Jesus: The Greatest Advocate for Children's Ministry

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Working in children's ministry, have  you ever felt like others view you as serving on the second-string or "B" team? Larry Fowler, author and Executive Director for Global Training for Awana, has dedicated his life to kid's ministry. Working from the powerful example of Jesus, Larry shares encouragement for weary children's ministry workers.

Mark 10:13-16 (ESV)

Let the Children Come to Me

13And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them.14But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.15Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”16And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Have you ever been made to feel looked down upon or less-than because you work in children's ministry? If so, explain.
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How does Jesus' indignation toward his own disciples over their view of His ministry to children give you encouragement in the work that you do? What other Scriptures give you encouragement to continue serving with kids?
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What do you, personally, find most challenging about working with children? Most rewarding?
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Is there anything I can do for you to help you as you serve in children's ministry? How can I be praying for you?
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The work you do in ministering to children is a vital part of God's Kingdom. There may be times when others, even respected brothers and sisters in Christ, fail to see the eternal weight of your work. Do not be discouraged. Hold on to the truth of the importance of your work, knowing that the Son of God Himself placed a tremendous value on what you do.