I am very excited to be returning to East 91st Street Christian Church! It is the church that my own children grew up in, and the church that we all call “home”. I look forward to doing ministry with you, and to being a part of guiding this next generation of children closer to Christ!
It has been my greatest privilege to be a part of Children’s Ministry for over thirty years. Hopefully I don’t seem that old yet, but I have learned a few things along the way. First, children deserve the very best that we can give to help them to know, follow, and love Jesus. Jesus loved children and put a high priority on them. He knew that kingdom belongs to even the littlest one and that how we teach and reach them today will have a ripple effect for decades to come. We have to be a church that strongly believes in ministry to young people, and it should our number one priority as a church.
Secondly, to really make an impact in kid’s lives, we have to diligently seek after their hearts. We must provide an excellent ministry, simply so that the door to their hearts will be open. That excellence can be flashy and fun, Bible rich, community deep, or quiet and meaningful. We provide a variety of growing experiences that create space so that they will be able to “hear” God in the way that connects with them the most. We strive to reach EVERY child for Christ. These created moments allow Christ’s message to seep into their hearts, take root, and grow into a living faith that they will one day call their own.
Thirdly, partnering with families is a key element to a successful Children’s Ministry. The church has roughly 40 hours to make an impact in the lives of kids. We will do everything we can in those 40 hours to point them towards Christ. Families though, have 3,000 hours a year to nurture spiritual development, and we are called to help parents leverage their hours for lasting spiritual rewards. The time spent with family is a game changer, and we want to help you make the most of every minute!
I look forward to meeting you all, and growing together!
With joy, Gerri