**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!
R… radical, repossession, remoulade, road…
R is for Respect – Now I don’t want to go on a rant here about how the ‘young’ people of today have no respect for their elders. I’m sure your great great Grandfather faced the same problem.
I want to talk about the respect you should have for your kids.
Paul said it straight to Timothy… let no man despise your youth (I Timothy 4:12). Children are capable of a lot more than we expect, I am reminded about this when watching videos on YouTube like the one below.
Expectation is a huge spiritual principle… Jesus when healing a lame man asked if he wanted to be healed… what a question! But He knew that not every person in pain wants it to go away, because then they also lose the attention it brings.
So expect much of your kids.
- Expect them to enter into praise and worship
- Expect them to serve
- Expect them to show compassion, to care about the world
- Expect them to give generously
- Expect them to listen and learn
- Expect them to surprise you with their gifts and talents.
Enough of them not showing enough respect, grant every child in your ministry YOUR respect!