“But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.”
– Habakkuk 2:3 (NLT)
I recently had to replace the tires on my Yukon. I first noticed that I needed new tires when I went through a water puddle and my tires slipped a little. It was then I realized that I am going to have to do something soon or else I’m in big trouble. If you’ve ever had to replace the tires on your vehicle, you know how much of a difference new tires really make. It feels so good after you get that fresh tread! No more slipping, the tires grab the pavement and pull you forward with ease.
Well, if you’ve been working with kids long, I’m sure you’ve felt the same kind of slipping. You’ve probably felt that some days you are just not connecting at all with certain kids and others are full of conversation and connection. How do we gain traction with kids? How can we put some new tires on our ministry to kids and move forward with ease as we try to connect, build relationships and ultimately make a huge difference in their lives? Here are a few quick and easy tips:
- Pray for the kids that you will be hanging with that day (even if you don’t know them yet, God does!).
- Be prepared with the lesson for the day. The more prepared you are, the better you can apply it in conversation.
- Take time to talk and hang out with kids. Ask them how their week was. Play “high/low” with them (explain 1 high point of the week and 1 low point of the week).
These are just 3 ways to gain some traction with kids. Are we going to connect deeply with every child? Probably not. Will it take time to build these relationships? Yes, absolutely! Can we really see a difference by applying some new tread? Yes! I guarantee you will!
Which ones have you been doing? Which ones would you like to begin doing this week? I’d love to hear what’s working for you and how you’re gaining traction with kids!