Since KOR ministers to children, we have adapted values that reflect that specific mission.
To teach biblical truths in a child-targeted, relevant, and creative way in a Large Group setting. To model loving, biblical community in Small Groups where life change happens best.
KOR is a child-targeted ministry
We need to be very clear that we are trying to reach children . We plan activities that are age-appropriate and engaging to children. The decor in the classrooms communicates that in these rooms children are treasured. Songs and Bible lessons are taught in ways that will best reach and teach children. We look at everything we do through a child’s eyes to create a ministry that reaches, teaches and loves that child.
KOR values lessons that are relevant to children now
Every lesson, example, and activity is relevant to children in their lives NOW.
Being relevant means helping children see that God’s Word is written for them and can be applied to every one of them.
KOR values teaching the Bible accurately and creatively
Our goal is for children to be so fascinated with God and His written Word that they want to learn more. We have chosen curriculum that will fuel spiritual desire in children by exalting the greatness and worth of God and His glorious work through Christ.
KOR values intentional one-on-one caring of children through small groups
This means modeling Christ to a small group of children. Kid Coaches (small group leaders) strive to provide important biblical information that is relevant to a child’s life. Children are greatly influenced by adults who believe in them, encourage them, and guide them. This is a commitment to stay with a group of children to care for them, know them, disciple them, and help them become more like Christ.
KOR values keeping children safe- spiritually, emotionally, and physically
We want KOR to be a safe place for children. We understand that safety and security are two of a child’s highest needs. Children cannot learn well in an environment where they are afraid and don’t feel safe emotionally, physically or spiritually.
As children arrive in KOR, they need to feel a genuine warmth and immediate comfort level with the adults who are responsible for them. We need to assure parents and children alike that we have their best interests as our top priority at all times. That’s why safety is a must.
A spiritually safe environment is where adults understand that children are in different places spiritually and so children are not coerced into making decisions they are not ready to make and are allowed to move in their spiritual journey one step at a time. All children need to have a safe place where they know that it is okay to ask hard questions about faith.
Emotional safety occurs as leaders who are positive, welcoming, and sincere surround children.
Children are accepted and affirmed for who they are. They are nurtured through kind words and actions by all volunteers. Studies show that children grow best in environments that are positive.
Physical safety is reflected through having room environments with age-appropriate equipment, background checks and interviews with all volunteers, name tags on all children, registration processes outside the KOR rooms and the enforcement of check-in and check-out procedures.
Children have to face scary situations too often in their lives. We want our children to be able to know without hesitation that they are safe at KOR and safe in their church.
KOR values FUN!
One of our goals is to have children come back week after week because they can’t wait to return. We want them to have FUN. While children keep coming back for the FUN, we can accomplish our mission by continuing to nurture and teach them spiritually. In order to make our children’s ministry the best hour of a child’s week, we have to remember to add the FUN! And remember, the FUN factor affects adult volunteers, too.