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TEACHER TRAINING MEETING #1: KNOW THE GOAL
Unite your children’s ministry volunteer team with a shared vision.
1. Frustration, Anyone?
(Supplies: toothpicks and miniature marshmallows.)
Say: Help yourself to these toothpicks and marshmallows, and do whatever you’d like with them. You’ve got three minutes.
If teachers press you to be more specific, shrug your shoulders. Make an excuse to step out of the room and stay away for at least three minutes. When you return, ask: What did you accomplish while I was gone? What did you think of the instructions I gave you?
Form groups of four. Say: For the next three minutes, work with your group to build the tallest tower of marshmallows and toothpicks you can build.
Call time after three minutes, and ask: Which experience was more enjoyable? Why? How was the first experience like or unlike what can happen in our classrooms? How can lack of a clear purpose harm our efforts with kids?
2. Name That Goal
(Supplies: pencils and small self-stick notes.)
Say: Each of us approaches a class with different hopes and expectations. On separate notes, write five goals that are important to you as a teacher.
Call time after three minutes. Say: Decide which of your goals is the most important. Stick that note to your forehead. Place goals two and three on your cheeks and goals four and five on your shoulders. Take a couple of minutes to look at each other’s goals.
Allow teachers to mingle. Then ask: What did you learn about other teachers’ goals? What other discoveries did you make?
3. Goal Seekers
Say: For our children’s ministry to be effective, we all need to be working toward the same goal. And that goal needs to be based in Scripture.
Have each group write a simple goal for children’s ministry based on their passage. Work together to synthesize the four goals into one goal for your ministry.
4. Roll With the Goal
(Supplies: newsprint, markers, and self-stick notes.)
Draw a large set of goal posts on newsprint. Above the goal posts, write your group goal from the previous activity. List on separate notes all the programs and activities planned for the year. Consider each item in light of your goal. If it fulfills your goal, place the note between the goal posts. If it doesn’t, decide whether to modify or delete it.
Close with prayer asking for God’s help in accomplishing your goal.