My Dreams For Children’s Ministry

Wayne Stocks —  October 3, 2010
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Dreaming is an important part of the Christian life.  Dreaming is not enough though.  As Christians, we don’t just dream…we pray that our dreams are consistent with God’s will and that He would make them happen.  We don’t just draw pictures of the future in our head and leave them there – we allow God to work through the gifts and talents that He has given us to make those dreams a reality.  However, before we can lay out a path and ask God for his help in traversing it, we have to do a little Godly dreaming about how we would like things to be.  That is what this post is all about.  We all have dreams.  These are the things I dream about.

Big DreamI have a dream for my own kids.  I dream about the days when they will live a life fully sold-out to Christ and bent on making sure that other people learn about him.  A have a dream for my marriage.  I dream about a marriage in which I lead and serve my wife as God intended.  I dream about a marriage ordained by God that serves as a shining example of Jesus Christ and his church.  I have a dream for my life.  I dream that God would continue to work out his sanctifying grace in my life; that he would use my life to bring glory to his name; and that some day in the future I would hear “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

I also have dreams for the children’s ministry in my church and for kids in churches everywhere.  I dream of a day when our children’s ministry is so God honoring that he will bless us with numbers of kids that we would think unfathomable right now.  I dream of a day when volunteers will be lined up begging for an opportunity to help out in the children’s ministry.  I dream of a time when the kids and leaders in our ministry are so bathed in prayer that they have to come up for air.  I dream of a time when the members of our church view children and youth as the church of today that they are rather than the church of tomorrow.

I don’t think those dreams are all that different from many of us who work in, and volunteer in, children’s ministry.  I have some Orange dreams too.  I am fully bought into the Orange philosophy – sort of.  I do have a bit of a problem with what some people have come to define Orange as.  Whether that is a particular curriculum, a particular type of “family experience,” or a certain course of action or types of events, I think many have taken the Orange concept and tried to reduce it to a “package.”  However, where Orange Thinking is defined as combined the influence of the church (yellow) and home (red) to effectuate a greater influence (orange) in the spiritual lives of kids than either could have alone – I’m on board.  I dream of that day.  I dream of the day where the church and parents will work together for the good of their kids and for the glory of God.  I dream of the day where parents are so involved in the lives of their children that they can speak into their children’s lives.  I dream of a day where parents yearn for wisdom to share the gospel and grace of God with their kids; and I dream of a day where the church embraces its responsibility to equip parents to do just that.

I dream of a day where every child is given the gospel every time they are in church and shown how it applies to their lives in such a way that they can make it their own.  I dream of a day when parents talk to their kids about their need for a Savior and God’s provision.  I dream of a day where kids are encouraged to question their faith and given thoughtful and honest answers.  I dream of day where the cross is central to all we do and kids are excited about the Bible.  I dream of a day when parents will talk to their kids about Christ not as “something else I need to teach them about” but as a central part of their daily lives.  I dream of a day where kids will see their parents and leaders living an authentic faith that they will want to mimic and emulate.  I dream of the day when we, as teachers and disciplers of children, will effectively and engagingly walk kids through the Bible and unpack for them page by page, book by book, and story by story, what the Bible tells us about Christ.  I dream of a day when kids will experience the transformative power of the cross for themselves.

I have big dreams.  There is no doubt about it.  Fortunately for me, I have a God who is infinitely bigger than even my dreams.

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Wayne Stocks

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Wayne is married to a wonderful woman and has four kids whom God uses to teach him on an almost daily basis. He is blessed to volunteer in a wonderful children's ministry at New Life Church Gahanna. He established Kidmin1124 for those who give their time to kids and feel passionately about children's ministry. When he isn't working on Kidmin1124, he maintains another blog at WayneStocks.com and contributes articles on a regular basis to Ministry-to-Children.com.

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