would like to continue conversation on the "Four Acts of Love." If
you haven't seen it yet, I encourage you to check out Group founder
blog. He's doing a series based on his new book, and he discusses
things people today want to find in a church-what he calls the
"four acts of love." Last week we looked at the act of genuine humility. Today we'll talk about
another act of love: divine anticipation.
Thom has recently touched on this act of love on his
"Research by the Barna Group reveals that only 44 percent of
people who attend church every week say they regularly experience
God at church," according to Thom. "They're not looking for the
deep theological trivia that seems to interest a lot of preachers.
They crave something rather simple. They want to be reassured that
God is real, that he is more than a historical figure, that he is
present today, and that he is active in the lives of people around
Do the kids in your ministry experience God? How do you help
kids discover that God is relevant to their lives? Here are three
things you can do to help your kids discover a personal connection
1. Cut the "story" lingo. We've talked about it
A quick way to destroy kids' faith in the Bible is by referring
to it as a story. Executive editor of Children's Ministry Magazine,
Christine Yount Jones has a lot to say on this topic. "Even
worse-I've heard many referring to the entire Bible as the 'Big God
Story.' Some in this camp even refer to God as the 'main character'
in the 'Big God Story.' Yikes! We will reap what we sow! If we are
guilty of fictionalizing God's Word, how will our children ever
believe in its truth?"
2. Ask for God sightings. Here's a simple
exercise that has amazing results. Simply ask kids to share their
God sightings: anytime they've seen God at work. At first, kids
answers may sound a little silly…seeing God at work through their
pets. But make this a tradition. It helps train kids to be active
in looking for God. This is also a great activity to do with your
team of volunteers!
3. Pray. Let your kids pray. And don't just
have them bow their heads as you pray. Do interactive prayers. It's
not as hard as it may sound. Play some worship music and let kids
draw their prayers to God. Or take kids on a prayer walk around
your church. At the very least, allow kids a chance to speak to
If you want to know more about the The Four Acts of Love, make
sure to check out Thom's blog, and take a look at the new book Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore by
Thom and his wife, Joani.
What are some ways you help kids discover God? Let us know in
the comment section below!