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How to Lead a Child to Christ

Leading a child to Christ is one of the most exciting things you will ever do. It can also be intimidating. Remember that, while God has called you to share this message, it’s the work of the Holy Spirit that leads a child to give his or her life to Christ.

Don’t give into your fears. Pray first. Then, invite the Holy Spirit to work with you as you share.

1. Be Conversational

When counseling one-on-one with a child, be conversational. Ask open-ended questions, then listen closely to the child’s reply. Questions to ask a child might include:
• Who is Jesus?
• What is sin?
• What is a Christian?
• Why do you want to become a Christian?
• How do you feel? (Sometimes the feelings we have are God’s way of speaking to us.)
• What has led you to start thinking about becoming a Christian?
• How long have you wanted to be a Christian?
 

2. Use the Bible

During the conversation, show the child verses in the Bible. Slowly explain the following verse to the child.

Postmodernism: Everything is Different

“Daddy, things are different today from when you were little.” If I’ve heard that once, I’ve heard it a thousand times from my eight-year-old son Evan.

Of course, he’s right. Things are different.

When I was younger, if someone wanted to get in touch with me, they either had to come to my house or they had to call my house. After all, that’s where the telephone was located— hardwired into the wall! Nowadays, with cell phones, we are accessible just about everywhere we go.

Cars are smaller today. Planes go faster. The world really doesn’t feel nearly as big today as it did when I was younger.

Evan is right, “Things are different today.”

But, does being different make the things of today better than the things of yesterday? Not necessarily. They are just different.

Over the last 50 years or so, there has been a remarkable transformation in how children see their world and their parents—and in how parents see their children and understand how they should be raised. There’s no debating it: families are different today. Or, as many would claim, we are living in a postmodern world.

Postmodernism?

What is postmordernism?

How much thought have you given to postmodernism? Maybe you’ve heard the term, but you’re not sure exactly what it means. Or maybe a pastor or someone in your church has talked about it, and you have only a vague idea about what it entails.

So what is postmodernism? Well, it depends. No, really, that’s the heart of it: it always seems to come down to someone saying, “Well, it depends.”

Free Downloads for Children's Missions

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WMU provides a number of free children’s missions downloads to help churches and families. To view each file below, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, available from www.adobe.com.

Activities:

Missions Games and Activities

Allergy Chart:

Download this allergy chart for each children's missions classroom. Laminate each copy to reuse. Use a grease pencil or washable/dry erase marker to note items used in a session each week.

A Little Recognition Never Hurts

Around this time of the year, missions education organizations begin preparing for their annual recognition services. These special services provide opportunities to recognize the accomplishments of boys and girls who have worked hard all year long. These services also provide an opportunity for family, friends, and church members to become more familiar with the church missions education program.

When considering your church’s recognition services, several key factors should be remembered:

Keep the service simple. Consider the age level of the participants. Keep the service focused on what they have learned and how they are able to express themselves appropriately. Don’t expect them to be adults in their presentations. Let them be the children God created them to be!

Maintain dignity in the service. Let your children know that dignity is honorable. Keep them aware of expected behavior as they participate in the service.

Conduct the service in a reasonable time frame. Give consideration to the attention span of the children and audience.

RA Basics

Royal Ambassadors (RAs) is a Southern Baptist missions education organization for boys in grades 1–6. RAs provides an opportunity for boys to develop Christian character through missions involvement and virtue commitments, in addition to growing spiritually, physically, mentally, and in relationships with others. Royal Ambassadors leaders utilize activities that are designed to help boys learn about God’s mission, participate in missions experiences, pray for and give to missions, develop and use mission skills, and learn about and support the missions work of their church and denomination.

Need More Info?
To learn more about the basics of Royal Ambassadors, including information on leading RA, steps to starting a group in your church, resources such as magazines and patches for groups, the motto and pledge, and more, download the RA How-To Flyer. (Download the 11x17 landscape version of the RA How-To Flyer.)

About Royal Ambassadors

Royal Ambassadors (RA) is an exciting and fun-filled missions education organization for boys in grades 16. RA is just one of the missions education organizations offered by Woman's Missionary Union (WMU). WMU provides a full line of resources for RA and other age-level organizations. Through RA, boys gain a greater understanding of God's work in the world and how they can join Him in His work.

RAs learn about the world, pray for the world, and learn how they can be used to tell others about God's Son, Jesus. An ambassador can be defined as a messenger or representative—someone who tells or reveals truth. Royal Ambassadors seek to share the truth that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. 

Welcome to Children's Ministry Day

Join thousands of children across North America in hands-on ministry in your community each February for Children's Ministry Day! Over the years, more than 150,000 people have been involved in Children's Ministry Day! WMU invites all children in grades 1-6 to participate. For more information about Children's Ministry Day, email children@wmu.org or contact your state WMU office.

Each February, thousands of children across North America participate in ministry projects on the same day: Children's Ministry Day. From feeding hungry people to visiting shut-ins, girls and boys follow God's command to "put your love into action" (1 John 3:18). Church groups create projects that meet needs in their own communities. WMU created Children's Ministry Day to move children out of their churches and into their communities to do missions. The first Children's Ministry Day was in 2008. Since then, more than 170,000 people have taken part in Children's Ministry Day! 

RA Camps

Do your Royal Ambassadors like to hike, do crafts, and learn about missions? Do your RAs enjoy swimming, playing games, and studying the Bible? How about making new friends they’ll never forget? If so, send them to RA missions camp!


What is the value of camp?

Should your group go to camp this summer? Consider these possible benefits as you make your plans.

Get away—Camp offers an escape.  Whether it’s time away from a difficult home life and unhealthy relationships, or simply a break from TV, cell phones, and video games, campers can get away from the distractions that keep them from listening to God.

Get connected—Relationships are formed as campers worship, live, play, and learn together 24/7. This experience creates a unique bond between campers and counselors alike. Children get to know their adult leaders as friends as well as mentors and disciple-makers.

RA Trek

RA Trek inspires RAs along their path of spiritual growth and missions education. RA Trek helps boys in grades 1-6 personalize and reinforce the missions concepts they learn during their regular RA chapter meetings. 

This optional individual achievement plan provides leaders with individual, age-appropriate Treks for Lads and Crusaders, over 120 suggested activities for your RAs, useful forms, award information, and much more!

RA History for RA Trek: In 2009, the North American Mission Board produced a brief history of Royal Ambassadors titled RAs: Celebrating the First 100 Years. As you work through RA Trek, you will use this history to better understand the importance of RAs in teaching boys to be Ambassadors for Christ. 


RA Trek Resources

Leaders may purchase the following items to support RA Trek in their church:

- RA Trek Leader Guide

- RA Trek Member Log (1-3)

- RA Trek Member Log (4-6)

- Jr. Ambassador Patch (Grades 1-3)

  •   Trek 1 (Chevron)
  •   Trek 2 (Chevron)
  •   Trek 3 (Chevron)

- Ambassador Patch (Grades 4-6)

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