• Nurture learning 24/7. Offer kids a challenge
that lets them explore and leverage tools and time you may not have
in class. If you challenge kids to find as many phone apps related
to Moses as they can in one week or to text one person with a
faith-related encouragement every day for a month, you let them
explore faith in a way that’s natural and interesting to
• Change-often. Kids’ brains are hard-wired for
quick change, thanks to technology. So don’t expect them to attend
to one thing for longer than a few minutes. Dale Hudson, co-author
of Turbocharged: 100 Simple Secrets to Successful Children’s
Ministry, advises to “design your format in segments that last
one to five minutes. By creating short segments, you’re creating
multiple starting and stopping points throughout the time. Every
few minutes you’re resetting kids’ internal attention-span
• Develop a collaborative environment. Your kids
likely crave connection with each other. So get kids working in
groups or pairs as they learn from God’s Word. Find social media
sources such as Club Penguin or MyGrapple.com
where kids can form a closed group to chat and interface online.
Post messages on your church website for kids, or allow them to
create content for your children’s ministry page.
• Interlope. You may not have a computer in your
room. You may not own an iPhone. You may not know how to text.
That’s okay. You don’t have to be the expert on everything–there’s
no such job requirement. All you need is willingness to learn–or
at least a willingness to peacefully coexist with technology. If
you feel so inclined, spend some time discovering available
technology. Check out a Flip phone. Set up a Facebook account.
Investigate upcoming technology. Inform yourself about the world in
which kids live.
• Engage all your kids. Regardless of the
tech-expertise and availability represented in your room, there’s
one common denominator to keep in mind: All kids want and need to
be engaged. That’s aside from technology, aside from your know-how.
Kids’ brains are hungry for active engagement-that’s how they learn
best. So go all out to hook kids and keep them on the line–in your
curriculum choices, teaching style, experiences, and mission. Hone
your focus so you’re learning and exploring together.
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There’s no doubt: Kids today are mastering technology at the speed
of innovation. They’re poised to learn a layer of programming
literacy that was unimaginable a few decades ago. As their leader,
their teacher, go with them–fearlessly venture into this wondrous,
rapidly expanding landscape with your kids. Don’t be afraid to let
them lead the way— celebrate when they “power up” as they walk in
your door. cm
Jennifer Hooks is managing editor for Children’s Ministry