Can I be honest? I feel like the words, “pivot,” “unprecedented,” and “uncertain times” have been used way too much in the past 11 months. In fact, I would be okay if we never have to use them again. Ever. But, alas, as leaders in the world of Children’s Ministry, we...
We want to protect our children in any way possible, but we also want them to be involved in church community.
Just like we rallied around them on that difficult day, we should still rally around them during this pandemic. We should still help them discover new ways that God is leading their family.
Much has been written about the impact of social media—and the Internet in general—on adolescents and their self-image, especially young girls. But 2020 has thrown multiple curveballs our way, such as the rapid lowering of the average age of kids getting online, and the rapid increase of the time kids spend online.
And I’ve noticed people in small churches can carry an inferiority complex about what they’re able to offer. They try (and fail) to emulate big churches without the big budget, big facility, big staff, professional musicians and actors, and hologram capabilities to deliver perfectly curated sermons from any location in the world.
When it comes to the Bible, preschoolers might miss a few details. Just remember, they aren’t overthinking it. They are imagining it.
And although it’s true that sometimes people just don’t get it, or sometimes they just can’t grasp the vision of where we’re going, the bottom line was that even though I was casting vision, few were following me.
In experiencing both models extensively, I definitely have strong opinions about which method I’d choose to utilize. I know this can be a divisive topic. I also recognize neither one is perfect and there are great benefits to both. From my experience, I’d use small groups over Sunday School every time. Here are five reasons why.
As ministry leaders, we’re trying to find a new ministry norm. We’re trying to instill hope, truth, and love to the families in our community—all while caring for our own family. Oh, and did I mention some of the most important people in our ministry? Our small group leaders—or as we like to call them, SGLs.
Now or very soon, most churches will be able to worship again in person. When that time comes, it’s so important that you have a clear plan outlined to help ensure that every family remains safe and healthy. Hear how you can prepare your church to re-open.
As you reopen your church doors, try to open as many doors as you can to your families. Keep the open doors open, open the predictable ones, but also try to open some new ones.
In this digital age, there’s no denying space must be made for learning to effectively engage those in your sphere of influence in new ways. Nearly every school, corporation, non-profit, and restaurant has determined their strategy for meeting people where they are digitally. Your church is no exception.