And that is how our children’s ministry has grown. The children in our community know that they are loved here. They know that we are going to provide a free meal for them, but it’s so much more. They know they will be loved by our leaders and that they’ll have a good time. But we also are increasingly working to reflect Christ in everything we say and do. This means that the kids are also experiencing the aroma of Christ and the life-changing gospel of Jesus. That keeps them coming back and it keeps them bringing their friends.
Secondly, when we get first-time guests to our Wednesday evening their experience is markedly different than it would be if we got them here by some sort of campaign. It’s also different than it would be if we promote ourselves as being awesome and amazing and that they are going to have the time of their life and this is going to be the best Wednesday they ever have. You do that stuff and kids come in with a certain expectation. It gets them thinking as consumers. And eventually you’ll disappoint a customer.
But we don’t view our children as customers or consumers. We aren’t focusing on getting them here. We are working on setting our focus upon what happens when the kids are here. Even if that meant 5 kids. We aren’t asking on a weekly basis whether or not our ad campaign worked. We don’t measure success by how many kids showed up. We measure success by whether or not kids were loved and whether or not God met with them through His precious gospel. To be cheesy and tweak a line from Field of Dreams, we believe “If you build them they will come”.
And so we don’t do church advertising. And we see new kids about every week.
We also understand that the whole thing could fizzle and nobody show up some Wednesday night. We depend upon faithful volunteers being dedicated to loving children and sharing Jesus. And God is faithfully drawing children and adults to Himself here. We aren’t really doing anything but planting and sewing. We are just faithfully plodding along and as of right now God is working in hearts and kids are showing up. Some day those numbers might dwindle. But we’ll keep doing mostly the same thing we are doing.
Loving people. Preaching Jesus. For the long haul.
And that doesn’t require an ad campaign.
This article on church advertising originally appeared here, and is used by permission.