Killer Cupstacking Techniques FTW!

Killer Cupstacking Techniques FTW!

Mar 28, 2011

Stephen Posey is the Children’s Pastor at Church On The Move! I first heard about him and his amazing team when a friend of mine, Joe McAlpine called me and told me to watch “Kids On The Move Live”. After this Joe and I called Stephen and asked him if we came out to Tulsa would he have a little time to meet with us and show us his creative process. Stephen response was “You guys drive out to Tulsa, I’m taking you to lunch”.  The cool thing about Stephen not only is he highly creativity and a solid leader, but he’s also willing to help others in ministry. In fact his church has started a free resource sharing called Seeds.


Hello Creative Kids Pastor friends. Stephen Posey here. Terry has asked me to share some ideas on
what I consider to be the most important part of my job as a children’s pastor. So buckle up, because for
the next couple minutes I’m going to get down and dirty in a post I’m entitling “Killer Cup Stacking
Techniques FTW!”.

Okay, so I’m being a bit facetious. But there is a bit of truth in my jest. Since fun is the currency in kids’
economy, it’s easy to get distracted in ministry to kids. Undoubtedly, if our kids aren’t having fun we’re not
doing our jobs. But fun should be a means to an end for us. Fun has a job to do. Fun’s job is to be a tool
we can leverage to teach kids!

My calling as a kids pastor, in it’s simplest form, is to teach kids God’s Word in ways that they never

It’s simple, yes. But easy? No way. In fact, I would argue that, if it’s done right, this is the hardest thing
we do as kids pastors. Making kids laugh is easy. The wow factor is easy. But actually digging down to
that one, life-changing truth and teaching it to kids in ways they’ll never forget. That’s hard.

So here’s how I approach it. There are a couple of principles that help me frame in this seemingly
daunting task. First of all, Isaiah 28:10 lets me know I don’t have to teach everything I know in every
message I preach.

“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.”
Isaiah 28:10

So there it is. I don’t have to teach everything. I can dig in and thoroughly and powerfully teach one
thing. But how do you find that one thing?

Years ago Pastor Willie George (my pastor) began to teach a method of getting right to the heart of a
message. It has helped me immensely. Here it is.

1. Find your verse.
2. Isolate the principle.
3. Illustrate.

For some that means taking the verse, and the central truth or walk away point your curriculum provides and digging in deeper. If I’m going to try and convince kids of a life-changing truth, I first have to let it change my life and realize how it has helped me already!

For example, let’s say the key verse is Ephesians 6:1. Now, I know my verse. From that verse I can
draw any number of principles. “Obedience Is Always Right” or “Obeying My Parents Brings a Reward” or
“Things Don’t Go So Well When I Disobey” to name a few.

Now all I have to do is illustrate the principle. This is where the fun comes in! Funny sketches, compelling stories, props, games, songs, and my message illustration itself all point back to my principle. Find your verse, isolate the principle and illustrate.

That’s it! This is our approach to every service. It’s hard work, but it always pays off when we get it right. I hope this helps you in your efforts to teach kids in ways they never forget. And by the way, just by reading this post, you are now 8% faster at cup stacking. You’re welcome.

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  1. Okay…call me clueless, but what does FTW stand for? Fort Worth, Texas?

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