Are the kids listening in your children’s ministry? You are communicating, but are they listening? I found this note a child left behind. She apparently was taking notes during our church service time. I had to ask myself, “Shouldn’t finding notes like this be the norm?”
There’s always going to be a number of children who are not coming into your church doors by choice. There will be plenty who do. We are competing for their attention. Here are 3 keys to guide your programming choices and tweaks to your children’s ministry.
- Make it fun. Our goal is not to entertain children. The message is sacred, but be strategic in how you deliver that message. Games, skits, challenges, big group, small group, more games, more skits… whatever it takes to bring the message at a different angle.
- Center your message around Jesus. Sounds like a no-brainer, but sometimes are curriculum choices we make end up being more about being better citizens than helping children grow their faith in Christ.
- Care about kids. The children know when you care about them. When children feel valued they tend to want to be a part of what you are doing. Train your leaders to connect with children.
Obviously there’s more to it than that, but just some simple keys to use a mini-checklist for your ministry to children to be awesome and a time and place where children want to be.