Child Evangelism…What’s the Best Way!

Keith Tusing September 19, 2011 5

Child Evangelism...Whats the Best Way! Children\s Ministry YouthThis week I would like to begin a discussion about Evangelizing Children.  Have you ever been to an event where the Gospel was shared with children and it made you Uncomfortable? Not uncomfortable about the Gospel being shared…but uncomfortable about how the kids were directed to respond?  I must admit this has happened to me on more than one occasion.

What about parents? Shouldn’t parents be engaged in such an important moment in their child’s life?  How would that look?  How could that work?  It it really necessary?

What about the actual conversations or steps leading up to a child accepting Christ as their personal Savior? Is there a right way?  a wrong way?  Does the age of the child play a role in what is appropriate?

Below  is one of the most common descriptions of “steps” I have seen used.  What do you think about it?

A - Admit that you have sinned and be willing to turn from your sin.

B – Believe that Jesus is God’s Son who died and was raised from the dead. This isn’t just believing with your head, but the willingness to turn from your sins and to turn to Christ as you Savior.

C – Call on the Lord, confess your sins, and commit your life to Him.

Obviously, I believe we should be sharing the Gospel and the love of God with kids!  So, what do you think are some of the most effective ways we can lead them to know Christ as Savior?

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  1. Tammy Jones September 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    I have the same concerns. We make sure that we are very carful about presenting the gospel and about how we handle any “decisions”. We never do a mass altar call with children, but counsel with each child that expresses interest.

  2. Vanessa September 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    I’ve heard evangelism described as a process. Children need to know the foundational biblical truths and they need to experience God’s unconditional love. We do need to be bold with our presentation of the truth of the gospel, but should never force a child’s response, but allow God to work and draw the child to Jesus. When a child is ready to make that step, we should be ready to talk to them to ensure their understanding. And it would be a good idea to share that decision with the child’s parents/family as well so they can celebrate too!

  3. James Buchanan September 19, 2011 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Here are some thoughts/questions on this subject:

    1.  The longer I am in ministry, the more I am weighing the issue of is it more about the “prayer” or the process/journey of coming to Christ?

    2.  When I talk to young kids about Baptism, most can clearly articulate the Gospel but may not know WHEN that happened in their life.  A lot of time with kids (and adults too) the Baptism becomes what we call “a stake in the ground” along their spiritual journey.

    3.  No matter the approach of evangelism, I think the most important key in any ministry is that their is an OPPORTUNITY to respond whether it be on a Sunday morning ministry or special event like camp.  If there is no opportunity – there is no response.

    4.  When dealing with kids, I think we as teachers/leaders have to be REAL careful in how we lead kids to decisions.  Because we have a lot of influence it could be easy to play the emotions and get 20 salvations every week – which may or may not be genuine.  it’s a fine line….

  4. Keith September 20, 2011 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Great points everyone.  Yes, caution is a key, especially with a “DECISION” time that involves children.  Yes, there needs to be the Opportunity given, but how it is given is a critical decision.

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