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  1. 1. Moving Beyond The Babysitting Mentality Of Preschool Ministry With Bryan Braley
  2. 2. MY GOALS <ul><li>Introduce some techniques of an Effective Preschool Ministry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Importance of “The Power of One” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Importance of “Keeping Things Moving” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Introduce some tools of an Effective Preschool Ministry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Elements of a Successful Preschool Worship Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Value of “The Rotation Model” in Preschool Ministry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Help you take your Preschool Ministry to the “Next Level.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Importance of Identity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Importance of Atmosphere </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. MY STORY <ul><li>Born and Raised In The North Texas District </li></ul><ul><li>My Family </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My Wife of 14 Years – Phylissa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three Children – Christina (13), Amber(10), and Justin(9) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assemblies of God Certified Minister </li></ul><ul><li>Have Served In Various Ministry Positions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Pastor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assistant Pastor and Associate Pastor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Royal Rangers Commander and Senior Commander </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elementary and Elementary Children’s Pastor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Over 20 Years Experience In Children’s Ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Sachse Assembly of God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preschool/Early Childhood Pastor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Firehouse Ministry Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assistant to David Spiegel </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. KEEP IT SIMPLE <ul><li>THE POWER OF ONE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it possible to have or give too much of a good thing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>YES! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is perhaps the greatest threat to the effectiveness of your Preschool Ministry. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SMALL Portions Are Best </li></ul>
  5. 6. KEEP IT SIMPLE <ul><li>Too Many Good Things </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Word of God is a GOOD THING. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biblical Truth is a GOOD THING. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Godly Life Principles are GOOD THINGS. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Too much variety is NOT A GOOD THING! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trying to deliver and apply TOO MANY good things will leave your kids unable to understand ANY of them. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. KEEP IT SIMPLE <ul><li>HOW NOT TO PUT TOGETHER A SERVICE SCHEDULE </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome </li></ul><ul><li>Song – Peter and James and John in a Sailboat </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction – Johnny Makes a Friend </li></ul><ul><li>Memory Verse – For God so loved the world. . . </li></ul><ul><li>Bible Story – David and Goliath </li></ul><ul><li>Song – Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man </li></ul><ul><li>Closing </li></ul><ul><li>David and Goliath were friends and fought Peter, James, and John with Zacchaeus as the referee. </li></ul>
  7. 8. KEEP IT SIMPLE <ul><li>A SCHEDULE WITH A PURPOSE </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome </li></ul><ul><li>Song – “Big God O” </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction – LeeRoy Stands Up To A Bully </li></ul><ul><li>Memory Verse – I can do all things through Christ. . . </li></ul><ul><li>Bible Story – David and Goliath </li></ul><ul><li>Song – “It’s Not By Might” </li></ul><ul><li>Closing </li></ul>
  8. 9. KEEP IT SIMPLE <ul><li>What is THE central truth or theme that runs throughout this schedule? </li></ul><ul><li>“ GOD HELPS ME ” </li></ul><ul><li>AND This is the Theme Around Which Everything You Do for the Day is Built. </li></ul><ul><li>Service </li></ul><ul><li>Snack </li></ul><ul><li>Craft </li></ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul>
  9. 10. KEEP IT SIMPLE <ul><li>Which Is More Important In Preschool Ministry? </li></ul><ul><li>The Facts of the Bible Story </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>The Biblical Truth It Teaches </li></ul><ul><li>POINTS TO REMEMBER </li></ul><ul><li>Preschoolers learn through REPETITION. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your message SIMPLE and it will be EFFECTIVE. </li></ul>
  10. 11. KEEP IT MOVING <ul><li>What Is the One Thing You MUST Have In Order to Effectively Teach Preschoolers? </li></ul><ul><li>THEIR ATTENTION </li></ul><ul><li>How Do You Get and Keep Their Attention? </li></ul><ul><li>KEEP THINGS MOVING </li></ul><ul><li>Do not forget the ATTENTION SPAN </li></ul><ul><li>of your audience. </li></ul>
  11. 12. KEEP IT MOVING <ul><li>What Do the Following Things Have In Common? Barney, Nick Jr., and The Disney Channel </li></ul><ul><li>They ENTERTAIN Our Kids </li></ul><ul><li>So What Does That Mean for You, The Preschool Minister? </li></ul><ul><li>You Have To ENTERTAIN Them Too! </li></ul>
  12. 13. KEEP IT MOVING <ul><li>The Facts of Life In Preschool Ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Children are a demanding audience </li></ul><ul><li>You must be willing to “put on a show” for them </li></ul><ul><li>If they are not interested in what you are doing, they will TURN YOU OFF </li></ul><ul><li>To keep them interested in and connected to what is happening in the service, you have to GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT </li></ul>
  13. 14. KEEP IT MOVING <ul><li>WHAT DO THEY WANT? </li></ul><ul><li>A CHANGE – A CONSTANT CHANGE </li></ul><ul><li>Give them what they want – A CHANGE </li></ul><ul><li>Get what you want – THEIR ATTENTION </li></ul><ul><li>Give them what they need – GOD’S TRUTH </li></ul><ul><li>A change will effectively put you back in CONTROL of the service. </li></ul>
  14. 15. KEEP IT MOVING <ul><li>HOW DO YOU KNOW IF THEY HAVE </li></ul><ul><li>TURNED YOU OFF? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you SEE their eyes? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you HEAR their voices? </li></ul><ul><li>Are they PLAYING or FIGHTING? </li></ul>
  15. 16. KEEP IT MOVING <ul><li>The Danger of “DEAD AIR” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Dead Air?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Dead Air” is the awkward, silent time between the COMPLETION of one Ministry Activity and the BEGINNING of the next and it is a KILLER to effective Children’s Ministry. </li></ul>
  16. 17. KEEP IT MOVING <ul><li>How Can You Prevent Dead Air? </li></ul><ul><li>Have a SCHEDULE </li></ul><ul><li>Have a TIGHT Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Provide For TRANSITION TIMES </li></ul><ul><li>Have SONGS Ready To Go </li></ul><ul><li>Use PUPPETS or CRAZY CHARACTERS </li></ul><ul><li>Tell The Bible Story QUICKLY and CREATIVELY </li></ul><ul><li>Be Ready to IMPROVISE </li></ul>
  17. 18. KEEP IT MOVING <ul><li>How Can You Prevent Dead Air? </li></ul><ul><li>Have a schedule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know what you are doing BEFORE you walk through the door </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have A Tight Schedule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Bad Example: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sing a couple of songs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do the Memory Verse </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Throw In a Puppet or Two </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tell the Bible Story </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Take the Offering </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pray </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 19. KEEP IT MOVING <ul><li>HAVE A TIGHT SCHEDULE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Good Example: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11:00 – Welcome to The Flame Factory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11:02 – Song (Know the Song) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11:05 – Lesson Introduction (Main Point) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11:09 – Offering (Get the Kids Moving) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11:13 – Memory Verse (Get Creative) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11:16 – Song (Know the Song) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11:19 – Bible Story (Be Creative and Quick) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11:25 – Prayer and Dismissal </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 20. KEEP IT MOVING <ul><li>Provide For Transition Times </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The TAG TEAM Approach </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have Songs Ready To Go </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BURN a Service CD </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use Puppets or Crazy Characters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An Effective CHANGE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PERFECTION Not Required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proceed With CAUTION </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. KEEP IT MOVING <ul><li>Tell Your Story Quickly and Effectively </li></ul><ul><li>THE CHALLENGE: </li></ul><ul><li>How to tell an EXCITING STORY in an EXCITING WAY while successfully delivering a KEY POINT in less than five minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Be Ready to Improvise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whatever It Takes To Get Them Back </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give Them What They Want </li></ul></ul>
  21. 22. KEEP IT EXCITING <ul><li>How do you have a successful Preschool Worship Service? </li></ul><ul><li>THE ELEMENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL PRESCHOOL WORSHIP SERVICE </li></ul><ul><li>SONGS and Music </li></ul><ul><li>STORYTELLING </li></ul><ul><li>BIBLE Stories </li></ul><ul><li>PUPPETS and Crazy Characters </li></ul>
  22. 23. KEEP IT EXCITING <ul><li>BACKGROUND Music </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set ATMOSPHERE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FAMILIARIZE Children With Songs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Songs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach TRUTH </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get Kids INVOLVED </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide ACTIVITY </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FUN Songs + God’s TRUTH = Doctrinal LEARNING </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kids Learn Best WHILE They Are Having Fun </li></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 24. KEEP IT EXCITING <ul><li>Storytelling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An Open Door To IMAGINATION </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Theirs and Yours </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your VOICE is Your Greatest Storytelling Tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Variations In PITCH </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Variations In SPEED </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The DRAMATIC PAUSE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus Was The MASTER STORYTELLER </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. KEEP IT EXCITING <ul><li>Bible Stories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Bible IS the Word of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ACTION StoriesWork Best </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Word of God is ALIVE – Don’t KILL It! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A MONOTONE Mistake </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PREACHING with Puppets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Puppet as Storyteller </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Puppet as Helper </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Puppet as Student </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make It INTERACTIVE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What’s That Line? The Power of REPETITION </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 26. KEEP IT EXCITING <ul><li>Puppets and Crazy Characters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use them ANYTIME </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Importance of the STRAIGHT Person </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Set Up JOKES </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Guide To the POINT </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HAVE Fun, Don’t MAKE Fun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use Fun to REINFORCE the Truth, NOT to UNDERMINE It </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where Can You Get Puppets? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Puppet Productions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One Way Street </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Children’s Ministry Today </li></ul></ul></ul>
  26. 27. KEEP IT ROTATING <ul><ul><ul><li>What is “The Rotation Model?” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Rotation Model” is a model for instruction that moves children between different activity centers which use a unique method to focus on and reinforce the central theme being taught. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is “The Rotation Model” Flexible? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Rotation Model” is flexible in that it can be made to fit your building and your style of ministry. It can include as many or as few activity centers as is practical and effective for you. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 28. KEEP IT ROTATING <ul><ul><ul><li>The Rotation Model – Flame Factory Style </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Check-in Counter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Name Tag </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hand Stamp </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pager For Parents </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Playroom </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Holding Area for Kids During Check-in </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  28. 29. KEEP IT ROTATING <ul><ul><ul><li>The Rotation Model – Flame Factory Style </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Our Service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>25 Minutes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>High ENERGY and Constant MOTION </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Rotation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Three Stations – 25 Minutes Each </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Invigoration Station </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Imagination Station </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recreation Station </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  29. 30. KEEP IT ROTATING <ul><ul><ul><li>The Rotation Model – Flame Factory Style </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Our Staffing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Team Leaders </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aides </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Synergy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers Know the ACTIVITY </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aides Know the CHILDREN </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  30. 31. KEEP IT UNIQUE <ul><ul><ul><li>The Power Of IDENTITY </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do You Want Brand Name or Generic? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Let God Lead You and Be Creative </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>An Example of the Process </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Firehouse Children’s Ministries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nursery – Sparksville </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Early Childhood – The Flame Factory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Elementary – The Firehouse </li></ul></ul></ul>
  31. 32. KEEP IT UNIQUE <ul><ul><ul><li>Creating An Atmosphere For Success </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SOUND </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LIGHTS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MULTIMEDIA </li></ul></ul></ul>
  32. 33. KEEP IT UNIQUE <ul><ul><ul><li>Moving From Beige To Blown Away </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Just Add COLOR </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Just Add SHAPES </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Just Add MURALS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some Resources To Help You Out </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  33. 35. LET’S REVIEW <ul><ul><ul><li>THE POWER OF ONE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>KEEP THINGS MOVING </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>THE ELEMENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL PRESCHOOL WORSHIP SERVICE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>THE ROTATION MODEL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MAKE IT UNIQUE </li></ul></ul></ul>
  34. 36. THANK YOU <ul><ul><ul><li>More Informed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More Prepared </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More Inspired </li></ul></ul></ul>
  35. 37. RESOURCES <ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Mailing List </li></ul></ul></ul>
  36. 38. RESOURCES