Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Misunderstanding Children's Worship

It's unfortunate, but often people will look at what we do and think of it as "less than" church.  As if it is not as important, or has less teaching value than what happens in the adult service.  But that is simply not so.  And it is important that you know that it is not so.  Children's Ministry is hard work and when anyone belittles that hard work it is discouraging.  So this week, I want to show you something that I think you will find interesting.

If you look at the graph above, you will see the various parts of a worship service.  You will also see how many of those parts are generally found in a Children's Worship Service and how many are generally found in an Adult Worship Service.  This is not to say that Children's Church is better than Adult worship, but simply to point out that there are more aspects to it.

Recently, someone let me know that they didn't feel that adults would feel like they had been in church if they were in a Children's Worship service as opposed to an Adult Worship Service.  I was incredibly offended by that remark simply because, in my opinion, if the adults who help in Children's Church are not also being ministered to in a service, then I have not done my job.  The service is geared for the children, but the teaching should fit any age group.

We are ministers of the Gospel.  We have been entrusted with teaching the most easily molded and trainable group of people within the church.  People often forget that most people form what they will believe for their lifetime before the age of 14 and that puts a massive responsibility on our shoulders. 
Don't allow those who really do not understand what you do, to make you feel less important than any other parts of the church.  All the parts of the church are important and we are all a part of the Body of Christ.

I hope you know that what you do is making a huge impact on the Kingdom.  Thank you for the important work that you do.  Thank you for giving to children.


  1. Is this graph yours, or did you find it somewhere? I think it may just be as helpful to someone considering the corporate worship of the whole body of Christ as it is to someone considering what children's worship looks like.

  2. It's mine. Feel free to use it if you like. I'm glad you found it helpful.

  3. love it! as a guy who has dedicated his live to make scripture memory music for kids this chart gets me fired up!