Bringing the Bible to Life Series: Appealing Appetizers

Bringing the Bible to Life Series: Appealing Appetizers

Welcome back to another post in the Bringing the Bible to Life Series!  If you want to catch up on some old posts, you can find them here: Introduction  Preparing the Lesson Lesson Checklist Preparing Your Heart Classroom Expectations In my last post (Cooking up a great Children's Ministry lesson), we talked a bit about the components of a great lesson.  I gave a few examples of appetizers, main dishes, and side dishes along with a promise to cover each of these elements in a … [Read more...]

Bringing the Bible to Life: Cooking up Some Tasty Goodness!

Bringing the Bible to Life: Cooking up Some Tasty Goodness!

Welcome to another post in the Bringing the Bible to Life series.  In case you're looking for other other posts in this series, you can find them here: Introduction  Preparing the Lesson Lesson Checklist Preparing Your Heart Classroom Expectations In this post, we'll talk about how to develop (or enhance) any lesson using the Bible alone.  Karl Bastian provides a great format for developing a daily schedule in his resource, the Kids Church Cookbook.  He explains that building … [Read more...]

Bringing the Bible to Life: Setting Expectations

Bringing the Bible to Life: Setting Expectations

Welcome to another addition to the Bringing the Bible to Life series.   So far, we've covered: Introduction Preparing Your Lesson Lesson Checklist Preparing Your Heart So, if you're on track --- You’ve read through the Scripture passage, you’ve read through the curriculum book, and you’ve practiced in front of your entire Little Pony or GI Joe collection.  You’re able to tell the Bible story in a plane, in a train and without refrain, and it’s time to move onto other aspects of … [Read more...]

Bringing the Bible to Life: Preparing Your Heart

Bringing the Bible to Life: Preparing Your Heart

Have you ever had one of those weeks when things just didn’t seem right?  You studied your lesson, you followed the checklist... so what was wrong?  Sometimes the lesson just isn’t good.  It just doesn't resonate with the kids.  Sometimes though, it’s not the lesson or even your lesson prep – it’s the state of your heart. Welcome to another post in the Bringing the Bible to Life in your Classroom series.  In case you missed the previous installments, you can find them here: … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Lesson Checklist

Preparing Your Lesson Checklist

Welcome back to the Bringing the Bible to Life series here on Growing Kids Ministry.  I hope you have been able to use some of the tips and tricks in your ministry already.  If you're just tuning in, you can find the previous posts in the series below: Coming Soon! Bringing the Bible to Life Series Introduction Preparing Your Lesson As promised, today I will share with you a checklist that I often use for preparing my weekly lesson for the kids.  There's even a handy printable … [Read more...]

Bringing the Bible to Life in Your Classroom: Preparing the Lesson

Bringing the Bible to Life in Your Classroom: Preparing the Lesson

Welcome to the Bringing the Bible to Life in Your Classroom series!  Hopefully you caught the introduction post a few days ago. If not, you can read it here.  Today, we'll be talking about preparing a lesson. As you probably already know, it’s impossible to teach an effective lesson if your eyes are glued to your curriculum book.  Not only does this prevent you from making eye contact with the kids (and keeping an eye on classroom activity), it stifles your creativity and your ability to be … [Read more...]