As Kids Ministry leaders, it’s our passion to help children become life-long followers of Jesus. It’s about getting kids excited about the Word of God. After being in kids ministry for over 23 years, I’ve also developed a passion to equip other teachers to present God’s word with excellence so that it leaves a lasting imprint on the minds and spirits of the children we minister to. In order to do so, we need to work with a curriculum that holds keys to unlock doors of opportunity to create a transformational kids church experience.
The big question is: What makes kids church curriculum effective?
As the creator of High Voltage Kids Curriculum I have discovered 3 incredible keys which create that irresistible environment for children. Over 5000 churches are already experiencing the impact of the principles that I am about to share with you:
Key 1: Have an interactive approach to teaching
Over the years I have discovered that that number one thing that will help to effectively communicate the Gospel to kids, and to get them really engaged, is to have an interactive approach to teaching. Many times we have the “lecture thing” going on where we have a teacher stand in front of the class simply “sharing stuff.” The kids are simply “watching” the teacher and lack real engagement with the content that is being shared. They often seem disconnected at best.
Studies show that if you just “watch,” you retain 10% of what is being communicated. If you hear and see at the same time, that number can rise all the way up to 40% retention. However, if we are able to get the child physically involved in action, they are going to remember 90% of what is being communicated. Now, there are various ways to accomplish that level of engagement. At High Voltage Kids we’ve added several components in our curriculum that stimulate this type of interaction. From the “Watt’s Up?” segment to the “Power Verse” segment to the “Brain Drain” game, we have purposefully incorporated interactive elements to keep your kids engaged.
Key 2: Never let “media” take your place as the minister in the room
Technology is great. It’s all around us. It’s the language that is spoken by our kids. It’s the environment that they are growing up in. So, obviously you’re going to need to have media integrated into your lesson plan. Whether through video, games, or interactive online environments, it doesn’t matter. Media is an important aspect that will contribute to effectively communicating the subject matter. However media should NEVER overtake the role of the kids pastor or class teacher. I know it’s never our intention to have that happen, however there is a real danger of that happening anyway.
Many times, because it the current thing to do, media is the dominant driver of kids church. I personally believe that’s a wrong approach. Nothing can take your place as the leader and minister in the room. Whatever you do through media should enhance what you as a leader and minister are doing, not replace what you are doing.
Key 3: Always take the lesson beyond the Sunday experience
Taking the lesson outside of the classroom and beyond the Sunday morning experience is crucial. As Kids Ministry Leaders, we have most kids for about one hour a week. If a kid has perfect attendance, throughout the year, you’ll have them for a total of 52 hours in one year. We all know that perfect attendance is really an illusion. It simply doesn’t happen. So, the reality is that you are only having your kids in your classroom for a very limited time. When you add up those hours, you are lucky to maybe have the ability to minister and impact a kid for only 2 full days (48 hrs) of the 365 days that a year has to offer. Understanding this limitation forces us to think bigger and bolder. It’s crucial that we integrate tools that allow kids to take the Sunday experience with them, into the week and into their homes, so they can experience the impact as part of their everyday family life.
At High Voltage Kids we’ve developed curriculum based on these discovered keys.
Because of that, we can facilitate an environment that creates transformational experiences for our kids. Whether you choose to use High Voltage Kids Curriculum or materials from another publisher, it really doesn’t matter. As long as we understand these important keys, we can unlock the hearts of the children that we’ve been entrusted with and give them the experience they need to develop a strong relationship with their Father.
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