**Originally in 2010 I completed an epic quest to write an A-Z of Children’s ministry, Now because of the epic fail detailed on an earlier blog post I am reposting an updated 2018 version!
H… hope, happiness, Harry, highjinks…
H is for House – There are two ‘houses’ in our lives, the ‘house’ of God and our own family. In a NT theology the house of God is the gathering of the Church, and there is always a tension between promoting a works based religion and a relationship with our Saviour. Church attendance does not equal salvation, just like living in a garage doesn’t make you a car, just like eating a hamburger doesn’t make you Ronald MacDonald.
But then I began to see how little time we get with our kids as the Church and all the competing activities there are in the life of a family.
Faith without works is dead (James 2:20).
All of the examples I want to follow when it comes to family life just have so much in common, they are passionate about passing faith on to their kids AND live a life of service to their local Church.
If a family would simply model a life of dedicated service, our calling as pastors to children would be infinitely easier and far more powerful, impacting, fruitful and significant!
This article is a fascinating perspective of Benny Hinn talking about how he neglected his family. The home and the family NEED to work together.
If I lose my family in my pursuit of ‘ministry’, I have lost everything!