Recommended at age 9+
Establish the practice of giving and serving others for God's glory.
God has entrusted each of us with unique gifts, talents, and resources. We have the great opportunity to worship and glorify God by using these gifts to serve others. Help your child discover their unique gifts and explore how they might use them to glorify God.
In our “all about me” culture, it can be tempting to use our time and talents selfishly. But we know from scripture that God means for us to use every gift for the good of others. (See 1 Corinthians 12:4-7.) Help your child to look for ways to use their own unique gifts to serve others.
- Passion: Spend some time talking with your child about the things that especially interest and/or concern them. Serving will be most meaningful if your child is passionate about a specific issue or opportunity.
- Good Fit: Use “try it” opportunities. Before making a long-term commitment, try out a few different areas of service. Consider trying areas of ministry at Constance, or one of our BridgeLink partnerships.
- Pray: Pray with your child, asking God to give you just the right opportunities to serve. Pray beforehand and afterwards for the new and special people you will meet.
- Set Expectations: Put your child at ease by explaining what to expect. If visiting a nursing home, for example, prepare your child for the possibility of encountering unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells.
- Build Your Relationships: Look for opportunities to get to know the people in your community and neighborhood by serving them. Practice using and remembering names, and pray together for those you meet.
- Talk About It: Ask questions when you finish serving together such as “How did serving impact others?” and “How did serving impact you?”
Strengths & Spiritual Gifts
- Use the Spiritual Gifts Test for Kids to help your child begin to identify God-given areas of ministry and service.
- Use StrengthsExplorer to help your child discover and develop areas of strength. (Go to strengths-explorer.com to purchase this assessment.)
Show your kids what it looks like to give generously, either through the specific practice of tithing, or through intentional generosity. Allow your children to make decisions with you when it comes to donations and offerings. Lead your family in lifestyle practices that model contentment and simplicity, rather than accumulation and greed. Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 & 1 Timothy 6:17-19 with your children, and talk about what it means to be rich in good deeds.
Discover Your Kid's Spiritual Gifts by Adam Stadtmiller
The Me I Want to Be (Student Edition) by John Ortberg
The Gift That I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford