What Type of Kids’ Pastor Are You? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

There are different types of Kids’ Pastors.  This is why it can be unwise to go look at someone else’s program and copy it.  If a church has a successful program, then they built their program around the strengths of the leader; but you may or may not have those same strengths. I’m not saying we shouldn’t learn from others.  Everyone needs a mentor or two, but to totally copy someone else’s ministry is a mistake. Build your ministry around…

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5 Things Teenagers Can Do – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Jun 4, 2020 | Advocating for an end to racial injustice is work that all of us should be committed to. For teenagers, it can feel scary not knowing who to talk to as they begin to articulate their beliefs, express their doubts, and challenge things that aren’t right. Teenagers need examples of people listening to and learning from each other, so they can learn to do the same.This is why I wanted to have a conversation with my friend…

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Are you willing to let your kids teach you? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I know that you love your kids and you enjoy teaching them, but are you willing to let your kids teach you? I have been ministering to kids for over thirty years now and without a doubt my favorite memories are those services where the Holy Spirit touched kids in a powerful way. One of my powerful moments was the summer of 1996. I was the guest speaker at a Kids Camp in Fergus Falls, MN. I was sitting behind…

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Minneapolis is burning… – Super Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I love Minneapolis. I was telling my daughter the other day that there is nowhere else I would rather live. I love this city and that is why the past few days have been so painful. Watching the fires last night brought back painful memories for me of the ‘67 riots in Detroit. Something the city of Detroit never recovered from. The current crisis started on Monday, May 25th with the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin. …

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Calling All Writers and Wannabe Writers! – Youth Ministry Christian Article

ProjectYM is looking for some youth ministers and core team members to write for our blog! The ProjectYM blog is a place where readers all over the world come to find useful information to help them thrive in their ministry. We publish articles that touch the heart, give witness to the glory of God, offer “How-to’s” and action items for youth ministers to try out with their teens,And….what we lovingly call “Listicles” What is a listicle? A “listicle” is an article that…

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Gather Me Close – Liz Petruzzi – Christian Article

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” –Jesus, Matthew 23:37 Gather me close, under Your wings. I’ve stoned those sent to me with messages I refused to receive. Claimed my own understanding. Went my own way. Gather me close. You give weary souls rest. Take away my heavy. Carry me…

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Why is what you are thinking about so important? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Why is what you are thinking about so important? You are what you think you are. The Bible says it like this, “For as he thinks in his heart so is he.” Your thoughts influence your choices and your life is a product of the choices you make. If you want to change your life you can do so by making different choices; however, if you want to change your choices, you have to change how you think. The Bible…

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Learning From Parenting Failures – Super Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Covid-19 has turned everything upside down. We used to feel like we were in control of our lives, now we feel like we are not. This is especially disconcerting, when we are talking about our kids.  Maybe you used to feel like a good parent, and now you find yourself yelling at your kids a lot. I thought it might be helpful for you if I talked about my top parenting mistakes and what I learned from my failures. The truth is…

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Manna Moments – Liz Petruzzi – Christian Article

He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritualists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing His anger. 2 Kings 21:6 King Hezekiah is very sick. Isaiah, the prophet approaches, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” King Hezekiah prayed to the Lord. “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before You faithfully and with…

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What Motivates God? – Super Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Everybody has something that makes them tick, something that motivates them.    For some people it is sports or video games.  For other people it is making money.  Many people are into collecting things such as baseball cards, comic books or antiques.  What is it that motivates God?  What does God the Father live for? What is His nature and motivation? Father God wants a relationship with His children and that is what compelled Him to create the universe. It…

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Talking to children about faith during the pandemic – Youth Ministry Christian Article

How should we be talking to children about faith during this difficult and challenging time? Children react to news stories in a variety of ways.  Over the past few weeks I have seen completely different perspectives from children.  One view was a young person thinking the virus would only effect the older generation and that they had nothing to worry about, apart from how it may affect their education.  An opposite view was seeing fear in what’s going on and…

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Mother’s Day 2020 Sermon Notes – Christian Article

09 May Mother’s Day 2020 Sermon Notes Mother’s Day 2020: L E A D Love: 1 John 4:7-8 we love because He first loved us -our love for our kids comes from Him, so we need to receive it from Him and give it to them daily -motivated by love Enjoy: Neh. 8:10 the joy of the Lord is your strength -children are a blessing, but only if we don’t resist what they are teaching us as we raise them…

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What Will Be The New Normal? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

So what is normal now? Every single person has been affected by this worldwide pandemic, Covid-19.  All of our schedules and routines have changed and we have all had to adapt and change with it. Some states are “opening” up again and others are wondering when.  This will come to an end, but does that mean things will be back to normal? I like what Sam Luce said, “Don’t waste this crisis.“ What does that mean?  To me it means…

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White Pier Gifts – Bead Bracelet – Brewing Wisdom – Christian Article

April 30, 2020by: Jason & Steph I was so thrilled when I was contacted by White Pier to review one of their beautiful products, their Multi-Strand Stretch Bead Bracelet (see photos and review below)! This company is fantastic and I just love the ease and simplicity of this shop to help you find the perfect gift for that someone special in your life including your little fur babies too. But that’s not even the best part, this company gives back…

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Don’t Do This During Covid-19 Crisis – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

By: Sam Luce This is my twenty-second year of doing kids and youth ministry and it is like none other I have experienced so far. It seems that we are all, no matter how long you have been doing ministry, trying to find our footing. It seems each day brings new realities to adjust to. The church has done much better than I could have imagined. It’s so exciting to see pastors and leaders innovate and create in ways they…

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Love Much – Liz Petruzzi – Christian Article

Jesus said to the woman, “Because you believed, you are saved from your sins. Go in peace.” –Luke 7:50 It was an invitation of public statement. A Pharisee, respected religious leader, asked Jesus to eat with him so He went. It wasn’t really to honor Jesus. There was an agenda – the Bible doesn’t say but when I read the story, it becomes apparent the Pharisee wasn’t about knowing Jesus. He didn’t want to sit at the Master’s feet. He…

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Are You On A Spending Freeze? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

We sold very little curriculum this past month and I understand why. My church is on a spending freeze, and I’m guessing your church is too.  Instead of withdrawing, I want to be part of the solution.  Here’s what I’m thinking.  I see a lot of teaching on fear, telling kids not to be afraid. That’s good, but it still doesn’t give our kids positive something to focus on. This is why I’m teaching on Faith right now. Answering questions…

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Time to Play, Together | Youthfront – Youth Ministry Christian Article

by Matt Saunders If there is a silver lining to our current situation of sheltering-in-place, it’s that the rhythm of our family schedule has suddenly become less frantic. We’re not rushing around town, taxiing our kids to volleyball and baseball practices, youth group meet-ups, or after-school activities. We’re getting more face-to-face time, but also more screen time, which, I admit, seems great in the moment but sometimes doesn’t feel super wonderful at the end of the day. I get more…

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5 Practices To Transform Your Life In Quarantine – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Remember the time, back in early 2020 when we went places? It’s starting to feel like we’ve been living the quarantine life for longer than we’ve lived our regular lives. It takes me a whole year to wash my produce and everything else I buy at the grocery store now. I don’t think anyone ever imagined that this could be real. This life of schooling ALL of the children at home, canceling every meaningful event, and wondering about whether or…

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Easter Cross Craft – Super Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

EASTER CROSS CRAFT Getting creative to celebrate Easter. Easter is more than bunnies, candy and egg hunts.  This is a great way to allow your kids to get creative and you can also have a teachable moment. AND when finished you can showcase your artwork in your front window. As everyone is observing social distancing this would be a great way to add some joy to others as they walk by. WHAT YOU NEED Cardstock Painters tape Crayons, Markers, Water…

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I Was Wrong About 6th Grade – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I feel like I’ve been training for 6th grade since my daughter was born. I’ve researched, studied, witnessed middle school through the eyes of parents and students in our youth ministries. I’ve been hoarding a stack of ideas, stockpiling what I’ve learned for the inevitable day our first born would walk through the halls of middle school.  I was multi-tasking, getting ready, preparing myself for our own kids journey to adulthood. Secretly I poured my life into books and other peoples…

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Rejoice Always – Liz Petruzzi – Christian Article

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Sound carries loud across backyard into the house. Excited exclamations punctuated by shrieks and screams as I try to concentrate and work. Irritated, I rise and look out the back porch, flung open wide to embrace the cool evening air. Boys and dad fish illegally in the back yard pond. I watch slightly annoyed by the…

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ADVENT WITH AN ELF – Brooklyn Lindsey – Youth Ministry Christian Article

ADVENT WITH AN ELF Hi. I’m Brooklyn. I’m a mom of two kids (three if you count our goldendoodle Marley). I’m a writer and a pastor and I love everything there is to love about Christmas. When The Elf On A Shelf tradition came about I jumped on board. Fun always draws our family closer and it was a lot of fun moving the elf, causing mischief, and even texting the kids as “Christmas Tree” our elf. What I learned…

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