Jared Hogue, former Global Kids Director at Church On The Move and creator of The Creative Sheep, believes the children’s program is arguably the most important aspect of your church. Re-imagine your kids ministry and help stop the bleed of young people leaving the church.
What’s In This Session?
- The prime importance of kids ministry in the local church (18:56)
- Re-imagining the kids ministry in your church (26:23)
- Planning the look and feel of your kids space (30:04)
- Mascots, brightly colored walls, and Peppa Pig (36:00)
- The 4 most important elements of kids curriculum (40:05)
- The biggest mistakes in modern kids ministry (37:23)
Show Notes & Resources Mentioned
- Creative Sheep
- Follow Jared on Twitter
- Find Jared on Instagram
- Adore Church
- It’s Just A Phase by Reggie Joiner
- Kids On The Move resources
- Glad Tidings Omaha
3 Instant Takeaways
- It’s not about how cool you are. It’s about how much you care. The culture is already cool, hip and creative. But it isn’t always caring. Jared says that kids who connect to one adult in church outside of their family are half as likely to walk away.
- Cater to the aesthetic of children. When a kid walks into a ministry room, it should feel kid friendly. Deck the walls, play music, provide sensory stimuli, and make the room smell good. Your kids’ spaces should attract kids.
- Go all in on people. Even if you love developing curriculum, your lasting impact will be on developing people. Jared remembers finding out how much money his team spent on décor and materials, and how much they spent on small groups — and then switching gears toward pouring more money into people. Pour into leadership development, small groups, coffee times and other people-centric activities.