Ministering To Children

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." 16 And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. (Mark 10:13-16)

At the heart of all our ministry to children is the acknowledgment that we are all children. We are children of God ministering to other children. We may be "big" children, having lived a little longer, but we are children. We must come to our Father in heaven as little children. We must minister to our children as people who have come to our Father in heaven as his children.

  1. The above passage describes ministry to children. What is the significance of Jesus touching the children? How is that important for our ministry?
  2. How did Jesus challenge others concerning ministry to children? How are we to challenge others?
  3. What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God as a little child? How does this help our ministry?
  4. Why is it still important to take children into our arms?
  5. Why is it important to bless our children? How can we do that today in our children's programs? Be specific. (In Sunday School, on trips, VBS, Children's Choir, LCCD, etc.)

Take time for prayer!

Envisioning & Prayer