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Are you ready for the “Hard” Questions?

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Leading large group time can be intimidating. How do you know that you’re relating to the children? How can you take deep Biblical truths and present them on a child’s level?

And then there’s the “big fear”…. what if the clubber asks a “hard” question? I’ve had it happen a few times. Sometimes I tell the child asking the question that I’m not sure but I will study and let them know. I then follow up and let them know the answer the next week, or sooner.

This past week in an Awana club, the person leading the large group time for third and fourth graders was teaching about heaven. As they were presenting the lesson, they asked for questions. Then one child asked a question that surprised all the leaders. They asked, “Are you pre-trib, post-trib or mid-trib?” The person teaching asked what the question was and another leader close by said, “you don’t want to know”.

I was surprised! Why would you not want to answer that question? It was a great question. The person leading the lesson did answer the question and continued with the lesson.

The question for you…. are you ready for the “hard” questions? Do you keep think the children cannot know “deeper truths” so you keep things simple or “watered down”?

Here are some things to consider when teaching:

  • know your audience
  • be prepared
  • not everyone knows Christ
  • be ready for the “hard” questions

Do you have any other tips for preparing for large group time? Have you ever had a child ask you a “hard question”? If so, what was it?

 

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