Monday, March 29, 2021

Children's Ministry Course

This is an elective course for International Online Bible College, but anyone may use this material free of charge. 

Scope of the Course: In this course, you will gain the knowledge you need to create an effective children's ministry.

Grading: Your grade will be based on the written assignments below and your completion of the Use Your Gifts final project.


To complete the course...

1. Watch the following videos:

Why We Do Kid's Ministry

The Effective Sunday School Teacher

Assignment: Write a minimum 250-word plan for how you will prepare for your teaching sessions. (250 points)


2. Read my article on children's ministry

and watch The Complete Annual Strategy for Kids Ministry

Assignment: Draft a weekly, monthly, and yearly plan for how to structure children's ministry in your setting. (500 points)


3. Watch the following videos:

Sunday School Teaching Techniques


4 Tips to Be More Effective

How to Teach a Sunday School Lesson Using the Bible


Communicate with Visuals


Use Object Lessons


Incorporate Games

3 Ways to Teach


Intro Lesson for a New Class

Assignment: Using what you've learned from these videos, write a 1,000-word minimum lesson plan for an hour-long children's ministry session. (1,000 points)


Assignment: Write a 250-word minimum children's sermon. (250 points)


4. Watch the following videos. Assignment: Take notes.

Getting Kids to Talk


Answering Questions


Taking Student Prayer Requests 


You Can SING with Kids!

5. Watch Teaching Pre-School

Assignment: Write a minimum 250-word lesson plan for teaching pre-school children. (250 points)

6. Watch Welcoming New Students

Assignment: Draft a 250-word minimum plan for welcoming new students into your ministry. (250 points)


7. Watch the following videos:

The Strong-Willed Child


Working with At-Risk Youth


How to Teach Kids with Special Needs


Helping Kids in Crisis

Assignment: Draft a 500-word minimum plan for dealing with disruptive, non-responsive, special needs, and in-crisis children. (500 points)


8. Watch Keeping Parents Involved

Assignment: Draft a 250-word minimum plan for gaining parents' support in your ministry. (250 points)


9. Watch the following videos:

How to Recruit Volunteers


 Asking for Behind-the-Scenes Help


Working with Other Teachers

Assignment: Draft a minimum 250-word plan for recruiting ministry partners and building your team's unity and effectiveness. (250 points)

10. Use Your Gifts (1550 points) 

Choose one topic from this course for your final project. It may be writing a Bible study, recording yourself preaching a sermon, writing a worship song, creating a work of art, writing a research paper on a topic of interest, gathering a list of Bible verses on a certain theme, gathering a list of quotes on a theme, etc. – anything that shows you have engaged with and understood the subject.

Bible Helps may publish your writing assignments and final project as an example to other students and for the edification of our readers. You will be credited as the writer/creator, etc.





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