From the beginning of my own salvation in 1976, it was prophesied to me that my children would bring in the Kingdom of God. Taking that word seriously, I led them into salvation and then into the baptism in the Holy Ghost in their elementary school days. I then expected God, through the church, to take the helm and lead them into this destiny of greatness. I was wrong.

I find myself now living as a part of a league of spiritual mothers clinging to the same prophecy: “Your children will bring in the Kingdom of God on earth.” I perceive the same general dullness of response  (though I’m grateful for recent inklings of budding change). The church majority is clueless to the potential of childhood and few are even searching for clues.

Why?

I believe the answer lies at the base of Mt. Sinai. It doesn’t even directly stem from the church’s concept of childhood. “And the people said to Moses, ‘You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!’”  (Exodus 20:19)

When I preach to a congregation that they need to train their children in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, I am declaring that they will be required to ascend the mountain and personally commune with God on this matter. This vision we have of children’s ministry is not about kids. It’s about the whole church in relationship to God. Ministry to children always is giving what you have to the next generation (Deuteronomy 6).

The vision we promote to the church is all about others. The tabernacle pattern is a call to relationship with God for the benefit of others. The training to use object lessons, or games or busting-out rhythmic songs is for others (children) to receive a child-level personal encounter with God.  As kids’ ministers, we enjoy bond-slave freedom for the sake of others. We develop our gifts of healing, prophecy, discernment, interpretation, etc so that we can impart it at a level children can receive. Our lives are given to them so they can walk with us.

Freedom in the Spirit for children is our end goal. Our primary goal is freedom for adults.

At the base of Sinai, God’s people said, “Just tell us what to do. All we can handle is a box.” Kids in Ministry is saying, “Move out of your box. Go on an adventure and take your children along.” ( End Part 1)