Posts Tagged "Teaching Tips"

#4 – Stay the Course (Tips for Large Group Teaching)


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.

When you’re working with a large group of kids, there will inevitability be distractions which will try to still your attention and your focus.  Little Billy will absolutely need to tell you about his soccer game yesterday, and he’ll need to tell you right now!  Little Suzy will have to go to the bathroom immediately or risk a pending disaster.  Little Johnny will get distracted and start picking the paint off the wall (and maybe even begin to eat it).  The DVD player will break right as you’re about to cut to the critical video to support your teaching for the day.  The batteries in the microphone will go dead right as you’re in the middle of the gospel presentation.  All of these (with just a little bit of embellishment) have happened to me in the last six months alone.

These, along with countless other types of distractions that you haven’t even thought of yet will work against you staying on track on any given weekend.  It is easy to get distracted.  It is easy to go off point.  As the large group leader and teacher, it is your job to make sure that things stay on track and not get distracted by unforeseen events.  Let your other leaders deal with disruptions and other issues that come up so you can remain focused on what’s really important – speaking the Word of God into the hearts of children.

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#3 – Don't Think More Highly of Yourself Than You Ought (Tips for Large Group Teaching)


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.

It’s not about you!  I repeat – it is not about you!  It’s not even about the kids.  It’s about God.  Free yourself from your pride and from the burden of thinking that it all depends on you.  Even if you are very very good at teaching kids (and you should try your hardest to be just that), always remember that God is in control.  When you really strike out with the latest lesson, do not succumb to the arrogant thought that you have somehow kept the children you are teaching out of the kingdom of God through your failure.  God always has been, and always will be, in complete control.  He wants to work through you, but he is certainly capable of working in your children’s lives in spite of you.  If you let yourself think for even a moment that you are the key to any part of your Children’s Ministry, you have given the devil a foothold.  Take that attitude to the cross right now, and repent of that way of thinking.

On a practical level, remember that you will mess up!  We all do.  If you can’t learn to laugh at yourself, you will slowly drive yourself (and everyone around you) insane.  If there is one thing you learn very early on working with kids it’s that working with kids requires humility.

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#2 – Pray, Pray and then, Pray! (Tips for Large Group Teaching)


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.

Technically this should be part of preparing your lesson, but it is important enough to warrant its own entry.  Pray about every aspect of your teaching.  Pray that God will work through you to reach unreached kids and disciple his youngest followers.  Pray that the kids in your classroom would be receptive to the words you speak.  Pray that the Holy Spirit would enable you to come up with the most relevant and best examples that will speak to the kids’ hearts.  Pray for God’s guidance on what you should teach and how you should teach it.  Pray that more and more kids would come to church every week.  Pray that God would give you the appropriate words to speak.  I like to pray that God will bring so many kids that our biggest problem is what we are going to do with them all!  Pray that God will help you to connect with the kids in your room.  Pray for each child individually and by name. Pray for wisdom and pray that you would be faithful to the Word of God.

But, don’t just pray for God’s help and guidance – make sure you also take time to thank him!  Thank him for calling you to work with his children and entrusting their spiritual development to you.  Thank him that his Good News, so profound and inexplicable, is simple enough for a child to understand it.  Thank him for guiding you in your own spiritual development.  Thank him for the blessing that is the kids in your church.  Thank him for teaching you through your service to his kids.  Thanks him for his Word that enables us to teach truth.

The Bible says to be constant in prayer.  I read somewhere a suggestion that you should spend at least as much time praying about your lesson and the kids in your classroom as you do physically preparing the lesson.  I don’t know about you, but I found this idea really convicting!  What would your children’s ministry look like if we followed this guidance?  What type of generation of Christ followers could we raise up if we all followed this advice?

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#1 – Prepare! Prepare! Prepare (Tips for Large Group Teaching)

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.

The Bible says that those who teach will be held to a higher standard, that not all should presume to teach and that those who do teach will be judged more strictly (James 3:1).  It also says that anyone who leads a little one astray would be better off to have a millstone tied to his neck and be thrown into the sea (Luke 17:2).  Given those warnings, it would be foolish not to prepare thoroughly for your time teaching God’s kids!

Plan your lessons out months in advance.  Even if you don’t put the final touches on your preparation until the week or two before, planning early will give you time to find that obscure prop or rewrite a section of a lesson when God gives you a better idea.  If you have planned things out a couple of months in advance (at least preliminarily) and know what’s coming up, it gives you time to meditate on and contemplate the lesson in order to make it the best that it can be.

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What On Earth Should I Do With All These Kids? (Tips for Large Group Situations)

Last summer, I started teaching the large group portion of our lesson to the kindergarten and first graders at my church on Sunday morning.  Before I dive into my list of tips for large groups, let me give you some background on exactly where I am coming from.  In our church, we use a curriculum which includes both small groups and a large group component.  I had worked with small groups of kids for a while, and I absolutely love doing that.  I like the discipleship aspect of small groups and the opportunity it affords us to really get to know kids and invest in their lives.  So, when our Children’s Ministry Director asked me to take over teaching the large group for the K-1 room, I took it as an opportunity for God to stretch me beyond what I was comfortable with for the purposes of his kingdom.  Thus far, I have enjoyed every moment of it, and God is working through it to teach me more and more every day.

In terms of dynamics, we have a great bunch of small group leaders who love the kids in our classroom.  That said, when it comes to the large group teaching, that is more-or-less just me (to clarify, if it’s done right it’s actually all GOD, but hopefully working through me).  In addition to picking up teaching responsibilities on the weekend, I also took over as Games Director for the Wednesday night AWANA program at our church this fall.  I went from dealing weekly with a small group of about six three to four year olds to running games for over 200 kids from Kindergarten through Sixth Grade.  This has afforded me another opportunity to work on my large group skills!  I am not an expert in this area, but I have noticed what does and does not work.  I hope that gives you some idea of where most of these observations are coming from!

Several months back, I posted an article called 30 Ways to Get Connected with Your Kids which is still one of the most popular posts on this site.  This is a follow-up to that post on working with large groups.  Each article offers one tip or piece of advice on working with larger groups of kids.

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