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Dear Kid Min Leaders,

 

A brand new school year is right around the corner. You’ve planned and prepped and prayed for every detail of your ministry . . . maybe through silent doubts that any of it will really matter. Your questions loom with little time to truly ponder their answers.

 

Will the kids care about what we do or the truth we teach them?

Will my volunteers commit as much time and heart to this work as I do?

How can I possibly break through the noise of this world to reach the hearts of these kids?

Will parents support their child’s faith-formation at home?

Will any of this hard work really matter in the long run?

 

If these questions plague your mind, know that you are not alone. A recent study shows that roughly 50% of kid min leaders wonder if their work matters in the long-term lives of kids. That’s a sobering statistic considering the incredible Kingdom work you are doing. 

 

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV

 

After 25+ years in kids ministry, watching children I taught in preschool grow up to get married and start families of their own, I can tell you the seeds you are planting now have the great potential to take root and grow. No, there is no guarantee that every child you teach will become a committed, Christ-following grown up, but because of your faithfulness, they will have fertile soil for spiritual growth.

 

So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 1 Corinthians 3:7 NIV

 

I pray this reminder encourages you today and gives you hope to share with the engaged parents you interact with every week . . .

 

Thank you for doing the sacred work of planting seeds in the lives of the next generation of Jesus followers. As you faithfully plant and water and cultivate, you can trust God and watch good grow.

 

Praying you’ll have every grace and volunteer you need this year!
Jess 

 

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