Measure Learning

Have you ever wondered just how much kids are learning in your missions group each week? Use this guide to help you gauge just how much of the fun is really helping to shape missional lifestyles. Circle the number that reflects your answer to each statement below:

1 = Never or none of our kids
2 = Sometimes or some of our kids
3 = Almost always or a majority of our kids

 

1. Our kids are excited about missions projects.  

1 2 3

 

2. We participate in missions projects on a regular basis. 

1 2 3

 

3. When learning about a new city or country, our kids often ask questions about the culture, food, and language. 

1 2 3

 

4. Our kids can explain what a missionary does. 

1 2 3

 

5. Our kids can explain their responsibility for the Great Commission. 

1 2 3

 

6. Each week, our kids volunteer to pray for missionaries without being prompted. 

1 2 3

 

7. Our kids' prayer concerns are generally for others to learn more about Christ. 

1 2 3

 

8. Our kids give of their own allowances or earned money to missions offerings. 

1 2 3

 

9. In our group, we practice telling others what we are learning or what we know to be true about Christ. 

1 2 3

 

10. Our kids help shape missions projects to fit their own learning styles and interests. 

1 2 3

 

Total your score and reflect on your ranking:

10–14 = Your kids are learning about missions, but may need more hands-on experiences to tell others about God's love, Scripture, or what you are learning each week. Consider adding a quarterly project that takes kids off of your church property and challenges them to serve others as they share about God's love. What other ways can you pump up learning?

15–22 = Your kids are experiencing some of the excitement of missions. Evaluate your year based on your missions organization's pledge. What elements of the pledge are not emphasized in your group during the year as much as others?

23–30 = The kids in your group are developing a well-rounded missional lifestyle that has the potential to last a lifetime! Keep things fresh and new for your group by alternating or revising projects each year to add a new element.

 

Heather Keller serves as the GA and CA consultant at national WMU. She and her husband, Tommy, are busy raising two growing boys, attending high school football games, and taking an occasional cruise.

 

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