Why is it so many of our Children’s Ministries are committed to boring the socks off the children in their ministries? Well, they may not be “committed” to boring children, but they are not committed to engaging them. When we insist on teaching children by having them sit and listen as we “yak” at them, then we are boring them and we end up leaving them with these utterly false beliefs – Jesus and the Bible are boring. This leads to children choosing to leave church as soon as they are possibly able to do so. Oh yes. We pay an extremely high price when we insist on teaching by talking and not by engaging.
Jesus was the most “not boring” person who ever lived on this Earth. He fed thousands of people with just a few pieces of food – with baskets of food left over! Not boring. He walked on water! Not boring. He healed sick people! Not boring. He brought dead people back to life! Not boring. He calmed huge storms with just three words! Not boring. He did not stay dead – He came back to life! Definitely Not Boring!
Jesus also made time for children – He did not send them away. Just think for a minute what it was like for those children – they could have asked Him absolutely anything and Jesus would have been able to answer it – and probably did so in the most engaging and interesting way possible! Jesus was NOT boring.
So, why do we insist on making Him boring to children? Please stop teaching to children with lecture. Please commit to use resources, curriculum, and teaching which engages children and gets them actively involved as they participate in teaching and therefore learning Who Jesus is and why they are able to believe in Him with confidence. (Check out Deeper In for Children and Anchored Supplement as they both do this.)
How do you do this? Well, consider the following ideas . . .
Whatever you do, take an honest look at how your are teaching children about Jesus and if you are giving them the false idea of who He is. Commit to engage and involve children in learning the truth!