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Here’s a compilation of children’s ministry quotes from Children’s Ministry Basics. You’re welcome to freely use them to clarify, inspire, motivate or enlighten your writing or speaking. Or use them to stimulate your thinking, lend a fresh voice to a discussion, or support a point you want to make.

Children’s Ministry Quotes – Children

First and foremost, children’s ministry must inspire children to embark on and pursue a lifelong quest to know and be known by Christ. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

The aim of children’s ministry isn’t to grow children’s ministry – it’s to grow children! Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry should always have one eye open to the fact that children are a gift from God, are intricately made by God, and bear His image. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry strategies must become more orientated to equipping and encouraging children to experience faith as part of the rhythms of life. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

The context for children’s ministry is children anywhere and everywhere. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

The aim of children’s ministry isn’t to grow children’s ministry – it’s to grow children! Click To Tweet

Children’s ministry should be more about children loving Jesus than us loving children. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry flourishes when it identifies and prioritizes preaching and teaching that invites children to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus and love Him with all that’s in them and all they’ve got. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

For children’s ministry to aspire biblically and experientially to all it should be, we must teach children all about Jesus. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry blossoms when it involves children in hands-on learning. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry can be relationally focused, prioritize God’s Word, cultivate conversations, and facilitate experiential learning, but it falls short if it doesn’t help children to walk the talk. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s Ministry Quotes – Church

When children’s ministry mostly happens in the local church, it limits the enormous opportunities in all types of environments, to reach, rescue, root, and release children to grasp their full transformational impact in their families, communities, and nations. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Healthy children’s ministry actively incorporates and integrates people of all age groups and all sorts of diversity into the rites and rituals of the church. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry should be more about children coming to Jesus than children coming to church. Click To Tweet

If church structures don’t enable children’s ministry to grow, we’re up the creek without a paddle! Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry should be more about children coming to Jesus than children coming to church. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s Ministry Quotes – Definition

Children’s ministry is a process that connects children with Jesus and His Story. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry should, first and foremost, be about connecting with Jesus. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

If Jesus isn’t at the heart of how we’re defining children’s ministry, it isn’t children’s ministry! Click To Tweet

The definition of children’s ministry should be nothing more and nothing less than God’s people participating, by faith, in what Jesus is doing among children in the world. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

If Jesus isn’t at the heart of how we’re defining children’s ministry, it isn’t children’s ministry! Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s Ministry Quotes – Family

Children’s ministry leaders need to galvanize and coordinate efforts to strengthen family and intergenerational ministry in the years ahead. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

We’ve missed the boat when children’s ministry isn’t synonymous with family ministry. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry should be BIG on family ministry. Click To Tweet

A thriving children’s ministry doesn’t take the leading role in the discipleship of children. It supports parents by equipping them to permeate faith into the daily rhythms of family life. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry should be BIG on family ministry. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s Ministry Quotes – Future

The great enemy of the future of children’s ministry is saying, “Well, this is the way everyone else is doing it.” Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

For children’s ministry to thrive, it must progress into a new reality. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

One of the most formidable obstacles to the future health and growth of children’s ministry is the barriers we create in our minds. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

When there’s a comprehensive children’s ministry theology in place, we will have a clear sense of how to unveil the awesomeness of Christ and the mind-boggling love that He has for children. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry isn’t hindered by our lack of imagination but by our failure to unlearn old ways. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Progress in children’s ministry isn’t stalled by an absence of goodwill but by unawareness about what hinders growth. Click To Tweet

Our future hope for revitalizing children’s ministry lies increasingly with an incarnational approach. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

There’s no magic bullet for successful children’s ministry, but there are ways to significantly improve what you’re doing. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry will thrive when it’s in step with Jesus. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Progress in children’s ministry isn’t stalled by an absence of goodwill but by unawareness about what hinders growth. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

I’m praying, hoping, and yearning for a children’s ministry that is world-denying, Word-driven, family-dedicated, and Jesus-directed. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

For children’s ministry to thrive and not just survive, we have to think right; wrong thinking, unintended or not, always leads to decay. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s Ministry Quotes – God’s Word

God’s Word should inform and permeate every facet of children’s ministry. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

The flourishing of children’s ministry is contingent on God’s people thinking biblically and clearly. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Everything we do in children’s ministry should align, submit and be subservient to Scripture. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

God’s Word should inform and permeate every facet of children’s ministry. Click To Tweet

Children’s ministry should be more about children encountering the character of Jesus than children learning about characters in the Bible. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry can be Bible-based, child-friendly, or program rich, but if it’s not helping children meet Jesus, it falls short of God’s intent. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s Ministry Quotes – Jesus

Jesus is the inspiration, motivation, and justification for children’s ministry. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Sideline or negate Jesus, and you’re left with no one to inform, direct, or empower children’s ministry. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry exists for children to be exclusively devoted to Jesus and fully committed citizens in His kingdom. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Jesus is the One who organizes and sustains children’s ministry. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry exists to bring children to Jesus so they can be utterly, exclusively and uncompromisingly His. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

One way or another, we’re all called to children’s ministry – all charged with the awesome privilege of telling the next generation about the incomparable, unsurpassed, outstanding, all-wonderful Jesus. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

All the things we do in children’s ministry should be secondary to empowering children to love and live all out for Jesus. Click To Tweet

Jesus is the lifeblood, the very pulse of children’s ministry – the Person who shapes and draws it together. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

When children’s ministry equips children to imitate Jesus with real actions in actual circumstances, it fulfills what God intended. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

All the things we do in children’s ministry should be secondary to empowering children to love and live all out for Jesus. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Eliminate Jesus, and you eradicate the source, content, and purpose of children’s ministry. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry should have a robust Christological focus. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry doesn’t exist for itself. It exists to glorify Christ and fulfil His mission. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s Ministry Quotes – Unclassified

Children’s ministry, rightly conceived, should be life-changing and earth-shaking. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry thrives when we do it together. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

A trademark of children’s ministry should be thinking faith. We can’t wing it! Children deserve more than our guesses or speculations. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry involves Christians of all ages from all walks of life joining up with Jesus to connect children with Him. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

If children’s ministry is going to be Spirit-led, we must earnestly study the Scriptures, prayerfully wait on God for a Word in season, and rely on Him for the message. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry should innovate, reveal fresh expressions of God, and be fun! Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

A trademark of children’s ministry should be thinking faith. We can’t wing it! Children deserve more than our guesses or speculations. Click To Tweet

If we don’t raise the level of our thinking, we mire children’s ministry in mediocrity. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

To entrench a biblical worldview and restore children’s ministry to what God intended it to be, we must prayerfully, contritely, and humbly ask Him to transform our hearts, renew our minds, and purify our churches. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

Children’s ministry is far more than a noble idea or conviction. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

We’re messed up if we think children’s ministry is all about programs! Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

A vibrant children’s ministry cultivates reflective dialogue about Christian faith and practice. Dr. Lawson Murray, Children’s Ministry Basics.

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