There’s a lot of great things that you can learn from textbooks, college courses, and in a classroom. But, for me especially, a lot of things are learned through doing or watching up-close how someone does something. June 2nd was my 10 year anniversary of coming on staff at NewSpring. I started on maintenance and was originally only going to be on staff for 3 months. Then 6 years ago I was moved to full time kids ministry staff.
So to celebrate 10 years, here’s a top ten list of random facts I’ve learned over the years.
- Throwing candy into a crowd of kids = Worst idea ever.
Unless your trying to teach kids to go Hunger Games over a piece of unclaimed Laffy Taffy.
- You have around 936 weeks from your child’s birth to when they graduate.
- On average a church gets 40 hours of influence with any given kid over the course of a year.
- On average a parent gets 3,000 hours of influence with their kids each year.
- How to climb into an 8 foot balloon.
Yup. We did it as a comedic segment once. In fact we’re revisiting that bit for camp this year.
- A page of script usually translates to about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes of acting time.
- Don’t have your worship leader talk or do announcements after a high-energy song (they’re out of breath if they did the song right)
- How to multiply and divide by 12.
Remember when your 3rd grade teacher said you would need your times tables? She knew Oriental Trading sold things by the dozen.
- Where the clean up supplies are for throw-up or spilt smoothie. We even know where the extra set of kid clothes are for the “uh-oh” emergencies.
- I’d rather be hit with a shaving cream pie over a whipped cream pie. Whipped cream gets stuck in your nostrils and it smells like sour milk. Shaving cream just makes you smell like a barber shop.
Of course, I’ve learned so much more that can’t fit into a Top Ten list, but these have been some of the fun and the favorites.