3 Creative Ways to Honor MLK Day – Youth Ministry Christian Article

As we prepare to celebrate MLK Day, we’ll see plenty of “greatest hits” quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. So much of what he said about social justice and racial equality is still relevant today. But Dr. King said a lot of powerful stuff that will never make it onto a meme.… The post 3 Creative Ways to Honor MLK Day appeared first on YouthMinistry.com. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written by Danette Matty…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: Fighting Warped Mirrors – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Words and “mirrors” can have a major influence on our lives. What would it look like to rely on the voice of Jesus to shatter all the false beliefs we’ve embraced about ourselves? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Let’s take a closer look at how our identity has been formed by the “mirrors” surrounding us and how Jesus can shatter them. LISTEN TO THE FULL…

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Elementary + Preteen Bible Activity: Hope for the Future – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

During the month of January, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” with children. Kids will create a classroom mural portraying their hope for the future. You’ll need: a roll of butcher paper, markers, and a Bible. Elementary + Preteen Bible Activity: Hope for the Future Talk with kids about the main points of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. If you have time, we highly recommend having children watch Dr. King Jr.’s entire…

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4 ‘Suggestions’ From Your Ministry Drill Sergeant – Youth Ministry Christian Article

For many years the longtime column I wrote for GROUP Magazine was titled “The Youth Ministry Drill Sergeant”—I guess I have the sort of opinions that fit best in a boot-camp setting. Translation: I’m very direct when I have something to say. I think it’s because I have a complete lack of empathy and I like to yell a lot… So here’s my drill-sergeant take on some youth ministry hot topics as we look over the horizon into a new…

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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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A Look Back on My Superhero Habits – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It has been about a year since I wrote “Sidekick Strategies That Lead to Superhero Habits.” It sounds suspiciously like a “New Year’s Resolutions” blog, but my goal was to kick start some healthy new practices in my life. You can that original post here. In it, I share five habits I intended to create or grow: 1. Date My Wife, 2. Journaling, 3. Praying, 4. Reading, and 5. Encouraging Others. Yes, it was ambitious—I’m grateful for small victories (and…

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14 Playful Ways to Reinforce Sunday School Lessons – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Use these 14 playful ideas to reinforce your lessons about the Word of God. It’s been a long week, and Saturday night has you scrambling through your lesson plan. Quickly skimming through the lesson, you frown. Hmm… not a particularly interesting one this week. How could you pep it up a bit? How about words? Big words, wacky words, foreign words, cheering words, staccato words? Use all kinds of words to drive home the big idea of your lesson. Let’s…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: Be a Holiday “Apprecianado” – Youth Ministry Christian Article

During the holidays, we have lots of opportunities to engage others beyond the surface conversations we normally have with them. So what would it look like to fearlessly engage them, paying ridiculous attention to their nuances and calling out their story? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Let’s take a closer look at examples in the Gospels where Jesus digs past the surface with others. LISTEN…

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Elementary Children’s Object Lesson for the New Year: Goal Tenders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This New Year object lesson shows elementary-aged children that discovering God’s plan for our lives takes persistence and dedication to His teachings. Text: Philippians 3:12-14 Elementary Children’s Object Lesson for the New Year: Goal Tenders Form trios and give each group an empty bowl and a handful of buttons. Say: January 1 is the first day of the new year. On New Year’s Day, many people set goals they’d like to achieve in the coming year. Hold up an empty…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: Where Would Jesus Be? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Jesus has a transformational presence that can radiate healing and salvation. Instead of wondering what Jesus would do, let’s try to understand the importance behind where would Jesus be. What would it look like for us to start carrying the presence of Jesus with us? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Let’s take a closer look at Luke 8:40-56 to explore the way Jesus offers his…

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Over 100 Christmas Ideas for Children’s Ministry During the Holidays – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

God gave Jesus at Christmas because of love! And because we love you, here are over 100 Christmas ideas for children’s ministry! Enjoy! 9 Children’s Message Ideas for Christmas 3 Christmas Prayers Throughout this season, help your kids discover the power of talking to God. Christmas Candy Cane Story Use this children’s message in big church or your Sunday school class at Christmastime. Christmas Quiet Help kids focus on the real meaning of Christmas. Does God Give Us Presents? Use this children’s message to…

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(Podcast) Best of PRATJ—The Stress of Advent and the Pursuit of Jesus – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Christmas is supposed to be a season full of peace and goodwill as we celebrate the Savior’s physical arrival into this world. So why are we often bombarded with feelings of pressure and extreme stress? We know Advent’s not supposed to be this way, but how do we change it?… The post (Podcast) Best of PRATJ—The Stress of Advent and the Pursuit of Jesus appeared first on YouthMinistry.com. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written…

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Tips for Finding the Perfect Gift for Your Volunteers – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Looking for the perfect gift for a volunteer? Look no further! Here are some tips for finding the right way to say express your thanks. My husband, Dan, is a humble guy. He’s never been one to toot his horn about his accomplishments or abilities. One afternoon I received an official-looking letter from Dan’s company. Nervously, I opened the envelope and began reading what turned out to be amazing praise about my husband. From Dan’s work ethic to his personal…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: No More Autopilot – Youth Ministry Christian Article

When something is beyond our control, our initial reaction to this is one filled with fear. Yet, during these times, our dependence on Jesus is what helps us through. What would it look like to start “scaring” ourselves in a good way, so that we can grow closer to Jesus? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Diving into the Gospels, we’ll look at examples of how…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: No More Autopilot – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It can be easy for us to go on “autopilot” mode when it comes to our relationship with Jesus. What would it look like to stop automating our relationship and start experiencing Jesus on a deeper level? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Diving into the Gospels, we’ll look at examples of Jesus helping his disciples experience him. LISTEN TO THE FULL EPISODE NOW Have you…

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Seven Attributes of People Who Lead Their Ministries Effectively – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It’s been said that people who think they’re leading with no one following are only taking a walk. Here are seven attributes to help you evaluate if you’re leading effectively… How many of us are taking walks in children’s ministry? After some self-evaluation, I had to deal with my own leadership inadequacies. I’ve determined that effective leaders have seven attributes. Seven Attributes of People Who Lead Their Ministries Effectively Listen Practice L.B.W.A. — Leadership By Walking Around. Always listen to…

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Make “Less” Your “More” – YouthMinistry.com – Youth Ministry Christian Article

From the last porch light of Halloween through the last light of the Christmas tree, our holiday schedules are packed! Cramming their way into our margins are school Christmas parties, staff get-togethers, and family dinners—and we haven’t even touched decorating, cooking, shopping, and wrapping. The holidays can be exhausting. So how do we “gift” families, volunteer leaders, and even our own households with margin during the holiday season? The temptation is to take a red pen or a pair of sharp…

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Early Elementary Craft and Object Lesson: Glitter Jars – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Glitter jars provide a fun and crafty object lesson designed to help introduce the majesty of the Creation story to your children ministry. This project requires easy-to-find materials and takes only minutes to complete. You’ll Need: Clay, baby food jars (with lids), fake flowers, water, glitter, and nail polish. Early Elementary Craft and Object Lesson: Glitter Jars Press a piece of clay onto the inside of a baby food jar lid. Stick artificial flower blossoms into the clay. Fill the…

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Build Community This Thanksgiving with a “Thanksgathering” – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of togetherness, but too often families are traveling on the Sunday after the holiday and can’t worship together. So host an informal “Thanksgathering” on the Friday night of the week after Thanksgiving. How to Host a “Thanksgathering” Ask each family to bring a can of food to donate to a food bank. Provide name tags so no one is a stranger. Begin with a brief worship time that includes favorite hymns and choruses, a children’s message, and…

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3 Pumpkin Children’s Ministry Messages for Halloween – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

What’s on your kids’ minds at this time of year? Halloween! What they’re going to wear…where they’re going to go…what they’ll carve on their pumpkin…all that candy. For years with my children, we simply avoided Halloween since it was such a dark day to observe. Over time, though, I decided to instead shine Jesus’ light into the darkness. To help you do the same, here are three children’s messages you can use in “big church” or in any classroom. 1.…

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Just How Prepared Is Your Children’s Ministry? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Safety is quickly becoming a big concern of the church. Is your ministry doing all it needs to? Take this safety quiz to find out. Safety and security in children’s ministry and churches has become a significant topic of conversation over recent years. But, many churches are unsure of where to begin or how to effectively implement safety and security plans. Today, an average of 4 violent incidents per week take place at churches across the US. This reality, coupled…

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The Four-Letter Word That Isn’t – Youth Ministry Christian Article

“I don’t really look at numbers; I’m more interested in spiritual growth.” “You’re so numbers-focused—do you even know anyone’s names?” “Numbers aren’t the only way to gauge ministry success.” I work in a pretty large church. I’ve heard all of these “numbers” criticisms, and then some. In the not-too-distant past, I even spouted some of them. I’ve also rolled my eyes at the typical comebacks—‘numbers are people” and “we count because we care” and “healthy things grow.” All of us have…

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Responding to Nudges From the Spirit – Youth Ministry Christian Article

You know that feeling when your workday is complete? It’s time to relax, hang with friends, or just grab some “me” time. My day was over, and I wanted to go home and unwind. The Spirit had other plans for me… But as I drove home, I felt a burden to go visit Amy, a teenager in our ministry who was living in a crisis-pregnancy care center. Beth, the director, encouraged the girls to attend a local church, and several…

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Group Game for All Ages: Harvest Relay – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Harvest Relay, a group game that’s perfect for all ages, will teach kids about the importance of sticking with God’s harvest, even when it gets challenging. You’ll Need: a large tub, water, cranberries, apples plastic spoons, two identical containers, and a scale. Group Game for All Ages: Harvest Relay At one end of the room, fill a large tub with cold water, cranberries, and a few apples. At the other end of the room, form teams of four or five.…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: Wallowing in Mud Puddles – Youth Ministry Christian Article

When a child comes to a mud puddle, they jump right in and splash around, while an adult either jumps over or goes around the mud puddle. Why do adults react this way? Jesus said you won’t understand or appreciate the kingdom of God unless you become like little children. What would it look like to take that invitation and wallow in mud puddles with Jesus? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us…

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