3 Tips for an Age-Appropriate Ministry

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FixedWe recently
came across a new poll that showed 35 percent of American
parents allow their daughters to wear make-up before they reach age
10. Lip balm was the most frequent type of make-up allowed. After a
lengthy discussion with my co-workers as to whether or not lip balm
should qualify as make-up, we got on the topic of
age-appropriateness in this and other areas of kids’ lives.

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Parents are constantly dealing with this issue: When to let their
kids wear make-up, have their own cell phone, go out with friends,
and the list goes on. Children’s ministers must deal with this
issue as well. Making sure our material and strategies are
age-appropriate is key if we want to successfully reach kids of any
age. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you make your
ministry effective for all age ranges.***

  1. class="MsoNormal">The Bible
    Uncensored
    . This fantastic article by
    Lauren Hunter is a great read, especially for times when you are
    creating your own lessons. Events in the Bible are not always
    G-rated, but they all hold truths that kids need to hear. We need
    to cover the Bible without using language that will confuse or
    distract from the point. Check out this chart that shows
    how to tell the account of David and Bathsheba in ways to best suit
    several different age levels.
  2. Prayer for the
    Ages
    . Preschoolers and preteens don’t
    communicate in the same way, so it would make sense that they would
    pray in a way that suits them best. This article gives you ideas to
    help kids of any age talk to God, even kids as young as
    toddlers.
  3. The
    Preteen Zone
    . Having worked with all
    ages, preteens are my favorite age-group to lead. They can also be
    the hardest. Because there’s so much changing in their world, it
    can be hard to connect with them. If you’re leading this age group,
    make sure to check out this article. It will help you understand
    what makes preteens tick and what they need out of a ministry
    that’s just for them.

*** If you are looking for age-appropriate material for today’s
families, you have to check out Group’s FaithWeaver Now curriculum. Each week,
family members (and their guests) will all learn the same Bible
point, but in completely age-appropriate ways with discussions and
activities that relate to life today. Request a sample today!

How do you keep your ministry age-appropriate? Do you separate
kids by age level? How do you handle touchy subjects with young
kids? Share your opinion in the comment section below.

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David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

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