Setting up a Bible Bucks store in my children’s church was the smartest thing I’ve ever done, at least in regards to a discipline plan. I am a skilled children’s pastor, I’ve been at it for nearly two decades but let’s be honest; kids aren’t always on their best behavior. Sometimes, having extra incentives do help. Learn how to begin a Bible Bucks store in your Sunday School or kids’ church and watch those discipline problems turn around! Here’s what I did:
I printed plenty of Bible Bucks. Of course, this pretend money is the most important part of this discipline plan. You need a wide variety of denominations like $1, $5, $10, $20 and $50. For each denomination, you need an assigned paper color. That will make it easier for store workers and kids to know exactly how much Bible Bucks they have. Have them cut up and ready for distribution before you open the doors of your classroom.
My team and I purchased items for the store. Next, we purchased inexpensive items for the store. Before you begin a Bible Bucks store, you must have these items ready. At first, I purchased small novelties from online stores like Oriental Trading but then I found less expensive, local sources for goodies. For example, I visited the Dollar Tree, hit the dollar stores for their clearance items and even solicited parents for toys and goodies. It worked!
We priced the items. Now comes the tricky part, pricing items for the Bible Bucks store. You don’t want to give the store away but you can’t price things so high kids will never get them. I have a four shelf cabinet that I use. I put the most expensive, desirable items on the top shelf and price them at $100 Bible Bucks. The next shelf contains items that are at $50 Bible Bucks. The one below that is $20 and the bottom shelf holds $10 items. Here’s a sample of some of the items we have:
- $100-mini fans, plastic cups with lids, tote bags, books and toys
- $50-piggy banks, small cups, plastic wallets, light-up balls, glow sticks
- $20-frisbees, race cars, tiny dolls, bracelets, crayons, packs of markers and coloring books
- $10-gum, candy, rubber band bracelets, seed packets, bookmarks and pens
I posted the Bible Bucks incentive plan. You have to let kids know how they can earn those coveted bucks. For example, display how they earn bucks for attendance, bringing a bible, bringing an offering or inviting a friend. Other incentives are giving BB for canned food donations. Always print the Bible Bucks incentive plan in your children’s church bulletin.
In a recent blog post, I shared how I rewarded kids with Bible Bucks at a Remote Control Race Car Rally. It’s a fun and exciting promotion for children’s church!