- Make the story of Jesus come alive
- Greet every kid with anticipation of the day
- Give a salvation opportunity
- Inspire your leaders all this week leading up to the weekend
- Give the kids something to remember their experience by
- Present something the kids have never seen before
- Keep a record of attendance, salvations, first-time guests, returning guests, etc
- Thank God in advance for the victories won
- Celebrate your results with your leaders
I believe in the old education model. I believe you can use it in your #KidMin services to create, build and satisfy anticipation. What is the old education model? I’m glad you asked! Here’s what it looks like:
• Tell them what are going to teach them
• Teach it to them
• Tell them what you just taught them
Notice that you’re doing the same thing over and over again. It’s called repetition.
And believe it or not, repetition works. And believe it or not, repetition works. And believe it or not… you get the point.
You’re doing the same thing over and over again, you’re just going to do it in a different way. Throughout, you’ve got to have anticipation that will keep kids on the edge of their seats. Here’s how to use the old education model to create, keep and satisfy anticipation:
Tell them what are going to teach them –
This is the icebreaker/opener that introduces kids to the lesson or topic. In this moment that happens at the beginning, you’re going to introduce a problem, dilemma, big question, challenge or a cliffhanger that you can refer back to throughout the service. Here’s an example: You have a character named Herman enter with a bottle of mustard. He says that he’s going to: “…teach that guy a lesson by squirting mustard all over his new bike!” You attempt to talk him out of it but he won’t listen. He leaves angrier then when he entered. You tell the audience of children that today would be a good day to talk about “Revenge: what does God say about it?” Go into a scripture memory game. You’ve just created a cliff-hanger that kids will want to know what happens. You’ve created ANTICIPATION
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Ask kids their opinion
I don’t care how or where – just meet with kids for 10 – 30 second and ask their opinion about current trends, fads, and especially your ministry and programs. And BTW: get ready to have your bubble popped.
Ask your leaders what they are seeing
If your leaders are parents, consumers, TV watchers, surf the internet, have a job, leave their homes, have neighbors, go shopping or do life – they have a valuable opinion and observations that will be different than yours. They key there is “different” than yours. Don’t be offended when they don’t agree or have a different opinion.
Go on a field trip and take a camera
Too many pastors/church leaders rarely leave the four walls of their offices to see the world around them. Hit the local toy stores, video game shops, activity centers, kid-friendly stores and places where kids party. Take a camera, notepad and a few others with cameras and notepads.
Kids watch a lot of TV – go to Kid-friendly channels and watch what these kids watch. Go to the Kid-Friendly websites and surf what they surf. A little research will tell you what these kids listen to – download it. Find out the latest in books and magazines – read ‘em!
Networking with other #KidMin leaders
Twitter, Facebook, CMConnect.org, Kidology.org, local groups, and face to face/one on one meetings are invaluable! I’ve said it before: Get with the leaders of the churches that are the next level size so you can learn what it takes to get there… look to the churches that are about the same size so you can trade ideas that might be more “easily adaptable”… And (ready for this?) Look to the churches that are smaller than yours so you can see the drive, hunger and innovation they have to get to where you’re at now.