Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What Now

Our emphasis up to this point has been door knocking and trying to get adults to visit our church. With our "spring campaign" coming to a close and summer coming very quickly we will redirect our focus and during these summer months. We direct our efforts to trying to reach children and young adults. Our Thursday door knocking will be more visitation than door knocking and Saturday we will start Bus visitation.
We will start a van route and a new Sunday school class for the young adult. Every other Sunday night we will have Sunday school teachers meeting to train them how to build their classes. Discipleship and fellowship will be the main emphasis. I learned a long time ago that you reap a harvest where you sow the emphasis. We had 45 people with 5 visitors Sunday and only had 4 children, 3 of my grandsons and a little boy that plays with them.

Here are 10 reasons to start "Children's Ministries"
1 – BECAUSE – There are millions of children under the age of 12 that are without any spiritual knowledge or instruction.
2 – BECAUSE – Over 75% of children in America never attend Sunday School. These children are our future.
3 – BECAUSE – It cost the Church around $10,00.00 to get an adult saved and less that $1.00 to get a child saved.
4 – BECAUSE – To see a child saved is to see a soul saved and a life that can be lived for Christ.
5 – BECAUSE – What is learned in childhood is remembered is old age. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
6 – BECAUSE – Children need Jesus and we must seek them. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? Matthew 18:11-12
7 – BECAUSE – Children are trustful, believing, teachable, and easily led to Christ OR AWAY FROM HIM.
8 – BECAUSE – Christ warns of the penalty for neglecting them. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 18:6-10
9 – BECAUSE – “Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.” Matthew 18:14


Don Porter, M.Ed said...

Your posts have an overwhelming feel of excitement, thinking, and concrete approaches to the ministry.

Johnny said...

God bless you! When I got saved and started attending church, my uncle got me involved with the bus ministry. Ever since then I've loved working in the children's ministries. Now as a missionary I think I get more joy out of working with the children then I do the adults. They seem to have so much less baggage, and most of the time I don't have to argue with them to convince them that the Bible is true.

Bill Sturm said...

What a challenge! Makes me want to go start a bus route! Thank you. Hey, what was your analysis with that whole $10,000 versus $1 idea?

Dr Dave Noffsinger said...

In regard to the "analysis with that whole $10,000 versus $1 idea?"
You can spend $1.00 and draw children to a park or playground anywhere and have a Bible school and reach them. But we must spend thousands on buildings and promotions and sound equipment and all kinds of other things to reach adults.