children’s ministry

Proactive Leadership – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

If you are the one placed in charge of a children’s ministry, most likely you a leader. However, unless you are intentional, the weekly demands of ministry programs and needy volunteers can quickly push you into a role of being a reactive leader – constantly reacting to the needs that are presented to you via e-mail, voice mail, and in person. You will be doing a lot of good, but you’ll soon feel like the ministry isn’t going anywhere –…

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5 Ways To Get Yourself & Your Ministry Ready For Easter – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Easter is approaching…fast! I hope you’ve already begun planning for it in your ministry. Easter weekend can be a wonderful time in the world of Children’s Ministry!  But it can also be a nightmare for the Children’s Ministry leader.  It’s typically one of the highest attended weekends of the year.  Lots of visitors.  High expectations. So what’s a Children’s Ministry Leader to do to make it successful?  Here’s a few things I’ve learned over the years: Plan far in advance. Hopefully, you’re…

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Ask Me ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This past week, I was in Nashville at a conference. The conference was held in the Music City Center convention building.  It is a massive building and it would be difficult to find the room you are teaching in, where the restaurants are, where the bathrooms are, etc. without some help. Yes, they had good signage, but even that can be difficult to navigate in such a large building. But we were able to find the places we needed to…

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What I’m Working On This Month – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Here’s What’s Happening In October! After a very busy September (Promotion Sunday, Volunteer Kick-Off Party, and our 1st Preschool Family Experience for the new year), October looks to be a much more laid back month. However, there are some things that I’m looking forward to! CURRICULUM Each month, I edit our curriculum to fit our needs. During this process, we inventory our supplies and…

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The LEAST vs. GREATEST GAME! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The LEAST vs. GREATEST GAME! “The Last Shall Be First” Prep: Number the Chairs: ROW # and SEAT # (Signs Provided at Link Below) Points: You need something physical for points – popsicle sticks, beans, etc. Something that can be passed out quickly that kids can hold so the points are tangible. PLAY: Kids Move Around and Choose a Chair, then the next RULE is read! (Option: You can make it appear that the rules are random by drawing a…

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3 Ways To Maximize Weekend Services In Your Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As a big football fan, I love Fall when the NFL finally kicks off (go Chargers!). Not only do I enjoy watching the games, but I love the excitement, anticipation and, yes, wondering how my fantasy football teams will fare. I’m always glued to FanDuel’s fantasy football news. Every weekend is filled with excitement and anticipation. Weekends are “game time” for those of us in ministry, too. It’s when most of our planning, preparation & potential all come together, not…

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

Being a parent is one of the most challenging and rewarding adventures you will go in life. And parenting is not something you ever stop doing.  Yes, your role will change as your child grows and matures, but you will always be a part of your child’s journey – even when they are adults. Whether you are a brand new parent or you have kids who are grown up, you will always play an important part in your child’s life.…

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THE NO RULES GAME! – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Why did God give us commandments and rules? Was it to spoil our fun? Rather than merely explain it, have your kids experience it! Play the NO RULES GAME! Randomly divide the kids up. Put out a bunch of game stuff. Blow the whistle say “GO!” As the kids start to try and play with the stuff, start awarding points AND penalties and declare a winner and loser. See how the kids respond. They won’t like a game with no…

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3 Reasons Why You Need a Summer Missions Component with Your VBS – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Vacation Bible School is just around the corner. Hopefully you are well into the planning and preparation. There is always so much to do! Find volunteers. Prepare the spaces Create the decorations. Find volunteers. Gather the supplies. Train the team. Find volunteers. Communicate with other staff. Create promotional materials and get the word out. And did I mention finding volunteers??? So. Much. To. Do!! And this doesn’t even begin to speak to everything that needs to be done. If you’ve…

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Quality vs. Quantity in Kid’s Ministry ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

When I first started in children’s ministry over 30 years ago, I was taught to start as many ministries as possible.  The philosophy was the more ministries you have, the more people you will reach. And so I tried to start as many ministries as possible. And to be honest with you…it didn’t go so well.  I ended up stretching my budget, staff, volunteers and the children too thin. I had a lot of ministries, programs and events, but none…

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Hillsong Kids DVD – Can You Believe It!? {Review and Giveaway} – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! If you’re like me, finding great music for your kidmin can sometimes be a challenge, depending on what you’re looking for.  For our elementary areas in particular, I usually stick with upbeat music that sounds up to date with voices that aren’t too childish (if children are singing the tracks).  Last year, I purchased a Spotify premium subscription (to eliminate ads that might be…

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17 Ways to Be a Better Children’s and Family Ministry Leader – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Leadership can never be perfected. I’m sure some of the mistakes and failures immediately come to mind as you think over your leadership experience. That’s ok, as long as you learned something for leading better in the future. And the future is now! And it’s always a great time to assess how you’re doing, what you’ve done well (or not so well), and how you’d like to do better in the future. With that in mind, here are a few…

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25 Essentials to Be an Excellent Children’s Ministry Leader – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Foster cooperative ownership within your team. Engagement goes up, morale goes up, and success becomes more likely when everyone is invested. 16. Problem-Solver When problems arise, look for a way—not merely a way out. 17. A Servant’s Heart Ask “How can I make your job easier?” This works from the top down or from a volunteer to a leader. Look for ways to assist and serve others and to improve your product, service, or experience. 18. Respect The best ministry leaders…

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Crossing the Checkpoints for Life’s Race – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus…” Hebrews 12:1-2 Back in 2013, the highly-respected late Jerry Vogel wrote about a few of the spiritual mile markers to be celebrated in families’ lives (post). As many of us are planning for a new ministry year with kids transitioning to new classes, this seems like a good time to…

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A Church With No Children is Terminal ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Yesterday, I shared this quote through my social media connections.  I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot lately and wanted to share some of those thoughts with you.  The church that doesn’t make children’s ministry a priority does so at the peril of their future.   Passing on our faith to the next generation is a big deal in Scripture.  Verse after verse addresses the importance of sharing our faith, by words and actions, with the next generation.  …

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NIV Adventure Bible – Polar Exploration Edition {Review and Giveaway} – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! For as long as I can remember, I have loved the Adventure Bible. Both of my children, who are grown now, had their own copy growing up. I also selected this Bible (the NIV) to give to second graders at our church for our 2nd Grade Bible Presentation Sunday each fall. Imagine my surprise when I was asked to review the new Adventure Bible…

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The First Kidology FLASH CLASS – Fortnight! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Introducing Kidology’s FLASH CLASSES! Quick – Practical – No Strings Attached Karl Bastian – aka “The Kidologist” – is a student of the World of Kids. The kids at his church call him a Big Kid. He is passionate about ministry from within the culture of kids. And yes, he’s been known to order a Happy Meal for lunch! His house could double for a Toy Museum, and his office is filled with Lego sets and Rubix Cubes. If you…

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Your Children’s Ministry Summer Reading List (and Giveaway!) – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Summertime is fast approaching and, while summer can often be a very busy season, it can also be a great time to catch up on some reading. For the Children’s Ministry Leader, that means taking the time to read some of the best books on leading our ministry effectively. Here are three of the best books we recommend that every Children’s Ministry Leader should read (all were included in our recent post called 10 Great Books Every Children’s Ministry Leader…

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Camp 2020 – Registration is Open! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Registration is open for all LifeWay Camps for 2020!  Many churches plan their calendars in advance, so look ahead and make sure you get your camp spots reserved now for next summer. CentriKid Camps and Student Life For Kids dates are online and open for registration, and many of them will fill up quickly. The earlier you sign up, the more options are available to choose from. For CentriKid Camps, visit centrikid.com For Student Life For Kids, visit studentlifeforkids.com No…

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What if Kids Could Walk Out of Your Classroom? ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I was thinking about this scenario yesterday. What if kids were allowed to get up and walk out of your classroom if they got bored?   We know they can’t do that in real life.  They would be stopped if they tried to.  But what if we told the kids at the beginning of the class, “If you get bored during this lesson, feel free to get up and leave.  I won’t try to stop you.” Would many of them get…

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