March 16, 2015

What’s my job again?

It still amazes me that out of all the professions God could have called me to, He chose children’s ministry.

I still remember the first time I saw children in a service crying out to God, unprompted.  It was pure worship.  And it was there that God called me to lead children.

For years I struggled in my understanding of what that truly meant. I just knew I had a desire to recapture that moment when I was first called. I wanted every child to know the freedom and power of walking in Christ’s grace. With that burden came the struggle of trying to figure out how to make that desire a reality.

Everyone in children’s ministry has a different philosophy. Some think that it is all about small group connection. Some think that true understanding comes in wowing them in large group environments. Others think that it’s all about equipping the volunteers. And with others, parent connection is the primary goal.

With so many thoughts I often struggled in finding my identity. The only constant was the nagging feeling that no one had cracked the code on how to truly teach our children the Word of God.

Proverbs 22:6 says,

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

My grandfather used to tell me that it was because of this verse that he always knew my uncle would be OK. No matter how far he strayed from God, he would one day come back. But I don’t believe that training our children to follow God means they will never leave the faith.

I believe that when we train our children to follow God, that we are planting a seed. And no matter how far they may run away from God and their faith, I believe that seed sticks with them.

Today, I have the awesome privilege of speaking to hundreds of kids each week. And it is in my times of reflection that God has revealed to me what I am truly called to do.

My mission is to do whatever it takes to get this generation excited about the Word of God, and equip our parents with tools to become seed planters.

I want Cornerstone Kidz to have a passion and desire to seek after God like no other generation has before. I don’t want them to just be a generation that goes to church; I want them to be the church.

Cornerstone Kidz is going to be a place that equips parents and engages students, because together we can train our children in the way they should go.

Pastor Paul Adams
Children’s Pastor


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