Fifty years ago the world knew not what was about to happen on the Ed Sullivan show. A group of 4 young men were about to invade culture and make an impact. They got to do what they loved to do: music! And here we are fifty years later singing their tunes because like it or not, the simple lyrics are in our heads. The Beatles engaged people.
Much more than any band that hit the USA, I think ministry to kids should be engaging. Let’s think bigger than tables, chairs and color pages and engage kids with the Good News! The Bible recounts of how Jesus engaged people. Jesus spoke the simple lyrics of truth and engaged those near him. He drew crowds. His conversation was about mercy and love which people longed to hear. Sometime it was a painful truth (rich young ruler) but never the less, truth that engaged. And they talked about what they had heard with one another. Like kids ministry, Jesus used practical every things to present truth. Mud, spit, wheat, fish, boats, bread and more. Everyday things can be engaging when presented in creative ways.
Jesus gave the high priority of an invite for kids to come to Him. Let’s not fear how we engage them, but be purposeful to draw them. Love Andy Stanley’s words on this: take culture which is ever changing to present that which NEVER changes. Why? He loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah.