Is This The End?

Wendy Douglas —  June 16, 2011

 Transitions can be challenging including when our fifth graders move out of children’s ministry into student ministry. We can plan and encourage our kids through this time, but there is something that I was reminded of recently.

This isn’t the end of our influence with these kids.

Yes it is the end of our time with them in children’s ministry. We won’t be having that time of connection with them, but we will still have opportunities to speak into their lives. This might take some thinking outside of the box and definitely will take extra effort, but I believe they are totally worth it.

Here are some ways that you can connect with kids once they have moved on from children’s ministry.

  • Use the phone – make calls and text them
  • Use the computer – Facebook and email them
  • Use face time – visit them in student ministry or at school

These really are just a few ways to connect with kids outside of children’s ministry. You may already be doing some of these. You need to remember that your opportunity to connect and engage them doesn’t end with graduation from children’s ministry.

There is no end to your influence.

Wendy Douglas

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Wendy is married to a warrior for the last 18 years and Mom to three boys. She volunteers in KidzPlace at The Gathering Church in Sevierville, TN. She reads almost anything she can get her hands on. In addition to contributing to Kidmin1124, she maintains her own blog called Saved Sister at http://savedsister7.blogspot.com/.

2 responses to Is This The End?

  1. Love the last line: There is no end to your influence.

  2. Depending on when your Children’s Ministry ends, Facebook is not an option, at least immediately. The kid has to be age 13 to have FB.

    But what’s cool is that these kids DO remember. We’ve recently moved to an impoverished area, that our church has been building partnerships with. This week, there has been a high school mission trip down here. My wife and I led many of these kids (or siblings) when they were in Children’s Ministry. It’s neat to re-connect with these families.