n a recent Sunday, a teacher of
babies greeted a young couple
and their infant daughter on
their first visit to church.After providing
necessary information and receiving
their security tag; the couple was escort-
ed to the worship service.What experi-
ences will help this family choose to
return to this church?
According to church growth experts,
one characteristic of a growing church is
a dynamic, caring, preschool ministry.
Parents want their children to learn
about God in a lov i n g , f u n , and safe env i-
ro n m e n t .When parents have a positive
experience at church with their children,
they will come back. Here are some sug-
gestions for saying “babies matter” at
Begin with the pastor.The pastor is very
important.The supportive pastor has a
clear vision with a commitment to:
• Lead the congregation to understand
that churches provide more than a
babysitting service for parents. Babies
can learn spiritual truths.
• Rooms that allow space for babies to
explore and discover God’s world in a
safe and loving environment.
• An appropriate number of teachers
for guiding each session and insuring
the safety of children.
• Training for teachers of babies in the
use of age-appropriate literature that
equips them with an understanding of
the importance of Bible teaching.
A clear vision for preschool ministry will
help teachers understand that this is a
priority and has lifelong spiritual implica-
tions for the preschooler. Churches can
show that babies matter by:
• Encouraging stability. Consistent,
caring teachers provide a secure
church environment.A system of
rotating teachers causes insecurities in
children and parents.
• Using age-appropriate literature.
Using age appropriate literature
communicates more than “babysitting.”
This demonstrates a commitment to
• Providing space. Appropriate space
is a priority for preschoolers.Adults
know how to adjust; babies d