Could eye contact with children help them to trust you more? Research has proven it just might, at least for characters on cereal boxes anyway. Check out this info graphic from the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University: cereal-box-capn-crunch-looking-down   Here’s a little more information about the findings, in this video:

So could these findings translate over to children’s ministry? Could children be more trusting of you and your volunteers if you intentionally made eye contact when speaking with them? The research sounds promising, but what’s your opinion?

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of, 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.