Read in 1 min Leader Resources » Teacher Tips » All Other Teacher Tips Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email 4 Great Reasons to Start Small Groups in Your Children’s Ministry As a children’s ministry leader interested in connecting with kids, perhaps you’ve wondered if your children’s ministry might have room for small groups. Here are four reasons to try this type of ministry today. 4 Great Reasons to Start Small Groups in Your Children’s Ministry 1. Small Groups Focus on Relationships We must move beyond “dump truck” teaching that focuses solely on dispensing information. Groups of four to eight children create a safe space for kids to share their thoughts, feelings, doubts, and fears. Your kids have spent all week at school absorbing information. This is a chance for them to be actively engaged in the spiritual learning process. 2. Leader Connection to Kids Small groups give your leaders a chance to really get to know their kids. It’s difficult for our leaders to even learn the names of 15 or 20 kids, let alone enter into their worlds. Even Jesus spent the majority of his time focusing on a group of only 12. 3. Engaging Shy Kids Small groups allow kids to be actively engaged. Many kids in your church are introverts by nature. If they’re in a group larger than seven or eight, they’ll simply remove themselves emotionally from the conversation. They may hear what’s being said, but they surely won’t share their lives with their leader or the other kids. 4. Crowd Control Other kids are extroverts who’ll do everything they can to steal the show in a large group setting. Perhaps you’ve wondered why, when Mr. Smigglesworth is expounding the mysteries of God’s Word to his 20 fourth graders, Johnny is on the table making armpit noises and Susie is behind him with rabbit ears. Try small groups as an effective crowd management technique! This approach won’t solve all your problems, but they are the first step toward enabling your kids to truly get to know their leaders and each other. That’s when life-change really happens for kids and leader! Group’s Easy VBS and Simply Loved Sunday school curriculum intentionally integrate small groups called crews into each lesson and experience. Specially curated crew activities help kids and their leaders grow closer to Jesus and each other ! Looking for more teaching tips? Check out these ideas! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!