I'm still stuck on this issue of assessment/measurement in children's ministry. For years here at Group we've grappled with the issue of assessment. In fact, we've longed for anyone–church, company, individual–to crack this nut. How do you measure spiritual growth results–beyond verses memorized? (So if you know anyone that has figured this out, let me know!)
One passage of Scripture that I love and believe has the essence of what we should be measuring in spiritual growth is in 2 Peter 1:5-8. Verse 8 says "For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." Hmmm….that sounds like a worthy goal for children's ministries!
So what are these qualities? Faith, goodness (moral excellence), knowledge, self-control, perseverance (patient endurance), godliness (being like Jesus), brotherly kindness, and love.
I would love to see something that can measure those qualities as indicators of spiritual maturity–at each child's level. Of course, we all know we may only have children for one hour a week. So all the more reason that an intentional spiritual growth plan at church (with measurement/assessment) must partner with the parents who see these qualities lived out at home. We would partner in "fruit checking."
I think this is more than possible; I believe it's doable and necessary. Anyone figured it out so far?