A Great Idea to Help Your Volunteers Connect With Kids

One of our staff members has started providing his volunteers with a great tool to connect with kids during pre-service and in their small groups.  It's a list of things that are currently trending in the world of kids.

The list includes movies, video games, tv shows, music, clothing, sports and other interests of kids.  This gives the volunteers talking points with the kids.  He emails the list each month and also posts it in the volunteer room at church.

When missionaries go to a different country, they study the culture so they can connect with the people they are trying to reach.  We should do the same for the kids we are trying to connect with and reach.

I remember walking into a room at church and seeing a boy sitting in the back by himself.  He wanted nothing to do with the service.  I sat down beside him and tried to find out why he didn't want to participate.  Nothing doing.

So I decided to try something else.  I asked him what kind of video game system he had at home.  Suddenly, his frown turned into a smile and he began to talk with me.  After several minutes of talking about video games, he was ready to be part of the service and joined in.  See the difference it makes when you enter a child's world?

You've heard the saying - "Kids don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."  One way you can show them you care is by talking about their interests.

If you'd like this month's list of kids' trends, feel free to email me at dalehudsoncm2@gmail.com and I'll be glad to send it to you.