Why not Try Safari Club for your children’s ministry
Choosing a children’s ministry curriculum for your children’s ministry, you must bear in mind that you are laying the foundation for your children’s spiritual growth. Make sure you choose a good one that teaches all the necessary elements.
In the adult church, you have a main pastor who brings the spiritual growth of the church, with the occasional stand in pastors or guest speakers, which have done bible school and have various degrees in theology, or are known for their knowledge of the word.
However when it comes to your Children’s Ministry, you have volunteers who are all on different levels of their spiritual growth. This does not mean that God can’t use you, and you as a teacher cannot step into the position of teaching.
Something to think about?
When Jesus chose his disciples, one was a fisherman, one was a tax collector, one was a doctor, and Jesus himself was a carpenter by trade. Jesus did not ask for any qualifications when choosing his 12 disciples. In saying this, they walked and learnt from Jesus for the full 3 years of Jesus’ ministry, before they taught the gospel.
Each one of his disciples had issues, but following God and becoming a follower of Jesus Christ is not about status, or education. It is always about a heart issue.
Yes, the bible does state that you must study the word of God, and meditate on it day and night. We must learn the word and show ourselves approved. But Jesus’ gospel or message on this earth when he preached for 3 years was a very simple message and he always dealt with the condition of people’s hearts.
So my question to you children’s ministry teachers and workers out there. If you are willing,
God is able to make all grace abound toward you. Yes you might have a lot you learn, however, JUST START SOMEWHERE.
Be willing to stand up in front of kids and teach them the word of God, and God will give you the ability.
Read the lesson on the Monday and allow God to speak to you about what he would like you to share. If you only look at your lesson on the Saturday night before your Sunday service, you will not have time to prepare properly.
Remember you are there firstly for God and then for the children. If you show up unprepared, you will not be showing yourself approved.
A good foundation is the key
As a Children’s church pastor or leader, because you have so many teachers and volunteers at different spiritual levels, or at different spiritual levels of their lives with God. Always have a good curriculum in place, so you know that your children will be taken on a journey and will get quality teachings and the full benefit of the word.
You must always see children growing in their spiritual life.
There must be fruit. The word must build faith, the word must bring hope and love for God and others. Very often, people are capable of teaching and training, they just don’t know how to go about it.
Once you have structure in your children’s ministry and a good curriculum in place, knowing that whatever curriculum you choose, the kids will be getting the very best teaching.
Teaching the word of God each week, it is the fundamental part of your children’s Ministry. Do not fill you Sunday’s with activities that don’t teach the word. It will not profit a child to make a snack in the shape of a cross, if they not taught that Jesus went to the cross for them to take away their sins.
The adult church always take a newly converted person (someone who has received salvation) through various courses in their walk with God, learning the different steps is all a part of our spiritual growth in God. What Salvation is, The Holy Spirit, Water Baptism, Holy Communion, prayer, missions etc. We as Christian will never know it all, the Bible tells us we are to work on our own salvation every day. Which means we will never arrive at knowing it all, we will never get to the place of never sinning. We will always have to repent and ask God to forgive us. A Humble heart is what pleases God, because God can work with a humble spirit. Not a pushover but a spirit that is eager to listen for the voice of God.
We will go through times of temptation, we will go through times of arrogance, we will go through times of struggle and strife, but we have a God that will help us become better people, and by working on our heart issues of selfishness, arrogance & pride. We will grow in our relationship with God.
Children are no different. they face the same struggles as us adults, but maybe their responsibilities are just different.
Their spiritual process is the same. It is just sad that Adults don’t place a lot of importance on children’s spiritual needs.
The only difference is that a child is more open to receive the word of God with no hidden agendas.
Scripture tells us that if we don’t accept the word of God like a child, we will not even see Heaven. Which simply means, adults try to fathom out God and his kingdom in an intellectual way, however children receive God for being God, they don’t have to di-sect every word, they take what they learn in faith and because God said it, it must be true.
THIS IS WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. (Mark 10:13-16 ESV)
We have taught various curriculums over the years, but we always come back to the safari club curriculum. When using the safari club, it has meat to the lessons. It teaches all the subjects that adults would get in the foundational courses of the church, so you know that the children will be growing in their spiritual level not just growing in knowing bible stories.
If we get tired of teaching from this lesson, we might use the bulk of the lesson, but bring in other object lessons from other curriculums to teach and add variety. As long as the children go away understanding the lesson, it does not matter where you get your lessons from. Just make sure that you cover the most important subjects through the year.
Salvation, water baptism, Holy Spirit, Communion, and all the other topics mentioned below.
The safari club curriculum was developed for Africa.
Ideal for children from 7 – 12, with 52 lessons.
Each lesson includes an Introduction of the subject, 3 object lessons (Visual aids), Bible Lesson, Memory Verse and craft or game ideas.
This curriculum will lay a solid foundation in any children’s ministry.
Always make sure that whatever curriculum you use, that you teach on Salvation, water baptism, communion, baptism in the Holy Spirit. to name a few. This is the basic foundation of what we believe.
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