I believe that every children’s ministry should have a set of classroom rules established and posted for everyone, including children, leaders, and parents, to see.
Rules do two things for kids. In following rules, children glorify God. In breaking them, they are pointed to the Gospel.
Just like God’s Law points to our need for a Savior because we have broken it (Romans 8:3-4), rules allow us to point children to the Gospel by showing them that they do break the rules (sometimes A LOT) and need to be forgiven by God.
When you establish classroom rules, they should be easy to remember and Biblical. I like for our class rules to be universal and applicable not only to every event that we have, but to every aspect of life.
Here are the 3 rules that I recommend for children:
1. Respect God
Anything we say, think, or do should all please God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
2. Respect Leaders
When a leader is talking, we are to be quiet, listening, and paying attention. If a leader asks us to do something, we need to obey. (Hebrews 13:17)
3. Respect Others
Treat others how we want to be treated. This includes using kind words and keeping our hands to ourselves. (Matthew 7:12)[divider]Explaining the rules to the children, before your meeting begins, presents opportunity to clarify some of your setting-specific rules under each of these headings (i.e. raising your hand before talking would fall under the “Respect Leaders” rule.) Presenting them in this way is nice because you can use the same rules for any event, they just have different specifics in different settings.
Remember, the reason for rules is to not only teach children how they can glorify God every day, but to also point them to the cross. When children see that they are sinful, they will begin to see their need for a Savior even more.
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What rules do you have in place for your children’s ministry? Have you used those rules to share the Gospel with children? Leave your thoughts in the comments!