One of the thing that is important in raising our children is helping them develop a heart for ministry. Kevin and I tend to minister “outside the box” in churches. However, when the children were young we did choose to do Young Children’s Church – for 4-5 year olds and to help out in the nursery.
When Kevin and I served in these ministries, we took all of our children with us. Our older children helped play with the younger ones. With the size of our family, it ended up being almost one-on-one attention for each child there. Our children learned the responsibility of being faithful to be there, of the preparation and prayer that was necessary beforehand and learning to love others outside of our family.
As they grew things changed some for us. These days a big part of our family ministry is showing hospitality to the New Life teams when they stay with us. This requires children giving up or sharing their rooms, working to make the team feel free and loved, making special meals for them and being a part of a lot of spiritual discussions.
As a family we developed an annual tradition/outreach ministry around the controversial Halloween. Our children really love what we do and we pray for the hearts of those coming through our yard. Please take a minute to read how our family ministers on this night.
How do YOU help your children learn to minister in ways that fit who you are as a family?
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