Skip to main content

Jesus Centered Teaching

My friend and I attended Group's Children's Ministry Local Training this weekend and it was all about Jesus centered teaching.  It sounds obvious doesn't it? I mean, isn't that what children's teachers and leaders are supposed to be doing? Yes, yes they are.  But many times things get in the way.  We may end up putting emphasis on behavior, contests and memorization.  Those aren't bad things but they are not necessarily relationship building.  Children need to know Jesus is REAL.  They need to know that He really is there no matter what.

Here are a some  of the ideas we learned about:

  • There is a difference in knowing who Jesus is and knowing Him
  • Families are not committed to attending church like they were even 10 years ago
  • Jesus wants to reveal His heart to us
  • We have to show that heart of Jesus to kids
  • We have to be willing to be vulnerable with kids.  We do not need to put on a show or an act.  
  • There are other fruits besides spiritual fruits.  We need to know the signs and so do kids!
  • Don't be afraid to engage in hard conversations.  Kids need to know we also doubt or wonder sometimes and don't have all the answers.
  • Let kids ask questions and ask kids open ended questions and give them time to THINK and don't give judgmental responses.  If you ask a kid what he/she "thinks" there is no wrong answer.  Use this for a springboard to discussion. 
  • Ask Jesus what He desires to change in your ministry.
These are just some of the ideas explored during the training.  If you have a Group training coming near you I highly recommend it.  Group always does an excellent job of making training fun and interactive.  


Popular posts from this blog

Gentleness Bible Lesson

"But the fruit of the Spirit is, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Galatians 5:22-23a Our children's Church has been doing a unit on the fruit of the Spirit.  Each week we learn one of the components on that list. This lesson is about gentleness. Here is the story I adapted focusing on Jesus' gentleness.  As with all scripture there are many facets to each episode.  There are tons we can learn from them but when you teach children, consider the age and the maturity level of your kids. We are teaching 4-7 year olds and some of our 4 year olds are very "young".  So this story has been adapted, not changing scripture but just being wise about what information a young child needs to know. In this passage we see Jesus being gentle with a sinful woman. There are several scriptures portraying Jesus as gentle.  You could choose any of them.  For this unit the curriculum outline we follow uses this

Store Your Treasures In Heaven Activity

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matthew 6 I found this great science activity to use four our unit on storing treasure in heaven and the kids loved it!  It takes a little preparation ahead of time but it was really easy. You will need: ice trays, (or other mold that can be put in the freezer.) 3 parts baking soda 1 part water Jello gelatin as much as desired, flavor/color of your choosing. (We chose blue for ours.) vinegar (we used almost 2 gallons) something to squirt the vinegar out (condiment bottle, turkey baster, eye dropper etc.) To Prepare: Mix the baking soda and water, add in the Jello as desired. For the four ice trays pictured I used 6 cups of baking soda and 2 cups of wa

Quiet Bags - Sermon Notes for Kids

Our church supplies a "quiet bag" to help little ones stay occupied during church.  We keep it simple with coloring pages, a small toy, and some colored pencils.  No markers or crayons are allowed. :) I decided to make some little booklets "Sermon Notes"  that the kids can write and draw in then take home. I'll show you what I made.  These are VERY simple and I'll change them up from time to time. I designed them with reader/writers and non-reader/writers in mind. I just used an inexpensive graphics program that I've had for years. Cover front A place to draw, read and listen Favorite song - write or draw a worship picture. A chance to write about God. A place to draw about God and favorite things. Note: I actually stapled these in the wrong order - Oops! Cover back.   Here is a printable version , without our church name on the cover if you would like to use these in your church. Please let me know if you use this f