Why We Must Capture Children's Attention If We Want to Reach Them

If we can get kids to pay attention to what God's Word says, we can see them develop the same mindset as Christ.
If we can get kids to pay attention to what God's Word says, we can see them develop the same mindset as Christ. (Lightstock )

If you want to reach kids, you must capture their attention.

Studies show that what we pay attention to and focus on actually wires our neurons.

What captures kids' attention shapes their worldview. What captures kids' attention lays the foundation for their life. What captures kids' attention controls their life. What captures kids' attention shapes their future.

Your ministry is one of many entities competing for kids' attention ... vying for an inroad to wire their neurons.  One disadvantage ... your window of time is limited. One hour a week ... if their parents bring them consistently. Stats show that for most kids it's more like one hour every 3-4 weeks.

Bottom line ... we've got to capture kids' attention. Every hour ... every minute ... every second counts. We can't afford to present boring lessons. We can't afford to come unprepared. We can't afford to use methods that no longer work. We can't afford to operate in monotone. We can't afford not to be creative. We can't afford not to be relevant.

If we can get kids to pay attention to what God's Word says, we can see them develop "the same mindset as Christ" (Philippians 2:5).

Dale Hudson has been in Children's Ministry for over 25 years. He is the director of children's ministry at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach, Florida. Christ Fellowship has nine campuses and ministers to over 22,000 people on weekends. Dale leads a Children's Ministry staff team of over 50 and a volunteer team of over 2,600.

For the original article, visit relevantchildrensministry.com.

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