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Going Beyond The Curriculum

There is no such thing as perfect curriculum. No material can create the perfect spiritual learning experience. Some curriculum is better than others, but everything requires some level of adaptation to optimize its effect.

Ask Yourself This Question

Is your weekly lesson like a firework known as the “popper”? It comes in with a bang, and, while entertaining, is only a momentary experience. Or is your lesson like finding the missing piece of a greater puzzle? I remember walking into my theology class during my sophomore year of Bible college. As a preacher’s kid brought up in church, I thought I had a good grasp of the Bible. However, it was not until one of my professors introduced his theology class with a visual map from Genesis to the Advent that I realized how much I did not know.

Information to Internalization

Give a child a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a child how to fish and he will eat the rest of his life. This concept has become my foundational philosophy of ministry. Curriculum and programs are important. But if we want kids to digest the biblical information they receive so they actually internalize it into their lives, they have to take ownership of it.

Curriculum Questions You Must Ask

It’s been said that a church has 90 minutes a week (that’s assuming a child comes every week, which is an anomaly these days), and parents have approximately 90 hours each week (minus sleep/work/school) to invest in kids. But let’s not forget that the Holy Spirit is with us 24/7 (168 hours each week). He can speak to a child at school, while sleeping, or through the Scriptures.

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.