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Children’s Ministry: An Investment That Will Outlive You

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One of the awesome things about children’s ministry is this — the investment you make will outlive you.

Here’s an example.

I have a friend who lives in China. Born and raised there.

(not using his name for safety reasons) He is “the guy” when it comes to leading, coaching and training volunteers who serve in children’s ministry in China. And here’s the interesting part, all of the people he is training and providing resources for are in the underground churches.

Currently, he is helping over 83,000 children’s ministry volunteers in the underground churches. This translates into millions of kids in the underground churches.

I asked him how he became a follower of Christ. Especially growing up in an atheistic society?

Here’s what he said: “In the early 1900’s, a missionary from Houston, Texas came to China and led my great, great, great grandfather to Jesus. I am a fourth generation believer.”

Wow! I’m sure that missionary had no idea the impact his ministry would make then and after he went to Heaven. His investment has far outlived him. Think about it. Because of the seed he planted so long ago, there are thousands of people who are sharing the Gospel that he shared with that one person so long ago.

If you serve in children’s ministry, you know it is not an easy gig. It takes commitment, faithfulness and even perseverance at times. While others sit and soak in everything, you have answered the call to invest your time, talents and treasures to reaching and discipling the next generation. It is not for the faint on heart.

Are you like me? There have been times when I wondered if it was really worth it. Wondering if all the time, effort and labor was really making any difference at all. We’ll all been there, right?

I’m sending this word of encouragement to you today.

When you invest in children’s ministry, you are investing in a ministry that will outlive you.  Long after you and I are in Heaven, the investment we made here on earth will continue to grow and reach people you won’t meet until they are in Heaven with you. You are sending a message into the future through the children you reach and disciple.

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Dale Hudson has been serving in children's ministry for over 30 years. He is an author, speaker and ministry leader.  He is the founder and director of Building Children's Ministry. BCM helps churches build strong leaders, teams and children's ministries.  (www.buildingchildrensministry.com)