Giving Back the Rewards

Wendy Douglas —  November 15, 2010

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

Wendy Douglas

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Wendy is married to a warrior for the last 18 years and Mom to three boys. She volunteers in KidzPlace at The Gathering Church in Sevierville, TN. She reads almost anything she can get her hands on. In addition to contributing to Kidmin1124, she maintains her own blog called Saved Sister at

5 responses to Giving Back the Rewards

  1. This is a great idea. I love it. Definitely worth implementing.

  2. We’re doing this for the Christmas season using the Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog. Looking forward to seeing how the kids respond.

  3. A slightly modified idea is what I am thinking about using starting in 2011.
    Instead of multiple items for the kids to choose from to help, I am wondering how it would work to choose one “goal” for the reward points to add up to such as buying a goat or some larger need for a local mission. My hesitation is that I do not want the kids who really work hard towards the goal to be frustrated with the others, or even worse bragging that it was all “ME” and “They” didn’t help at all.
    Any thoughts?

    • Julie, this is what we do in our group. Although we work towards small group outings currently (we’re switching to the gift thing soon!), the kids never complained that they were working too hard or that others weren’t pulling their weight. No bragging that I noticed either. They were just happy to celebrate altogether.

  4. I love the thought of this Wendy! Our reward system is similar. When the kids bring a friend,bible, knowing their memory verse or maybe homework we sent home back in on Sunday, they get whats called mementos. Baby items that go to a Local Food pantry called FEED MY PEOPLE. We actually do service projects once on month for small group when the kids come into class. We have a awesome couple from the church that comes in to talk with the kids about this monthly. We will start taking them on field trips to Feed my People very soon.

    This is good stuff! It really gets me excited to see others going it as well!!!