I'm still stuck on this issue of assessment/measurement in children's ministry. For years here at Group we've grappled with the issue of assessment. In fact, we've longed for anyone--church, company, individual--to crack this nut. How do you measure spiritual growth results--beyond verses memorized? (So if you know anyone that has figured this out, let me know!)
One passage of Scripture that I love and believe has the essence of what we should be measuring in spiritual growth is in 2 Peter 1:5-8. Verse 8 says "For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." Hmmm....that sounds like a worthy goal for children's ministries!
So what are these qualities? Faith, goodness (moral excellence), knowledge, self-control, perseverance (patient endurance), godliness (being like Jesus), brotherly kindness, and love.
I would love to see something that can measure those qualities as indicators of spiritual maturity--at each child's level. Of course, we all know we may only have children for one hour a week. So all the more reason that an intentional spiritual growth plan at church (with measurement/assessment) must partner with the parents who see these qualities lived out at home. We would partner in "fruit checking."
I think this is more than possible; I believe it's doable and necessary. Anyone figured it out so far?