The issue of church safety and security continues to be a hot topic inside our churches as well as in the public eye. Churches are being rightfully called out when they put our children and youth at risk, and this problem needs to be addressed more aggressively in our churches. As local church leaders, we must be committed to making positive and lasting changes to make sure that our churches have prepared environments where our kids will be safe and their families can feel secure.
The words of a song can inﬂuence you. Lyrics can shape you and mold the way you look at the world. They can also teach. The message gets buried deep down inside of us, and I think God purposefully designed music to be that way. And like everything in this word that teaches, music will either teach something that brings glory to God or it will teach something that doesn’t.
Parents are a vital part of children’s ministry, and it is important to engage them from the very start since they have the primary responsibility of discipling their children.
A Barna Group report on parents found that almost 90% of parents of children under age 13 believe they have the primary responsibility for teaching their children about religious beliefs and spiritual matters. The report concluded that parents are willing to provide spiritual leadership for their children, but are often ill-equipped to lead them in this way.
2018 was a year of firsts for me. I graduated college, traveled to places I had never been, started a new job and began working on my next degree. It was all so exciting and new. But one thing I did that wasn’t in my plans was say “yes” to leading children’s ministry at my church. Out of all my new experiences, this was, and continues to be, the scariest one.
Safety and security continues to be a very important trend in children’s ministry today. This is true for both small and large churches. Keeping our kids safe and secure needs to be a priority in every church. Safety and security is important to parents and it certainly needs to be important to us! As our churches think about the implications of safety and security in their ministry, use the following assessment questions to begin the conversation with your church leaders: