In this article Phil Vischer reflects on what changed his life as a child. You might know I have a deep appreciation for Phil Vischer and I would love to tell you why, but it is too long for a brief post. Much bigger than my appreciation for the work Phil has done with children’s ministry is my gratefulness to work at a church, and have my children growing in a church that encompasses this very articles theme.
Phil writes, “As I look back, I realize none of the things that actually changed my life at my church cost anything at all. They required no money. No resources. No fancy buildings, fancy equipment, or fancy intentions. They simply required people showing up and being the body of Christ. Loving on a young boy with a limp.”
I am not trying to be prideful or even say our church has it all together because the reality is that no church does. BUT I can say with all boldness that each program and event we set into place we fill with volunteers who truly love God and out of that love, love your children. I see such importance in creating environments where kids feel loved, known, and taught the truth of Christ. So please read his reflections because they are much more eloquent than if I were to continue to ramble, and just know it is not about the money, or the ‘funnest’ events it is about the relationships. And I challenge you to reflect on your own spiritual growth and think about the ‘who’s’ and the ‘what’s’ that shaped it. I bet you will find more people than programs.
For more from Phil check out a previous post Teaching a False Gospel