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7 Trends to Expect in 2021 Children’s Ministry, an article from Group, has some interesting thoughts for ministry as the pandemic continues as well as into the future.

The author points out the urgent need for children's ministry, to help kids deal with stress and isolation and depression that have come out of the changes necessitated by the pandemic.

In many parts of the country, schools are back in-person, and churches that can provide in-person ministry will attract families from churches that have not been able to get restarted.

But here is the idea that most attracted my notice (bold emphasis my own):

"The COVID quarantine mentality has elevated the desire and need for human interaction, fellowship, and participation. Passively sitting and watching others has lost its patina. And wedging into a crowd to passively watch the person at the microphone has really lost favor during these contagious times. Plus, kids today want to be noticed, named, and known, according to research. If you’re primarily a spectator show, expect steady decline. Churches and children’s ministries that rely on stage performances will weaken. Hands-on, participatory experiences will reign, along with breaking crowds into smaller relational groups. Even children’s ministries that continue to offer online sessions will need to incorporate active, participatory, relational, hands-on elements."

It sounds like large group/small group programming as well as the large glitzy entertainment-driven worship-type children's ministry programs may become less popular. And relational, experiential Workshop Rotation Model may fit the needs of children to have hands-on participatory experiences perfectly!

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