While I’m on the other side of the planet, I’m tacking with the bloggers and tweets who are at Orange Conference. So far I have almost a page of notes that I’ve copied and pasted or quotes that have really stood out to me.
A few weeks ago Jason Palmer started this discussion on CM Connect about pre-service ideas. We call our pre service activities, Part at the Start. Origional I know… totally open to new ideas by the way.
It was cool to watch the discussion and it inspired me becuase we’re looking to amp up what we do at the moment too.
Last week our D-Squad (Highschool aged leaders) brainstormed some ideas and came up with a plan. They are now in charge of running that aspect of the service, leaving other leaders free to focus on greeting kids, see how there week has been rather then running activities.
Yesterday the Part at the Start took a huge step up. They had mini stilts to play on, a lego area, the Chocolate Game (but with grapes instead of a block of chocolate) as well as a few other things. The atmosphare that they created was great. The kids came in and were instantly interested in what was going on becuase it was different to last week, and it was crazy but not chaotic!
The best part is that the culture created in that environment overflowed into the service and then LifeGroups. It made it easier to lead and actually settled some of our behaviour challenges. Yipee!
If you want more ideas, make sure you check out the discussion, and if you’ve got some great ones that work then share!
If you’ve been doing kids ministry for a while and run conferences for kids you might be able to offer some ideas.
We’ve run a conference for kids called KidsRock for the past two years, and I’m excited about doing it again this July. KidsRock is about bringing kids from different churches together and creating an environment where they can meet with God and have a life changing encounter with Him.
Last year we decided to open it up to the kids leaders from other churches, the idea being that they have relationship with the kids and they will do after the conference as well. How cool would it be if their leaders hear the same messages as the kids and are able to keep challenging them about the things that they learnt and experienced at the conference.
However, we discovered that they didn’t carry the same culture that our team carries. Rather then getting in amoungst their kids and joining in worship they stood around the outside with arms folded and sat on the seats during the teaching times while our leaders sat with the kids and did a bit of “crowed control” as they usually do.
This hugely effected the culture and made it a lot harder for their kids to really step out of their comfort zone and it acutally made it quite intimidating for anyone who was up the front MCing, worship leading or speaking.
The question I would like to put to you is this:
Do you think that having leaders that are already discipleing the kids present at the conference
Would you stick with the leaders that carry the culture but may not already know the kids?
I have a few more ideas of my own but I would like to know yours! Please leave a comment!
P.S. I’ve also posted this as a CMConnect Forum