One of my favorite parts of CentriKid Camps is our emphasis that ministry happens best through the context of relationships. We believe that investing in a child is more than just preaching and teaching to your kids. If you are not sharing the gospel and biblical principles with your kids you are doing it wrong, but not building relationships with your kids can be equally as irresponsible.
Jesus did his fair share of preaching, however you could also find him eating and building relationships with his disciples and others he was teaching (Luke 5, Luke 14, Luke 22). Jesus also retreated to a mountain with Peter, James and John in Matthew 17 allowing those men to know him further. Paul demonstrates a unique relationship with Timothy calling him his “true son in the faith” (1 Timothy 2: 1).
The importance of building relationships to invest in people is clear, but it is not always easy. It means at times you will have to put down your calendar, sermon notes, meetings, and other administrative duties. Check out this post to see how you can best communicate and engage with your kids. You build relationships by visiting your kids at their sports games, singing loudly with them in the church van, or just sitting with them and talking with them about their lives anytime you get the opportunity. While you are building relationships you can create teachable moments, but do not force it. Simply enjoy them, their stories, their personalities and they will without doubt enjoy your company.
The time you spend investing in your kids by developing relationships with them will pay off while you are teaching them. CentriKid Camps this summer can allow you to devote all our time during camp to building relationships with your kids. A comment I always hear at camp is group leaders thankfulness that we take care of the details, so they can be intentional with their kids. If you are not yet registered for CentriKid, you can join us by registering online.