How to Write a Childrens' Ministry Lesson
an 8 lesson course to help you go from blank page to valuable resource
Whether you write your own lessons all the time or have never written a lesson, this course will be a good experience for you
You may be wondering – why should I write my own lessons?
- Buying curriculum doesn’t always save time. There are lots of good curriculums available for you to choose from. I have used many of them myself. Sometimes I found myself spending quite a bit of time adapting the lesson, and I often wondered why I just didn’t write it myself.
- Writing your own lessons can save you money. With many curriculums out there, there is often a cost involved. In the past I have been on staff at churches that had little to no budget for curriculum, so I know what that is like. Writing your own lessons is a way to keep what little budget you may have for other things.
- You know your kids! You know what they are capable of, and you know what keeps them engaged. You know what you have taught them before, so you know what they already know. You know what they are currently going through as well, so you can tailor your lesson to exactly what they need, when they need it.
Help families learn together. Maybe you want to do a church-wide series. It is pretty difficult to get a curriculum that would give the pastor a sermon and you a kids’ message to match. But, if you and your pastor work together, you could know his message and write a kids lesson to match. I have done that multiple times, and it is great for the church family dynamic.
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So you may be thinking, “That’s great Ron, I do I want to write my own lessons, but why should I listen to you?”
Well, I am kinda glad you asked. I have been writing lessons and material for kids for the better part of 20 years. I started as a Spanish teacher in a Christian school. Over the course of several years I wrote a complete K-8 Spanish curriculum. I have contributed to several kids ministry books and resources including Church of God’s BlueBells curriculum, Pulse: Pumping Life into your kids ministry from Kidzmatter, an AWANA advent devotional, and others. I have a blog that is consistently listed in the kids’ ministry Top 40 blogs. I have created lessons and series that have been downloaded from my website thousands of times all over the world. I have also published several books on my own, one of which has been #1 on Amazon’s Kids Ministry category multiple times.
With my different writing experiences I think I am uniquely qualified to guide you on a lesson writing journey.
What does this look like?
What Others are saying
Ron Brooks has created an amazing resource for anyone who desires to effectively communicate the truths of God’s Word to children. Ron’s many years of experience and expertise shine as he skillfully walks the learner through the steps for planning and researching lessons. He also shares valuable insights into methods that are sure to actively engage young hearts and minds in fun and meaningful ways. I truly believe “How to Write a Children’s Ministry Lesson” is going to be a game changer for Children’s Ministry Pastors everywhere.
Sharon Jones, Elementary Classroom Teacher and Reading Specialist
“Ron’s God-given gifting is shown throughout this study guide. As someone who has developed and written Children’s Ministry curriculum for years, the tools provided here by Ron are things I wish I had years ago. These tools really help simplify the process and will no doubt keep you on track and reach to pour into children in no time.”
David Maddron, Children's Pastor
Lesson 1 – setting a goal immediate
Lesson 2 – brainstorming 1 day later
Lesson 3 – Research and study 1 day later
Lesson 4 – Filter 3 days later
Lesson 5 – Structure 2 days later
Lesson 6 – Writing 1 day later
Lesson 7 – Make it Shareable 3 days later
Lesson 8 – What now? 1 day later