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Quick & Easy Decor for Your Ministry

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Insights on how to decorate on a dime—and multiply your ministry impact. 


Have you ever been preparing your lesson or a series and thought, If I could just add an element or prop to make this really grab kids’ attention…

Alas, budgets often get in the way of over-the-top décor and awe-inducing props, don’t they?

But what if you could create a prop or stage design to go with your lesson or series that didn’t break your budget or your brain? I’m here to say: You don’t have to have a Broadway-sized budget to make a bigger-than-life prop. If you can take everyday objects and reimagine them as something awesome, you can do it!

Here’s a reality: Visual stimulation raises the effectiveness of every lesson you teach.

To a certain degree, we’re all visual learners. Granted, some of us are more so than others, but visual stimulation is important for all of us. We purchase things that look good—from food to cars to houses. We’re drawn to attractive and visually interesting things. We like to visit beautiful places. Your kids are no different. So why not create an atmosphere that’s visually stimulating for them? After all, our job is to get their attention for God, right? We’re trying to show them that following Jesus is a wonderful thing—so give them a glimpse of that wonder!

With the few simple tips I’m about to share, you can create visual elements that’ll change the atmosphere of your room and provide a learning experience your children won’t forget—all for far less than you might think.

If you want to be a wildly creative, budget-abiding ministry hero (according to your pastor), then you can’t brainstorm one day and build the next. Follow these steps.

  1. Pray
    Unless God is the inspiration for your ideas, you’ll be going from your own intellect. That always leads to struggles and frustration. Ask God to guide you and show you what he wants. Don’t let it be a power struggle, because as you know, he wins.
  2. Preplan
    You must be intentional when it comes to getting ideas on paper. I’m going old school when I say paper, but the idea is to get the plan out of your head and onto something visual. So get it on paper, computer, tablet, smartphone, or chisel it on stone tablets. Whatever you use, make your vision and ideas clear to yourself and your team members. As you brainstorm, think in kid-friendly terms. Or as I like to ask, “What can I create that’ll make this lesson leave a visual download on kids’ hard drive?”Be inspired: You can tackle prop building and stage designs without breaking your budget. Your sweat equity will change the atmosphere of your children’s ministry and lead to greater ministry impact.

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