children’s ministry

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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Books of the Bible Turkey Game – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Give thanks to the LORD for He is good; His love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 Supplies: Large Paper Sack Two small lunch-size paper bags White Mauvalous tape Stapler Markers Scrap paper in two colors Books of the Bible cards Make It: Fold the top of the large bag down about the three inches inside the bag. Write “Stuff the Turkey” in the center of the bag. Gently fold in the top front corners of the bag toward the center of…

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Black Friday Weekend Sales (Check it out & save lots of money on great resources) ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It’s here!  The Black Friday weekend sale!  This is your opportunity to purchase great children”s ministry products that will help your ministry grow and be more effective. Click on the image below to be taken to the sale.  Now is a great time to get the resources you need to be more effective in 2020. This is Only a Snippet of a Children’s Ministry Christian Article written by Dale Hudson Read Full Article

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Gingerbread House Family Event Kit! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Host a Family Gingerbread House Building event. Everything you need is here! Our annual Family Gingerbread House Building has become a much-anticipated family event at our church! We charge a nominal fee to cover supplies and to ensure that we are prepared for each family that comes. Here is a highlight video to give you a feel for the event: In addition to building the gingerbread houses, we hold a contest with several categories and a system to make it…

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How to Completely DIS-Engage Parents from Your Children’s Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The obvious goal is to engage parents in your ministry. Sometimes, however, we do just the opposite. Sometimes we push them away, require things which are unrealistic, completely disregard their own circumstances…and a lot more. All this does is harm our ministry and actually work against what we are trying to accomplish. Here are a few ways I’ve experienced and observed parents being dis-engaged from ministry: I used to believe that you couldn’t communicate enough. Wrong! In our information saturated world,…

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ESCAPE CHURCH Event Kit! – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This was one of the BEST events I ever did for my preteen ministry! Everyone loves Escape Rooms, so I thought, “Why not do an Escape Church!?” It was a BLAST! Here is a highlight video to give you a feel for what it looked like: Also, available only to All Access Members is a detailed INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO! All Access Members get a download ZIP Folder with ALL the files you need! Inside you will find: Event Logo Map Files…

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13 Ways To Train Volunteers in Your Children’s Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Next to “recruiting” volunteers, training is perhaps one of the most challenging elements of leading in Children’s Ministry. But our real job is to equip God’s people to do the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12; see this post for more). Here are a few ideas to help get you started : 13 Ways To Train Volunteers in Your Children’s Ministry 1. Annual Event This can serve as a key vision-casting and team-building event – very important pieces to training which…

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Are You Exhausted? ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Are you exhausted? Are you getting enough sleep? Do you dread going into the weekend because you know it will be a long one…or at least you feel like it will be a long one? Do you feel like you are running around like crazy, trying to keep it all together? Do you get exhausted just thinking about VBS? Do you come home and have a hard time unwinding from the day? Do you toss and turn all night because…

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NEW Outpost Set! – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Finally got to update my Kids Church set! I’ve been using a blackboard wall and some curtains for two years while I saved up to be able to finally build what I wanted. We call our kids church The Outpost because I want the kids to know that church isn’t the destination in our faith, it is only where we get trained and equipped, the Adventure is out there in the world during the week. We’re in Colorado, so we…

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10 Great Books Every Children’s Ministry Leader Should Read – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Reading. Most of us have every intention to read more, but few of us actually read much. But reading is one of the easiest and best ways to grow ourselves. And as leaders, we have a responsibility to grow ourselves in order to lead well. Statistics show that reading by leaders is in decline. In fact, the lack of reading on the leadership level has declined to the point that some might consider it a crisis. Michael Hyatt, in his article…

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Is It Ok for a Child To Be Baptized in Water? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Is it OK for a child to be baptized in water? If so, what is the right age to do so? And what does the Bible say about this? The topic of child baptism is surprisingly controversial. As I travel internationally, I am amazed how many Christian denominations and pastors don’t believe in baptizing children younger than the age of twelve. Yet baptism is a critical part of every believer’s journey in his faith regardless of age. Infant Baptism Most…

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Are You Joking? (25 Jokes to Tell Kids) ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Kids love to laugh and have fun.  And one of the best ways to engage kids and grab their attention is by telling jokes. You can tell jokes to kids one-on-one.  You can tell jokes during a group lesson.  You can tell jokes during small group time. Jokes can play a part in making church a fun place for kids.  Yes, there are times when you need to be serious with kids, but there also should be times when you…

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The 3 Penny Missionary Game – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This simple, fun game helps children understand how a church is planted on the mission field. Help children understand the process of a missionary planting a church. As kids play this game, they will learn the up and downs (or forward and backwards) progress of planting a church. All that is needed is the PDF Game Board linked below (best printed on card stock) along with second page of explanation. (Which can be printed on the opposite side if you’d…

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5 Essential Qualities You Want in Every Member of Your Leadership Team – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Leadership matters in your ministry. In fact, your ministry will only rise to the level that you and your leadership team can take it. Think about that statement for a moment. It has possible implications for both expanding your ministry beyond it’s current state, but also for limiting your ministry to little more than it is now. Leadership will raise your ministry, or lower it. In either case, it’s true. If you are a high capacity leader who can develop…

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