How to Run Kids Church Using Teenagers without Sacrificing Safety or Excellence
What if teenagers could strengthen the faith of kids AND grow in their own faith at the same time?
Disclaimer: None of this is tried and tested as of yet, but the idea excites me, and so I want to share it, especially for the sake of getting feedback before we launch.
Once the experiment begins, I’ll update this post.
So here’s the idea: We’ve created a Sunday morning kid’s service format that is run by teenagers with minimal adult participation.
Our goal: The youth will grow as Jesus followers while simultaneously helping kids to grow as Jesus followers.
So here’s the nuts and bolts:
Adults are present but only for safety, parent interaction, and oversight
We’ll have only 2-3 adults at the service for interaction with parents at check-in, overseeing free-time, safety, and overseeing the service, but the adults will have no active roll in the flow of the service.
Teens partner with kids One-on-One
The first 15 minutes of the service will be One-on-One time, meaning 1 teenager will sit down with 1 kid.
They’ll play a 2 person game, and have a conversation around pre-written questions we’ll provide.
Large Group is done through video
We know that teenagers can be unreliable and generally unprepared, so the large group time will be done almost exclusively through video.
We use Orange Curriculum, which provides video elements for an intro, story, and closer.
A couple teenagers will MC during transitions.
So here’s what Large Group will look like: 1) We’ll play the intro video 2) the teens will play a large group game with the kids 3) We’ll play the story video 4) We’ll play the closing video 5) We’ll play a worship song while kids pray 6) A teen will pray and dismiss to small groups.
Teens will lead AND be challenged to grow in Small Groups
The teens will lead the small groups but also be challenged to grow.
The questions and games for small groups will be designed so that the teens will answer along with the kids.
The small group activities will be designed to be fun for teens and kids.
In other words, we’re gonna challenge the teens to be just as active as the kids in small groups, so the teens and kids are challenged to grow together.
I’m really excited to try this out. I know it’ll be a rocky ride, but I think it has the potential to make a huge impact.
If you have ideas to make this format better or concerns that I haven’t anticipated, leave a comment!
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