I will state the obvious – I am a kid person. I find them hysterical, honest, endearing, emotional and pure. Kids love unconditionally because most of them haven’t learned how risky it is to love that way. I tell people, “If you want to feel loved, spend some time with a kid.”

I have found my spot with the kids at this church. My job is a dream job for someone who loves kids and loves Jesus. In the Journey (Antioch’s Kids Ministry for 1st through 3rd graders), we get to encounter, enrich and shape the spiritual lives of little humans who will grow up to be big humans with the potential for international impact. We get to play a supporting role to our parents, and sometimes be the voice that shares the Gospel with a child for the first time.

Kids need people to love them. Even the pastor’s kid with a prayer warrior of a mom probably wouldn’t turn to you and say, “It’s okay, I don’t need you (a person whom God has gifted uniquely) to love me right now.” Being involved in kids ministry is not about providing childcare while the grown-ups sit in “big church.” It’s about having the God-given honor of discipling and loving kids into their identity and destiny as Jesus followers.

I did not grow up following Jesus. And I have a lot of friends who gave their lives to Jesus at a young age, but for normal reasons, turned or fell away from God somewhere in their early teens before turning back to Him with a passion. I pray the kids at Antioch will have a different story; that their relationship with Jesus starts now and never falters. Not because of what it would say about me or this church or the Bible belt. But because of the righteousness that comes to those who believe Jesus is greater than their desire to sin. And maybe it would save them from some of the pain that inevitably comes during those wonderfully/horribly awkward teenage years and beyond.

This dream of kids who are sold out on loving Jesus at an early age won’t happen without the buy-in of the older generation. And while God is more than capable of doing all of this on His own, He miraculously invites us into the journey and says, “Can I work through you?” I feel like inviting people to work with kids is almost an advertisement for an ancient cure-all. “Do you want to feel beautiful? Important? Hysterical?  Like you’re actually making a difference in the world?” Yes, it’s about changing and molding the lives of the greatest first through third graders on the planet. But God seems to have a thing about blessing those who serve Him – and His children!

As we gear up for the fall, I am believing for our kids to have more fun than ever at church. And I am believing for kids to fall more in love with Jesus! It is always an honor and a privilege to be a part of what God is doing. And it’s a blast when He does whatever He’s doing with super soakers and ridiculous hats. I can promise you this – you couldn’t spend a year volunteering in the kids ministry without learning to see God in a new way. God is big. But He really likes those who are small.

By Jessie Nahom

Journey Pastor (1st – 3rd grade)

You can find your spot and serve in the Antioch Kids Ministry today! Start your application.