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Fourteen Reasons NOT to Work with Children at Church

The past few weeks we have been learning about creation, Adam and Eve along with Cain and Abel.  It never ceases to amaze me what these children can understand.  Most adults don't realize what deep spiritual truths children can understand and apply to their lives.

First a funny story.  A couple of weeks ago we talked about God making Eve from Adam's rib because none of the animals were suitable, one little girl said, "Yes, God created Eve to be the mommy because Adam is the daddy.  You need a mommy and a daddy to have a baby.  I know how this works."

She's right! And I did chuckle a little at her wisdom at such a young age (she has younger siblings and newborn twin cousins). She she does indeed "know how it works".

Now on to this week's lesson.  We read about Cain and Abel being brothers, how God accepted one brother's sacrifice but not the other. Cain was not happy about it.  The kids were quick to pick up on this and identified it quickly as jealousy.  One student admitted being jealous of a sibling getting more attention at home in certain situations.  Another student agreed and had a similar story to share.  They are SIX YEARS OLD!!!!  Many adults would not have made this connection!

I constantly marvel at their understanding.  I am so blessed to be a part of kidmin! I confess, I do not understand the unwillingness of people to work with children. And thinking about that prompted me to write out some reasons that *I* would not want to work with children...

14 Reasons NOT to work with Children

  1. If you don't want to know the Bible better, don't work with children.
  2. If you don't want to be held accountable in your own walk, don't work with children.
  3. If you don't want to learn every time you walk in the door, don't work with children.
  4. If you don't want to see God in action, changing lives and hearts, don't work with children.
  5. If you don't want to smile and laugh, don't work with children.
  6. If you don't want to be convicted of sin and humbled, don't work with children.
  7. If you want to just slide by, fill a pew and check off your religion list, don't work with children.
  8. If you don't like being silly or foolish, don't work with children.
  9. If you don't want to grow in wisdom, don't work with children.
  10. If you don't want to grow in patience, love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness or self-control, then don't work with children.
  11. If you want to sit in church and "be fed", don't work with children (oh you will be fed alright but you won't sit to do it!)
  12. If you like to stay in a rut, doing the same thing day after day, don't work with children.
  13. If you don't like to be hugged, don't work with children.
  14. If you don't like to play, then don't work with children. (Play is children's work)

There are really many more reasons but I'll stop at fourteen.  I know that God has not called everyone to the same ministry, but at least once in your life you should try working with children. God will use you I promise!


  1. Children are such fun to work with.
    We open ourselves up to them and God teaches us through them.
    Very good list!


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