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5 Brutal Facts About Children’s Ministry–And What to Do About Them

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Is your children’s ministry reaching children that slip through the cracks when they graduate from your ministry? There are some brutal realities related to children’s ministry today.

Here are five brutal facts that affect our children’s ministries today:

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  1. Between 1997 and 2004, churches lost tens of thousands of Sunday school programs, according to data from the Barna Group.
  2. Average weekly children’s Sunday School attendance for churches is 64 children, down from 83 in 2013 and 70 in 2011.
  3. One in four churches (25%) say their Sunday School attendance is more sporadic than five years ago.
  4. A ten percent decrease over the previous two years, approximately three in four churches held Vacation Bible School during 2014.
  5. Recent VBS daily attendance reported is 73 children on average. The average was 85 children in 2013 and 88 children in 2011.

Jesus calls us to operate in the tension between current reality and hope. He will join us in facing the most “brutal facts of our reality” knowing we will prevail in the end. Jesus is our prevailing hope! We have a power in Jesus that is greater than the world.

“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world” (1 John 4:4).

When we give our ministries to Jesus, he is the only one who can transform them. No wonder we get frustrated. We can’t do this on our own. Come to Children’s Ministry Local Training to learn more about how to create a ministry that captures kids’ heart and attention for a lifetime.

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Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 28 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as co-director of the KidMin Conference. She’s led teams in the development of leading innovative resources, including Buzz Instant Sunday School curriculum, Grapple Preteen Curriculum, and the new Dig-In Sunday School curriculum. Follow Christine on Twitter @ChristineYJones

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  1. Hi Christine

    Hope this email finds you well.

    I would like to kindly invite you to speak via Skype at the Children’s Conference hosted by Church of the Holy Ghost, in Johannesburg (South Africa).

    The Children’s Conference will take place from the 7 – 9 October 2016.

    We would like you to speak on the 8 or 9 of October. The topic can be about Children’s ministry – the role of Children at the church and community, programmes to attract children in the church etc.

    Please feel free to contact me shoukd you need any clarity.

    Looking forward to your positive feedback.

    Kind regards
    Ndlelanhle Khuzwayo

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