When looking for curriculum, which one is the right one?
I get this question more than most. Increasingly, I am asked by senior pastors, a pastor find the best fit for your church. There is no perfect curriculum. Finding curriculum that fits the needs of the families you serve in they have to put each curriculum choice through a series of filters. The one that best fits with their church cultures is the one they should select. In the following pages, I will discuss these filters in greater depth. The good news is that there are more amazing curriculums than ever before available to pastors.
In this eBook I attempt to help you figure out what curriculum is right for you. My goal is two-fold. 1. That churches would find the right curriculum based on how they do ministry not based on what’s popular. 2. that curriculum companies would benefit from churches who are using their curriculum in the proper context.
I hope you find this ebook helpful in evaluating the curriculum you are using and before you switch to something else. To buy the eBook click on the buy now button below.
TakeTen: Rewards in Kids Ministry with Christiaan VandenHeuvel
To reward or not to reward. It’s the age old question in children’s ministry. I am one of those people who can see value in both but if you force me to take a side I will usually side with rewards because I know when used properly they work.
At Redeemer we use an online Bible Bucks reward system, and another kids pastor I recently met uses the same system. Christiaan VandenHeuvel is a Children’s pastor at Cornerstone Fellowship. He has served there since 2001 and has been in kids ministry for the past two decades. Christiaan was recently named by Children’s Ministry Magazine as one of the 20 to watch for the next 20 years. Christiaan and I were at a Kid’s pastor get together a few months back and I was impressed by his passion for Christ and desire to see kids come to Christ. Also he has an amazing sense of humor he would do just fine in New York.
If you want to find out more about Christiaan Check him out.
One of the pitfalls of Children’s ministry is we tell so many bible stories we treat the bible like it is a story book or play script.
I am not trying to say every kids pastor treats the bible with irreverence. I am saying that when we are using the stories in the bible as a medium to communicate truth we can forget that those stories really happened.
How can we remember and reinforce the bible as a History book?
1. Preach from the bible to your kids. – Bring your bible on stage don’t just use story sheets.
2. Read the bible for yourself not just for your lesson plans.
3. Study the Bible – It is easy to just rehearse the stories you have learned dig deeper push yourself to learn more.
4. Communicate to your kids that what you are about to talk about really happened.
5. Check your beliefs: Do you believe the bible is true and actually happened.
The bible is a supernatural book. It will change your life. It will change the life your kids. Let it.