How to Easily & Effectively Cast Your Church’s Vision to Kids Not Just Adults
If you’re in Kid’s Ministry, you probably have a great view of kids…like maybe they’re just as important as adults.
They can brings friends and help the church grow.
They can grow personally as disciples of Christ.
They can can share thoughtful insights.
They can ask super tough questions.
They can go through extremely challenging situations.
They can encourage each other (and adults) when least expected.
I know this, but sometimes I still find myself selling them short.
It was just recently at our church that we realized we weren’t doing a good job of effectively sharing our church’s vision with the kids, and helping them get behind it just like we wanted the adults to.
So we decided to do something about it.
What follows is what we started doing; you can change it, tweak it, pick and choose, or just kick-start your thinking; whatever is most helpful to you.
(1) We encapsulated our church’s vision in 4 kid-friendly values.
Here’s what ours are; yours will probably be different.
1. Everyone is made in the image of God.
2. God will always love me.
3. I can trust God no matter what.
4. I need to tell others about Jesus
(2) We found verses for each value.
1. Everyone is made in the image of God. – Genesis 1:27 “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them.”
2. God will always love me. – John 3:16 “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.”
3. I can trust God no matter what. – Joshua 1:5B “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
4. I need to tell others about Jesus. – Romans 10:14 “How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?”
(3) We started reviewing the values and verses every week in Large Group.
We do it is right after our game and right before our story.
We’ll say something like, “Okay, before we get into today’s story, there’s 4 things we want you guys to know before you leave Kid’s church. The first is “everyone is made in the image of God.” How do we know that? Because in Genesis 1:27 the Bible says, ‘So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them.’ That means you’re made in God’s image, the bully at school is made in God’s image, even the sibling who you always seem to butt heads with is made in the image of God. The second thing we want you to know…”
Note: We always end with the value we’ll be focusing on after the story (like a value sandwich).
(4) We always use One of the Four values as our main idea for every lesson.
Every Sunday after the story, we use one of the values as the main idea.
For example, this month we’re talking about honor: letting others know how valuable they really are.
This theme fits really well under, “Everyone is made in the image of God.”
So after the story we’ll say something like: “In today’s story you saw Prince Jonathan honor David. David was made in the image of God and called by God, and Jonathan recognized that. So instead of being jealous like his dad, he loved David. There may be people in your life who you get jealous of sometimes. When that happens you need to realize they are made in the image of God, and that they’re valuable just like you.”
We do it this way because we believe that kids won’t remember all 12 themes we teach on each year, but they will remember 4 values we teach year after year.
(5) We use the values when interacting with Kids in Small Groups.
If a kid is acting up in Small Groups or being mean to another child, we’ll pull them aside and say, “Remember how we always talk about how everyone is made in the image of God? Are you treating Billy like he’s made in the image of God when you pick on him?”
And that’s how we cast our church’s vision to the kids at our church. If you have any questions or ideas, leave a comment!
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