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Mastering Mission Trips Serving Children and Teens

Mastering Mission Trips Serving Children and Teens - Teach One Reach OneAs summer approaches, Christian kids and teens all over the country begin preparing for mission opportunities their churches provide for them. Unfortunately, most young people don’t experience the lasting spiritual growth hoped for by participating in these experiences. What’s even worse is that many missionaries will tell you off the record that mission teams can cause more trouble than they help.

It doesn’t have to be that way though. With a little more intentional preparation, your students can grown spiritually and make a meaningful positive influence on those they serve.

It’s essential before you take young people into the mission field that you actually train them to do what they will be doing. They need to be able to do it well. “Playing with kids” and “loving them like Jesus” sounds like it wouldn’t take any training, but it does. A missed safety step and a child you are going to serve could be physically hurt. A missed empathy moment may cause a child you serve to no longer want to attend any church. And on and on.

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Tips for Training Summer Interns In Children’s and Youth Ministry

Tips for Training Summer Interns In Children's and Youth Ministry - Teach One Reach One

My Intern Training Tub

Summer interns are great. If your program can afford one or more summer interns, they can add a lot of energy and enthusiasm to your ministry. It’s important to remember though, that no matter how well-educated they may be, they still lack a great deal of experience. Some may even be majoring in topics having little if anything to do with education or ministry. They may have a heart to impact lives for God, energy to do anything you ask and enthusiasm that rekindles yours.

Without training though, they may not reach their godly potential to serve your ministry this summer. In extreme cases, they may even accidentally do your ministry and the young people it serves more harm than good. If your intern orientation resembles more of a tour, a long to-do list and a free lunch, you are leaving your intern, your ministry and the children it serves vulnerable.

Take the extra time this summer to develop a more formal training program. Use the first couple of days to make sure your interns are ready to take on the responsibilities you will give them. You can include planning for events as part of the process, but make sure even interns majoring in education and ministry are taught the basics by you or someone on your team. It’s really the only way you can be sure, your interns will follow the standards you have set for your ministry.

What are some of the things you may want to include in your intern training? There are probably a lot of options, but these are some we have found interns have most appreciated.

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How Teach One Reach One Can Help Your Ministry to Kids and Teens (Inc. Lots of Free Resources!)

How Teach One Reach One Can Help Your Ministry to Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneYou may have just stumbled upon Teach One Reach One or perhaps you attended one of our workshops, seminars or classes and are wondering what other resources we have to help you.

God has blessed this ministry and we are constantly adding to the resources designed to help Christian parents and the volunteers working with kids and teens in churches, faith-based tutoring programs and on the mission fields of the world.

Currently, these are just some of the resources you can find on our website or can attain by contacting us directly through the contact us feature on our websites.

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Fun Ways to Encourage Kids and Teens to Pray Independently

Fun Ways to Encourage Independent Students Prayer - Teach One Reach One

Prayer Piñata

There are so many things you want to do in the short amount of time you are given to teach your students during Bible class. You feel rushed and may even forget to have the simplest of class prayers. How much time do you have to devote to helping your students develop an independent prayer life? Yet praying is one of the most important and helpful things a Christian can do.

You may be tempted to give an occasional lecture or even a lesson on prayer. The reality though is that for many of your students, the point of the lesson will be forgotten as soon as they leave the building. What if you could send something fun home to remind them to pray every time they saw it? Could those little reminders encourage them to pray independently and more frequently than they do currently?

There is no scientific study to prove it will help, but I know often a visual reminder will help me remember to do something I wanted to do. Otherwise my intentions of establishing a new spiritual habit can get lost in the craziness of real life. Here are a few of my favorite prayer reminders:

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Great Thanksgiving Service Project for Kids and Teens

Let Me Get You Something To Eat – Teach One Reach OneLooking for a great service project for your students that can have meaningful ties to your Bible lessons? Thanksgiving In A Box is a great one which can be done in conjunction with studies of Ruth, Abraham (and his “angels unaware”), Susannah and Joanna and many other Bible stories.

In our congregation’s Esther Girls class this coming Sunday, for example, we will study Susannah and Joanna. Mentioned in the Bible only briefly, they played an important role in the ministry of Jesus. (Luke 8:3)

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