Fine Tune Your Ability to Create the Experiences
Whether you choose to use Gospel Magic or not, there are some things you should be doing in any creative presentation method that will help you to create an experience with your class or audience:
As you tweak your routines or put the finishing touches on a prop; ask yourself:
- How am I creating an experience for my audience?
- What else can I do to add that little extra ‘whoa’ in the moments that I’m with them?
- What will these kids talk about when they leave?
- What am I doing to advance my skills as a performer/presenter and ‘experience creator’ so my program stands out? And not just from others… but, from the last ‘experience’?
Be Willing To Face Evaluation From Others
These are vital questions – and they need to be answered if you plan on succeeding as a performer/presenter. No question about it, you’re going to have to subject yourself to criticism and evaluation. Find a coach or several coaches whom you will allow to freely comment on your presentation. Record yourself on video and invite those who are already successful in the realm of children’s ministry presentation to view your presentation(s)… they can help you. Invite also, those who are trained and seasoned in drama and theater to view your presentations and get their insight.
You Have The Potential To Be Amazing
If you love what you do… kids will love you, you will feel very fulfilled at what you’re doing. Put that all together and you’ll be at your best as a presenter. And when you’re at your best – it will show up in your presentations- therefore, it will help you to create a stronger experience.
Anticipation – Create It… Maintain It… Satisfy It.
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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