Welcome to a continuing series of tips on working with large groups of children. I hope that you will find these tips useful and be able to implement them in your dealings with large groups of kids. If you do, please leave a comment and let us know. For a complete list of posts in this series, please see the index page. So, without further introduction, here is today’s installment.
If we’re doing Children’s Ministry the right way, we invest a lot of time preparing in preparing the actual lesson, a lot of time praying about the lesson and the kids in our ministry and a lot of time practicing what we are going to do for our lesson each week. All of these are admirable uses of time, but how foolish would it be to spend all that time getting ready and never ask anyone how it turned out? Take advantage of volunteers in your ministry and other people in your church. Ask them what they thought of the lesson. Ask them for input on things that you are doing well and things that you could do better. Ask them for any ideas they have to improve the children’s ministry. Involve them in planning and decision making. If you don’t have a team of other people who you can seek input from, ask a trusted friend to come into your room and observe on a regular basis. Then, meet with that person and give them permission to speak the truth and evaluate what you are doing. Talk to other large group leaders and ask them to evaluate how you are doing. No matter how hard you try or how much you plan, there is always room for improvement, and an unbiased opinion is invaluable in that process.