Midweek Ministry can be a very strategic part of engaging kids with the gospel. Preparing for gospel conversations in your midweek ministry will add purpose and additional value to your midweek program and the goals of your overall ministry strategy.
Everything we do in our ministries should be rooted in Scripture and connect back to the gospel. We should strive to point our kids to Jesus in a variety of ways and do so in an authentic way. Here are 3 tips for gospel engagement within your midweek ministry.Preparing for gospel conversations in your midweek ministry will add purpose and additional value to your midweek program and the goals of your overall ministry strategy. – Jeremy Carroll Click To Tweet
Tip #1: Gospel Opportunities
When looking for gospel opportunities, we aren’t necessarily trying to find a way to launch into a full gospel presentation (see below), but rather gospel opportunities are moments when we are able to weave the good news of Jesus’ forgiveness into a conversation with a child or even just connect one aspect of our teaching with a part of the gospel.
Tip #2: Gospel Activities
With the variety of ways kids learn, some kids will connect to the gospel through or during activities or games. Fun is key. When kids have fun playing games or doing some sort of activity, they generally begin to feel safe and part of the group. Along with these feelings, they will be more open and receptive to gospel opportunities or a gospel debrief following a game/activity. For example, whenever you plan a game or activity, have a debrief ready to share afterward to connect your midweek lesson to the gospel.
Tip #3: Gospel Presentation
Doing a full-on gospel presentation during every single midweek session might be a little much each week, but it would be good to strategically plan to present the full gospel during at least one midweek session per month. You may consider using The Gospel: God’s Plan for Me booklets or posters, a gospel presentation video, or an object lesson. Plan a time within your midweek to share the gospel presentation, such as snack time, large group, or even adding a gospel room rotation (similar to VBS).
As you plan your midweek strategy, intentionally planning for gospel opportunities, gospel activities, and a gospel presentation will help align your midweek ministry to be an important part of your overall ministry strategy.
Jeremy Carroll is the Lifeway Kids Ministry Publishing Manager for VBS and Discipleship resources. Before coming to Lifeway, he has been active in local church ministry for nearly 20 years in Tennessee, Texas, and Alabama. Jeremy earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. A Middle Tennessee native, he and his family live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.