N.K./L.I.T. is committed to equip and train children and preteens for ministry. Part of the fun and appeal for children is Ministry Training time during the program. Children and preteens can be taught to share the Gospel through a variety of creative arts ministries. Some suggested ministries include dowels (God Rods), art, praise team, drama, puppets, technical training, and anything else the church can develop to help children learn ministry skills for service in the local church and community. Keri Meek from Hillcrest Church, Cedar Hill, Texas has some amazing ministry training and ministry opportunities for children in her church click here to hear Keri's training session on "Ministry Training/Involvement."
Here are a few samples of what children can do when properly trained in creative arts. (Scroll down for more ideas below)
Sharing the Gospel using dowel rods and music
Preteens can learn and perform impressive dowel routines with black lights. Audiences will be amazed by their talent and the message they share. The best resource we have for Dowel Ministry is Salt and Light Ministries at www.saltandlightmin.org. For more great ideas, search www.godtube.com or www.youtube.com. Use search words such as "dowel ministry" or "dowel performance." Or, if you are especially creative, you can develop your own routines.
Using puppets as a fun way of getting the attention of others to share the Gospel
Puppets are a tremendous ministry tool in the hands of preteens. They can be taught proper technique and do a wonderful job presenting messages through this wonderful art. Puppet resources can be found at www.creativemin.com, www.thepuppetstore.com, and www.puppetsinc.com.
The behind-the-scenes leaders who take care of sound, lights, video, etc.
Preteens are ready to step up to the challenge. Technology is a major part of their lives. With proper training, they can run your sound system, lights, and much more.
Using visual art to share a message and further the kingdom of God
Preteens leading in praise and worship
Preteens love to worship the Lord. They do a wonderful job leading younger children in worship. Children especially enjoy doing motions to songs, and the preteens can teach the motions effectively.
Making creative music to share God's truth
Do you have preteens who have a tremendous amount of energy? Many preteens have tons of energy and like to exert that energy in different ways. Stomp can be a wonderful witnessing tool in the hands of preteens by providing them an opportunity to share the Gospel of Christ in their own unique way.
There are two primary forms of Stomp. The first is a form of percussion in which trash cans, buckets, sticks, pipes, and even pots and pans can be used to create music. This is shown in the video below. The second form is similar to a dance in which the preteens slap hands, feet, and even sticks while in motion to create music.
You can search the Internet for ideas on making instruments using things like PVC pipe, trash cans, and buckets.
In this example, drums are made out of buckets with clear packing tape stretched over the opening. Fluorescent paint makes the sticks and buckets glow under the black light.
Sharing a powerful message through images and words on a glow wall
The Glow Wall ministry is an exciting and inspirational way to use your L.I.T.s or N.K.s in ministry. The glow wall is coated with a phosphorescent paint. Using UV wash lights, you flash the wall while L.I.T.s are standing in front of it with patterns. When the lights are turned off and the children walk away, their shadows or the object's shadow shows up on the wall for a few seconds, leaving a temporary imprint. As soon as the lights are flashed again, the wall will clear the shadows. This, combined with inspirational music, can be a powerful tool for ministry.
Sharing the Gospel through theater
Resources for drama ministry are available at www.bobsnook.org (highly recommended) and www.kidssundayschool.com.
Capturing the moments while sharing God's truth
If you have ever wondered if preteens can take pictures and edit video, you will want to click the link below. The team leader, a former L.I.T., was a junior high student with a passion for photography. She shared that passion with her ministry team and taught them various skills with a camera. For the finale of their year, they photographed their mission trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, and compiled an amazing video.