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I Thought This Was Obvious: A Lesson In Training Others

Discovery Land - Thursday, July 26, 2018

As I was standing in line at the Sacramento Airport, I noticed this safety sign posted in a prominent place so everyone could see it. I thought was, "Isn't that obvious? No guns, no smoking, no explosives, no in incendiary devices. Did you really need to post this? Haven't we all heard this a million times?"

After shaking my head, I paused and realized that this was my perspective, as someone who travels regularly. For others, this may be the first time they've ever flown, or maybe they haven't flown in a very long time. I also remembered that one time a mission trip colleague, also a seasoned traveler, inadvertently packed a very long knife in her carry on bag for a trip to the jungle, which is obviously not allows. Whoops!

So I guess the obvious isn't always so...obvious! This is a principle to remember as we prepare to train our volunteers for a new season of ministry. As leaders, we eat, sleep, and breathe children's ministry, but that is not the case for our most of our volunteers.

So let's remember:
1) Repetition is key. Do no assume that volunteers fully understood an idea or instruction the first time.

2) Make your key points big, simple and obvious. Be bold and just say what you need to say. For example: "We expect our kids to listen and obey while in class because we value them learning and living out the Word of God."

3) Avoid big words. What does incendiary even mean? It means "(of a device or attack) designed to cause fires" by the way. If you want to make your point clear, use words that the average person can readily understand and apply.

Your whole ministry will benefit when you look at your training through the lens of others!

How Do Our Kids View The World?

Discovery Land - Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Why do we focus so heavily in Discovery Land on grounding kids in the Word of God and giving them a Biblical worldview?

The research in this recent article is alarming. But as followers of Christ, we are not people of despair...we are people of hope! Let's commit to holding God's Word in high regard, praying for our kids, teaching God's Word with passion and excellence, and then trusting God to work in big ways!

I Corinthians 15:58 - STAND FIRM!

Survey Says...

Discovery Land - Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Jump start your Sunday's "Do Right" point by creating a quick, kid-friendly survey that students can respond to as they enter your Discovery Land. All you need are pit balls and two containers for students to vote their opinion. In the second picture, you can see that the question is actually hung from the ceiling.

Sorry for the blurry pictures...Discovery Land is a busy place on Sunday mornings and they were taken on the run!

Sample questions:
Do you believe in Miracles?
Was Jesus really perfect his whole life?
Is the Bible 100% true?
Do all people believe in Jesus?

I’d like a double portion, please

Discovery Land - Thursday, November 17, 2016

With the holidays upon us, we might think: I’d like an extra portion of mashed potatoes or the extra big piece of pie. Keep heaping it on there! Wouldn’t it be rude to be so bold to ask anyone, even our own parents, if we could have double what they had? Please give me my share plus!

Elisha did just that, though. When Elijah asked, “What is it I can leave you with?” Elisha answered, “Please, let there be a double portion of your spirit upon me.” Elisha didn’t want a cloak, a new staff, or a promise that everything would be ok. Elisha knew what the most important thing of all was: the spirit of the Lord, which had been with Elijah. Elisha wanted that, in double portion! 

It has me thinking: When was the last time I thought I can’t, I’m not strong enough, I don’t know enough, I need to know more, I need to be more ….? Unfortunately, the answer to that is: all too often.

Elisha has reminded me this morning, as I have prepared my DL lesson for the coming week, to start my morning with a simple, bold prayer:
Dear Lord, remind me that you are always with me and Father. Give me a double portion of your Spirit so that I might accomplish all you have for me today in boldness, and faith. Let me finish strong. Amen.

Reading and preparing my lessons each week, from Sunday to Sunday, allows me the time to think on and process all God has for me in His Word this week. What has God taught you this week in preparing for your Discovery Land lesson of the week?