Three solid reasons to focus ministry toward children!
The 4-14 window
Statistics show that 70-80% of those who receive Jesus as savior do so in 4-14 age group. If you had a business and could identify the people group that would give you the most success, where would you focus your attention?
It is an understood fact that generally speaking, most people today form their worldview by the age of 13. This should give us a sense of urgency to fully train and equip children to help them have a Biblical worldview!
To be saved from a lifestyle of sin!
Jesus told us that the Kingdom of God is made up of “childlike” people and that it takes a “childlike faith” to enter the Kingdom of God. I believe a big part of God’s plan is for salvation to come at an early age so the individual can be saved from a lifestyle of sin and be able to live a full godly life! It is a powerful testimony to know that we can be saved “out of” a lifestyle of sin at any age. Yet consider the hope and impact a life lived for God from childhood can have! Think about living a life without all the baggage from a lifestyle of sin.
Statistics show that a minimum of 60% of teens leave the faith after leaving home. 80% of people in general leave the church after age 29. Only 9% of adults have a Biblical worldview!
Knowing all this plus the fact the majority of those who receive Jesus as savior are children and a big part of God’s plan is for His people to not have to be saved out of a lifestyle of sin but from a lifestyle of sin, should it not direct the church today to prioritize and intentionally focus ministry toward children?