by Mark Entzminger/ November 16, 2015
Want to know one of the things I love most about being in kids’ ministry? We’re expected to have fun. People aren’t shocked when we do things that are a little abnormal or when we act a little silly.
Here’s something I constantly try to remind leaders when it comes to incorporating fun into their kids’ ministry… Kids begging their parents to go to church beats parents begging their kids to go to church. When kids have fun, they’ll want to come back. It may sound simple, but it’s something that’s easy to forget. Get the kids, and you’ve got the parents.
Three Reasons to Blend Fun and Learning in Your Kids’ Ministry
Beyond creating an experience kids want to come to, here are three reasons why it’s imperative to blend fun and learning into your kids’ ministry:
Kids learn in different ways. Some kids are auditory learners. Others are visual or kinesthetic. When you blend teaching a lesson with a hands-on and engaging element, you’re providing each kid with an opportunity to learn in a way that comes naturally to him or her.
Fun builds cohesion. Few things are more contagious than laughter. Kids respond more positively to each other when fun and exciting things are present. It brings them together.
Games help kids engage in deeper levels. Games create a compelling need to know, and a need to ask, examine, assimilate, and master certain skills and content areas. Incorporating games into your lessons help kids find new ways to apply the things they hear you say.
Over the course of the next few days, we’ll unpack some other reasons why kids’ ministry leaders need to have a little fun. My hope is that we wouldn’t forget the power that fun can have when it comes to reaching kids and helping them grow as healthy disciples.
What are some other benefits you’ve seen by incorporating a little fun into your kids’ ministry?