Are they listening? Is anything sticking with them? Are you really making a difference? And if so, how can you know?
In school, teachers give tests and take scores so they can measure of their progress. But spiritual growth isn’t calculated with numbers. Faith has nothing to do with quantifying Bible knowledge or tracking some kind of spiritual data.
Spiritual growth is relational growth, and there are some clear signs when it’s happening.
Since BE BOLD is designed to get kids talking, that will be your first indication that kids are engaged. They’ll be talking to each other, sharing their thoughts in their own unique ways. Since you’re not lecturing (and hoping for some kind of connection), BE BOLD’s conversational questions will give you automatic, authentic feedback about what kids are thinking and feeling. You’ll hear for yourself how kids are pulling meaning from your discussions.
You can also see evidence through kids’ body language. Are they making eye contact with you and other children? Are they leaning forward or moving closer to you and your group? Do you see any heads tilted to one side? These are all signs of attention and engagement.
For the most specific kind of feedback, look to what kids are saying during their Mystery Mission Reports. This is when you’ll have the opportunity to hear if the BE BOLD experiences are making a difference outside the classroom. (Remember, too, not to expect major epiphanies or mountaintop-type responses every time. Real growth comes in steps, and usually small ones.)
If your kids are talking about the material in the BE BOLD scope and sequence, then you can know you’re getting through. Otherwise you’d be hearing a lot of dead air.
It’s often hard to tell if any specific point or experience is leaving a lasting impression, but rest assured that BE BOLD’s variety of activities and interactions will give kids plenty of memories that they’ll never forget.