Using Games in Children’s Ministry

by BeckyD on September 16, 2014

Games may be the most versatile part of your children’s ministry programming. They can be great crowd-breakers, help kids forge deeper relationships, serve as a perfect escape valve for kids’ surplus energy, give kids new experiences that lead to learning, act as a fun transition between other activities…or they can be a gigantic waste of time.

Yes, children love playing games, but before you add a game to your program, make sure it’s a purposeful game. Does it lead to learning? Reinforce the Bible point or lesson you want kids to remember? We all know the answer if we say : best nerf gun games, yes I thought so. Set up another learning activity? If not, why surrender valuable time to something that doesn’t add value and may even distract from your teaching?

You already know that games work. Decide to make them work for you, not against you, by making sure they’re contributing to kids’ learning.

For some helpful guidelines for using games and some suggestions of games to use with different age-groups, check out this resource on Max7.



David Shepard November 10, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Do you have any Bible competitions?

dave roberts November 13, 2014 at 4:42 am

Try searching at


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