children. With some first hand experience on a difficult subject, Laura has done an excellent job of researching this vast topic and bringing it down to one hour session with loads of practical tips for churches, children’s ministers and parents to make their children’s ministry a safe place for children. You will want to take lots of notes.
PowerClubs are children’s ministries, that in some cases, are churches of little children all over the world, applicable to every culture and people group. PowerClubs are unique among children’s ministries because of the three core values they utilize to disciple children. They are specifically designed to take children into the presence of God and equip them for the work of the ministry. They are one of the only children’s ministries with a doctrinal emphasis for spirit-filled churches and leaders. This sessions teaches you what makes them unique and how to start one in your church, town, or community.
Teacher: Becky Fischer, Founder/Director of Kids in Ministry International Taken from the book Redefining Children’s Ministry in the 21st Century Becky shares some challenging and soul-bearing looks into the two-hundred year old wine skin called Sunday School and where it has lost it’s cutting edge in capturing the hearts of a new generation. This is a call to the Church to rise up and take the challenge of bringing children what they are truly hungry for–personal encounters with the living God.
This session speaks to the very heart of the core values of Kids in Ministry International and the great need and importance of creating ongoing experiences in our children’s services for kids to experience and encounter the presence of God. Nothing else matters until the child experiences for himself–God’s love, His presence, the power of prayer, hearing Him speak to their hearts in words and visions, and feel His anointing as they pray for healing and so much more.
One of the greatest challenges we face as children’s ministers is taking deep and often complicated doctrinal concepts and converting them into a form that even a young child can comprehend and receive. That is the role of visual illustration, otherwise known as object lessons. Even Jesus used object lessons in his sermons to the multitudes. Creating and using visuals can be highly anointed, and have nothing to do with entertainment or using childish gimmicks.