Episode 389: Children’s Ministry in Different Cultures

In Episode 389 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss starting a children’s ministry in different cultural contexts.

“I am a pastor working with rural pastors to equip them in church planting and church growth. Most of the time I find that the pastors have no incentive or manpower to run children’s church, so the kids end up just playing outside until church is over. Which here, in Kenya, could mean up to four hours every Sunday. Any tips or principles I can apply to them to help them along the path to investing in our little ones?” 

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • How you can invest in children’s church in your culture
  • Tips for kids curriculum

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “It’s several hours of not being a steward of the opportunity of being with children.” – @edstetzer
  • “Could we take some small steps in adding structure?” – @edstetzer
  • “The key here is not just letting them go to be completely on their own.” – @danielsangi
  • “Kids can be really creative when they are bored.” – @danielsangi
  • “In some way move the ball to a more intentional teaching or training strategy.” – @edstetzer
  • “If you are only taking adults out of the service for an hour, there are still several hours they can participate in.” – @edstetzer
  • “Have the kids stay for the singing and then dismiss them for a children’s church program.” – @edstetzer
  • “Using pre-existing curriculum will help to empower your volunteers to take care of the kids and instruct them in the ways of the Lord.” – @danielsangi
  • “Denominational connections may be able to help provide access to resources.”- @edstetzer

Additional Resources:

Help us Multiply the Mission:

  • Please subscribe
  • Leave a rating and review on iTunes
  • Ask a question by clicking Send Voicemail on the right hand side of NewChurches.com
  • If you’re on a phone or a tablet, then go to www.speakpipe.com/newchurches to download the app and record your message
  • When you’re recording, introduce yourself and your context in about 15 seconds and then record your question for 30 seconds


This Episode’s Sponsor:





One of the greatest predictors of a disciple’s spiritual growth is regular Bible reading. That’s why Lifeway created the Daily Discipleship Guide. To download four free sessions of the Daily Discipleship Guide, visit BibleStudiesforLife.com/DDG.

Published May 23, 2019

P.S. Get our best content in your inbox

We send one email per week chock full of articles from a variety of Church Planting voices.