A radical shift in America’s moral landscape over the past few decades has fostered a cosmopolitan culture that now suffers from a multiplicity of societal ills–not the least of which is the breakup of the family. Our children have become the innocent victims of broken marriages, physical and sexual abuse, as well as many other ills of society. Is it any wonder why the Lord blesses the church that places a high priority on children’s ministries?
A church that reaches children will grow. Statistics show that 80 to 85 percent of those who believe in Christ came to know the Lord between the ages of 4 and 14. If you have a quality ministry to children, you will assimilate more new, young families. When people see that your church cares about children and is leading them to Christ, they will be more likely to stay at your church.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
In these verses we find three commands that still apply today:
1. Love the Lord God with all your heart (verse 5).
2. Remember My commands (verse 6).
3. Teach the children (verse 7).
The third command, teaching children, is vital to obeying God’s plan for the church today. Reaching kids has never been more important. This demands that churches, pastors, and children’s leaders reach kids for Christ.