When Can I Clap?

Cartoon of an excited, clapping boy. Another boy whispers to hi, "Psst! Tyler! This song isn't clappable!"

Every year, in the spring, I notice it. The kids that used to be so enthusiastic in their singing start to stand or sit in stone silence. Fourth and fifth-grade boys are the hardest. They start to be very aware of others and have no desire to do anything “uncool.” Continue reading “When Can I Clap?”

Getting Your Worship Face On

cartoon of a guy talking to a pouting boy. They guy says, "Well! Someone doesn't have his worship face on!"
©2014 Kidzmatter & Speartoons Inc.

Sometimes, when I teach, I like to scan the audience while the kids sing during worship. Frequently, I will find kids that are getting into the music. But I also find the one or two faces that clearly do not have their “worship face” on. Continue reading “Getting Your Worship Face On”

Getting stuck in worship

Can you please get help? I was leading kid worship and got stuck in this pose.
Copyright ©2013 Kidzmatter & Kevin Spear

I love it when kids are worshipping in large group. When kids are sincere and enthusiastic, it can put the most exuberant grown up worshipper to shame.
But something happens in the pre-teen years. You can always tell when kids start getting self-conscious and are “too cool” to lift their hands, dance and put their heart into worship.

Unfortunately, as we get older, it is more likely we get stuck not worshipping than to get stuck in the act of worshipping.
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Praise and Worship-py

Cartoon of a rock guitarist and guy in a tie. The guy with the tie says, “That was great, Spike. But can you make it a bit more worship-py?”

Update: 2013-Here’s a cartoon I drew about three years ago. A ministry in the Netherlands contacted me about using it, so I thought I’d show it again.

I hear the term “blended worship” batted around a lot and I like that approach. I like the old hymns, but I like the the guitars and drums too. And I can even welcome the bare footed, punk rock worshipper as well. I guess that’s how I roll… all over the place.

Cartoon: Using Auto-Tune

Cartoon of a girl asking her teacher why doesn't he use auto-tune

 

Cartoon of a girl asking her teacher, “I heard you singing during worship. Why don’t you use Auto-Tune?

A similar incident happened to me once. A girl came up to me after I taught her class. She had helped me in worship. She informed me I made a better teacher than a singer. So I thanked her. What else could I do?

Sometimes in children’s ministry, you have to wear different hats. I used to fret about whether I was a good singer or a teacher. At least now I know I’m a better teacher than a singer. The only question remaining is, how bad of a singer am I?

Don’t answer that. I’ll let the kids critique me instead.

I drew this cartoon for K! Magazine.