Being creative while communicating the basic truths to elementary-age children can be challenging for leaders. In order for our messages to be heard, they need to be relevant and individualized.
Children begin to exhibit different learning styles as they grow and Orange leaders pay attention to see who learns best through which type of communication. Some children respond best by reading or seeing a message, some by hearing about it, and some by a dramatization or experience.
In order to stay in touch with older elementary-age children, we may also reach them through social media like texting and Facebook. But don’t feel try too hard to be relevant with the kids you serve or it may turn out more like this hilarious scene in Shrek 3…
Shrek: Listen, Artie. Eh, if you think this whole mad scene ain’t dope, I feel you, dude. I mean, I’m not trying to get up in your grill or raise your roof or whatever, but what I am screamin’ is, yo, check out this kazing thazing, bazaby! I mean if it doesn’t groove or what I’m sayin’ ain’t straight trippin’ just say, “Oh, no you di’n’t! You know, you’re gettin’ on my last nerve.” And then I’ll know it’s… then I’ll – I’ll know it’s wack! [Shrek gets hit in the face with a branch that Artie had evidently pulled back]
Artie: Somebody help! I’ve been kidnapped by a monster who’s trying to relate to me!
Sometimes we think that if we speak kids’ language, then surely they will listen to what we have to say! But what kids of all ages are really looking for is an adult they can trust– an adult who cares about them and is willing to take the time to invest in a relationship with them. How has this played out in your own ministry?