Oct 16, 2012

Kill the Complexity of Your Children's Ministry

"But I am afraid that somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve in his craftiness, so your minds might be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ."  
2 Corinthians 11:3

Complexity is the enemy of simplicity.  And the natural slide is toward complexity.  It takes intentionality to keep simplicity at the forefront.

Kill the complexity of your calendar. 
Be very strategic about what you put on your Children's Ministry calendar.  Make your goal an effective calendar instead of a full calendar.  Measure outcome, not activity.

Kill the complexity of your communication.
When kids and parents are given too many messages, they receive no messages.  Fewer words are more potent.

Kill the complexity of your curriculum.
Narrow your teaching down to the essentials for kids.  They can learn about the beasts of Revelation later in life.  Right now they need to be taught the simple, foundational truths.  You've only got so many weekends with them.  Make them count.   

Kill the complexity of your challenges.
When you challenge kids and families to grow in their faith, provide them with simple, easy-to-take steps.  The steps should be simple to communicate and easy for people to participate in.

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