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The Holy Spirit In Children’s Ministry

Leadership / Leadership //

As I have mentioned before I am a nurse in my “other job”. Over the course of 16 years of working in the ER I have learned the value of following my instincts, of “going with my gut”. Well, I have also learned the value of this in my ministry. If you are anything like me, Sunday mornings are hard work. There is a lot to get done, and it seems like no matter how prepared you are, there’s always more to be done. Don’t misunderstand me, I LOVE Sunday mornings! For me that is what the rest of the week is all about. Sunday is game day, and I’m not talking about the NFL. However, because of the hectic nature of Sunday, I tend to want to stick to the schedule because it’s easier that way. My tendency is to stick to the script because deviating from it causes stress.The problem with this thought is that sometimes God has different plans. It’s easy to say that our desire is to always follow the Holy Spirit, but if we are honest there have been times when we felt like we should go in a direction other than the one we planned for, and we just didn’t. I have plenty of those under my belt, but I’d like to share a story of one of those times when The Holy Spirit had a plan different from mine and I actually followed it.

It was a Sunday like any other. I was going along with my lesson as I had planned when I had this strong urge to move to a salvation lesson. This was right in the middle of the service and completely unplanned. In fact this happened during our second service, and I had already been through my planned message once that morning. Despite this, I had an undeniable feeling that I needed to present the plan of salvation right then. We were in the middle of a song; so, as the song progressed I looked around at the kids trying to figure who this message would be for. Yes, I do understand how crazy that thought was, but I did have the thought. Anyway, as the song ended I move to the front of the stage and went through the plan of salvation. After going through the plan and the prayer I asked anyone who had prayed the prayer for the first time to raise their hands. There was one 5th grader that had been attending for a few weeks that raised her hand. Let’s call her Suzy. That family did not come back to church for several months after that. When they finally did come back Suzy was a sixth grader, and she was no longer in our children’s church. Suzy did come by to visit us one Sunday, but she is now in “big church”.

In that moment when the Holy Spirit was telling me to do the plan of salvation, I had no idea that this would be the only chance I would have to lead this young lady to Christ. Now, I am not saying that Suzy would not have received Christ without me. I give the glory to God that he had a plan for this young lady and let me be a part of it. The point of this whole article is to say that we should never be afraid to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. In this case it gave me my one chance to lead this young lady to Christ. Only God knows what he has planned – so go with your gut, even if it takes you someplace you had never planned on going. You never know what the impact will be.

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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.