We asked our community, “How can the church better serve you and your family?”  The overwhelming response was, “Help our kids.”  This led us to pray and research the needs of our unique rural area.  Helping community children meant transporting them to church since many of their families didn’t attend church anywhere.  A bus ministry team visited and invited lots of children.  At first, we attempted to pick up every child and meet every need.  Eventually the opportunities became overwhelming.  It was obvious we needed to simplify and focus.

We chose to work simply from the command of the Great Commission, preach the gospel and make disciples.  Systematic bus routes, visiting door to door, and tracking contacts helped increase ministry efficiency.  As new children arrived, teachers taught on salvation and presented each child with the opportunity to respond.  Children received an invitation to participate in a discipleship growth track.

A sense of fellowship and belonging soon followed.  Children began participating in the corporate worship and serving in roles alongside adults.  Child leaders began to emerge.  Active student-led ministries developed.  The results were miraculous.  To God be All the Glory for helping us to keep it simple.


  • Develop Bus Routes
    • Tip: Focus on children/families near the church first, then branch out.  If you don’t have a bus, recruit families willing to bring a child to church. The volunteer family becomes responsible for mentoring the child.
  • Home Visits
    • Tip: Smiles and cookies can open a lot of doors and hearts.
  • Family Supper
    • Tip: Create a time to share a meal with students and invite families.
  • Celebrate Milestones
    • Tip: Births, Baby Dedications, First Day of School, Salvations, Baptisms, First Bibles, Graduations, etc.  Always invite the family.
  • Develop A Social Media Plan 
    • Tip: Create a private/secret group for your children’s ministry and a parent’s only group.
  • Create a simple Growth Track
    • Tip: Base it on the Know, Grow & Go model.

Our continued vision is to provide simple opportunities for children to encounter God’s love in new and exciting ways and be forever changed by the power of the Gospel.  In summary…

  1. We focused on prayer.
  2. Our pastor committed to revival.
  3. Staff saw and understood the divine purpose of reaching the unchurched.
  4. We returned to the basics.
  5. We committed to equip and release children into ministry.


Contributing Author:

Karen V. Coley
Pre-Teen Coordinator
Roberts Tabernacle
Westmoreland, Tennessee

Reaching Children with the Good News!

Reaching Children with the Good News!

The Wikipedia definition of outreach is “an activity of providing services to any populations who might not otherwise have access to those services.”

I am a children’s pastor in a community with a university. Every summer they and various other community organizations offer sports camps. The cost is usually between $150.00 to $300.00 for the week. Several years ago, I met with five other children’s pastors from our community to discuss the possibility of offering a free sports camp for kids of single parent and low income families who couldn’t afford it otherwise.  This seemed like an impossible task since we had no budget, no staff, no venue, and no equipment. However, after continuing to pray about it for a few weeks we were all confident that God had birthed this idea in each of us. We would step out in faith knowing we couldn’t accomplish this monumental task alone, but with God nothing was impossible. The miracles that began to take place overwhelmed us.  We secured a free location on a former golf course, so we had plenty of space. Sponsorships began to come in from local businesses.  Coaches from several local schools volunteered their time. Sports equipment was donated. The list goes on and on.   We held our first camp only five months after we began to plan. That first year we had over four hundred kids in attendance.  The camp grew so much over the next couple of years that we had to cut registration off at a thousand kids!  The Lord blessed us with awesome volunteers.  We’ve had former NFL players, Harlem Globe Trotters, a former University of Tennessee head coach, University of Tennessee basketball players and a former Brazilian soccer player.

A dear friend of mine uses this saying often “What God orders he pays for.” This was clearly evident in how he provided for this camp year after year.

Each day of the camp we had a ministry time with the kids during their break. Over the years we shared the gospel with thousands of kids who might not otherwise have had access to it.

Finding opportunities to serve in our communities is not an option.  When we serve the kids and families of the communities where we live, work, and attend church we are fulfilling the mandate that Jesus gave us to be the salt and light of the world.  It is our responsibility as followers of Christ to build bridges into our communities connecting them to the life-changing message of the love of Christ.

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Evaluate Your Ministry

In her article Connecting Your Church to Your Community author Krista Petty says, “While no two congregations follow the same blueprint for community involvement, most have had to answer the following six questions along the way to becoming more externally focused.”

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Partnering with Schools

Partnering with the administration of your schools and providing needed services and building relationship is an excellent way to reach the kids of your community.

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Utilize Your Facility

A great way to connect with the kids of your community is to open up your church during the week outside of regular church times.

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VBS Beyond the Building

Think outside the box.  Why not move your VBS program to a local park?

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School’s Out Celebration

The close of the school year is an excellent time to minister to the children that live near your church.

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Contributing Author: Cathy Baggerly

Pastor Cathy came to serve as children’s pastor at the Peerless Road Church in December 2005. She had previously served as the children’s pastor at the Altavista Church of God Prophecy in Altavista, VA since 1999.  Cathy has been working with children for more than twenty years and is passionate about seeing them love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength as well as loving and serving others.  Her formal training is in early childhood and elementary education. As a member of the International Children’s Ministry Team for the Church of God of Prophecy, Cathy participates in training children’s minsters around the world.  One of her favorite outreach opportunities is planning a sports camp for children through her membership in the Cleveland Children’s Ministry Network. Cathy and her husband Lee, were married in February of 1987. They have three beautiful children: Malorie, Logan and Emma.

Preparando a los preadolescentes para tener éxito dentro y fuera de su grupo de jóvenes…

Preparando a los preadolescentes para tener éxito dentro y fuera de su grupo de jóvenes…

Hablé una vez con la madre de un joven de nuestro ministerio de jóvenes que hizo una declaración que me ha ayudado a remodelar la forma en que conceptualizo y preparo a los jóvenes sobre los que tengo influencia. Esta madre dijo: «No estoy criando a mis hijos para mí, sino para que tengan éxito entre los demás».

Como ministro de jóvenes, esa declaración me llevó a:

  • Arrepentirme —Me arrepentí de sólo preparar a los jóvenes para el siguiente nivel (de preadolescentes a adolescentes, de adolescentes a jóvenes, de jóvenes a adultos) dentro de nuestra iglesia.
  • Reconsiderar —Ahora comprendo que debo preparar a los jóvenes para crecer y tener éxito dondequiera que Dios los lleve.
  • Remodelar — Entiendo ahora, con más claridad, que debo adoptar una visión holística (cuerpo, alma y espíritu) para al ministerio.
  • Enviar —Ahora preparo y envío a los jóvenes para que tengan éxito dentro y fuera de nuestra iglesia.

¿Cómo preparamos a los preadolescentes para tener éxito dentro y fuera de los grupos de jóvenes?

Como ministro de jóvenes y especialista en salud conductual, invito a los líderes a conceptualizar y ministrar a los jóvenes desde una perspectiva biológica, psicológica, social y espiritual. Para que los jóvenes tengan éxito, debemos proveer recursos para cada área de sus vidas. «Ahora, que el Dios de paz los haga santos en todos los aspectos, y que todo su espíritu, alma y cuerpo se mantenga sin culpa hasta que nuestro Señor Jesucristo vuelva. Dios hará que esto suceda, porque aquel que los llama es fiel» (1 Tesalonicenses 5:23, 24, NTV).

Prepare a los jóvenes teniendo en cuenta:


Biológicos Psicológicos Sociales Espirituales


Historia de trauma Sistema de apoyo ¿Han aceptado a Cristo?
Nacimiento e Historia


Experiencia con duelo/pérdida Influencia de los compañeros ¿Han cuestionado/razonado su fe?
Enfermedades (pasados y presentes) Impacto de relaciones significativas (padres, abuelos, amigos, hermanos, etc.)


Asuntos de vivienda ¿Pueden defender y compartir su fe?
Medicamientos Factores
Asuntos financieros ¿Cómo les ayudad su fe a enfrentar los problemas la vida?


Sustancias Habilidad para
(problemas en la vida)
Problemas escolares/vocacionales Como líder, ¿ha preparado exitosamente a los jóvenes para que participen y evangelicen su mundo?


Compromiso con agencias/recursos de la comunidad Como líder, provea la formación espiritual dentro del contexto de relaciones auténticas y comunidad.


«No estoy criando un hijo. Estoy criando al esposo y padre de alguien». —Publicación en las redes sociales

«El hombre que no ha preparado a sus hijos para su propia muerte ha fallado como padre» (Coogler, Feige y Grant, 2018).


Feige, K. (Productor), Grant, D. (Productor) y Coogler, R. (Director). 2018. Pantera negra [Película]. Estados Unidos. Marvel Studios.

Autor colaborador: Morais L. Cassell, Especialista en salud conductual; MA, MS, Ph.D. (Candidato).

Preparing Preteens to Thrive in Youth Group and Beyond…

Preparing Preteens to Thrive in Youth Group and Beyond…

I once spoke with the parent of a student in our youth ministry who made a statement that has helped to re-shape the way I conceptualize and prepare the students that I influence. The mother stated, “I am not preparing my children for me but rather to be successful among others.”

As a youth minister, that defining statement caused me to:

  • Re-Pent – I repented for only preparing students for the next levels (pre-teens to teens, teens to young adults, young adults to adults) within our church.
  • Re-Think– I now realize that I must prepare students to thrive and be successful wherever their God-given destinies take them.
  • Re-Shape – I now more clearly understand that I must take a “holistic approach” (body, soul, and spirit) to ministry.
  • Re-lease– I now prepare and release students to be successful beyond the life span of our church.

How do we prepare pre-teens to thrive in youth groups and beyond?

As a youth Minister and behavioral health specialist, I invite leaders to conceptualize and minister to students from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective.  In order for students to be successful, we must provide resources that address every area of their lives. “Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).

Prepare students by taking into account:


Biological Psychological Social Spiritual
Genetics History of Trauma Support System Have they accepted Christ?
Birth and History Experience with grief/loss Peer Influence Have they questioned/reasoned their faith?


Illnesses (Past & Present) Impact of significant relationships (parents, grandparents, friends, siblings, etc.)


Housing Issues Can they defend and share their faith?
Medications Current Stressors Financial Issues How does their faith help them cope with life’s issues?


Substances Coping Skills (life’s issues) School/Vocational
As a leader, have you successfully equipped students to engage and evangelize their world?


Engagement with agencies/community resources As leaders, provide spiritual formation in the context of authentic relationships and community.


I’m not preparing a son. I’m preparing someone’s husband and someone’s father”- Social Media Post.

“A man that has not prepared his children for his own death has failed as a father.” (Coogler, Feige, & Grant, 2018).


Feige, K. (Producer), Grant, D. (Producer), & Coogler, R. (Director). 2018. Black Panther [Motion Picture]. United States. Marvel Studios.

Contributing Author: Morais L. Cassell, Behavioral Health Specialist; MA, MS, Ph.D. (Candidate).


Preteen Ministry: Reaching Kids in Transition

Preteen Ministry: Reaching Kids in Transition

What image comes to your mind when you picture children’s ministry?  For many of us, it is a puppet interacting with a group of children or a minister using an inspiring object lesson.  Now what comes to mind when you picture youth ministry?  Perhaps you see a crazy game or a youth pastor leading a weekend retreat.  Either way, most of us have a definite opinion about what children’s ministry or youth ministry looks like.  There is, however, a middle area of ministry that is sometimes hard to define– preteen ministry.  This ministry area consists of children between the ages of 9 and 12.  They don’t consider themselves to be “little kids” anymore, but they aren’t quite teenagers yet.  These children are definitely in a transition period.  As children’s ministers, we want to reach them at this critical time and help them make the transition to youth ministry.

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Use Small Groups Effectively

Effective use of large and small groups is important, especially if you cannot completely separate your preteen ministry from your younger elementary age students (grades 1-3).

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Involve Preteens in Ministry

Give preteens leadership roles in your children’s ministry. This will build their self-esteem and give them purpose and fulfillment.

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Creativity is Key

It is important for preteens to have fun. Here are some creative ways to add excitement to your ministry.

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Moving Up

Have a program for transitioning preteens out of children’s ministry and into youth ministry.

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They (preteens) need pastors and leaders who will stand with them as they test their legs, finding the footing of their faith as they discover a God who grows up with them.

Jim Kast-Keats


There are many resources that can help with preteen ministry. Click the button below for a list to get started.



Contributing Author: Curt Knowles
Curt Knowles is a member of the International Children’s Ministry teaching team. He has trained children’s ministers globally and throughout the United States. He and his wife, Sandy, have served as children’s pastors, evangelists, and camp directors over the past 15 years. Curt holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in both Computer Science and Theology, and has worked as a Data Architect/Engineer for the past 25 years. Curt and Sandy have two children (Jordan and Jeremy) and three granddaughters (Maddie, Emmy, and Chloe). They currently live in Gallatin, TN and serve on the 3Trees Kids Ministry serve team at 3Trees Church in Russell Springs, KY.



La guardería: El ministerio de niños comienza aquí

La guardería: El ministerio de niños comienza aquí

Muy a menudo, la guardería sólo es considerada un servicio que cuida de los niños. Si bien es cierto que es esencial cuidar de las necesidades físicas de los infantes y párvulos mientras están en la guardería, también es esencial comenzar a enseñarles sobre Jesús. Un bebé comienza a conocer el corazón de Dios a través de la convivencia con los voluntarios de la guardería. A medida que los niños comienzan a confiar en los voluntarios, aprenden que la iglesia es un lugar donde las personas procuran su bienestar. Aunque los infantes quizá no comprendan una historia bíblica, los voluntarios pueden declarar bendición sobre cada niño mientras les dan su biberón o los arrullan. Cuando los infantes se vuelven párvulos, pueden comprender verdades bíblicas básicas, tales como: Dios me ama y Dios me creó, a través de historias bíblicas, mímicas y otras actividades de aprendizaje apropiadas para su edad. Continue reading

Nursery: Children’s Ministry Begins Here

Nursery: Children’s Ministry Begins Here

Too often, the nursery is considered a babysitting service for parents and grandparents. While it is essential to care for the physical needs of infants and toddlers while in the nursery, it is equally important to begin teaching them about Jesus. A baby begins to see the heart of God through the heart of the nursery volunteers. As babies learn to trust the volunteers, they learn that church is a place where people care about us.  Although a baby cannot understand a Bible story, volunteers can pray blessings upon each young child as they give them a bottle or rock them to sleep. As babies become toddlers, they can learn basic Bible truths such as God loves me and God made me through Bible stories, finger plays, and other appropriate learning activities.

Here’s what it takes to transform your nursery from a babysitting service to a ministry

  • Purpose: What do you hope to accomplish as you feed infants and do finger plays with toddlers? Every nursery ministry has specific goals: every child will be loved and accepted; every child will learn that God made him and loves him; every child will feel safe in the nursery environment; every child will be encouraged to develop acceptable social skills.
  • Leadership: A nursery ministry needs capable leadership. Above all, a nursery director loves infants and toddlers. She understands the value of providing excellent ministry to them. A capable director is able to develop good relationships with parents and volunteers. She is gifted in administration and able to develop schedules, procedures, forms, curriculum, etc. to help the nursery run smoothly and safely.
  • Established policies: Policies are developed to help the nursery be a safe environment for infants and toddlers. They should be carefully developed and well communicated to parents, volunteers and the congregation. They should be consistently but lovingly enforced. Some of the policies that need to be developed include: age of volunteers, training required for volunteers, types of snacks, discipline plan, sign in and sign out procedures, diaper and restroom procedures, etc.
  • Facilities: Your nursery facilities may not be ideal but they can be improved. Provide good lighting, paint walls and furniture, organize toys and equipment, and remove clutter. Above all, keep the nursery clean.
  • Trained workers: Select workers carefully by using a children’s ministry application and referral forms. Train them by modeling appropriate ministry to nursery age children as well as by providing books, podcasts, CDs, and DVDs on nursery ministry. Encourage the workers to be involved with the infants and toddlers by playing on the floor with them, holding them, reading or singing to them, and talking to them even if they cannot respond.

With careful planning, your nursery can be a place where children learn about the love of God.  There is no greater ministry.

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Prepare the Classroom

Your nursery space should be carefully planned to allow for its many uses- playtime, rest, and care of children.

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The number one priority of any nursery is to keep children safe. A safe environment allows for peace of mind for parents and a place where children can feel the love of Jesus.

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Recruiting Volunteers

Recruit with this understanding: nursery ministry is a significant ministry. Nursery ministry meets the needs of babies and their families.

Recruiting Ideas

Teaching Children

Be intentional in your plan to teach young children, not just care for their physical needs.

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Family Milestones

Some of the best times to minister to parents are during significant events, such as births or baby dedications.

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There are many resources that can help with nursery ministry. Click the button below for a list to get started.


Making Christmas Memorable

Making Christmas Memorable

With each season that occurs throughout the year, change tends to come as well. Things begin to look different: flowers bloom, leaves fall, and the temperature increases and decreases depending on where you live. As the Christmas season approaches, there are also changes that take place. Yes, we see the physical changes such as decorations and lights that fill children with excitement and anticipation, but most importantly there is a reminder of eternal hope that comes through the birth of Jesus.

One of the most beautiful things about Christmas is that it not only highlights the coming of Jesus as a baby, but it is a reminder that we can be excited and filled with that same anticipation because Jesus is indeed coming again! Many times when we are teaching children, it can be easy to overlook the sacredness and the awe and wonder of this deep theological truth. If we begin to connect these dots to the children and families in our ministries, we are instilling them with something that goes far beyond a holiday season and deep into their hearts, minds, and hopefully their households.

The arrival of Jesus changed everything. He was constantly challenging those He encountered to live their live differently and to serve others. This Christmas season, let’s strive to display to kids the awe, wonder, and excitement Jesus brought to the world.

Ideas You Can Use

Celebrate Advent

One of the best ways to teach kids about the anticipation of Christ’s birth and return is through the celebration of Advent.

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Create a Jesse Tree

This is a unique spin on the traditional Christmas tree. A Jesse tree is a way to teach children the salvation story from the beginning of the Bible.

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Give to Others

Christmas is a wonderful time to step away from the normal pace of life and think about others. Whether you are a children’s minister or a parent, you can create windows of opportunity for kids to help other people.

Giving Ideas

Prayer and Praise Ornaments

It may seem simple, but Christmas is a good time for children to reflect on their year and what is to come in the year ahead. Have children create prayer and praise ornaments as a reminder of all that God has done.

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Community of Faith

The Christmas season is not just for kids; it is for all people! During this special time of year, let children spend time with believers that are older and younger than them.

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Christmas Nativity Scene

Teach the Story

In the hustle and bustle of the season, sometimes we get so busy crafting and giving that we forget to teach the story of Jesus’ birth. Lots of magnificent details can easily be overlooked.

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cogop_smaller-2008Contributing Author: Joy Hensely

Joy is the Associate Pastor of Children at Spring Place Church of God of Prophecy. In July of 2016, she completed her Master of Arts degree in Ministry Studies from Lee University. Her desire is to develop and build relationships with children, their families, and volunteers that point them not only towards a growing relationship with God, but also fulfilling God’s call for their own lives.


6 Ways to Present Bible Lessons Creatively

6 Ways to Present Bible Lessons Creatively

Picture it: You’ve put hours into your children’s church lesson. You’re just sure that by the time you give your invitation for prayer your whole class will either be weeping at the altar or so inspired by your message that they will be running to the signup sheet for the next mission trip.  You boldly begin your lesson. You start out confident. Things are going well, and then 5 minutes into the lesson– IT happens.  You see the legs start swinging and little fingers poking their neighbors. You hear the whispers and see the squirming has begun. And while some students are getting fidgety and restless, others are blankly staring off into the distance.  It’s then that you realize you’ve completely lost all of them!  While their attention is somewhere, it is far from the lesson you are teaching!

So, what do we do to keep children’s attention?  How do we teach students in a way that’s effective and relevant? Sure, I could reflect back to the time when I was in Sunday school or children’s church, but I was born in the late 70’s. Let’s face it– teaching with a flannel graph, filmstrips and putting little foil star stickers on an attendance chart isn’t relevant, so therefore, would not be effective in the day in which we live.

Over the years I have watched churches put amazing effort into special events such as VBS, which is great; however, why don’t we put that kind of dedication and creativity into our week to week ministries?  Colossians 3:23 tells us, “Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” I realize that we can’t necessarily transform our entire church every week like we would for Bible school. But we can indeed use our imaginations, creativity and online resources to implement those same strategies in our children’s ministry area, just on a smaller scale in a more focused way.  It’s important that if we are providing ministry for children, we do it heartily, as unto the Lord!

Ideas You Can Use

Bring Story to Your Classroom

Everyone benefits from making a simple Bible story come alive right in front of them.  The key is to find the main focus or the setting of your story, and ask yourself, “How can I create that in my room?”

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Create Awesome Bulletin Boards

I love using bulletin boards in my children’s ministry area. They’re great for so many reasons. You can use them for information for parents/volunteers and to display student work. However, I love using them as a part of my lesson, especially if I’m teaching a series with a theme.

Bulletin Boards

Become a Good

Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than having to listen to a speaker that has no enthusiasm! I’ve come to the conclusion that if it’s boring for me, it’s probably boring for the kids! That’s why we need to be good storytellers.

Storytelling Ideas

Use Digital Clips and Media

We live in a high tech world. Children will benefit from the use of media to make the Bible come alive.

Media Activities

Perform It

All of us children’s ministers have, at some point or another, had our kids act out the Bible story.  Although this can be a great technique, after a handful of times it can become a bit redundant.  Continue reading for ideas using the same concept but with a fresh twist.

Fresh Ideas

Get Messy

I realize that many people are bothered when things get messy! Messy things bother me in some ways, but not when it comes to ministering to kids. I’ve learned they absolutely LOVE messy object lessons and science experiments!

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Amy RevelsContributing Author:  Amy Revels
Amy was born and raised in Michigan. She began serving in children’s ministry at the age of fourteen.  She and her husband Furney have been married for sixteen years and have five children.  Together, they have served in pastoral ministry for over fourteen years as well as Intermediate Youth Camp directors for 5 years.  Currently, she serves as the children’s ministry director for the Great Lakes Region. Amy has served in children’s ministry for nearly twenty-five years. She devotes her time to homeschooling her kids and incorporating the Gospel in every aspect of their life.

Los niños experimentan a Dios

Los niños experimentan a Dios

En junio tuve una experiencia que me llenó de alegría y acción de gracias. La primera noche del campamente donde estaba sirviendo como la evangelista, entré al templo donde había 109 niños de ocho, nueve y diez años adorando. No sólo estaban cantando canciones y moviéndose al ritmo de la música; sino que también estaban adorando con sus manos levantadas en alto y con voz fuerte. Y eso sólo fue la primera noche. Cada noche los campistas adoraron con entusiasmo; escucharon activamente la Palabra de Dios; recibieron humildemente ministración; y oraron apasionadamente por los demás. Dios honró su adoración.

Durante estos momentos de adoración los niños pasaron al altar con lágrimas de convicción en sus ojos; creyeron, y fueron salvos. Levantaban sus manos en fe, recibiendo el bautismo del Espíritu Santo. Oraron con valor por los niños a su alrededor hasta que también ellos rieron y hablaron en lenguas celestiales. Participaron reverentemente de la Santa Cena. Llenos del amor ágape, se paseaban por todo el templo experimentando la verdadera comunión cristiana los unos con otros. Y nuevamente, a medida que adoraban a Dios y mostraban su amor los unos por otros, la presencia de Dios llenaba el lugar.

Los niños necesitan de la adoración. A través de la adoración, las mentes de los niños se enfocan en Dios, pueden sentir Su presencia, y su voluntad se entrega a la Suya. A través de la adoración, los niños experimentan lo real que es Dios —Su cercanía, Su amor, Su consuelo, Su dirección y más. Ellos comprenden que Dios no es solo un personaje de la Biblia. Él es real. Él está cerca. Él responde a sus oraciones y a su adoración.

A través de la adoración los niños se preparan para hacer buenas obras ministeriales —obras de compasión, intercesión, testimonio y dádiva sacrificial. Una noche durante la hora de la adoración, a medida que la presencia de Dios se volvía una realidad en la vida de cada niño, una niña fue bautizada por el Espíritu Santo. Sin cesar su adoración, ella se acercó a su amiga discapacitada, la abrazó y oró por su sanidad. Su adoración sincera inspiró un momento de ministración llena de fe.

A través de la adoración los niños responden afirmativamente a Dios de por vida. Durante este campamento de niños, un miembro del personal me contó sobre una campaña para niños en la cual él participó cuando tenía 12 años. Se fue la energía durante la adoración en este avivamiento. El ministro les dijo a los niños que los cristianos de la iglesia primitiva adoraban a Jesús hasta en las cuevas. Esto inspiró a los niños a continuar adorando. En cuestión de minutos, los niños comenzaron a adorar a Dios y fueron bautizado por el Espíritu Santo. Este miembro del personal no sólo recibió el bautismo del Espíritu Santo, sino que también sintió el llamado al ministerio. Él aceptó el llamado y ha servido como pastor durante toda su vida adulta.

Durante la última semana que vivió Jesús sobre la tierra, Él se encontraba en el templo haciendo milagros. Los niños vieron las cosas maravillosas que Él hacía –sanando, perdonando– y comenzaron a dar gritos de alabanza. Los líderes religiosos malvados le preguntaron a Jesús: «¿Oyes lo que éstos dicen?» Jesús respondió: «Sí; ¿nunca leísteis: De la boca de los niños y de los que maman perfeccionaste la alabanza?» Mateo 21:16.

¿Escucha usted lo que dicen los niños? Sí. Incluso hoy día Dios requiere la alabanza de los labios y los corazones de nuestros niños para que Su reino sea establecido en sus vidas y en su mundo.

Kathy Por: Kathy Creasy