So what? Why does what you're teaching matter? Kids ask this question all the time. All teachers need to consider the answer when they prepare to teach. This includes VBS teachers, family Bible study leaders, Children's Ministers, homeschool moms and dads, Sunday school teachers, AWANA leaders, church volunteers, childcare workers, and nursery workers.
I led a breakout during a children's ministry leader training at my church the last Saturday in February. This is a little of what I shared. I hope it blesses you and your church.
Make It Relevant
We fail if kids walk away thinking that the Bible is just another old, dead, stuffy book of facts we’re supposed to study.
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (NASB)
How does that apply to me?
Show kids how what their studying applies to them today. Is it…
- An attitude you need to change?
- A command you need to follow?
- A change in your thinking?
- A service you need to perform?
- A way you can show love to others?
- A way you can share the gospel?
- A way you can love God more?
Don’t assume kids know. Spell it out and give an example.