Serving in the local church is an essential part of what it means to follow Jesus. When we look at our 4th-6th graders we see capable, maturing kids who, in addition to learning biblical truth, can be actively serving. That’s why we launched Serve Kids: Leadership Academy (SKLA).
The heart is pretty simple: we’ll train kids to serve in various areas in the church, give them “hands on” opportunities to put that training into practice and valuable feedback, and then unleash them to use their gifts and talents in the local church. The vision is that when an SKLA kid ‘graduates’ from Woodlands Kids, they could turn right around and serve immediately - or use their gifts in other places in the church.
We have four “tracks” in SKLA:
Group Leadership: This focuses on leading groups - starting with serving in the nursery, moving through Sunday School class management and then small group leadership. There’s unique challenges and skills at every step along the way.
Hospitality: This track involves greeting (both kids and adults) and event planning and management. Kid’s working through the hospitality track will end up helping at the coffee bar, planning large events like the carnival or more!
Teaching: This track develops the teaching gift in kids. From Scripture study to speaking training, kids working through teaching will teach be able to teach our Sunday School or Kid’s Crossing groups.
Worship: This track focuses on our dancing and singing worship leadership on both Sunday and Tuesday nights. It’s high energy, a lot to learn and a huge service opportunity!
SKLA centers on regular training times which focus on character, devotion, the heart of leadership and practical skills. These trainings are led by our Woodlands Kids Coaches - adults who lead our regular Woodlands Kids volunteers. These trainings are followed by “Hands On” opportunities where the kids put into practice what they just learned - serving in the nursery, greeting, working to outline passages or co-leading worship for songs they’re learning. After completing these “Hands On” skills, they move to the next step of their track progression.
At this time, we’re preparing for our next SKLA training on Saturday, May 11th from 9am-1pm. We’re accepting applications into the Worship, Group Leadership and Hospitality tracks. Entrance into SKLA is through application: have your 4th-6th grade son or daughter fill it out online and Pastor Dave will be in touch!
*Note - it’s the end of the ministry year, but a 6th grader can still apply to SKLA. They’ll continue to be invited to trainings into 7th grade.