The application time is when the kids make the connection between God’s Word and their own lives. Your job is to connect Bible truth to a child’s life. Application time is for helping children to bridge the gap between Biblical knowledge and heart transformation.
During application time, the small group leader needs to first figure out if their students understood the main point of the lesson. They need to find out what the students heard and what they understand about what they heard. Next, the small group leader needs to help the students to apply truth to their lives. Ultimately, we want our students to respond to the truth taught.
Application time is when students are encouraged to personally respond to God’s Word. They need to be given time to think carefully about what the Bible says and about how they can apply that truth to their own lives. They need to be guided to Biblical responses. Through good questions, leaders help students apply the truth of God’s Word to their lives.
For this reason, kids should do most of the talking during application time. The role of the application time leader is to get the kids talking.
Temptations Application Leaders Face:
- It can be tempting to re-teach the lesson.
- It can also be tempting to simply tell the kids how the Bible can be applied to their lives that week.
- Sometimes teachers talk too much because they feel the need to fill the silence. If this is a temptation you face, read tip #1 in this series “Be Okay with Silence.”
Leaders need to prepare questions ahead of time that will engage the student’s interest and get them thinking and talking. Then, leaders need to keep the discussion going while allowing the kids to do most of the talking.