I recently had the opportunity to speak at the Good News Club Kick Off Rally for all of the Good News Clubs in my surrounding area as we started off our new school year.  I actually was invited to speak at this event last year so I was excited to be invited again.  In fact, one person at this rally told me that they remembered me speaking last year and they were glad for the opportunity to hear me again this year.  Imagine that!  God is very good to me!

Children’s ministry is so important and Good News Clubs are a very effective way to share the gospel with children.  I had so much fun preparing this year to encourage other volunteers like me that we can make our clubs irresistible to kids so that many kids will come and hear the good news about Jesus Christ and hopefully many children will make the decision to trust Jesus as their Lord and Savior and choose to live His way each day.

One of the reasons that children’s ministry is so important to me is that all three of my children prayed to trust Jesus as their Savior when they were very young and it has been so neat to watch them grow up with the desire to please God and live for Him.  Knowing Jesus at a young age definitely makes a difference in a life!  My youngest child made his decision at a Good News Club so I definitely love Good News Clubs!

Another reason that children’s ministry is so important is because of the current worldview that so many people have.  Just the other day I read an article in “Children’s Ministry Magazine” by Group Publishing.  This article listed five statements that make up the current worldview that kids today believe.  Here are those five statements:

1.  A god exists who created and orders the world and watches over human life on earth.

2.  God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.

3.  The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.

4.  God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.

5.  Good people go to heaven when they die.

(July/August 2012, page 82.)

Do you see a problem with that worldview?  I do.  Although it would be nice if life was all about me being happy, it’s not true.  In fact, none of those statements are true.

As I read that article I remembered the time when my husband and I took our kids on vacation to California.  Our daughter had found out that there was a Joe’s Crab Shack near where we were staying and she wanted to go there.  We had never been to a Joe’s Crab Shack before and we thought it would be fun.  I really think that our daughter only wanted to go there to get one of those “peace, love, and crabs” t-shirts, but that was okay.

So we asked the person at the hotel desk for directions to Joe’s Crab Shack and got in the car.  (This was before the days of GPS in cars.)  We followed the directions and drove.  And drove.  And turned around.  And drove some more.  Then turned around some more.  We could not find Joe’s Crab Shack.  And it was getting dark.  We finally stopped and asked someone else for directions and then got in the car and drove some more, following their directions. And it got darker.  And darker.  We kept driving around, but we could not find the restaurant.  These people had seemed like they knew what they were talking about.  They seemed like they knew the right directions.  But those directions did not lead us to Joe’s Crab Shack.  We finally gave up and went back to the hotel.  Tired, frustrated and hungry.  We put some coins in the hotel vending machine and ate candy and peanuts for dinner that night and then went to bed.

The next day we decided to try again.  We were determined to find Joe’s Crab Shack.  So we asked someone else for directions, got in the car and drove right there.  Yes!  We had the right directions!  And it was amazing!  This Joe’s Crab Shack was right on the beach.  We were seated at a table right next to a large window overlooking the sandy beach and the rolling ocean waves.  It was so wonderful!

But we only got there because we had the right directions.  The directions the first night sounded good, but they were wrong.  And so many kids around us are getting the wrong directions today.  Life is not all about making me happy.  God isn’t just somewhere watching over things here on earth, not really wanting to be known by us, but willing to possibly resolve our problems.  And just being good will not get anyone into heaven when they die.  So making our children’s ministry and our Good News Clubs irresistible to kids is very important today.  Those of us who teach Good News Clubs and many children’s ministers have the right directions.  We know the truth.  And we know how to share it with kids in a very clear way so that they can understand.  We just need the kids to come.  So I’ll write more in another post about ways that we can make children’s ministry irresistible to kids.

Oh, and in case you were wondering.  Our daughter did get her t-shirt:  a blue and white tie-dye “peace, love, and crabs” one.  It’s a bit worn out now, but she still has it!