Tuesday, March 23, 2010

11 Easy Steps To A Successful Children’s Ministry

By Shelley Pierce

Life is full and you’re a busy person! You already know that leading children is a 24/7 endeavor. Here are a few tips and treasures for you to ponder as you go that will help you become more effective as you lead children to love Jesus.

It’s all about RELATIONSHIPS.
Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Make it your goal to get to know each child you lead on a personal level. What makes her laugh? What makes him angry? Does she live with both parents? Does he enjoy school?

SHOW your face.
Plan to attend a ball game, dance recital, or musical performance. Or, just drop by their homes for a quick hello. You will learn volumes about the children you teach when you see them interacting with family and “playing on their own turf.” A child will never forget the teacher that cared enough to make time to visit her at home or attend something that is important to her.

The early bird really DOES get the worm.
Begin your preparation for next Sunday’s hour with your kids this Sunday afternoon. Look ahead and know next Sunday’s Scripture passage and life application. Study that passage every day during the week, and ask God to grow you before you present it to the children. God has wonderful things to show you as you get ready to teach. Don’t short change yourself by waiting until Saturday night to prepare!

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Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!

Pat