Here are the elements I value most in children’s ministry.
For me these are the five ingredients I would never compromise.
1. CONNECT PERSONALLY
Make a connection with the kids. Learn their names. Be interested in them.
2. INTRODUCE GOD
Give kids an understanding of God’s love, faithfulness, power, forgiveness, etc. as expressed through the Word of God.
Emphasize what God has done for us through the Gospel of Jesus.
Knowing what God is really like builds the foundation for relationship with Him and produces values in life.
3. SUPPORT THE FAMILY
Become a partner with families. Give parents the encouragement and tools they need to be better parents.
4. CREATE AN IRRISISTABLE ENVIRONMENT
Make your weekly children’s ministry a kid magnet.
If a kid remembers that church was a fun and happy place, that’s not a bad outcome.
Find ways to be jaw dropping exciting.
5. INVOLVE PEOPLE
Involve adult workers by giving them meaningful responsibilities in ways that give them the freedom to fail.
Involve kids by allowing them to serve and by using teaching techniques that make them into participants rather than spectators.
What are YOUR top non-negotiables?