Evangelizing Children – Caution…Hidden Dangers Ahead!

Keith Tusing September 21, 2011 7

Evangelizing Children   Caution...Hidden Dangers Ahead! Children\s Ministry YouthWe have begun a week of discussions centered around the idea of Evangelizing Children.  As a Parent, Pastor, or Children’s Leader evangelism should be one of our top priorities.  However, there are potential dangers we should take into account. On one side, there’s the danger of leading children to think they are saved when they are not. On the other side, there’s the risk of discouraging children who express a genuine desire to follow Christ. With that said, we must approach the idea of Child Evangelism with our “eyes wide open” and our focus on Christ!

Today,we are also Giving Away an Evangelistic Tool to Everyone who Leaves a Comment to our discussion.  So,  let’s take a look at what I believe are some of the possible “Dangers” of Child Evangelism:

The Danger of Oversimplifying the Gospel of Christ

Because of a child’s limited comprehension, the temptation for many leaders is to oversimplify the message of the gospel when they attempt to evangelize children. Sometimes this comes from programmed approaches to child evangelism, which can may abbreviate the gospel, downplay the demands of the gospel, or leave out important points of the gospel completely.

The Danger of Coercing a Profession of Faith

Regardless of whether the Gospel is presented in an oversimplified or thorough manner, many request some type of immediate response to that message. It could be a show of hands in a group setting, a rote repetition of “the sinner’s prayer,” or almost anything that may be counted as a positive response. Children will almost always respond in whatever way adults ask—not at all guaranteeing real acts of faith in Christ

The Danger of Assuming the Reality of Regeneration

This next danger is assuming that a child’s positive response to the gospel is full fledged saving faith. Children often respond positively to the gospel for many reasons which are unrelated to any awareness of sin or real understanding of spiritual truths. Many children, for example, profess faith because of peer pressure at church or a desire to please their parents.

So, with these possible Dangers in mind Tomorrow we’ll discuss what I believe are the Keys to Evangelizing Children.  Check back and share your thoughts!

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7 Comments »

  1. James Buchanan September 21, 2011 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Good stuff Keith.  I would also add:
    1.  Danger of not following up.  i.e. after an event or camp.  A decision can be made for Christ but then what???
    2.  For Church Leaders – danger of leaving the parent out of the loop on decisions in ministry events i.e. Sunday Morning….
    3.  Danger of using scare tactics – I am thankful for my experience, but I accepted Christ in sixth grade because I didn’t want to go to hell.

  2. Keith September 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    James,
    Great points.  Follow up and parental involvement are huge!

  3. Vanessa September 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I agree that it is very important to follow up and help kids grow in their faith and live as God’s child.

  4. Becky September 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Agreed! Been wondering what steps to follow and how to lead a child to Christ as a ministry worker. To let them ask or be intentional and place it in front of them without them feeling forced; also wondering what our part is and what you might leave to the parents. Looking forward to learning more this week about this subject! 

  5. Brandon Andrews September 22, 2011 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Deciding to accept Christ is step one – then ensuring that we walk with them is the real test!  How much will we be willing to spend time investing in their walk?

  6. Wanda September 22, 2011 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Great post. We way too often “still-birth” kids spiritually. Then we wonder why we hear “I tried Christianity when I was a kid and it didn’t work for me.”

    My post on Beware Presenting the Gospel http://www.kidtrek-sundayplus.org/2011/05/23/child-discipleship-beware-presenting-the-gospel-to-children/

    One of my biggies is making sure we put the abstract concepts of salvation into concrete language the kids can understand.  Here are some helps with that 
    http://www.kidtrek-sundayplus.org/2011/05/20/child-discipleship-salvation-terms/

  7. Kevin February 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    I’ve been reading up on child evangelizing, and this is the first time I’ve seen the dangers of it noted. Great job, and I will let the members of my church, who are involved, know about this site. God bless!!!

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