Nov 10, 2010

Etch-A-Sketch Children's Ministry

The Etch-a-Sketch was invented by Arthur Granjean in 1959 and has been a toy icon in American culture ever since. I had one as a probably did too. The beauty of the Etch-a-Sketch is the fact that you can create a picture, quickly change it, and start over with just a few shake ups.

Children's Ministries that are effective over the long haul have a lot in common with the Etch-a-Sketch.
  • They express creativity.
  • They are not content with past creativity.
  • Each picture is evaluated and then scrapped once it past it's day. 
  • They are willing to shake things up and try something new.
  • The content inside stays the same, but is quite often expressed with a fresh, new look.
  • They are able to navigate skillfully through quick changes. 
  • They are a tool that is used to paint the beautiful picture that God is creating in children and families' lives.
Posted by Dale Hudson


Exactly my sentiments. God is dealing with me about shaking things up. We have a good foundation and same goal, but need different strategies to prevent staleness.
Love the analogy of the Etch A Sketch
Cathy-Children's Ministry Director

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