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Grade 4|5 {Part 2}

Elementary / Ministries //

on tuesday, i spent the day with a fantastic group of ministry leaders dedicated to changing the trajectory of faith for tweens. i was inspired, and challenged, and more committed than ever to doing all i can for these special kids in my community.

at one point during yesterday’s meeting, i was shooting my mouth off {shocker!} reminding the group to be mindful that we not generalize all tweens. sometimes it can be easy to assume all kids think, feel, believe and need the same things when trying to create resources and programs for them.

now that i’m a city kidmin leader, i’ve learned to not be quick to categorize. every kid, every family, every situation is unique. and, my job is to listen and determine how i can be most helpful.

monday, i wrote about our new Grade 4|5 classroom at willow chicago — our process and format. today, i wanted to share a few of the values & characteristics we came up with during our planning.

characteristics of city 4|5 graders:

culturally aware . leaders . influenced by peers . asking deep questions . curious . independent . observant . physical . play . choices & consequences . sexual reality . experience pain & struggle.

values to guide our 4|5 grade classroom: 

biblical engagement . family support . belonging within church community . empowerment . service . respect . fun . safe place to ask tough questions . brave . commissioning.

priority of values: 

biblical engagement . safe place . fun . discipleship . service . family support.

that’s us. how about you? what values drive your Grade 4|5 program?

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About the Author

Amy Dolan is founder, leader and blogger for Lemon Lime Kids, a children’s ministry consulting company that seeks to encourage churches to consider a fresh approach to leading and teaching children. Amy started the company in 2005, as a way to empower and encourage fellow children’s ministry leaders, and since that first day has had the opportunity to work with leaders & organizations committed to the spiritual growth of children. Amy believes that the church fully empowered, combined with the commitment of the family, and the compassion of the community has the power to inspire children’s faith for a lifetime. In addition to her consulting work with Lemon Lime Kids, Amy leads the strategic curriculum development for Phil Vischer’s new curriculum What’s in the Bible? (whatsinthebible.com), and serves as Director of LOCAL, a Chicago-area children’s ministry collaborative (kidmin.com). Amy is the former Executive Director for Children’s Ministry at the Willow Creek Association, a former Children’s Ministry Director at The Chapel in Libertyville, IL and a Curriculum Writer for Promiseland at Willow Creek in South Barrington. Amy is proud to be married to her husband Kelly, and loves living in Chicago. Amy blogs at lemonlimekids.com and tweets at @adolan.