WEEKLY KIDMIN QUESTION:
"How do you handle discipline issues at your church?" - submitted by "Anonymous" in Dallas, TX
Discipline is a hot button issue for people who work with kids. While public and private school systems have five days a week to instill a discipline plan with students, the church typically has about one hour per week to do the same thing. It's important to have a clear system in place. The last thing you want to do is expect volunteers to come up with their own discipline plan without guidance or expectations.
Successful Discipline comes down to two words: CLEAR EXPECTATIONS
There is no way that kids can be expected to be held accountable to follow rules that are never clearly communicated to them.
Keep It Simple
Don't develop so many rules that kids can't remember them from week to week. The rules I have used my entire ministry are the C.O.O.L. Rules (these are NOT original)
Care about your neighbor – don’t be a space invader
Only get out of your seat when you have permission
Obey the leader and don’t interrupt
Let’s work together – and be WINNERS!
Keep It Consistent
You have to be consistent in how you apply discipline. Wavering in your discipline approach weekly causes confusion with the kids. Being extra sensitive and calling down everyone one week, then being extra care-free and allowing all kinds of disruptions will NOT help your kids at all. Be consistent.
In my next post, I will share what our specific steps are for dealing with discipline issues. So, don't miss "Discipline Issues In Kidmin pt. 2"