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Children’s Ministry in a Missional Paradigm: Spiritual Outcomes


This is a picture of me with a group of Grade 3 kids at one of our services. Fun group of kids!

It’s these faces as well as the faces of the many other kids I’ve had the privilege of influencing since getting involved in children’s ministry as a 15 year old trying to get out of “big church” that prompt me to try and take a different look at children’s ministrychildren’s ministry in a missional paradigm. We’ve looked at a few definitions of the word “missional” here, here and here. We’ve also looked at some scriptures to serve as the backdrop to what a statement articulating missional children’s ministry might look like.

What I’d like to consider now are some outcomes that result from a missionally driven children’s ministry. Most of us are familiar with educational outcomes. That isn’t what I’m looking at. I’m not looking for a list of knowledge that kids should know. I’m looking for some spiritual outcomes. In other words, what are some overarching themes that allow for each culture to use and flesh out for their own context.

Here are four outcomes that I think embody a missional understanding of what we are hoping kids to leave children’s ministry with:

  • Know who God is
  • Know how much God loves them
  • Know how to best follow God to have an amazing life
  • Know how they can change the world around them as they follow God

These proposed spiritual outcomes need to be fleshed out a bit, but these are an answer as to the “what” of children’s ministry in a missional paradigm.

What would you add?

Would you change anything? If so, what?

What are your spiritual outcomes that you are aiming for in your children’s ministry?

One Response to “Children’s Ministry in a Missional Paradigm: Spiritual Outcomes”

  1. jabberfrog May 18, 2009 at 1:10 am #

    I like the outcomes. I would be tempted to leave off "to have an amazing life" from #3 only b/c 'amazing' is subjective. But if you accomplish #1 & #2 then the definition of 'amazing' should fall into place.

    Curious how you will keep the focus on the 'know' as an active term. Your posts defining missional tell me that knowledge means nothing if action isn't a result. 15 years down the road, how do you suppose your predecessor will define 'know'?

    We both know that unless it's rooted in the culture of the church it doesn't last beyond the generation that started it. Can you share with us how you will do this? Would love to hear your approach to ingraining these in your families.

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