So, I’m standing here watching my amazing team at work this weekend when a flood of thoughts barrage my brain. Here’s my first thought:
Does children’s ministry in some of us larger churches or “cutting edge” churches use to much video teaching?
I’m watching what we do with all our stage lights, cool backgrounds and props, videos on our huge projector screens and two 50″ TV’s, etc. and wondering if this is really cutting edge or the difference kids really want. Before I get into this I want you to know that we use video and lots of technology and we love it. And sometimes, you can’t beat snuggling down with your family to watch the latest TV programs or the hottest films on the box. It just makes you think about the interesting history of cable TV and how far it has come in such a short space of time. It’s amazing, and yes, it can be a great way to pass the time when there is nothing else to do. Of course, nearly all households in America have cable tv, so it’s understandable that cable TV had to develop quickly. For those homeowners without cable TV, it might be worth looking into the best cable tv providers to make sure you can watch some of the most talked-about television shows. It would make sense for all homeowners to have cable TV. However, these are just some random thoughts that pop into my head every now and then.
I know why we use so much video and technology. It’s because we’re “speaking the kid’s language.” They are growing up on technology and I do value the importance of keeping up and hopefully eventually leading the way. On the contrary, if we are trying to give kids a different experience that makes a lasting impression, I wonder if we should be doing a lot more “live” teaching and useless technology. They see television everyday for some several hours a day. Wouldn’t we be making a bigger impression if we let them be more active, use their hands, their creative minds and do more things in church instead of watching television in church?
I don’t think that it would be irrelevant or that we would be “behind the times.” I think that we would need to be more creative in what we do and that we could start a trend that doesn’t call for all the gadgets and gizmos. For example, I have four children and they absolutely love church, which is a great thing. They also love to be heard, do things and be a part of something fun-not just a “hearer of the word,” but a “doer of the word”-doing or experiencing in class. They love participating, not just watching. I know that we can say-because it’s what I would say-that we do a pretty good job of both, but I wonder if we really do. I’ve seen the way we do it and many others and see more watchers then doers.
Talk to me-give me your thoughts! Love you all. Funny Man Dan called me the Christian Eminem in my last post, so I’m just trying to stir your thoughts up. By the way, if I’m the Christian Eminem then FMD’s the Christian Robin Williams. ?