6 More Big Myths About Kids Worship
by Bob Singleton, head worship guy at God’s Kids Worship
Worship, for all ages, is not a process, it’s a proclamation. “To worship God is to tell him that we believe him for who he says he is”as revealed in the Bible. (Matt Redman, worship leader, songwriter, and author quoted from “Blessed Be Your Name,” pub. Regal Books)
Applying that idea to kids ministry worship busts several kids worship myths. This is the second in my series of kids worship myths, where I cover myths 7-12. We covered myths 1-6 here : 6 Big Myths About Kids Worship <http://kidzmatter.com/6-big-myths-about-kids-worship/>
Here are big myths about kids worship 7-12:
7. Myth – Don’t interrupt kids worship with “grown-up”worship songs. Kids ministry songs should be silly, and unique to kid ministry.
Reality – Kids ministry is a part of church life from the cradle to the grave. Match your kids energy and make kids worship a part of the worship culture of your church, not a “silly song,”worship-free zone.
8. Myth – Kids worship songs should be long and slow like the ones we do in big church, or it’s not real worship.
Reality – Kids worship songs should fit kid’s energy and attention span. Do you know any kid that has ever said, “I want a song that is slower than a dial-up modem, and lasts longer than an episode of “Downton Abbey”? Me neither.
9. Myth – There are 3 (or 5, or 10 or other random number) steps required for effective worship.
Reality – There is no “worship steps checklist”in the Bible unless you’re a Levite priest in the Jerusalem temple. If you are, I’d like to meet you and hang with you.
10. Myth – Kids worship should look like grown-up worship.
Reality – Really? When does ANYTHING done by kids ever looks like grown-ups? Kids worship looks like kids. Embrace it.
11. Myth – Worship only happens in our big room with the projection and sound system.
Reality – You mean, God doesn’t have a map to your other kids ministries? Worship him everywhere. He’ll show up. He said so.
12. Myth – I need a sweet media setup to worship.
Reality – Can’t find that one in the Bible. Our brothers & sisters in technology-free parts of the world have deep, fervent worship without it. Worship where you are, with what you have. Add media as you need it, when you’re able.
Bob Singleton is a Grammy®nominated, and 4-time Dove nominated producer of music for kids. He’s created award-winning CD’s and videos for the Christian market with Word Music, Tommy Nelson, Everland Entertainment, and others. He’s one of the most widely heard creators of music for kids in the world as music director for Barney®and Friends for 10 years. He’s produced 2 multi-platinum albums, and created songs and produced music for the top entertainment companies in the business, including Barney®, Marvel Animation, Sony Wonder Entertainment, New World Entertainment, Fox Searchlight Motion Pictures and many others. Bob has also created music and worked with Christian curriculum developers like Group Publishing, Concordia Publishing, Tabor Publishing, and others. You may have seen some of his work if you have NEXT Worship DVDs, ”Great Songs for God’s Kids,” “Kid City Tunes,” and many other Christian market videos and recordings.