4 - LEADERSHIP

AVOID FAVORITISM


Extending grace, sharing the gospel, and building relationships serve as the heartbeat of children’s ministry. But, what keeps the blood pumping? Listen as Josh offers practical advice for attentive and intentional leadership. 

Up first is a reminder to avoid favoritism. Josh shares how to celebrate and affirm every child. 



James 2:1 (ESV)

The Sin of Partiality

1My brothers,show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


We all desire to be known and loved for who we are. Think about the kids in your group. List at least one unique virtue each of them have that you can celebrate and affirm in front of others.
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How do you encourage your kids to encourage each other in group?
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TAKE NOTICE


In a small group of kids, it doesn't take long to identify the shy wallflower and the natural leader. Josh talks about how both children need your time and attention to grow and flourish. 



Matthew 18:12 (ESV)

12What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Who is the “lost sheep” in your group? How can you tell? How can you show intentional love and care for that child?
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Who is the natural leader in your group? How can you tell? How can you empower that child to lead?
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BE ATTENTIVE


In a large group setting, do you stand in the back or sit with you kids? When conversation turns to body image, do you engage or redirect? Josh shares how to prevent distractions and be attentive to conversations.




Josh described four scenarios for large corporate teachings:

  • Adults stand around the room to chat with each other.
  • Adults stand around the room listening, but do not step in to quiet distracting kids.
  • Adults stand around the room listening, except for one who sits with kids.
  • All adults sit among the kids to prevent distractions. 

Which scenario is typical of your corporate teaching times? Which is most appropriate for your context?
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Josh listed the four topics never to be discussed with the kids in your group: Santa, sex, body changes, and your personal political convictions. Has your group conversation ever gone to one of these topics? How did you respond? Are there any other topics you steer clear of?
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Though you are called to respect the limited boundaries of your role, your influence extends past the classroom. As you shepherd and lead your flock with attentiveness and intentionality, you can make a powerful impact in the lives of your kids.