Monday, August 27, 2018

Jesus was NOT Boring - Your Children's Ministry Should Not Be Either

If you were to take a truly honest survey of the children, parents and grandparents in your Children's Ministry and ask them if they find the classes on Sunday and mid-week to be interesting and engaging, what would they say? I know what you would want them to say, but honestly, what would they say?

This is a survey you should absolutely take, because if they honestly tell you the children find the classes to be boring, then you must make changes. If you continue to do things as you are - boring children - you are giving them the absolutely wrong view of Jesus. He was NOT boring. If Jesus was not boring, and He was NOT, then teaching about Him should not be boring either.

I'm going to say something you may have to think about to get to the same place I am - if you have to choose between a curriculum resource which teaches all the doctrine of your church the way you want it covered or a curriculum which engages children, so they remember and learn, then I say choose the curriculum which engages children. It is far easier to boost the doctrine than it is to make a boring curriculum engaging. And, it is essential for curriculum to not bore children.

If you have children in your church who have parents and grandparents who are intentional about handing down the faith, they are likely to take what is taught on a Sunday/Wednesday and help the children they love understand and remember it - if the classtime was too boring to do it. But, if children have parents or grandparents who do not do this, then you are likely going to lose them. They will decide church and the Bible - and Jesus - are just too boring and they will stop going as soon as they are able to make the decision to do so.

The cost is far to high for you to bore children in your Children's Ministry. Do what you need to do - find out if you are boring (and you probably know if you are - and may just have a hard time admitting it). If you are boring - Stop it! The price is too high if you continue to bore the children whom God has entrusted to your ministry.

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