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7 Tips to Improve Your Small-Group Discussions with Kids

If we are truly going to support parents in the ministry to children, then we must ensure that the small-group times are maximized. If we look closely at our ministries, it’s the small group, highly-relational times that have the biggest potential for making a long-term impact. This article provides seven tips that will help you coach your small-group leaders as they lead discussion times.

Laughing At Yourself

Sometimes the last thing we want to do is reveal to people our imperfections and augment our mistakes. But in a world where kids see “Photoshopped” perfection everywhere they look, it’s imperative we help them understand that God loves us just the way we are — even when we mess up.

Laughing With Your Kids

I've heard it said that children smile as many as 400 times a day while the average adult smiles only 20 times. While these numbers may be somewhat exaggerated, I can't help but recognize the number of smiles and the frequency of laughter that come from my own three children. Laughter is truly good medicine and as leaders of children, it is important that we utilize laughter as a tool for reaching kids.

Laughter and Learning

Education is considerably different today than it was in the past. My boys are utilizing a variety of learning methodologies in their school, and comprehending things at their young age that I didn’t learn until I was an adult.

Preparing Kidmin Lessons

The Sunday morning experience is the primary focus of almost every childrens’ ministry leader. Most of your time, energy, and effort is spent trying to maximize the one or two hours you have each week to share the Gospel and help kids grow as spirit-filled disciples. Earlier this week, I outlined why it’s important to maintain both a practical and spiritual perspective when planning your lesson each week, Healthy Kidmin Lessons.

Preaching Roadblocks

Overlooking “minor” elements of your message can reduce your effectiveness to zero. It doesn’t matter how well intended or passionate you may be: effective communication is intentional, and you must master the basics before adding extra peanut butter to your messages. Let’s look at the three most common roadblocks children’s ministry leaders experience when preaching to kids.