By Joyce Samples
This article is an excerpt from the Brentwood Benson blog. To read the full article, visit blog.brentwoodbenson.com.
Children learn by watching role models in their lives, but they also learn by participating. Providing a children’s choir in which they can learn, grow, move, and serve in God’s kingdom is an important way to accomplish spiritual growth in each child’s life. 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.”
Involving kids in worship ministry early can keep them involved as teenagers, and then continue on into adulthood. A children’s choir can be an invaluable tool to train children up to be lifelong worshippers and can also be a way to bless the congregation.
It is too easy to leave the children out of the service of the Lord in church services. Yes, they can make noise. Yes, they can be distracting to the adults. However, participation in a choir can make kids aware that their actions and behaviors can affect the church. It can teach them to cooperate and learn from each other in ministry.
Children’s participation in leading worship can be as simple as allowing them to sing a Sunday school song in front of the congregation. I frequently tell our kids’ choir that they can minister to adults in ways that no one else can. How many souls might be saved because the small child sang about God’s love? Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:16)
Children singing in church is not Broadway. It won’t be perfect (not many things are), but it can be the start of a thriving music ministry that is a blessing to all ages of the congregation. It can be the simple element that leads someone to Christ.