A few weeks ago, I started a new contract job as the director of a summer camp. I was really looking forward to influencing some children and youth with the values and vision of the kingdom. But it was not meant to be. Due to low enrollment, it looks like the board at the church will be pulling the plug on this camp. I know that the camp is just another program and its end is not at all an end to the kingdom. But I cannot help think about what this demonstrates about children’s ministry. Does anyone care about the children?
A friend of mine, Scottie May (professor at Wheaton College) was scheduled to teach a course of children’s ministry at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto last January. Unfortunately, like my camp, it was cancelled due to low enrollment. The same thing happened at a local Bible College. What is happening? While the scholarly study of children’s spirituality is rapidly growing, church leaders have yet to recognize the immense value of children. We need to change this.