Points System is Back with a Bang!

The past few weeks we have totally gone back to an “old-school” points system for our kids. Since we have gone back to doing points we have seen an increase in kids bringing their Bibles, attentiveness to the lessons, sharing, participation and energized excitement in Kid Nation. I know the battle rages whether to do points/bucks (or whatever) or not. I can only speak for myself after doing away with our points system for a year. WE LOVE IT! (by the way…the image above is what our points look like.)

We have tried the online thing, but have not found anything quite yet that meets the needs we are looking for. So, in the meantime we’re old-schooling it with business card-sized points that we hand out to the kids for specific things. Here’s how we do it:

10 points for bringing someone brand new to Kid Nation
5 points for memorizing Scripture verses
5 points for bringing your Bible
2 points if you’re a guest
1 point just for coming
Points for answering questions

Our kids are excited that we’ve brought this back. The great thing is that we explain the importance of doing each of the things they get points for. Sure, the points are cool, but why is it important to bring people to church? Why should we memorize Scripture and read our Bibles? Just like rewarding my child for doing something they were supposed to do, we are rewarding kids for doing things we want them to do.

Would love to hear why you do or do not do a “reward system”…



  1. I have wrestled with this the last year and a half I have been director of Children’s Ministry. One of the reasons we decided against it was it was a ticket program that happened every week and it really slowed down the pick-up process, we were using candy (and I just have a real issue with), it was costly, and well, you know the rest of the same old same old. The down side is Kid’s don’t seem as excited to do the things they used to do & they have lost some of the motivation. So I want to bring something back, just need to figure out what and how.

    So I’m wondering how your system works, how you make it cost effective. I’d love any info you are willing to share.

    1. We wrestled with all those things you did, thus the reason we cancelled it for so long. However, for me personally, I came to peace with it especailly with raising my five kids and seeing how I reward them for even the things they are expected to do. Why? Because I’m their father and I love them…

      We decided as a team what we wanted to reward kids for–every ministry is different.
      You can open the store before service as a way to get kids there on time and that’s the only time it’s open. This would help alleviate your check-out issue. You could also have it open during your service at a specific time and then close it before parents arrive.
      We budget a specific amount each month to cover the cost. We barely use candy, though it’s there. The Dollar Store and Discount Party Stores are our friends. Also, you’d be surprised on what people will donate if you let them know your needs. Finally, upon approval you could get kids tithe/offering to help cover the cost.

      Let me know if any of this helps…thanks Helen!


      1. I’d really be interested in hearing about the kind of things the kids can purchase and for how many points. I really like the idea, especially opening it before we actually start our service so kids get there on time, but I just need a better idea of how many points/per prize kind of thing.

  2. Justyn,

    We went back to a point system 2 years ago and love it. It’s all about what and how you reinforce things.

    We use an online system for a variety of reasons. Gives me the ability to make sure what we do is guided by our values doesn’t dictate them. It also move the pos away from checkin so as not to slow things down.

    Call me i would love to talk with you more about it and answer any questions you may have.


  3. Justyn,
    We had always used a point system for kidmin until the present church. Went about 8 months at this church without one. A definite mistake. As soon as we went back to the point system, as seen before, there was an instant identification of the kids with the goals as well as increased personal responsibility.
    Alisa & Gary Linn

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