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Discipleship, Orality, Strategy

What do you do with kids?

SAMSUNG DIGIMAX A503Family-integrated churches are using Bible Storying. Usually kids in Kindergarten and older participate.

Frankly, I haven’t yet discovered a way to compete with churches that have all the buzzers and whistles with full-blown kits and activity sheets for kids. But that’s certainly not reproducible. The next small group you reach into may not have that money to fund the “wow.”

I have learned from house churches to tell the story, review the content, and then separate the really young children for a special age-group activity (coloring or making a craft usually) while the parents discuss the story in depth. Afterwards, the kids return and do a show-and-tell.

Often teens serve as facilitators for a group not their own to help out. And college kids are “paid” by being allowed to do laundry while they’re helping. A home-cooked meal is a good incentive, too.

The Bible studies that I do are developed with kids in mind. I try to pick stories that aren’t too gruesome, for example, (think Jephtha’s Daughter in Judges) and yet keep adults engaged. I mean, Noah and the Ark is a great story, but there’s lots of death that is glossed over.

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About Mark Snowden

TruthSticks originated from the book I co-authored with the late Avery Willis. Truth That Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truths in a Teflon World was the book and this blog and Bible studies have resulted. It's great to be partnering with churches who are committed to making disciple-makers. Request a catalog of Bible studies using orality at SnowdenMinistries@gmail.com.

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