children’s ministry

STOP, DROP and ROLL! – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As teachers, we have an agenda. We have a lesson plan we are trying to teach, a game we are trying to lead, a craft we are trying to complete, or some other activity that we prayed about, planned, prepared and now are trying to pull off. But often our children have other ideas about how the time in the classroom is going to be spent. There is an old children’s ministry saying that goes, “If you don’t have a…

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Expect Much, Get Much! – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Children typically only rise as far as you expect them to. Rarely does a student exceed the expectations of the leaders in their life. I’ve learned, “Expect Little, Get Little; Expect Much, Get Much.” Many children have a low opinion of themselves, but if you think more of them than they think of themselves, you can have the power to help lift them to the next level on their Christian journey! As a young boy, one of my teachers, Helen…

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Seven ways to support kids with anxiety about the coronavirus – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  We’re busy preparing for a different type of epidemic in our practice than the one our pediatric hospitals are readying themselves for. Talk and preparation for the coronavirus will very likely exacerbate anxiety symptoms for many of the children we’re treating, and precipitate anxiety in kids predisposed to anxiety who have never before exhibited symptoms. What can parents do to support the mental health of their kids amidst talk of the coronavirus in the weeks and months ahead? Here are…

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Do You Need a BREAK from Ministry? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

So, just HOW excited would you be to get AWAY from your job for a week? You can only IMAGINE… no e-mail, no texts, no meetings, no phone calls, no to-do lists, no boss dropping in with some new task… how excited would you me? Maybe as excited as this guy on Yosemite Summit at the top of Sentinel Dome! Yosemite Summit is a week long sabbatical retreat for men in the heart of Yosemite National Park. This is not…

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Cast Your Burdens Game! – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Teaching on worry? Don’t just talk about it, demonstrate why we need to cast our burdens on Jesus! Scriptures to Use: Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.1 Peter 5:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.Psalm 55:22 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests…

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Disability ministry and the coronavirus – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Pastors and church leaders (if they haven’t already begun planning) will likely initiate many discussions in the coming weeks about the impact of the coronavirus on worship services and other church activities. In areas where local health emergencies have been declared from the coronavirus, worship practices have already been modified. Catholic churches in Southern California have issued statements highlighting the changes, which include a ban on communion by cup, receiving the bread from hand to mouth, and holding and shaking…

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Host and Easter EGGstravaganza! – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Folks have asked me to describe the Family Show we do before our Easter Egg Hunts, so I’m providing some files and a video walk through to help describe what you we do. The EGGstravaganza Show is a high-energy interactive game show experience that will involve both selected volunteers from the audience, as well as full audience participation elements. The theme is “That’s Impossible” as participants attempt to do impossible feats! At the end, they will learn that the Bible…

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The Secret to Discipling Kids! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In a media saturated world, where kids are juggling content as much as adults, and where kids often don’t live in the same place for their entire childhood, how do you make sure YOUR kids know the basics of the Christian Faith? The “secret” isn’t really a secret, it is just not done intentionally often enough – The secret is simply discipleship. Jesus discipled. And when He left, he commanded us to disciple other, teaching them “everything He commanded” in…

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FLIP IT to Gratitude – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Introducing The Complaining Game! How do we help kids focus on the positive? This is what I did one Sunday. I put 10 common complaints of kids onto slips of paper and then put them on the top of 10 buckets. Kids then go 3 Popsicle sticks to use to vote. They put a Popsicle stick in the top three buckets they complain about the most. Then, we totaled them to discover the top complaints. Here was our results: BUT,…

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The Unique Challenges and Joys Women in Ministry Face – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Women have a unique set of challenges and joys when it comes to working in children’s ministry. Here’s how to help bridge the gap. *Names changed. While on the staff of an organization that ministered to college students, I attended an associational luncheon for my denomination. After lunch, the associational president stood up and said in his most austere voice, “We need to have a ‘committee on committee’ meetings in this back room. I’d like all of you men to…

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Head, Shoulders, Knees and CUP! FUN Youth Group Game – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Last night in youth group, our Youth Intern, Josh, introduced a super fun game! I have no idea where he got it, or if he made it up – but it was a blast! It is an elimination game! Kids pair up head to head, if an odd number, either grab a leader or that student waits until the next round. The students face off with a plastic cup on the ground between them, placed upside down. The leader calls…

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Special Needs Ministry: Creating Inclusive Worship Experiences – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Inviting children into “big church” allows them to learn the worship format as well as reap the benefits of a multigenerational experience. For families affected by disabilities, however, worship can be challenging. Many report feeling unwanted. But without these families, the body of Christ is incomplete. Here are a few modifications you can make at your church so everyone enjoys inclusive worship services. Create a culture that says “Come in!” Senior leadership sets the tone for inclusion. A sermon series…

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Karl’s KidCheck Review – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The results are IN! I’ve been using KidCheck at my church since the launch last fall, and not only do I love it, but our parents and volunteers do too! I decided to film a short review to show you what I love about KidCheck at my church: Here is an overview of what I LOVE about @KidCheck: Great Support Speedy Sunday Set Up Easy Special Events Set Up EXPRESS CHECK-IN (It’s like Fast Pass for Church!) Awesome Reports Thought…

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Breakfast with Jesus by Vanessa Myers – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As a Christian author, I reluctantly have to admit that I sometimes break the 10th commandment, which is… thou shalt not covet. But how can I not think, as I pick up  Vanessa Myer’s new book… I wish I’d written this? This lovely new family devotional is based on the simple premise that just as Jesus shared breakfast with his disciples, he also wants to share breakfast with you!  In her introduction, Vanessa Myers describes Breakfast with Jesus like this… In this 100-day…

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FREE eBook: It’s About Relationships – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

NOTE: This is not a book of fluff, it is practical and will help you grow relationships. There is no shortage of programs, resources, or ideas in children’s ministry today—but at the end of the day, what is most effective in reaching kids for the Gospel hasn’t changed in a hundred years—it’s building relationships and personally introducing children to the Savior. This ebook is loaded with practical ideas on how to have a more relational ministry. You’ll be surprised by…

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FLIP IT to Gratitude – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Introducing The Complaining Game! How do we help kids focus on the positive? This is what I did one Sunday. I put 10 common complaints of kids onto slips of paper and then put them on the top of 10 buckets. Kids then go 3 Popsicle sticks to use to vote. They put a Popsicle stick in the top three buckets they complain about the most. Then, we totaled them to discover the top complaints. Here was our results: BUT,…

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What Ministries Wish They Knew in Their First Year of Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

If hindsight is 20/20, then why not get a rearview picture to begin with? That’s exactly why we asked six children’s ministers to share what they wish they would’ve known in their first year of ministry. Get Ready to Grow in Ministry At the age of 22, I became the Christian education director for a mid-sized church. I was a woman in an all-male environment, I was young, and I had no idea what I was doing. It quickly became…

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Top 40 Children’s Ministry Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2020 ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Feedspot recently released their top 40 children’s ministry blogs and websites to follow in 2020.  Feedspot has a team of over 25 experts whose goal is to discover and rank popular blogs, podcasts and Youtube channels in several niche categories. With millions of blogs on the web, finding influential bloggers in a niche industry is a hard problem to address.  Their experience leads them to believe that a thoughtful combination of both algorithmic and human editing offers the best means…

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20 Great Parenting Quotes ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.  -Franklin D. Roosevelt Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first. -Matthew Jacobson The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.  -Peggy O’Mara Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.–James Baldwin Your children are the greatest…

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JOIN ME for my First Master Class: Thriving in Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It doesn’t matter how talented, skilled or experienced you are in ministry. If you burn out, none of that will matter. Ministry is TOUGH. You must take care of yourself! YOU are the most important part of your ministry. That’s why you need to join me for a 6-week Master Class that will ensure that you not only survive ministry, but thrive in ministry. The First Master Class starts in January – and space is limited! 1. January 6th through…

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Must See Video About Teaching Kids ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

All I can say is “Wow!”  If you teach kids, this video is a must see. It reinforces what I have been saying for years and presents the best way to teach kids. This applies if you are a school teacher or you teach kids in a church setting. If you are reading this in an email, you can find the video at this link. Watch and be challenged to teach today’s kids in new, effective, creative ways. Love to…

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The Nativity Challenge Game! – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I’ve created a BRAND NEW Christmas Game! Time for another interactive game that helps teach and review the Christmas Story while getting the kids involved! It’s a game show! It’s review! It’s FUN! It’s the Nativity Challenge! Your kids will compete to complete a Nativity Scene by doing various fun interactive challenges! Almost everything you need is provided including original art, instructions, tips and trivia. You provide some simple props like candy canes and cups and a few other miscellaneous…

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Podcast Interview with Tom Bump ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of being interviewed by my friend, Tom Bump. Tom is a veteran children’s ministry leader who champions children’s ministry and is making a big impact in so many people’s life. In the interview, I share some truths from my newest book – Lead Well in Children’s Ministry.  You can get the book at this link.  Enjoy the interview and help spread the word about Tom’s podcast and ministry.  You can get more…

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Honoring a Humble Pioneer, Dale VonSeggon – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7 I am not the first, nor will I be the last to attempt to honor Dale with words of remembrance and tribute. Dale was truly a pioneer in children’s ministry. He laid foundations that many would build upon, even for years yet to come. After all the tributes and blog entries and social media posts…

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Tips For Teaching Preteens in Your Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Preteens. Tweens. Pre-people :). What are we to do with these wonderfully baffling kids…err…young adults?! Here are a few ideas for engaging them: Tips For Teaching Preteens in Your Ministry Truth matters Yep, just like with preschoolers and elementary age, truth matters when teaching preteens. This might seem obvious, but with this age group is more important than ever because they are wrestling with real life situations. They’re caught between the land of childhood and the land of adulthood. They…

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