As I travel all over the world I am repeatedly asked about materials for the children's small group/cell meetings or for the children in the "Kids Slot" of an intergenerational cell. ("Kids Slot" is a time when the children of a small group will go into another room to have their own small group "lesson.")
An Encounter with Jesus
Generally people want to know how to keep children interested, how to teach or entertain them, help them have fun, etc. There is one question that I am rarely asked "How do we bring children into the presence of Jesus, so they have an encounter with Him?"
Children need to be hearers and doers of the word, to experience and live out what they have heard; be able to give and receive within the context of the small group. These must be the primary objectives of any children's curriculum.
The 4 W's
In the cells, children's curriculum based around the 4 W's (Welcome, Worship, Word, and Witness) allows children to relate to Jesus, each other, and the cell leader as they worship Jesus, apply the word of God to their lives, and become challenged and held accountable to win their friends for Jesus. The practices of the Welcome, Worship, Word, and Witness provides the framework for the Holy Spirit to give everyone (including adults) an encounter with Jesus.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to the Church (every adult, teen and child)?
It has been said that "two visions are division," yet often a church has three visions: one for the adults, one for the children, and one for teens. When the Holy Spirit speaks with a message for the church, He means every member of the Body of Christ having the opportunity to hear and respond.
This may seem like an impossible challenge but if the senior pastor gave one member of the ...