How to Help Kids in Children’s Ministry feel the LOVE!
Taken from Karl Bastian’s Podcast, Episode Three
L – Learn more about them! How?
Here’s a little trick to see where kids are coming from:
- F: Family, ask about mom and dad, brothers, sisters, pets
- R: Recreation, what do you do for fun? Or what do you do after school?
- O: Occupation, what are you involved in? Sports? Theatre? What teams?
- M: Motivation, what do you want to do when you grow up? What are your dreams?
- Also, make sure you learn kids names. The Kids for Christ yearbook will be a great tool to help you remember kids’ names (and serve as a prayer guide!)
O – Observe them! Don’t be so caught up in your own lesson or agenda that you forget about the kids.
- Someone might be having a rough day or may have had a recent tragedy in the family. Notice.
- Observe their stuff – do they have a favorite toy? A new shirt? These things will give clues to a kid and his or her interests.
V – Value them!
- Celebrate them! When a kid walks through the gym doors (or even better, the church doors!), celebrate their arrival. Give a high-five, a hug, or act like they are a celebrity coming through the door. Play it up, make them feel really special!
- Do things outside the classroom experience. Kids expect grown-ups to be involved in the classroom – that only makes sense. However, when you call them to thank them for coming, or ask them to bring a special prop for the lesson. Send a card for birthdays or “just because”.
E – Encourage them!
- Try to say something encouraging to every kid in your small group. Try to really think about it — something about their personality or actions, not necessarily what they are wearing.
- Thank children for participating in the lesson, even if they answer incorrectly.
What are your stories? How do you connect with the kids in your ministry? Post a comment and share!