Objectives of Children's Ministries

A child's spiritual well-being is just as important as her physical well-being.

In Proverbs 22:6, it says that parents must train their children in the way they should go and when they're older they won't be lost. This doesn't mean that children won't periodically stray away from what you taught them, but they'll always remember those lessons when they're faced with various challenges in life. Besides parents, church leaders can also contribute to children's spiritual well-being through a children's ministry.

1 Building of Moral Character

One of the most important objectives of a children's ministry is to build moral character in them. For example, if you're interested in teaching children an attitude of servanthood, you would hold some Bible lessons that teach about helping those in need with any resources that they have.

2 Fellowship with Like-Minded Christian Children

Another important objective is to help children establish close friensdships with fellow Christian children so that they can grow spiritually together and do various activities that are wholesome and that please God. This is especially beneficial for middle-school children, who are dealing with peer pressure and who need encouragement from others in their churches.

3 Gaining Knowledge of Biblical Truths

The children's ministry should also have the objective of instilling a strong knowledge of biblical truths in the children. When Christians learn to see events and issues in their lives from a biblical worldview, they can be more discerning in the decisions they make as they grow to adulthood.

4 Learning the Importance of the Church

When children are involved in a children's ministry, they learn that the church is essential for the well-being of all Christians. Tell them that when people sing in church, they are praising God, and that when they give money in church, they're not only supporting the church, but they are also helping to serve the community.

Thea Theresa English is a freelance writer who lives in New Orleans. She has written articles on career development, maintaining healthy relationships, politics and cultural issues. She is currently a graduate student at Tulane University where she will receive her Master of Liberal Arts degree.