I recently had the opportunity to train children’s ministry leaders and volunteers at a local small church. I have to admit that I was somewhat dreading this event because it was in the middle-of-nowhere in Central California. I just wasn’t looking forward to the 2-hour drive on my Saturday morning. To my surprise, they actually had 20 volunteers show up… this is amazing given that they have around 40 children on Sundays.
We spent about 2 hours together. We laughed a lot… we made lots of noise. We jumped up and down. We used chenille wires to create things. We used sticky fingers, rolled dies, and played games. After our 2 hours together, many individuals came up to me to thank me for coming out to their church. Many of the comments I heard were:
- I can’t believe how fun this was! I certainly didn’t expect this training to be so active, interactive, and fun!
- My daughter (6 yrs old) was upset that I dragged her to church on Saturday morning because I couldn’t find a sitter. But she had so much fun that she can’t wait to come back to church on Sunday!
- You make children’s ministry so fun!
- This is the most fun I had at a church meeting!
Well, I’m very pleased that everyone had so much fun… but it got me thinking… Why do people automatically assume that any training at church, including the ones for children’s ministry, is going to be boring? Well, it’s probably because that’s their past experience with any ministry workshops and/or trainings. Well, first of all, I believe that if you work with kids or youths, you just can’t have boring, non-interactive trainings. We must lead by example, and if the leaders don’t know how to have fun, build relationships, and interact, how can we expect the kids to do the same? Secondly, I believe a team that laughs together stays and grows together… so I believe having fun together is a big component of a successful team!
So people…. please… let’s stop making church stuff boring… and let’s bring the fun back… especially for children and youth ministry stuff!!! Afterall, the Bible is actually the most exciting book ever written… and face it, living a Christian life definitely isn’t boring! Let’s have fun!!!