Your team won’t want to miss
your meetings with these fun and creative
Ahhh…training meetings. You plan. You show up early. You wait.
You watch the clock. Eventually a handful of your most devoted
teachers trickles in. As you lead the training, in the back of your
mind you wonder whether your bulletin printed the wrong date or if
aliens have landed somewhere in the neighborhood and that’s why
more people aren’t coming.
It’s a poorly kept secret that training meetings can be a sticking
point between leaders and teachers. Sticking point or not, though,
teacher enrichment is critical to the growth and development of the
skills your teachers need most.
You can do something to draw your teachers: Make it active,
engaging, meaningful, and most of all, practical and focused. We
asked two veteran children’s ministers to deliver four can’t-miss
enrichment plans you can use at any time. These four plans are
guaranteed to grab your team and get them excited all over again
about ministry–all while giving them practical techniques they can
use the very next time they’re with kids.
I Have a Question
The Point: Know how to answer faith-filled
See It: Beforehand, write random words such as
tree, toilet, dog, or pants on separate 3×5 cards
so you have enough cards for everyone. It’s okay to repeat words if
you run out of ideas.
At your meeting, say: Kids are naturally curious-and
that’s a good thing! Although their questions can take us off
track, it’s good when they want to know more about the Bible and
about who God is. We want to do all we can to encourage that
curiosity-even if we don’t always know the answers.
Let’s try this challenge to reignite your curiosity-and
see if we can stump each other with good, childlike
Give everyone a card and allow 30 seconds for people to think of a
random, faith-related question that somehow uses that topic, such
as, “What kind of toilet did Jesus use?” for the word
toilet. Then have people form pairs and take turns asking
and answering their questions.
Master It: Form groups of four, then have group
members each go to one of four areas in your room and learn one
skill or technique. After 10 minutes have them return to their
group and take turns sharing what they learned.
• Teach Bible Skills-In area one, have people brainstorm
three ways to help a child find the answer in the Bible to the
question, “Do I have a guardian angel?” Provide concordances.
• Have a Question Party-In area two, challenge teachers
to choose one day in the coming quarter when they’ll bring in an
“expert.” The expert can be any witty Christian adult who loves
kids and loves the challenge of questions. (Have an “expert” in
this area for your teachers to try to stump with tough
• Answer With Questions-In area three, have pairs read Matthew 22:15-22 to see how Jesus answered
questions. Then ask: “When did dinosaurs live?”
and have partners go back and forth answering that question with
another question, and so on. When people run out of questions, they
must sit down. Give a big cheer to the last pair standing.
• Keep a Question Envelope-In area four, have volunteers
write one faith question they have on a paper strip and place it in
an envelope as a reminder of kids’ many questions. Then have them
read the questions in the envelope. Encourage them to collect kids’
questions in an envelope, then research and answer one each
Take It With You: Regroup and then have people
from each area share what they learned. Read Romans 8:31-39. Invite your team to explore
and pray about their questions throughout the week and to keep
asking their own faith questions so they learn from children’s