Speakers: Ruben and Efraim Meulenberg

Website: www.KidsWantAnswers.com

Why do kids come to church?

  • The Drop-Off Kids
    • Motivation: My parents bring me
    • Biblical Example: Parents brought kids to Jesus
    • Amplify: Play trailers of upcoming series; use invite cards, parent letters, etc.
  • The Invited Kids
    • Motivation: My friend brought me
    • Biblical Example: Peter bringing Andrew
    • Amplify: Help kids organize sleep-over parties, practice inviting
  • The Habitual Kids
    • Motivation: Church is what we do
    • Biblical Example: Going to the synagogue
    • Amplify: Teach church-attending as a spiritual habit
  • The XP Kids
    • Motivation: They want to experience something
    • Biblical Example: Jesus’ parables
    • Amplify: Use on-going stories with plot-twists and cliff-hangers; recap the story each week; use take-homes with downloadable media
  • The Competitive Kids
    • Motivation: I want to win prizes
    • Biblical Example: Jesus fed the 5,000
    • Amplify: Have kids represent their school/city/etc. in competitions
  • The Social Kids
    • Motivation: I want to see my friends and leaders
    • Biblical Example: People met in temple-courts
    • Amplify: Use connecting points with others
  • The Buzz Kids
    • Motivation: Everybody is talking about this
    • Biblical Example: And the news spread through the region
    • Amplify: Give spread-ables (armbands); media for the home; Let them use their phone to film something funny
  • The Learning Kids
    • Motivation: I’m interested in today’s subject
    • Biblical Example: People who came to Jesus with their needs
    • Amplify: Advertise the subjects in advance; make the subjects inviting
  • The Growing Kids
    • Motivation: The teaching always helps me
    • Biblical Example: The people were amazed at his teaching
    • Amplify: Teach more than virtues or morals; have them practice (not just memorize); start with questions, desires, and needs they have; let discovery truly be discovery…don’t give away all the answers
  • The Godly Kids
    • Motivation: I want to get closer to God
    • Biblical Example: People who followed Jesus anywhere
    • Amplify: Affirm kids in their passions for Christ; challenge kids to be hungry for the Word; highlight kids with a passion for Christ (make them an example, don’t make them exceptional)



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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.