The Art of Gospel Magic – Part 1

Guest Post by Jamie Doyle

EXPERIENCES …kids remember them!

The phrase, “Gospel Magic” conjures up some interesting images in many KidMin leaders’ minds.  For some, it’s a passion, for others it was a passing fad, still others shy away because of a bad experience.

The art of magic really has nothing to do with witchcraft, sorcery, spells, ghosts, spirits, potions or wizards.

It really has to do with creating experiences. Experiences that are fun, amazing, memorable and at times, unexplained. Children are visual creatures and have a tendency to be impressed, intrigued and interested in the unexplained.  I can’t think of a better method to use when teaching children about Jesus, His love and His promises!

Great Magicians Created Experiences

Name the magicians who were known by the general public in their day.  Why were they known?  Sure, they all had incredible skill and amazing equipment. But one thing set them apart from the competition of the day.  They knew how to create experiences.

Great Magicians Of The Day

Personalities like Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Tim Burton, Charles Schulz, Erno Rubik, Michael Jordan, J. R. R. Tolkien  and even the fictional Willie Wonka are all just as much magicians, in their own right and expertise as Harry Houdini, David Copperfield and David Blaine are in their own right.  And it is because they became masters of creating experiences…

…Experiences that have changed the way we look at everyday life.

Own This Concept

This, in essence is our job as KidMin Leaders; to create experiences that will burn into our audiences’ memories forever.  The next time they hear a certain song, smell a certain scent, see another magician; they will automatically be transported back in time to the moment they had an EXPERIENCE with YOU.

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Keith Tusing is a Family Ministries Pastor with 20+ years of experience serving churches in Texas and Arizona. His passion is to see Children’s and Family Ministries that encourage leaders to partner with parents in developing the next generation. He has been married to his amazing wife, Julie, for 30 years and is the father of six incredible kids.