We Paused in Service for Leaders to Speak Biblical Affirmations into Kids’ Lives & Something Powerful Happened

Here’s a question that’s been challenging and convicting me over the past month: If I survey the kids in my church about whether they feel like they consistently have a powerful and meaningful experience with God in our services, would they say, Yes or No?

That question has been challenging and convicting because I think most kids at our church would say: No.

After coming to that realization, I’ve had to repent that I’ve put fun, production, and marketing above trying to help kids enter into the presence of God and be transformed by the Holy Spirit working within them.

As a result, at our church we’ve started to look for ways to create more space for the Holy Spirit to work within our services.

This doesn’t mean we’re throwing out fun, production, structure, the Bible or anything else.

In the most basic terms, it simply means we’ve begun to slow down in our services.

Harkening back to the title of this blog post, here is one way we slowed down recently that was really powerful for our kids AND leaders.

Every week we review something we call our 4 Big Truths with the Kids: 1) I can trust God no matter what, 2) God will never stop loving everyone, 3) Everyone is made in the image of God, 4) I need to tell others about Jesus.

In the past, we would quickly review the big truths, maybe add a little comic relief along the way, and move on.

But a few weeks ago, we did something different.

We slowed down.

We went through the 4 Big Truths like normal, but then the Large Group leader had the kids huddle in their Small Groups with their Small Group leaders.

Then leaders were instructed to be sensitive to which truth God specifically wanted each student in their Small Group to hear.

And we took 5 minutes for leaders to look each student in the eyes and, led by the Holy Spirit, affirm the kids in one of the truths.

Some leaders sensed that a child was going through something difficult at home or school and reminded that child that he or she could trust God no matter what.

Other leaders sensed that a child was feeling like he or she wasn’t important and reminded that child that he or she was made in God’s image to accomplish a special purpose.

During those 5 minutes, the presence of God was so palpable in the room as kids experienced God working through the Holy Spirit within our leaders.

I know this is a very short and simple post, but my hope is it will be a good reminder that it’s important to make room the Holy Spirit within our Kids’ Services.

Application Question: What is one element of your service in the next couple weeks where you can slow down to create space for the Holy Spirit to work through you and your leaders?

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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