When Laura and I were first married, we invested in the kids in our local neighborhood and in the church on Sunday morning. We heard a statistic that 80 percent of adults who knew Jesus came to know Him before they were 18 years old, the majority of those coming to Jesus when they were 12 and under.
We knew whatever we invested in a child’s life would bear fruit for eternity.
Whether it was working in the nursery at church, leading Bible Clubs in our front yard or raising our own kids; one thing we knew was if we wanted to impact the world we could do it by investing in kids’ lives because they were the most open to Jesus.
I remember walking into a 7/11 about five years ago and a very polite woman behind the counter spoke up and said, “Mr. Jimmy, is that you?”, and I said “Yes, my name is Jimmy. I’m so sorry I don’t remember your name.” She said, “It’s me! It’s Chante! Don’t you remember? You and Miss Laura used to pick me up at my house when I was a little kid.”
All of a sudden all of the memories came flooding back about Chante. She was full of life and also quite a challenge. Many times we had to take her home from our Bible Club because she was being disruptive. She talked about drifting in her teenage years but always thinking about Laura and me and the time we invested in her as a child. Today she’s loving Jesus, very committed to her church and raising her daughter.
When I look back at the extra effort Laura and I put in during those days to care for other people’s kids; it was probably the greatest investment we ever had in life and ministry.
To invest in children is to invest in the Kingdom of God.
So, here we are with another great opportunity at Antioch Community Church. We have anywhere from 800 to 1,000 kids on a Sunday morning. We need laborers. We need men and women who are willing to love kids one semester at a time; to care for and invest in them so they not only come to know Jesus but are mentored and discipled. When we do, we will have an opportunity to one day look back and know we invested in young people at the most important time in their lives.
Jesus loves the little children, and so do we!
Let’s invest in the next generation so our kids know they are central to God’s purpose, plan and mission for our city, our nation and the nations of the earth.
If you are interested in jumping in and serving with our Kids Ministry, please join us this Sunday, September 4th, for a training from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the Kindergarten Room (former Journey Room). Childcare and lunch will be provided. Register for the training here. If you will not be able to attend the training, but would still like to serve, fill out this form and one of our Kids Ministry staff members will connect with you.
By Jimmy Seibert, Senior Pastor