As a pastor to kids one of the questions I get asked a lot is, “How do I lead my kids to Christ?” It’s a question I’m always excited to answer. Here’s a quick snapshot of what I usually tell parents:
Recognize the signs
A lot of parents I meet with pressure their kids into accepting Christ before they’re ready. I get their heart for wanting what’s best for their child. But moving too fast can hurt kids just as much as moving too slowly. Here are a few signs to look for:
- They begin asking about spiritual things
- They experience a change of behavior indicating the Holy Spirit’s work in their life.
- They begin to put pieces together as it relates their personal relationship to God.
Use language your kids will understand
As adults we’re not always great at communicating in “kid-speak.” We’ve been grown-ups for so long we forget what kids do and don’t understand. Here’s some more helpful ways to communicate the Gospel to kids on their level:
Keep your talks simple and focused
Short and simple is usually the best way to go with kids. Say it simply and repeatedly. Here’s the book we give out to parents to go through with their kids to help them help their kids understand why it’s important to have a relationship with Jesus and how to have one.
Be okay praying “the prayer” more than once
Loved this quote from Leading Your Child to Jesus by David Staal:
“If your child more fully understands salvation this month or this year and wants to pray again, or possible just wants to be sure about the issue, your guideline is simply to encourage him. I don’t find any passage in the Bible that says it is wrong to pray a salvation prayer more than once. Although once is literally enough for eternity, praying more frequently might offer a kid greater comfort and certainty.” – pg 80
Remember the right time is in their time
Don’t rush your kids. This has to be their decision. You can’t make it for them. The more you keep your eyes open for the signs, use language they can understand, keep your talks simple and focused, the more you and your kids will be ready for the day they’re ready.