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Why Theology Matters in Children’s Ministry

3. Theology matters because it leaves kids and volunteers with a more accurate view of God and their relationship with Him.

I believe there are two major theological issues that we need to address in Children’s Ministry. First, we grossly underestimate our sinfulness. Second, we grossly underestimate God’s grace. If we’re not thinking about what we teach kids, there is a good chance that we will minimize our sinfulness and minimize God’s graciousness. This leaves us with the dangerous impression that we’re good enough as is and in no real need of God’s saving power.

This is why theology is so important. A good theology will teach about sin, the fall, suffering, love, grace, salvation, service and much more. Instead of just hearing a Bible story, a Children’s Ministry rooted in theology will help kids to see how the entire Bible is revealing our need for a Savior and God’s plan to meet that need through Jesus!

At this point, you may be feeling overwhelmed. You may not know where to start or how to evaluate the theological IQ of your ministry. So, I would challenge you to start with this question:

• What are the five things you feel kids need to know about who God is?

• What are the five things you feel kids need to know about Jesus—His life, death, resurrection?

• What are the five things you feel kids need to know about their relationship and walk with God?

If you take the time to answer those questions, you have at least 15 weeks worth of lessons—but probably a whole lot more! Then, begin to write, purchase or adapt curriculum in a way that helps kids understand more of who God is and what He has done for us!  

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Matt is husband to Dana, “Daddy” to Maggie and Macy, and Kid’s Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has served in children’s ministry for 12 years and loves to see kids come to know who Jesus is and what He has accomplished for us! Matt is passionate about equipping others to serve in the local church. Check out mattmo.org to follow along with his experiences in ministry.