Chances are, if you’re in Children’s Ministry, lesson preparation is a big part of your job description. Whether you’re leading large group or heading up a small herd…er… group of kids, effective lesson prep can make or break you. As Chris Biffle writes in his book, Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids, “Disorganized teachers breed chaotic classrooms. If you want your students to engage and behave, you have to put in some serious preparation time.”
But how exactly do we do that?
If you don’t have any previous teaching experience, getting a lesson ready for Children’s Ministry might be a little daunting.
Ministry Checklist: How to Prepare Your Lesson (Weekly Schedule)
I put together a Ministry Checklist a few months ago, but I thought I’d gather up a few more resources both for my volunteer team and for the readers of Growing Kids Ministry. If you know of any great lesson prep resources yourself (or any favorite books on the subject), please let me know by leaving a comment!
Preparing Your Lesson: Resources to Get You Started
#1 Prepare or Repair
In his book, Energizing Children’s Ministry in the Smaller Church, Rick Chromey explains both the importance of preparing adequately for a lesson and the steps to do it. You can read the section (starting on page 129) with google books (for free!!). While you’re at it, I would recommend reading the rest of the book too!
#2 How to Write a Lesson From Scratch
Ministry to Children is a super helpful website for finding crafts and coloring pages and they also have some good suggestions on how to write a lesson from scratch. Of course, most of us aren’t writing a lesson from scratch, but many of the same ideas can be applied when teaching an already-prepared lesson. Find the whole article here.
#3 How to Present the Lesson
In this article at About.com, not only are there a few general teaching tips to check out, but there is also 40 Different Ways to present the lesson. Keeping things fresh and exciting is a great way to keep kids engaged.
#4 Using Lesson Plans to Prepare
This is a seminar style presentation about getting ready for teaching in Children’s Ministry. It’s a little lengthy, but has some great information in it both for teachers and assistants. If you want to skip all the introduction stuff, go to 8:00 and start listening/watching.
#5 Think Small
I love this article because it fits perfect with Small Group Leaders and it has an easy acronym to help you remember things too! Check out all the details here.
#6 Tips for Teaching Large Group
This is a whole series of articles from my blogger-friend turned real-life friend Wayne Stocks. It has some great ideas for preparation, crowd control, using games, and whole lot more. Check out the whole series here.
What About You?
What do you do to prepare for lesson? What resources have you found helpful?