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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.
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.
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.
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.
The curricula that is on the market presently, be it for small group or large group, seems to be all inclusive. There are printed materials, videos, object lesson ideas, game ideas, hands on ideas, group ideas and so much more. It seems that there may be nothing to do but to purchase and teach! However, there are several things that you cannot put in a box or download to a computer when it comes to effective teaching.
I’m sometimes amazed at the regularity with which Sunday morning seems roll around. There are weeks it seems as if there is merely moments from one Sunday to the next. Whether you purchase curriculum or you write your own lessons, preparation requires time. It is important to prepare yourself, the students and the material you are teaching if you want to be effective.