Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Do We "Design" Our Children's Ministries for Adults or Children? Part 2

Yesterday I asked, when we think about Children's Ministry do we "design" it for adults or children? I said I'm sure we all want to think we design it for children, but if we look closely will we see this is actually the case or will we see it is actually "designed" for adults?

Then I looked at what we might see if our Children's Ministry is actually designed for adults. Today I want to look at what we might see if our Children's Ministry is in fact, designed for children. Consider the following . . . 
  • Teaching styles which actually engage children wherein place of lecture the children teach through dramas, finding specific information in the Bible and then share what they learn with the rest of the children or other active teaching methods.
  • Children are expected to behave as children; for example, we expect them to participate and not distract others, but do not ask them to sit quietly in a circle . . . especially when it comes to preschoolers. This means while we ask children to sit, we allow those who need to lie down to do so as long as they are participating appropriately. We understand God created children to move, wiggle and learn while doing so and make allowances for this.
  • We use curriculum which is designed and written to engage children.
  • We have a "teaching rotation" which encourages connecting and relationships with children by asking for commitments which facilitate this.
These are just a few questions, but depending on how you answered them you may discover your Children's Ministry is actually designed for children. What might be a sign or signal which tells you if your children's ministry is actually designed for children?

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