The other day I wrote about the dangers facing our over-churched kids. In that post I promised to link to the follow-up article, 9 Strategies for Reaching Over-Churched Kids. It's well worth your time to read the entire article.
Just as a teaser . . . here are the 9 strategies . . . but you really should head over and read about each strategy in detail.
1. Empower Them To Teach: If they really know it all, why not let them assist you in teaching.
2. Teach for Heart Change: Over-churched kids need transformational learning that can move their attitudes and values.
3. Use Creative Storytelling: The Word of God is the most amazing document ever created. Do the extra work and make your story amazing
4. Pray for Every Child: Sometimes the deepest problems require a spiritual solution. Ask God to make a difference for those over-churched kids.
5. Teach the Bad News: Over-churched kids need to realize that they too need a Savior. They need to learn about sin.
6. Model Repentance: With over-churched kids, we can’t pretend that Christians are always the good guys. They see behind our Sundy morning smiles and know that we’re not perfect people. When we are honest about our failings, and confess our sins, it points them to the Gospel.
7. Make It Relevant: Connecting the Bible content with real life is something we often overlook. So take a few minutes and think about relevance. Why does this Bible lesson really matter in each child’s life? How can the truth of this passage help them with the problems they are facing?
8. Go Deeper: Why not flip this challenge around and take these over-churched kids even deeper into the Bible verse. Let them struggle with the hard stories in the Bible.
9. Get Them On
: The message of Christianity was not made just for hearing, God wants us to embrace the mission of Jesus and participate in the new creation now. Too much learning and not enough doing is always a problem. Mission
I think each strategy mentioned is so important . . . .
creatively teaching the Bible to reach our children's hearts.
Making sure that even our "churched" kids truly understand their sinful heart and need of a Savior.
Offering children the opportunity to share what they have learned and then empowering them to share the life-giving message of Jesus with those around them.
Expecting our kids to go deep and challenging them to struggle through to understand hard things.
Being honest with kids regarding our own struggles and encouraging them to pray for us as we pray for them.
I hope that all of these strategies are employed within our own Children's Ministry . . . I think I'll be sending off an email to all of our teachers soon!