5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Engaging Teaching

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Engaging Teaching

We?defined children’s ministry?as??partnering with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God.”

As we partner with parents, what we offer in the church (from the Nursery through 5th or 6th grade!) must include the first element:?Heartfelt Relationships. The second element is?Engaging Teaching.

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Engaging Teaching

Preschool childrenLong gone are the days of “childcare” in Children’s Ministry. ?While we must provide quality care for children, that is not our primary function. ?we are there to?guide kids toward a HEART for God!

We cannot do this with bored, disengaged children. ?In order to provide a platform for life-change, children must be participating in an active in a meaningful manner. ?They must be engaged.

That doesn’t mean just occupied. ?A word search might “occupy” a kids’ attention for a time, but that’s not going to lead to life-change. ?No, engaged means the child is?investing in the process?of what is happening, giving of themselves in order to receive what is being offered.
How do we do this? ?Here’s a few ideas to get the ball rolling (it’s not as hard as you might think!):

Build relationships.

Yes, have you heard that before??Ministry happens best in the context of relationships!?You will see this over and over again on this site because too many people just don’t get it. ?It’s the curriculum…the program…the facilities…the music…the equipment…the room design or decorations. ?It’s NOT! ?It’s about the?people! ?All other things are important, but engaging ministry leading to life-change can happen with none of them. ?But relationships are irreplaceable.

Learn to connect with kids on their level.

What words come to mind when you think of connecting with kids on their level? ?I think of: fun, simple, active, personal and repetitive (not identical, but similar).

Make it relevant and applicable.

When I present workshops or keynotes with adults, I try and use the “this week” principle. ?In other words, I want those who are learning with me to be able to take what they learn and use it this week. ?It must be relevant to their life and ministry. ?Why wouldn’t we do the same with children? ?Find ways to make what they are learning relevant to their everyday lives and offer them ideas and practical ways that they can apply it “this week.”

As we partner with parents, what we do in the church matters. ?It is built on the foundation of?Heartfelt Relationships?and extended through?Engaging Teaching.

What other ideas can you give to help us learn to offer?Engaging Teaching?in our churches?

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Greg Baird
Founder of Children's Ministry Leader at Children's Ministry Leader
My passion is seeing the lives of children transformed. I believe the best way to do that is to equip leaders in the local church to serve children, volunteers and parents to invest in the lives of children at church and in the home. That?s what we do here at Children?s Ministry Leader ? equip leaders to create healthy Children?s & Family Ministry.
I serve as the Vice President of Global Resources in the Global Mission department at David C. Cook.

I love what I do as it is the outflow of 25 years of ministry experience as Children?s, Family & Administrative Pastor, consultant, trainer, speaker and short-term missions leader.

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Stop begging trying to fill the needs in your ministry! IF people respond, it will likely be only short term. Obligatory service doesn’t inspire people to stick around.

Instead, understand the grand vision we are pursuing by investing in children’s lives for eternity!

Practice articulating that vision and start sharing it in every conversation. It’s a privilege and honor to be part of such important service, so INVITE people into that opportunity.

And, of course, never forget the foundation for building our team, found in Luke 10:2: “These were his [Jesus’] instructions to them: ‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.’”

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As the kids run to their waiting parents after church on Sunday morning, is that where the impact ends?

Or does the conversation continue at home throughout the week?

Hopefully the answer is the latter. If it’s not, it’s probably because we aren’t engaging and equipping parents to continue the conversation.

And that’s a problem.

Parents are the primary spiritual investors in a child’s life. Good or bad, this is almost always true.

As Children’s Ministry Leaders, our primary role ought to be to “equip God’s people” (Ephesians 4:12). In our case, I believe that means equip our team to invest in the children of our ministry, and to equip the parents of those children to continue the conversations at home.

If you aren’t engaging & equipping parents to continue the conversations that begin at church, then your ministry is incomplete.

If you are engaging and equipping parents, share an example in the comments of how you do that so the rest of us can learn from you.

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We always hear that children and youth are the church of tomorrow.

Yes, they are.

But they are also part of the church of today.

They are the group most receptive to the Gospel. They are the group most responsive to discipleship.

They also typically represent the largest group in the church, and the one with the most peripheral impact (volunteers, parents, etc).

They are the most vulnerable, physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.

Why on earth would we ever think we could “babysit” this group while “real ministry” happens with adults?

The truth is, many (most?) churches are not as healthy or strong as they could be because they lack a thriving focus on perhaps the very group that should receive the greatest focus.

You cannot have a healthy church without a healthy ministry to children and families.


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