One Generation Away

Leadership //

I have heard it said many times that Christianity in America is only one generation from extinction. Unfortunately, as I look around and as much as I hate to admit it, I believe that this is true. If we do not make a renewed effort to spread the Gospel, this may happen. If we do not decide to step out in faith and go where God leads, this may happen. If we, as the church, continue on the path that we are currently on, then this could be our future.

I see a different future.

As a children’s minister I am passionate about children’s ministry. Some may say that my views may come from that passion, but I don’t think so. As I look at the children of today I see something different. As I look at children’s ministers today I see a different future.

Are these kids the future?

I believe that God is raising up a generation that will spark a re-emergence of the gospel in America. I believe that God is raising up a generation of children’s ministry leaders that will reach these kids and make disciples of them so that they can do that which God is calling them to do. You see the answer for our country is not in politics. The answer is not in getting the right person in the right office. The answer is not in trying to legislate morality. The answer is in the GOSPEL.

This generation is a generation that hungers for the gospel like none before it in American history. This generation will have faith unlike any that has come before it in this country. This generation has the potential to bring America back to God.

If this is to happen we need a generation of children’s ministers that have a similar faith and hunger for the gospel. We need a generation of children’s ministers that is willing to step beyond what is comfortable for the sake of the gospel. We need a generation of children’s ministers that seeks God’s direction and FOLLOWS IT.

I believe that this generation of children’s ministers is here.

If we are to reach this generation of children we need to spend less time searching for the right curriculum and more time reading the original children’s ministry curriculum, THE BIBLE. If we are to reach this generation we need to spend less time asking FaceBook, Twitter and other sources what we should do in our ministries and start asking the one to whom these ministries belong, GOD. If we are to reach this generation we need to set aside our fear and step out boldly, in faith, trusting that God will do what He says.

Today I want to challenge children’s ministers. Take up the challenge that I have placed before you. No longer be satisfied with the few children you have at your church. Never rest until EVERY CHILD in your community has heard the gospel, but don’t stop there. If every child in your community has heard the gospel, them move onto others. Don’t stop until every child in your county, state or in our country has heard the gospel. When we reach that, then let’s take on the world. Let us not grow tired of doing what is good.

I invite you to take up this challenge with me. Let’s see what GOD wants to do through HIS ministry in us.






About the Author

My name is Matt Norman and I am the Children’s Pastor at The Rock in Winter Haven, FL. I am married to my high school sweet heart Kim and have two kids; Trey, 11 and Jayden, 4. I love being in ministry to children and their parents, as well as to other adults. I love sharing the gospel and other Biblical truths. I love worshiping and leading worship.  I love seeing kids grow spiritually. I love equipping God’s people for works of good service. Basically, I love ministry. In addition to ministry I have spent 17 years working in a local hospital, 16 of them in the emergency room. Trust me this experience comes in handy in children’s ministry. God is working in my life. I don’t yet know what he has planned, but I know that it is going to be cool. I’m watching and praying and doing what I can to make myself ready for whatever it is that God is working out in my life and my ministry. I love teaching kids and adults alike. If you are looking for a camp speaker, or a special speaker for your training event then use the email link at the top of the page to contact me. I would love to come along side you to have a greater impact on kids and their families for The Kingdom.