H. David Schuringa
September 18, 2013
Good post, but I HATE those commercials. More is not better than less all the time, faster is not better than slower all the time. Is there anything more glorifying of consumerism?
On topic, I am very mixed about children's sermons. I get the idea that adults may be getting more out of children's sermons than the main sermon. But it just seems to me that a children's sermon targeted toward adults will usually miss the kids. A children's sermon targeted toward the kids is usually not longer and more interactive than the 3 minutes that most children's sermons are allotted. The transition from seats to sermon to children's church is usually the longest down time of the service and can't be part of a contemplative time.
My church does not do children's sermons, but they do have a family worship, once a month for 40 minutes between our two services there is a separate worship service designed for families with elementary age children. It allows adults and children to worship together. It models how to teach children for adults. And it introduces a topic for the month. Then each family leaves with a take home box of curriculum and activities for family worship and teaching at home, equipping and training parents to be spiritual leaders and teachers of their children.
Lots of work, lots of effort, but it seems to me, much better results than the traditional children's sermons.
I love those commercials (sorry Adam Shields!). The best part sometimes is watching what the other kids are doing while the grown-up is focusing on the kid giving the answer.
On children's sermons, usually I can take them or leave them. The most engaging have been the question-led types you describe. When done well, they can also model for adults how to engage children on spiritual matters. That's something almost all of us can bone up on.
By the way, I didn't include in the article that the kids are unscripted. They tried to script them at first but lost the magic. That means, in my opinion, the formula is more accessible to us than we may think as it lets kids just be kids. (Though they certainly don't use all their tapes!)
P.S. In the interest of full disclosure I also should note that I am on Verizon and do not hold stocks of ATT ;)
H. David Schuringa
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