Thursday, September 22, 2016

Weekend Family Revivals in WV & TX

Mutable generations at the altar going after more of God
together in Troup, TX
We have had a great first 2 weeks of our Fall tour season. 

In Bolt, WV conducted a Friday throughSunday morning family revival at Bolt Church of God we saw 11 children and youth come forward to be born again and make Jesus Lord of their Life. During several of our services we saw the altars filled with entire families on their knees going after more of God. 

Pictures from our Family Revival in Bolt, WV

Last weekend we ministered at Martin's Chapel Church of the Nazarene in Troup, TX. On Thursday we did 2 Public School Assemblies in Price, TX and Troup, TX. Then on Friday through Sunday we conducted a Family Revival at the church and saw around 22 people including teens and adults make Jesus Lord of their life. It was awesome to see children, teens, parents, and grandparents all in one service learning together, worshiping together, experiencing God together, and having fun together. 
Multiple generations participating in our
Jubilee Gang Family Revival in Troup, TX
Multiple generations having fun and experiencing God together  during our Jubilee Gang Family Revival in Troup, TX

Jubilee Gang School Public Assembly in Troup, TX


Over the next 2 months we will be ministering in Oshawa, ON Canada, Front Royal, VA, Warren, MI, Picayune, MS, Edmonds, WA, and Port Angeles, WA. Please keep us in your prayers as we travel across America and Canada ministering to Children and Families. 

Testimonies from Pastors and Parents where we have ministered this Year.


This was an awesome weekend for our church. Everyone from the youngest to the oldest truly enjoyed the ministry of Jubilee Gang. We were looking for something for the whole family and Jerry and Candy did just that. They were a joy to be around and were flexible to what we wanted from an event. They have a heart to see people saved and discipled, and that shows through in their ministry. You will not be disappointed by having them at your church.
- Pastor Bill Harman Bolt, WV

We just finished a 3 day family event at our church with the Jubilee Gang and it was beyond amazing! Too see so many children and families actively engaged and coming to the alter to give their lives to Christ. Jerry and Candy have a true passion for our Lord and what they do! This event changed not only my children but myself as well. You could truly feel the presence of the Holy Spirit upon us. Every service was a new experience and left you hungry for more. New ways to look at your relationship with Christ and seek more of him! If given the chance to attend one of their events GO it's a must!!!!

- Jessica Jeffurs Springfield, OH

Jerry and Candy are awesome! Their love for children proves out each time they set up or tear down their set. It's no small process. I'm thankful and honored to know them and to have had them minister at my church. My Lead Pastor was so impressed that he had them do a Sunday morning service as a family service. I can't say enough about how great their programs are and how well they produce them. The ultimate reason I chose to have Jubilee Gang come to my church was that Jerry knows the importance of leading children and families to Jesus. The event is great, but the reason they do what they do is to lead people to Jesus. The altar service was always awesome, we saw many families impacted and several gave their hearts to Christ for the first time. If you really want to reach children and families for Jesus, the Jubilee Gang is a great choice (tool). They are awesome. It's rare in child evangelism to find people who are about salvation's, not just the entertainment.
- Brenda Bernard  Family Pastor at Loch Lynn Church of God in Oakland, Maryland

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How to promote a Family Service


How to promote a Family Service

As we travel across the United States ministering to families, we have learned that certain things work better than others in promoting a family event. Because the concept of family ministry is fairly new to the body of Christ, many church people have no idea what to expect. We have listed a few things that work and don’t work when promoting a family service to your church and community.

1. It’s very important that you not advertise this as a kid’s event or us as a children’s evangelist. If parents get the idea this is for kids, they will drop off their kids and leave. It’s very important that the lead pastor promote the event as a family event from the pulpit. He must let the people know this is a time for the entire family to enjoy church together instead of being separated. The event is for children, teens, and adults, this is a time for parents to bring their kids to a service that everyone can enjoy together. This is a time for grandparents to bring their grandchildren to church. This is a time for families to invite other families in their communities to church or adopt the kids next door for a day.

2. The messages will be simple enough for a child to understand but relative to all ages.

3. This is a time for entire families to learn together, get closer to God together, have fun together, and experience God and church together.

4. Too many times we separate children, teens, and adults during church. This is a time that everyone can be together in church, enjoy, and learn together.

5. This will be a fast paced Multi media event for the entire family.

6. In order to get the parents and grandparents to buy into this concept of a family service. It must be promoted correctly from the Lead Pastor.

Things you need to know about Jubilee Gang Family Events.

1. Because of our Muti Media presentations and Jerry’s teaching style, Jubilee Gang Family Events are able to reach multi-generational groups of people.

2. Everyone in attendance will enjoy and learn bible truths in a fresh and exciting way.

3. Adults will not feel spoken down to or out of place.

4. Adults, children, and teens will be encouraged to participate in the service, not just observe.

5. Many times adults leave our family events remarking on how much they got out of the service. 
Some have said they got as much out of the message as their children did.

Jerry Moyer 
 Jubilee Gang Ministries 

To find out more about Jubilee Gang Family Events Click the link below... http://www.jubileegang.com/family-events.html

To view an article Jerry wrote called “Family event VS Kids Crusade” click on the link below... http://www.jubileegang.com/assets/kids-crusade-vs-family-event.pdf.

To view an article Jerry wrote called “Family event on a Sunday Morning”” click on the link below... http://www.jubileegang.com/assets/family-service-on-a-sunday-morning.pdf

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Jubilee Gang Summer tour comes to an end with 138 Salvation's

Dear friends and partners:
We just finished our 2016 summer tour season at 6 churches in KS, NE, WI, MO, & OH. During these 6 event we saw 138 people come forward to be born again and make Jesus Lord of their Life.
  So far this year, we have traveled over 20,000 miles, ministered in 28 churches in 13 states and have seen 877 people come forward to be born again and make Jesus Lord of their life during our events.

 Next week we are starting our fall tour season. Over the next 3 months we will be ministering in Bolt, WV, Troup, TX, Oshawa, ON Canada, Front Royal, VA, Warren, MI, Picayune, MS, Edmonds, WA, and Port Angeles, WA.

Right before we started this last leg of our summer tour season our transmission went out in Elkins, WV which cost us over $5,000 to replace. Then one of our bearings went out on our trailer while traveling through MO and cost us another $400 to fix.
  If you would like to give to Jubilee Gang Ministries to help us cover the expense of these 2 repairs please click on the link below. 
Any help would be deeply appreciated and can be used as a tax write off.
Jubilee Gang ministries is a 501 C3 Tax exempt Non profit organization.

Testimonies From the road...

We just finished a 3 day family outreach with the Jubilee Gang. In my 10 years of serving on our Pastoral staff, this is the best thing we have ever done. Many kids of all ages responded to Jesus, as well as a few adults. Jerry and Candy love Jesus and kids.......they work very hard. Your church will be blessed by their ministry
- Jackie Mounts Springfield, OH

The ministry of the Jubilee Gang is outstanding. Jerry's wording throughout the evening is clear enough for the younger kids, yet those same words speak right to the hearts of teens and adults. In other words, the "Family Event" is definitely for the entire family!

- Pat Polo Lawson, MO

Jubilee Gang visited our church in Elkins, WV at the beginning of August and they did a phenomenal job. It seemed like Satan was attacking our church and everyone that week. However, God had different plans and we saw over 50 souls won to Jesus Christ that week. It was one of those moments and weeks that I will remember for a long time. There is nothing like seeing an altar full with entire families worshiping and seeking God together. They really did minister to the entire family, and lives were changed!

-Adam West Elkins, WV

The Jubilee Gang is awesome! Jerry not only makes teaching kids fun, but also he is deep and takes spiritual formation to the next level! I found myself being ministered to and taking to heart what was spoken by God through him. His altar calls and real worship time is excellent!

- Chris Siordia Waynesburg, PA


Below are a few Pics from these events...

Awesome 1st night at Cornerstone Church in Chillicothe, MO
34 children came forward to be born again & make Jesus Lord of their life! PTL!!!

We had a great 2nd night in Springfield, OH at First Assembly of God. We saw 35 people including children, teens, and adults come forward to be born again and make Jesus Lord of their life!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Over 150 people born again in WV & PA

Over the last two and a half weeks we have ministered at 3 churches in WV and a family camp in PA. During these events we have seen over 150 children and teens come forward to be born again and make Jesus Lord of their lives. We saw many awesome times of worship around the altars as children teens and parents came forward to surrender their life to God and go after more of Him. It's awesome to see God bless us with his presence during these times of ministry. 
After finishing our last service in Elkins, WV, we packed up and were ready to head home for a 3 day break before heading to KS, NE, WI, and MO for another 3 weeks. On our way out of town to head home our transmission on our truck went out and we were forced to hang out in Elkins, WV for 2 extra days while our truck got fixed. It cost almost $5000 to get the transmission replaced in our truck. Even though we would had rather been home for those 2 days, it could not have happened at a better time when we had a few days off to get it fixed. Praise God we did not have to cancel or postpone any events because of this!
  If you would like to give to Jubilee Gang Ministries to help us cover the expense of the $5000 to get the transmission replaced in our truck click on the link below...
http://www.jubileegang.com/donate.html 
Any help would be deeply appreciated and can be used as a tax write off.
Jubilee Gang ministries is a 501 C3 Tax exempt Non profit organization.

Below are a few Pictures from our last 4 events

We had a great time of ministry in Kearneysville, WV at Crosspoint Church of God.
15 people including several teens came forward to be born again
and make Jesus Lord of their life during this 3 day event. 
We had a great time of Ministry in Parsons, WV.
37 people came forward to be born again
and make Jesus Lord of their life during this 3 day event.

We had a spectacular week of ministry at the Pittsburgh District Nazarene Family Camp
 in Butler, PA. Over 50 children and teens came forward to be born again
and make Jesus Lord of their Life. We had several awesome times
of worship where everyone came around the altar to press in and go after more of God. 

During our 3 day event in Elkins, WV at Elkins Church of God
Family Worship Center, we saw over 50 people come forward
to be born again and make Jesus Lord of their life. 



Monday, June 13, 2016

Reaching Families in MO, MS, & GA

 
We are 2 weeks into our summer tour season and we have already ministered in 3 churches in 3 states Missouri, Mississippi, & Georgia. During these 3 family events, we saw 76 people come forward to be born again and make Jesus Lord of their lives. I love seeing families learn, worship, have fun, and experience God together. 

This week we will be ministering in Mobile, AL. Then we are onward to AZ & CA. While we are in AZ we will be ministering at Sunshine Acres Children's Home for children that are orphans or their parents can no longer care for them because of drugs or their life is not together.  This will be the 1st time some of these children have experienced a ministry like ours. We are really looking forward to this event. These are the type of events we really love doing! Its ministry at its best!



Below are a few Pictures from these 3 family events...
During our 3 day event in Houston, MO we saw 46 children & teens come forward to be born again and make Jesus Lord of their lives. 
During our 3 day event in Oxford, MS we saw 20 people come forward  to be born again and the altars were packed the last 2 nights with entire families worshiping God and going after more of Him.
During our 3 day family event in Hamilton, GA we saw 10 people come forward to be born again and make Jesus lord of their lives.



We had an awesome 1st night of ministry at Faith Fellowship in Houston, MO. 20 people came forward to be born again & make Jesus Lord of their lives.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Awesome week of ministry in WV and OH




Monday - Wednesday of last week, we had the privilege of ministering at the West Logan Church of God in Logan, WV. This is the same city where the WV revival was taking place. While many teens and adults were making Jesus Lord of their lives at the WV Revival we saw 34 children come to Jesus and make him Lord of their lives. It was an awesome week of refreshing for the area with many salvation's!     Then on Saturday, we were able to partner with New Life Church of Springfield in Springfield, OH to conduct an outreach in the inner city community around their church. The Gospel was presented, the hungry were fed, and needs were met. Many people prayed to make Jesus Lord and were born again during this event. Outreach events like this are some of my favorite things to do! I love taking the gospel outside the church building to the streets to the people that really need Jesus the most.     On Thursday of this week we hit the road for our summer tour season. We will be gone for most of 3 months. We are trusting God to see may lives touched and changed this year. Please keep us in your prayers as we travel from coast to coast, North, South, East, and West this year ministering to children and families. 


Below are several Pictures from our events last week...

18 children come forward to make Jesus Lord of their life
& be born again on night one in Logan, WV! PTL!!!


10 children come forward to to be born again
and make Jesus Lord of their life on night 2 in Logan, WV PTL
 
       


We had an awesome last service at West Logan Church of God in Logan, WV.
 6 children can forward to be born again and the altar was filled with children going after more of God!

We got to present the Gospel outside of a church building during an inner city outreach  in Springfield, OH! Many people came to Jesus and lives were touched by the power of God!

Monday, May 30, 2016

JUST DO IT!!!!


Many time when we feel called to ministry we wait on a big break or job opportunity to open up and then we apply for the position. I have several friends that have a real desire to reach, disciple, and minister to people but cannot seem to get a position at a church. I have heard people say “every opportunity I apply for I do not get” or “I cannot seem to find a job in ministry”.

Before I go any further let me say that I am not against ministry positions or being in full time ministry. I have been in full time ministry most of my adult life. I am not against denominations even through our ministry is Non-Denominational. There are defiant benefits to being part of a denomination. Support, accountability, and fellowship, are just a few. We have been blessed to have ministered in over 30 different denominations during our over 25 years with Jubilee Gang Ministries. I have been children’s and youth pastor and at several different churches with pay from being volunteer to full time. When Jesus gave us the great commission in Matthew 28:19 to “Go into all the world and make disciples.” He did not say wait for a job opening at your local church. He did not say go to your denomination and see if they have any openings that you can apply for. Now thank God for these resources, but if they are not working for you JUST GO and DO IT!

Before I had my own ministry, before anyone knew who Jerry Moyer of the Jubilee Gang was, and before anyone wanted to schedule us at their church, I did not wait on a big break. I did not hope that someday my schedule would be full. I starting going to the local housing projects in Southern Ohio because of the love in my heart for the people there. No one was reaching out to them and I saw a need. When I went to the local housing authority and asked if we could do a crusade in the projects, they told me that there had never been any preaching in the projects and there never would be.
I did not give up on what was in my heart to do. As I was reading the newspaper one day, I saw where a professional baseball player had come back to our home town and started an anti-drug program in the projects. I felt in my heart to go to that organization and tell them that the “Just say No” campaign was not working. Kids need something to say yes to so they can say no to drugs.
I offered to do an anti-drug program for them that said “say yes to Jesus so that you can say no to drugs”. Anything to do with an anti-drug message was welcome through this organization. Our first event in the local housing projects we saw around 100 people born again. This happened over and over in different projects around the area. Before long the projects were calling us.

As I put my hand to ministering in the local housing projects because of the love I had for the people, God continued to open more and more doors to our ministry. First it was public schools. We offered them a free anti-drug program in exchange for the use of the building that evening for a large event where we could present the Gospel. Our first public school outreach we had 250 children in the school and 180 people came out that night to hear the gospel. Almost every one of them came forward to be born again. Then, we opened our program up to churches and it has grown over the last 25 years to where we are now.

Sometimes if we wait on a position or our denomination to get into ministry we might die waiting. If doors are not opening for you and you have a real desire to reach people with the Gospel and to make disciples. JUST DO IT!!!

The Bible says that Jesus was moved with compassion when He fed the 5,000, when He healed the sick. Compassion is loving someone so much that you have to do something to help them. If you feel the love of God welling up inside of you to help someone, pray for someone, or minister to a group of people that really needs Jesus. JUST DO IT!!!

I know of one man that is called to children’s ministry with a real desire to reach unchurched children with the gospel that could not seem to get a position at a church. Nobody wanted to hire him to do outreach. Instead of waiting on a church or denomination to hire him or find him a job, he just went and did it. Now he has a mobile children’s church in a converted RV that he travels around his state and neighboring states ministering to children in under privileged communities, trailer parks and apartment complexes. He has taken church to them instead of waiting for an established church to step up to the plate. Recently he had someone donate some land with a building where he can minister to people locally. Instead of doing what organized religion said he must do to be in ministry he followed what he felt God had called him to do in his heart, and God opened doors and has blessed him with the things he has needed to fulfill the call on his life.

Now let me say this. There is a sacrifice involved in stepping out in faith and following God with no backing from a local church or denomination. Sometimes it might involve working a secular job to support yourself. Sometimes it might involve not living the American dream or having all the things our culture says we need to have. Jesus never promised us the American dream. He said “If you want to follow me, deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me.” That involves some dying to our desires to follow Jesus desires. I will admit sometimes I have looked at people with a steady income from ministry that are able to do all the cool things our culture offers with a little envy. I have asked the Lord,” why couldn’t you have called me to be an adult evangelist where I could fly in with my bible and preach to adults and take up a decent offering instead of hauling around almost 7,000 pounds of equipment and ministering to children that might give you a nickel or dime in an offering.” One time when I was complaining to the Lord about this he spoke to my heart and told me “what you are doing is precious to Me.” Well, that shut me up really quick and I about cried. Many times people have asked my wife and I “How long are you guys going to continue to do this ministry. You guys are starting to get a little older.” To which I reply, “Until God says stop.” You see when I made Jesus Lord of my life I surrendered my will to his will. As long as he needs me to do this I will keep on doing it. I will do it until he says stop. If the doors ever start closing for us to travel across the country ministering to children and families, we will become more localized. If there is no church that wants to hire me or that I feel that I fit into their vision, I will go to the people in our city that needs ministry the most. The ones that God tells me to minister to. I might have to get a job to support myself, but I will do what God has called me to do whatever the cost.

When William and Catherine Booth were told by their denomination to move from a place where they were making a maximum impact for the Kingdom of God to another area where they would not be able to make such an impact, Katherine Booth stood up and boldly proclaimed "HELL NO!" Let us proclaim to Hell that we will not conform to its plans for our lives no matter who the messenger is! Let us follow God and make a Maximum Impact for His Kingdom!

Ministry is not based upon a denomination giving us an opportunity or a church hiring us. When our Master says GO we must GO!

JUST DO IT!!!!

Jerry Moyer 
 Jubilee Gang Ministries

Thursday, May 19, 2016

34 Children Born Again in Kirtland, OH

We had an awesome week of ministry in Kirtland, OH at New Promise Church. 34 children came forward to be born again an to make Jesus lord of their lives during this 4 day event. 

Below are several Pictures from our eventin Kirtland, OH


On the first night of our event in Kirtland, OH20 children came forward to be born again and make Jesus Lord of their lives


5 children came forward to be born again and make Jesus Lord of their lives.
on night 2 of this event

We saw 6 more children came forward to be born again and make Jesus Lord of their lives
on night 3 in Kirtland, OH

We prayed with 3 young ladies on the last night of this event
 to be born again and make Jesus Lord of their lives.



Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 Jubilee Gang Summer Tour Starting Soon!

2016 Jubilee Gang Tour Map



In just a few weeks we will be starting our 2016 Jubilee Gang summer tour.
We will be traveling over 12,000 Miles in 3 months. We will be ministering at 19 churches and camps in 12 states.
We are believing God to see many people make Jesus Lord of their lives this year as well as lives touched by Gods Word and the Holy Spirit during Jubilee Gang events.

 
Below are the cities we will be ministering at this summer.
May 23-25 Logan, WV
June 3-5 Houston, MO
June 8-9 Oxford, MS
June 10-12 Hamilton, GA
June 14-16 Mobil, AL
June 27-July 1 Mesa, AZ
July 3-6 Corcoran, CA
July 10-12 Doyle, Tennessee
July 13-15 Hazlehurst GA
July 17-19 Kearneysville, WV
July 20-22 Parsons, WV
July 24-31 Butler, PA
July 31-Aug 2 Elkins, WV
Aug 4-7 Auburn, NE
Aug. 8-11 Tonganoxie, KS
Aug. 14 Gering, NE
Aug. 17-19 Onalaska, WI
Aug. 21-24 Lawson, MO
Aug. 28-30 Springfield, OH
Check our our entire 2016 itinerary at
www.jubileegang.com/itinerary.html

Saturday, April 23, 2016

What I take away from the death of Prince and Michael Jackson.


What I take away from the death of Prince and Michael Jackson.

OK, I admit it. I listened to both P­rince and Michael Jackson as a teen. I have always enjoyed their music. They are both superb artist and musicians that are very talented. However; when I made Jesus Lord of my life and surrendered my Life to him, I gave up their music for music that was more edifying to me as a Christian and would help me grow spiritually instead of feeding my fleshly desires and lust. Prince’s music was awesome but his lyrics were just nasty and full of sexual perversion that is not biblical. But, that is not the point of this article.

It seems that rumors are now coming out that Prince might have been addicted to high powered pain killers and had overdosed on them. We all know about Michael Jackson's addiction to drugs and have heard how Elvis took a strange concoction of uppers and downers to function and keep up with the lifestyle. This ultimately led to all of their early deaths.

There is a pressure in our society to stay young and not to age because people will not accept us anymore. Because of this famous people often get hooked on drugs to keep up with the lifestyle that they feel their fans expect. Just to be honest a 50 to 60-year-old cannot dance and move like they did in their 20’s. Because these people feel the pressure to keep doing what they always did on stage they turn to drugs to try and keep up. Why can’t we just let people age naturally and except that they are not still 20 yrs. old? They still have talent that we all can enjoy. I’m not sure any of us would actually say this but, our society has put this pressure on all of us.

This same way of thinking has crept into the church and it is worldly. There is a pressure that once we become a certain age we are no longer able to minister to children and teens and we must drop out of ministry or move on to ministering to adults at a certain point. Many churches have fired their middle aged children’s pastors in favor of a younger person with more energy and are able to relate better. However, there is a trade off that many are ignoring. Many of the younger more energetic people that are being placed in ministry positions have no bible training and very little ministry experience. I am not against using young people in ministry. I praise God that someone gave me an opportunity when I was young without much experience. What I am saying is why would you get rid of a mature well-grounded person that has years of experience in ministry for someone that has little biblical knowledge and no ministry experience. The bible plainly says in 1 Tim. 3:6 do not put a novice in in a place of leadership lest they become prideful and fall. Yet this is what we do many times instead of putting a younger person alongside an older more mature leader that can speak into their lives and train them in the things of God. Or sending them to bible college then putting them in an internship program where they can be trained, we throw them straight into ministry and set them up for failure sometimes.

Often times for older more mature children or youth pastors that are still effective ministering to children or teens, there is this pressure that they will be let go soon. No job security, you’re getting OLD. You need to move on soon. I have seen many youth pastors step out of their calling into an adult pastor position because of this. They were very successful ministering to youth and was able to grow a very large youth ministry. But when they moved on, they never had the success they had in their calling. Children and youth ministry are looked at as a stepping stone many times. If God has called someone to youth or children’s ministry, they need to stay there until God says to move on. If, he ever does say move on.

Many times I have had people in the world ask me what I do for a living. I reply with I’m a minister. To that they reply what church do you pastor? To which I answer, I’m a children’s minister. The answer is very commonly Ohhhhhhhh. Like some day you will get into real ministry. Let me say this! Children’s ministry is as real as it gets folks! Many times when ministering alongside adult ministers we see more people saved and touched by God than the big name minister that is ministering to the adults does. I don’t say this to lift myself up but, children are more receptive to the gospel than adults are.

If you are in children or youth ministry you are called and anointed to be there. You have that part of Jesus ministry while he was here on earth.

Eph. 4:9-13 says,” Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: “
When Jesus went back to heaven to be at the right hand of the father, He gave parts of his ministry to his body. Jesus was the Apostle, The Prophet, The Evangelist, The Pastor, The Teacher. He gave those parts of his ministry to different parts of the body of Christ for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Now if you’re like me you’re probably wondering where children’s ministry is listed there. Well, let’s ask another question. Did Jesus minister to children in the Bible? We most defiantly see that he did in the following scriptures.

Jesus raised the 12 year old daughter of Jairus from the dead Mark 5;22-43 He cast devils out of 2 children in Matt. 15:21-28 & 14-18 He taught kindness to children is rewarded by God Matt. 10:42 He taught His disciples to respect children and not to offend them. Matt. 18:1-6 Jesus took children into his arms and blessed them. Matt. 19:13-14

So, we see here that Jesus defiantly ministered to children in the bible. Well he must have left that part of his ministry to someone. That someone is you if you are ministering to children. I personally believe that some are called to children’s and youth ministry for life. Ron Luce was pushing 60 and was still effective ministering to youth with his Acquire the Fire events. He surrounded himself with younger people, but he was still effective. I think of many of my friends that are in their 50’s and 60s that are still going strong in children’s ministry. Now they surround themselves with younger energetic people, but they are passing the torch on to the next generation. If we get rid of all the seasoned and mature children’s ministers who will be left to pass the torch on?

I personally know of 6 seasoned, qualified, mature children’s pastors that were still very effective in ministering to children let go because of this worldly thinking that has crept into the church. Many of them wrote their own curriculum instead of using one of the many pre-fabricated curriculum's available today. Nothing against curriculum but let me ask you this? When your head pastor goes to write his sermons for the adults, does he use a curriculum or does he study and let God speak to him about what he is to minister on? I believe that some Children’s Pastors are called like an adult pastor to come up with and give the children in our churches messages straight from God instead of always looking to something someone else wrote. Now if you use a curriculum there is no condemnation here. I realize that there are different levels of ability and callings. I also realize that because of time and other responsibilities and lack of resources that not all are able to write their own curriculum. The last 2 churches I was a Children’s Pastor at I used a curriculum and made it my own for the simple fact that I was part time and could not do all the things Jubilee Gang Ministries require of me and have time to write curriculum from scratch. At my first church I was Children’s Pastor at I wrote all my own curriculum from scratch and had a support team of teachers to back me up with skits and other things. I realize that this is not always available or even practical to do.

I guess I said all this to say Let’s not think like the world in this area. America has an infatuation with staying young instead of celebrating maturity. I realize that there are things that younger people can do that older people cannot do, however there are things that older people can do that younger people cannot. Older ministers need to surround themselves with younger more energetic people that have creativity. They need to not think like an old fogy, if they want to stay relative.

Prince was 57 Michael Jackson was 50. Gene Simmons of Kiss is 66 years old and still does concerts and puts makeup on and no one questions his ability to relate to his audience or looks down on him for doing what he does. Why should the church tell people when they become a certain age they cannot relate to children or youth anymore? Now if you have let yourself think like a grandma or grandpa and have become a grumpy old person that does not like to be around kids maybe it is time to move on. But age in itself should not be the determining factor. Let’s run our race to the finish line and hear our heavenly father say “Well done my good and faithful servant.” Let’s do what God has called us to do without giving into the pressure of the world and this crazy infatuation American culture has with staying young.

Jerry Moyer 
Jubilee Gang Ministries 
www.jubileegang.com