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Children’s Ministry in the Year 2025: Part 3

January 23, 2018 — Leave a comment

Last week, I shared some thoughts from the breakout I had the opportunity to present at CPC18. The breakout focused on the trends in children’s ministry over the past 10 years, the expectations for the next 10 years, and how children’s ministry can be prepared to reach the parents and kids of 2025.

I broke down the research and trends into five objectives. Here are the first two objectives.

An effective children’s ministry in the year 2025 will…

Focus on Marriage and Parenting Enrichment

Find a Balance between Technology that Engages and Technology that Entertains

You can read about the First Objective and Second Objective here.

As mentioned in Part 2, 88% of millennials have a Facebook profile, and more than half report using the site multiple times per day. The millennial parents are passing this infatuation with connectivity through the digital world is sure to be passed down to their children.

One of the defining influences for Generation Alpha—those born from 2010 to 2025—is the fact that they are born into a fully digital world. Where previous generations clumsily adopted technology as a new part of life, Gen Alphas have known no other way of life.

Companies are already marketing to millennial parents and alpha kids by stocking toy departments with AI toys, WIFI enabled games and iPad cases specifically designed for the grip of toddlers.

This generation will live their entire lives connected and online. They could be the first generation whose smartphone recognizes them more easily than half their friends.

It’s still early, but it’s clear that technology and social media will change the way Generation Alpha interacts with one another and with the world around them. As we think about living in a fully digital age by 2025, we come up with the third objective for effective children’s ministry.

An effective children’s ministry in the year 2025 will…

Provide Real Relationships in a World of Virtual/Augmented Reality

Social media will provide millennial parents and alpha children more friendships than we ever thought possible, but it will also leave them struggling to develop real relationships.

The digital world does not educate us on how to have compassion or empathy. It does not provide us opportunities to practice active listening. Most importantly, it doesn’t give us the chance to see the real person who is hiding behind tweets, pictures and post of their perfect life. Seeing the real person is important because that is the opportunity we all need to speak the Gospel into one another’s lives.

Jesus built His Church upon relationships, and it will continue to grow and thrive on relationships. As we look ahead to 2025, we need to focus on providing opportunities for parents to connect with one another, for children to connect with trusted adults and their peers, and for the body of Christ to fellowship with one another.

If your church does not have a healthy system for discipleship, it’s time to start talking. If they only way you know someone was at church on Sunday was their Facebook check-in, then start thinking about how you can foster more “FaceTime” with real people in real conversations.

I pray that our church would be a place where children walk into the building and are greeted by name by teachers, friends, and the Pastor. I feel the important of this habit now, but I’m afraid it will be even more critical in the next 10 years.

How are you creating opportunities for real relationships within your church?

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