As parents and Kids Ministry Leaders, we want the kids in our lives to have a love for God and the Bible, to spend time in His Word. However as the national stats reveal, Biblical literacy is in decline:
• In 2012, LifeWay Research surveyed almost 3,000 Protestant churchgoers . . . The results were staggering—only 19% of them read the Bible daily. [i]
• Unfortunately, some teens are finding it difficult to find time to engage with the Bible. According to the Teen State of the Bible research, 14 percent of teens surveyed said their reading declined in the last year. The number one reason given for the decline (41 percent) was being too busy with life’s responsibilities. [ii]
What can we do to change this trend? A first step is to be intentional in choosing a Child’s Bible.
LifeWay discovered that moms they interviewed said that their kids shut down and stop reading the Bible if they can’t understand or relate to their Bible. [iii]
Below are some tips for Parents and Kids Ministry leaders in choosing a child’s Bible. The first video is a quick 2 minute video that you can share with parents on social media, etc. The second video goes more in-depth.
[iii] Nothing Less: Engaging Kids in a Lifetime of Faith by Jana Magruder
Kids in the Word is a discipleship strategy focusing on developing Bible skills and the habit of reading God’s Word.