“For the most part, young children simply trust you because you are older. And trust
is important if you are going to help your few clarify their faith. But the truth
is, every year a child grows older, that trust is harder to earn. It’s like they
start to hold back. Filter. Become more…Grown Up.” – Reggie Joiner
Preschool ministry and preschool small groups compare to no other areas of ministry. These fresh little hearts are still sponges and ooze out life’s moments and feelings unfiltered and honest. Don’t believe me? Try taking something away from them that they want. They will surely display their emotions before you. Very honestly and loudly!
In my opinion, preschool ministry can be the revolutionizing of the church. In many cases, it’s the foundation of a preschooler’s faith. It’s the very beginning of their glimpse of the church and of a God who loves them, made them and wants to be their friend forever!
So how do you create a culture in your preschool small group that makes sure your
preschoolers are feeling safe and secure to really be honest and apply what you’re helping them learn? How do you create a relationship with your preschool small group that shows them that they can trust you?
Like everything else in a preschooler’s world, consistency is huge. Just being there consistently and being a familiar face excited to see them and ask and hear about their week is big. Be excited about what they are excited about. Listen as much, if not more, than you talk. Be excited about discussing the bottom line for the week. It doesn’t take much to get a preschooler intrigued and excited.
Being authentic in your own life is just as important as consistency. The biggest lesson I have learned as a preschool small group leader is that I myself have to believe and be living out whatever it is I want my preschoolers to get. It’s hard to believe that authenticity starts at such a young age as preschool, but it does. You, as a small group leader, can be one of the biggest examples of how to worship and know a God that is crazy about us. Worship is simply allowing God into everything, and knowing that just dialoguing with Him is an act of trust and an act of praise. That is the kind of worship we should be living out and longing to show our preschoolers. After a while it creates a beautiful relationship of trust with those sweet little hearts.
Simple love. Simple faith. Simple worship. Simple wonder.