Take a sneak peek at what Christian kids really
think about God, faith, church, and their world.
How often have you wondered about what's going on in kids' minds?
If only you could snoop into their brains, you'd pick up insights
about how they feel about God, how you could adapt your ministry,
and what they actually do with their faith.
Children's Ministry Magazine decided to do just that --
pick kids' brains about the very things many children's ministers
wonder about. So we set up an online forum with a group of kids
ages 9 to 12 across the country and asked some probing questions
about their faith, their friends, and what they think about the
world. Read on to get inside their heads.
What are the three most important things in your life
"Probably #1 of course is God because a lot of the cool things
that happen in my life are because of him. And God is someone to
talk to when I don't have anyone else. Number 2 is my family
because I could hardly do anything without them. My parents teach
me a lot of things and my sister is fun to play with. Number 3 is
definitely horses. I love horses. I work for my riding lessons and
they're important to me."-Meredith, 9
"Family, friends, and school."-Paige, 12
"My family, my religion, and basketball."-Daisy, 10
"Jesus, my family, and coming to know Jesus better and to teach
others about him."-Graham, 11
How can your ministry recognize and incorporate kids'
What can people see about you that proves you're a
"I always talk to God. I also try to do good things for others,
like if my friends want to play a game, I let them have their way.
I'm trying to humble myself, too."-Derek, 11
"I try to make everyone feel important and make sure no one's left
out. I care about people's needs. Also, I wear modest clothes that
don't have bad sayings on them."-Meredith, 9
"I think the only way that people see I'm a Christian is that I
"If people go to my room they see my Bible and Christian books. I
pray a lot and go to church. I wear my cross necklace every
"I try to make wise choices about movies, music, and clothes. I
try not to gossip, and even when someone is mean to me I still try
to be nice."-Moriah, 9
In what ways does your ministry teach kids to
incorporate their faith into the fabric of their
How do you feel about church? What do you like about it?
What do you dislike?
"I like to learn about important stuff like who God is, what's
going to happen to the world, and how we're supposed to act. I
don't like hearing about stuff that's completely useless, like
learning the same Bible story over and over. I know God created the
earth in seven days, and that Noah built an ark, Moses parted the
Red Sea, and Daniel was saved from the lions' den. I don't want to
learn that stuff again unless there's something there that I
"I dislike sitting and listening for an hour. It could be a little
more exciting."-Deanna, 12
"I like to go to church to learn more about what Jesus teaches us.
I don't like to be there so long."-Hunter, 9
"I don't like having to get dressed for church."-Nate,
"I love my church. I love the singing because it's modern
Christian music that I know. I love that it's more laid back than
strict...I feel very safe in my church. I don't like it when I
can't understand the sermon because then it feels like I'm behind
on what I need to know to be a good Christian for God. I don't like
that confused feeling."-Emily, 12
"I love being on the drama team and worship team at my church and
I'm glad that they let kids do that kind of stuff. I love the music
and teaching in my class. My teacher is really good at making the
lesson easy to understand and shows us how it applies to our
everyday lives. She also makes it really fun. In summer they have
really fun classes for the kids and they get really good teachers
to teach kids things like soccer, drums, skateboarding, tae kwon
do, and hip hop dancing."-Moriah, 9
What would your kids name as high points and low
points in your ministry?
Outside of church, what role does God have in your life?
When do you think or talk about God?
"I have these late night talks with my Mom and we talk about why
God does stuff, what's to come, what heaven is like, and what it's
going to be like to live forever. I like to talk late at night
because when I go to bed I get a little scared and go talk to my
Mom about it."-Derek, 11
"When I'm mad at my sister and say something mean, I think about
how God doesn't want us to do that and try to stop
"I don't know what role God plays in my life."-Deanna,
"Outside of church, God is still my only God, my best friend, my
father, my shepherd. I try to keep him in front of my mind, even if
I fail sometimes. I think about him when I see someone who needs
his help or when I see a beautiful sunset... Sometimes I'll just
have a conversation with him at no special time at all, telling him
about sports tryouts or math homework, even though he already
"In my house God is #1. We read the Bible, we pray, we do
devotionals, and we praise God. My parents are always teaching us
the principles of the Bible."-Moriah, 9
How do you help kids and families experience God
outside of church?