PILOT Teaching Series

PILOT Teaching Series

Our children’s ministries physical environments tell a story. When you walk through our environments you’ll get a feeling of airport hangars, vintage travel agencies, global adventure, etc. We’re called “Go Kids” because as our pastor would say, “We’re about the GO!” One of our strategy pillars states that we want to “Be a World Changer.” This challenged us on thinking about what type of kids we want. There is so much we want to teach our kids, but what is something we can continue to revisit on an annual basis that we can integrate into who we are and our theme?

We landed on a teaching series called PILOT.

We want all our kids to become PILOTs. PILOT stands for:

PreparedI will always be ready to serve God.
InvolvedI will give God my best.
LovingI will love God and others.
Open to GodI will be open to the ways of God.
Team PlayerI will focus on the team.

Not only will this become an annual teaching for our kids, but it will become a staple of our weekly children’s ministry by us using this in our services. We will constantly remind kids that we want them to become a PILOT. This will replace our “rules” segment of the service. This helps us focus on what we want them to become instead of what we don’t want them to do—positive reinforcement!

I thought I would attach the lessons for you in case you wanted to do a similar five-week series. Plus, you can see the artwork we used and a few other special things we made up.

PILOT Lesson 1 Large Group
PILOT Lesson 1 Small Group
PILOT Lesson 2 Large Group
PILOT Lesson 2 Small Group
PILOT Lesson 3 Large Group
PILOT Lesson 2 Small Group
PILOT Lesson 4 Large Group
PILOT Lesson 4 Small Group
PILOT Lesson 5 Large Group
PILOT Lesson 5 Small Group

PILOT
PlacematsEach teaching series we create a placemat that has SOAP on the back, which is what our church uses for a daily devotional life.
PinsWe give our volunteers pins throughout the year as a way of saying “thank you” and it adds some nice bling to their lanyards. Since this series and what it represents is a big deal to our ministry, we felt it warranted a pin.
Pilot WingsOn the last week of the series we handed out pilot wings to the kids to remind them they are on a daily journey to become the best PILOT they can be.

We would love to hear if this series is helpful to you in any way! Thanks for serving kids!

This article originally appeared here.

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Justyn Smith
Justyn Smith is married to an amazing wife and is a father to five children. He is the children's pastor at South Hills Church in Corona, CA and has a passion to help other children’s pastors become great leaders in their local church and ministry. He consults, writes, and is a frequent conference speaker. Justyn is the host of Celera Kidmin (click http://www.celeragroup.org/network-coaching/kidmin.aspx for more info) and has recently been named one of "Children's Ministry Magazine's" Top 20 to Watch. Twitter: pastorjustyn Facebook: facebook.com/pastorjustyn