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What’s Wrong with Children’s Ministry Today? Old Wine in New Wine Skins

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Luke 5:37   And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.

Gone are the days of flannelgraph boards, overhead projectors, and CD players. The students in your children’s ministry is the most technologically intelligent generation that ever lived. The message should never change, but the methods need to if we want to reach this generation. We need to throw out the old methods and teach them with newer methods. In other words, we need to get rid of the old wineskins and replace them with new.

Here’s a few ways you can do that.

Use video projection for teach and praise and worship. Video projectors are cheaper than ever before. Even if you don’t have the money for one, you might be able to find a church that wants to get rid of their old one. Or you can look on E-bay for a good used projector. If all else fails, get an adaptor and hook your computer or laptop onto a used TV set.

Use videos instead of audios for praise and worship. Children’s ministry DVDs and downloadable videos save a lot of time and trouble because they project the words with the songs.

Use email and social media to contact children and parents. Do a Facebook group that promotes special events and informs parents. If you are a normal American church, 95%  of the parents in your ministry are on Facebook, maybe even more.

Use video clips. While you don’t want to teach using only video, short video clips are very effective to emphasis your lesson.

Find a techno guru to help you. If you don’t know much about technology, ask somebody who does to help you.

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About the Author

After serving the as a children’s pastor for over 20 years, Tamera Kraft founded Revival Fire 4 Kids Ministry in 2007 in her hometown of Akron, Ohio. She has taught in national workshops and has conducted kid’s crusades, church camps, and children’s camp meeting services. She has also done inner city ministry outreaches, directed mission’s trips for children, and was on staff at two different churches where she built thriving children’s ministries.