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.
Whether you are working in small groups or large ones, you will find that kids will relate to you a lot easier and a lot more deeply when they feel a personal connection with you. To accomplish this in a large group, you have to make yourself part of the lesson. Remember, of course, that’s it’s not about you – it’s about Jesus. But, you can certainly talk about how Jesus has worked and is working in your life. Share your testimony. Tell the kids what it was like when you didn’t know Jesus. Use stories from your life as examples. Let the kids see that you aren’t perfect. The more you can make your teaching time seem like a very intimate and personal chat rather than just a lecture, and the more personal you can make a lesson, and the more likely the kids will retain it.