Feb 28, 2013

17 Things Technology Has Replaced in Children's Ministry

Remember the old days in Children's Ministry?  From flannelgraphs to overhead projectors to the yellow pages...here's 17 things technology has replaced in Children's Ministry.

Then again, you may still be using some of these.  Perhaps it still works for you or you don't currently have the budget to update.   Share your thoughts with us about why you are or are not using some of these things.

VHS TAPES

CAMERA WITH FILM

CASSETTES

HANDWRITTEN REGISTRATION FORMS

HANDWRITTEN SECURITY TAGS

ROAD MAPS FOR TRIPS

DESKTOP COMPUTERS
CD'S
PLACING ORDERS FOR SUPPLIES BY PHONE

FLANNELGRAPH

ROLODEX CONTACTS

PAGERS
YELLOW PAGES
DVD PLAYERS IN WORSHIP

RUNNING ADS FOR EVENTS IN NEWSPAPERS
 
PRINTED STUDENT CURRICULUM BOOKS

OVERHEAD PROJECTORS

8 comments:

I would agree with most of this, except for the hand written registration forms, and the hand written check in tags.
I'm 31 and received my call to kids min after a decade in various IT capacities. I run a program with around 50 children on the weekend, and even with a program of that size I see nothing wrong with hand written registration and check ins. I'm normally the type to chase down any electronic gadgets I can get my hands on, but at times simple is just better.
Paper in general is not moot, making these two items different than things like film, cassettes and overheads.

I've moved away from a lot of these things, but still use them from time to time. I do have to stop myself from rolling my eyes when a volunteer hands me a McGee and Me VHS to show for our Christmas service. Can you say 1995?

I still like a map to get the general area of where I'm headed, but then I'm a visual as opposed to audio person. Still use my Rolodex at times because it's handy if I have other things on my computer. I never put all of the Rolodex things in my phone. And I hope we never get away from printed curriculum, even if it's printed from a web site. Printed curriculum gives teachers so much better opportunity to be creative. If it's all canned, then it becomes entertainment instead of educational.

Thanks for sharing Delia. We still use some of these things in our children's ministry as well. Sometimes the changes are gradual over years, aren't they.

Interesting. I see nothing wrong or irrelevant with using any of these items. It's all in how they are used. I'm actually going to order new flannelgraph materials for my nursery/preschool program as a supplemental visual aide. This along with hands on activities, games, drama, etc... makes for a killer program IMO. Now I will say we don't use VHS or cassette players LOL, but if that's what you have then use it creatively! I will always stand by the motto that my job is to instruct and mentor children in the Gospel, not to entertain them into wanting to serve Christ because things are fun and high tech.

Thanks for sharing Lynette. Appreciate your commitment to teaching and discipling kids in whatever format God leads you to do that. We use whatever God places in our hands, right. For some that may be something digital and for others it may be a flannelgraph board. The bigger picture is making sure you meet this generation where they are. They are not a generation from 20 years ago. To me, entertaining means engaging. When you "entertain" someone it simply means you are capturing their attention. We want to capture kid's attention with the Gospel.

Thanks so much for responding. I needed that clarification. I view entertaining and engaging as two different things. Engaging students in worship and the Word I totally understand! I'm also a public school teacher so I spend my whole day striving to engage students in their learning. *By the way, I just found your blog and I'm enjoying it! Thanks.

I think I've forgotten about some of these. Haven't used a Rolodex in forever - and thank you internet for no more placing orders by phone! ("Your call is important to us...")
I don't think our church ever used pagers like that, but we did use vibrating nursery pagers. However that's become obselete for us too, because we use a mobile phone solution called nurserypager.com.
But I guess I am young, because I never used flannelgraphs either (well, at least not as a ministry worker!)

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