by Mark Entzminger/ July 31, 2015
Here’s a principle that effective kids’ ministry leaders understand: The weeks following up after camp are just as important as the weeks leading up to it.
Camp can be an incredibly intense experience for many kids. It’s important for them to process the things they learned and the Spirit-empowered moments they experienced. Therefore, we must be intentional about the way we follow up and help kids process their experience at camp. One way we can do that is by asking deeper questions.
Rather than asking questions like, “Did you enjoy camp?” or “What was your favorite part?” we can help kids dig deeper. The questions we ask are essential for helping them unpack the moments they felt God speaking to them and for helping them build upon their experience throughout the year.
Questions to Generate Deeper Discussion about the KidMin Camp Experience
Here are a few questions you (or your small group leaders) can ask to help kids process after camp and to maximize the experience for long-term spiritual growth:
What did God reveal about himself to you this week? In what ways do you find yourself knowing God better as a result of camp? Camp is a time of incredible growth for many kids. Taking the time to process what they learned about God and what it means for them as a child of God helps them digest their thoughts. It also gives you the chance to speak biblical truth into their experiences and to give spiritual guidance.
What was one time you felt like God was saying something to you? What was He saying? While the Holy Spirit is always active, camp is an incredibly intense time for a lot of kids. Many times, God uses it to reveal himself in new ways, to awaken kids to knowing Him more, or to challenge them to be bolder about their faith. Helping them define the things they felt God was saying to them will help you encourage kids in their relationship with God and will provide accountability for ways He’s challenging them to share their faith with friends.
Who can you talk to about your experience? We all need someone to help us process through the spiritual moments in their lives. For many kids, it’s their parents. Encouraging kids to identify someone they can always talk to about the things God is doing in their lives is a valuable way to ingrain the idea of mentorship into their lives.
Will these be easy conversations to have with kids? Probably not. Will we come home from camp drained and exhausted? Probably so. However, my hope is that God will give us the strength to maximize camp and helps kids process their experiences in a meaningful way.
Over the past week, we’ve discussed some incredible ways you can maximize the post-camp experience to grow as a leader and create lasting momentum in the individual lives of kids and in your ministry as a whole. If you missed any of the posts, I encourage you to go back and read them.
What are some other questions you can ask to help kids process the things they learned at camp?