Many children’s ministries have a reward system in place for when kids bring their bibles, memorize a verse, etc. Most have a place also where the kids can redeem these rewards for prizes.
Recently I heard Dale Hudson share how his church’s children’s ministry put a new spin on the reward system. Instead of the kids buying something for themselves, they are given an opportunity to serve others by purchasing mission items in India, like a goat or chicken.
By doing this the kids are learning not only are there rewards for doing good, but also that it is better to give than to receive. I think that this could be done as a local mission as well. Maybe the kids could purchase blankets for the nearby homeless shelter or clothing for a child that is in foster care.
What do you think about this alternative to the usual reward system? Are you doing something similar in your children’s ministry?
To hear more great ideas from Dale, you can check out his blog at http://relevantchildrensministry.blogspot.com/.