“In my mind, children had always been part of a package deal: We want to reach adults with the gospel and then help them mature in their faith in Christ, so we have accepted the kids as a ‘throw-in’” writes researcher George Barna in the Introduction to his book, Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions: Why Children Should be Your Church’s #1 Priority (Regal Books, 2003).
The paramount importance of serious, top-priority ministry to kids was not something I had ever taken too seriously.”
Barna admits,” The wisdom and necessity of seeing children as the primary focus of ministry never occurred to me.”
“En-route to Significance?”
Continues Barna in this intriguing, thought-provoking work, “… somehow the wisdom and necessity of seeing children as the primary focus of ministry never occurred to me. Like most adults, I have been aware of children, fond of them and willing to invest some resources in them; but I have not really been fully devoted to their development. In my mind, they were people en route to significance- i.e., adulthood-but were not yet deserving of choice resources.” (Emphasis in original.)
How do you respond to Barna’s comments? Are his observations valid? His conclusions legit? What areas of ministry take priority in your church? Is change in order? Why or why not? What do you think?
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