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Summer offers many opportunities to share the gospel with children through summer camp, sports, and music camps and VBS. Each of these camps provide an environment for children to hear the gospel message in a concentrated form and they are given an opportunity to make a decision for Christ.
Since this is such an important decision, I asked Julie Hammer to share at the recent Pastor’s Lunch some best practices when talking with children. Julie is the children’s minister at First Baptist Church, Lewisville and has many years of experience working with children. Here are some of her suggestions when sharing and working with children as well as a few of my own:
If the child can name some sins and admit to committing some of these sins, then, in my opinion, they are seeing themselves as a sinner in need of a Savior.
A child who is unable to name some of their own sins probably needs more time and should be encouraged to continue to learn more about Jesus and continue to ask questions.
While this list is certainly not exhaustive, I hope it will encourage the development of a plan to reach and disciple children. May God bless your summer children’s programs.