Yesterday I attended a Kidbiz workshop led by David Ginn. If that name is not familiar to you I would recommend that you learn a little about a man who has for decades taught and entertained children. One of the things that I have learned over the years is that someone who serves children for that long is certainly worth listening too.
David wrote a book in 1982, Kidbiz, that is one of the definitive books on Children’s Entertainment. It has been reprinted a number of times over the years and still contains valuable information for those that work with children. I am proud to say I own a first edition copy. What?… you say you’re not a Children’s Entertainer…you’re a Children’s Minister/Pastor. Well, I would contend that if you are not entertaining children you may not be teaching them either.
Kids love to be entertained and it has been my experience that kids learn best in an atmosphere they enjoy. The very best teachers I experienced growing up were highly entertaining. While David’s book and lectures are aimed primarily at those who work in the children’s entertainment business I have found his work to be incredibly helpful to me in ministry.
Sometimes I think we Children’s Ministers/Pastors take ourselves too seriously. Just to be clear I believe being a Children’s Pastor is incredibly important and sharing the Gospel is priority #1. Yes, I have a seminary degree and could argue Pre/Mid/Post Trib with you or discuss the meaning of Predestination vs. Free Will all day. But, I’m not sure that any of the kids in my ministry would care.
So what do my kids care about? Having Fun…Knowing Jesus…Relationships with Caring Adults. That’s where books like Kidbiz come in to play (pun intended). The language of kids is FUN the currency for kids is PLAY. I enjoy playing with our kids and entertaining them too.
My encouragement to you is to get outside the world of Children’s Ministry and take a serious look a Children’s Entertainment. That are some great lessons to be learned from successful Children’s Entertainers that are transferable to Children’s Ministry. My goal is to be the most effective Children’s Pastor I can possibly be and in the words of Paul: “I have become all things to all men that I might at least save some.” So Reach Kids…Teach Kids…Have FUN!
What are some of your favorite Children’s Entertainers? Books on Children’s Entertainment you would recommend? Ways you use Edutainment?