Articles for Children’s Ministry Leaders

Get to Know Generation Alpha – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Move over Gen Z, the next generation after you has arrived. They are called Generation Alpha.  At the time of this writing, they represent kids born between 2010 up to 2025.  Presently there are 9,000 Gen Alpha babies born every day.  The oldest are 9 years old and the youngest have yet to be born. They are the first generation entirely born within the 21st century. Gen Alpha is growing up in a variety of living arrangements.  A large percentage…

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MOPS’ Unprecedented Ministry During Covid-19 – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

MOPS has led with unprecedented ministry. We’ve all heard it. During the spring of 2020 more than ever. Unprecedented. This word doesn’t roll off the tongue; it’s easy to misspell, and it has nearly as many syllables as required feet for safe social distancing. COVID-19 has proven that, up until now, all previous uses of the word “unprecedented” have been severe exaggerations. Between the stay-at-home orders, quarantine mandates, qualifications for “essential” versus “non-essential,” and face-mask requirements, no one has experienced…

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Face Masks for Kids? CDC Gives Guidance on Children’s Face Coverings – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As businesses and restaurants begin reopening around the country, the most common measure to protect against COVID-19 is to wear a face mask while in public. In many states, this practice is not just recommended, but now required. That’s because according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, face masks can help prevent the transmission of respiratory droplets from an infected person to those nearby. But as 2020 becomes the year of the face mask, it begs the question—should kids wear face…

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20 Questions to Ask Before Kids Gather Back to Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Who would have ever thought we would experience weeks and even months away from gathering in person? Hopefully, soon we will be able to gather back together. But there will be things that are new to everyone as we walk into this new normal. It’s important to think through what your strategy will be when they return.  What should you do?  What should you not do? 20 questions you can ask kids to help you formulate what your strategy will…

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Gaining Leadership Support for Improving Child Safety – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

How do I get leadership to support child safety initiatives for improving child safety? While sometimes difficult to tackle, it’s an important step to help make your kids area a safe place. Support for your child safety initiative may be less about what you’re proposing and more about how it’s presented. Get prepared to help convince those making the decision. Define Why Leadership Should Care Defining the “why” of your child safety efforts sets the foundation. Take the needed time…

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Children’s Ministers Determined to Make VBS Happen This Year – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

For many churches this year, one of their largest evangelistic efforts has turned into a game-time decision. Vacation Bible School—an annual highlight for many congregations, children, and volunteers—is being upended, along with almost every other aspect of life and ministry, by the pandemic. But churches are determined to offer something for VBS 2020—pandemic or not. While most churches say they intend to offer VBS this summer, the format and timing will likely be much different from years past. To help…

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10 Great Ways Kids Can Serve at Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Did you know that studies show that kids and teenagers who serve in their local church are far less likely to walk away from their faith as they get older? And there are great ways kids can serve at church. The Bible reminds us of this in James 2.  Here’s what it says… Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works. Good works lead to a faith that is alive and vibrant. The…

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Mom Creates ‘COVID-19 Time Capsule’ Worksheets for Families During Pandemic – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Have you ever wanted to work on a time capsule but haven’t had the time? Like most mothers around the world right now, Natalie Long is at home with her kids, practicing self-isolation, and social distancing as a way to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Recognizing that this is likely a once in a lifetime event, Natalie wanted a way to document this time in her family’s life so they could look back on the COVID-19 pandemic in the future,…

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5 Awesome Family Game Ideas – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

One of the things our family loves to do is play games together. In fact, we have one night each week designated as “Family Game Night.” Here are our best family game ideas. Sometimes we’ll play card games or board games, but some of the ones we enjoy the most are the random games we’ve made up ourselves or that require little to no prep time or supplies. In an effort to help your family with fun ideas during this season…

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Parents, Your Kids Need Big Theology – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The Rich Theology of Hymns Before our daughter was born, my husband and I made a long list of “musts” and “nevers” like any ambitious parent. As you can imagine, most of those fell by the wayside in the days and months after she was born, but one tradition was born from that list that has turned into one of my favorite parenting victories. We vowed to teach our children classic hymns. We carefully picked out which song would be…

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Summer VBS 2020 … 6 Options for Children’s Ministers – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

During this season of social distancing with quarantines, sheltering in place, and online church, children’s ministry leaders are already diving in to solve what Easter will look like for their kids this year. On the heels of this decision, they’re also looking forward to VBS 2020 and wondering what they will do in the age of Covid-19. “For many churches, VBS is the largest outreach event they host all year,” says Tracy Watkins, Group Publishing’s VBS Business Director. “More importantly,…

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6 Children’s Sermons for Parents to Use at Home This Easter – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

During this season while church gatherings are postponed, children’s ministry leaders and parents wonder what to do with the kids on Sunday morning. What about their children’s sermons? their Bible lessons? How will they keep learning? We don’t know how long this season will last, but we do know that our children’s Christian education matters—whether we gather or not. So what’s a parent to do? We’ve collected easy children’s sermons and Bible worksheets for you to do at home with…

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7 Reasons Why Churches Fail Special Needs Kids – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

One of the things that the kidmin community is lacking is a clear focus on special needs ministry. We have seen lots of traction when it comes to ministering to families, creating environments. One area that that is severely lacking is comprehensive ministry to special needs kids. You go to most churches in America, even megachurches, and there is little available for families with special needs kids. I am not here to point fingers at others, but at Redeemer we…

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God’s Extraordinary Work in the Ordinary Family – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Over the past decade, a barrage of articles and blog posts have been blanketed across the landscape of the internet–promoting and counteracting the idea of radical and extraordinary Christian service. Those who have emphasized radical Christian service have done so in an attempt to thwart the complacent, materialistic, self-focused, inhospitable, and unmerciful lifestyle of so many in middle and upper-class suburbia. Those who react to an emphasis on living radical lives of Christian service have focused on faithfulness in the…

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When Is It Appropriate for Children to Receive Communion? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Since the practice of the Lord’s Supper has regained something of a focused treatment online in recent days, I thought it might be advantageous to focus on another important aspect of the Lord’s Supper–namely, how and when is it appropriate for children to receive communion? In doctrinally serious churches, welcoming the children of believers to the Lord’s Supper is one of the most important elements of the life of the church. It is also one of the most difficult and…

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Yes…Your Church CAN Reach Millennials – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Does your church want to reach Millennials? They are the young fathers and mothers that you want to reach. They are the young couples you want to mentor. They are the up and coming leaders you want to invest in. Millennials get a negative review at times.  We talk about how less committed they are to the church.  How they tolerate things that their parents and grandparents would find deplorable.  How they have a shallow faith that cannot stand for…

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Cultivating & Guarding Children’s Love for Jesus – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Why do children love Jesus so much? In the Gospels, it’s clear that they loved Jesus because He first loved them. Jesus wasn’t posing for future artists when He invited children to gather around him. Actually, He didn’t have to do any coaxing. Children loved Him. So did their parents, who were eager for Jesus to bless their children. Jesus With Children Like a beloved uncle or grandfather, Jesus would put His hands on their heads and pray for them.…

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When Children Make Early Decisions for Christ – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

What do we do when we tell children about Jesus and kids question their beliefs years later? My two older daughters both were baptized in kindergarten. Yes, they were both very young. I had the intention with both to encourage them to wait until they were older. However, both made decisions for Christ that I felt were genuine, both could explain the gospel in age-appropriate language, and both really were excited to go public with their faith. (You can see…

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12 Community Service Projects Kids Can Do in Small Groups – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Do you ever wish your church offered more service projects in your community? Do you wish you could go to your community rather than just trying to bring your community to you? This can seem like an issue for your Senior Pastor and other adults in your church, but it’s actually much easier to begin service projects with the kids at your church. 12 service projects you can do for your community: 1. Water Bottle Sleeves When a kid in…

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5 Signs You Might Be an Insecure Leader – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Leadership is not easy. The reality is that every person leads at some level. The question is not whether or not you are a leader as much as how well are you leading. And if you’re an insecure leader, your leadership is not as strong as it could be. Growing up in the church, I saw one insecure leader after another, but I never realized they were insecure until I started to work at Redeemer 18 years ago. I began…

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3 Ways to Prevent an Attitude of Entitlement in Your Kids – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The culture around us has gradually shifted America’s mindset to believe that we all have our rights, including the “right” to have what we want, the way we want it, and when we want it. We would call this an attitude of entitlement. It’s an attitude that has led many adults to live off government handouts, and many others to think they should have in their 20’s everything that took their parents a lifetime to earn and accumulate. When it comes to our kids, some…

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How About Making Memories Instead of Using All Your Money on Presents – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As parents, we want to give our kids great gifts at Christmas. We get their wish lists and get as much as our budget allows. But what if we focused on making memories instead of tons of gifts? Christmas comes and we give our kids the gifts.  They are excited at first, but as a few months pass by, they grow bored with the present and it sits on a shelf or at the bottom of their toy box. Giving…

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30 Ideas for a Christ-Centered Family Christmas – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is probably my favorite holiday. I love the atmosphere that Christmas brings; so much joy and cheer. I love that the Atlanta Christian Radio station plays Christmas music beginning on Thanksgiving Day. I love to decorate my house and absolutely love Christmas lights! Christmas is so much fun! But sometimes my love for this holiday is focused on the wrong things. I tend to pay attention more to buying presents, going to…

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What the Church Can Learn From Toys R’ Us’ Relaunch – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As you may or may not know, Toys R’ Us closed down all of their stores in the U.S.  I wrote an article about why I believe they had to shut down.  You can read the article here.  From that article, here are some of the reasons why I believe they had to file for bankruptcy. Lesson 1 – You cannot allow past success to dictate future strategy.Lesson 2 – The big box is being replaced with smaller venues. Lesson 3…

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25 Largest Children’s Ministries in the Nation (2019), With a Great Children’s Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Each year, Outreach magazine puts out a list of the largest and fastest growing churches in the nation.  Without exception, the churches always have a great children’s ministry.  We know that children’s ministry makes a big impact not only in the children’s area, but on the entire church.  Children’s ministry can be a major growth factor for a church. If a large church is missing from the list, it’s because they decided not to report their attendance this year.  I…

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