How Do We Measure Success in Our Ministry to Kids?
In children's ministry, the essence of what we do is to impact the immeasurable--the heart of a child.
While Bible knowledge is highly valuable in this endeavor, knowing Scripture does not automatically translate to changing the heart of a child. Practical application is also desirable, but changing behavior can be done without a heart change. Relating Scripture in such a way that it meets a child where he or she is at is critical, but as an approach, it may fail to build a solid enough foundation to equip children for the challenges that they will face later in life. All three approaches must be synergized to have a greater impact, and all three must be retargeted at the "bull's eye"--the heart of a child. Read this book to discover the seven standards of a rock-solid children's ministry!
Larry Fowler is the executive director of global training for Awana Clubs International and has served as a youth pastor and an Awana missionary. He is the author of Rock-Solid Kids, Rock-Solid Volunteers, and Raising a Modern-Day Joseph, and speaks to audiences worldwide. He is a recognized expert in issues facing families and churches today and the 2012 recipient of the International Network of Children's Ministry's Legacy Award. Larry and his wife, Diane, have two children.