For the #KidMinMonday post this week, we’re offering a ridiculously simple tip for both Kids Pastors and Volunteer Leaders. For the post next week, we will be profiling one of our Kid’s Ministry Heroes here in NL. Stay tuned!
Whether you are the Pastor or Leader of your Children’s Ministry, or you are a volunteer, one simple way that you can foster connection with your kids on a regular basis is by using RELATIONAL RECALL.
So, here’s how it works… Just remember at least one thing about each of your kids that you can ask about next time you see them. So when they come next week, you simply ask them about it. Piece of cake. But relational recall can have a huge impact.
“Hey Jimmy. Good to see you. Hey, how was that hockey game you were going to with your uncle? Who won?”
“Hey Freda, how was that test you were worried about? Was it as hard as you thought?”
This also communicates a couple very important things:
1) Relational Recall communicates value. “This adult not only remembers my name, but they care about my life.” Kids generally aren’t used to adults being genuinely interested in their lives. It will quickly win them over.
2) Relational Recall communicates trustworthiness. It communicates that you are a safe person, and that they are able to trust you with the things that are important to them.
You might already be doing this intuitively. If you are, that is great. If not, give it a try and see how quickly it creates connection. It isn’t rocket-science, but it works.