Incorporating the prophetic in your children's ministry has its challenges. The truth is, there are little to no resources, activities, etc to help you with building quality lesson plans! In my 12 years as a Children's Ministry leader, I had to learn a quick thing or two about getting creative and customizing my own resources to fit what we were about as a church. Here's just a few tips to get you started. You can do this! Plus, check out a link (below) to my now downloadable versions of Basics of Prophecy Kids 1 and 2! And don't forget to pick up the quick PDF Teacher's Guide as well.
1. Pace Yourself. You don't have to cover every aspect of the prophetic at once. Work on outcomes and end results first, then focus your curriculum towards that end. Ask yourself, what kind of prophetic know-how do I want my students to walk away with? Then produce a step by step plan for how to get to that end result.
2. Ask questions! And lots of questions, don't hold back. Before you start a prophetic curriculum, do a creative and fun Q&A with your class to find out how much your kids already know. You'll get a more accurate sense of what your lessons should include and emphasize.
3. Line upon line... Your lesson sequences should make good sense! Make sure each main theme easily flows into the next, adding to what they know and understand as they go along. My advice: start basic. Explain prophecy first, then the prophet, the prophetic as a whole, prophetic history, God's plan, etc...
4. "Five-Foldify". A good prophetic curriculum shows prophecy and Gods prophets in relation to His entire kingdom. It focuses on the full scope of the prophetic as an institution and its influence on everything else. Make sure your teachings include: the impact of prophecy, the effect and influence made by God's prophets, the reason it is important to God and more.
5. Get creative and have fun. Use interactive activities, gaming, videos, music and more. It's a big concept that can be more easily understood when presented in creative, inspired ways. Note, you may not find supplemental resources that deal with the prophetic directly, so look for tools that support a related theme to what your teaching prophetically. For example, if you're teaching on Jeremiah's call to be a prophet, you may find a kids video or worksheet that emphasizes something Jeremiah said or did. It will support your class and add to your students understanding.
Get it now: Basic of Prophecy Kids! 1 and 2
Resource Tip: there are a lot of great websites that offer media-focused supplemental resources that you can incorporate into your lessons. Use them! One example is www.worshiphousekids.com.
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