Advance Children’s Ministry Coaching ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The pandemic has been challenging to lead through, hasn’t it? As churches prepare to move back into “normal” formats, it’s vital to lead with wisdom and understanding. That’s why I’d like to invite you to be part of the Advance coaching program.   Maybe you feel paralyzed as a leader? Or you are looking to add more skills and tools to your leadership tool box? Perhaps you want to know how to better lead in challenging times like we are…

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How the Pandemic is Affecting the Next Generation ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

If you read my recent post about the Alpha Generation, you know this is the next generation that is following Gen Z. At the time of this writing, they represent kids born between 2010 up to 2025.  Presently there are 9,000 Gen Alpha babies born every day.  The oldest are 9 years old and the youngest have yet to be born.  They are the first generation born entirely to Millennials.  The current pandemic has affected them.  And rightly so.  Can…

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New Curriculum Series Teaches Kids About the Fruit of the Spirit ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Hey friends, want to tell you about a new curriculum series I am releasing today.  It’s called Krum’s Crazy Kitchen and features a chef character named Krum. Krum is cooking up some crazy, fruity dishes while he teaches kids about the fruit of the Spirit. This 5-week series helps kids learn to love and respect others through showing the fruit of the Spirit. Lessons include… Week 1 – The Kiwi of Kindness Week 2 – The Strawberries of Self-Control Week…

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Waiting in Line ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Waiting in line.  People hate it.  Even when what they are waiting to get or experience is really, really amazing. I was at Disney World last year and so we decided to check out the new Avatar experience.  The line to get on the ride was over 4 hours.  I kid you not.  Over 4 hours.  There was no way I was going to put myself through that misery…no matter how awesome the ride is. How long do you make…

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Helping Kids Stay Calm During the Pandemic ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Even though children are less likely to contract COVID-19 than adults, they are just as susceptible or even more susceptible to being emotionally affected by it.  Here are some practical steps parents and church leaders can take to help children stay calm during the turmoil the pandemic is causing.   It is obvious that our everyday lives have been changed.  School cancelled.  Restaurants closed.  Sports events cancelled.  Church services moving online.   Children function best when they have a consistent schedule…

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Coronavirus…What Children’s Ministries Can Do ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The Coronavirus continues to spread and with that comes suspensions and even closings. Schools closed.  NBA closed.  Tom Hanks and his wife stuck in Australia.  Conferences closed.  NCAA games will be played without people in the stands.  St. Patrick days parades closed.  Italy has been placed on lockdown.  Events have been cancelled or postponed.  On and on and on the list could go. I’m sure you’ve been discussing this with your church.  Should you close down programming for the kids? …

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Church Attendance and Families…the Latest Stats ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

One of the biggest areas of concern right now is the frequency of church attendance for families.   As I talk and interact with children’s ministry leaders across they country, they echo this.  A few weeks ago, I met with over 20 children’s pastors who serve at some of the largest churches in the country.  Frequency of church attendance was one of the main topics that was discussed. Families that used to attend 3 out of 4 weeks now attend…

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Let Them Run With It ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I found out rather quickly that children’s ministry is not about what you can do.  Rather it’s about what you can empower others to do.   To be successful, you have to empower other people and then give them parts of the ministry.  Short and sweet – hand it to them and let them run with it.   I love this quote by Lao Tzu. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim…

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The Slippery Slope of Families Not Attending Church Consistently ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

There is a trend happening in churches.  Families are attending church less frequently.  In most cases, families that used to attend twice a month are now attending once a month.  Families that used to come once a month are now only showing up at Christmas and Easter. There are many reasons why this is happening.  Here are a few key ones… Sports.  Kids are more often involved in sports leagues and traveling teams.  Nothing wrong with sports.  I played sports…

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A Great Idea to Get Kids Involved in Worship ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

One of the key things I often look for in a church is to see if the kids engage in worship. Especially the 3rd-to-5th grade boys.  The majority of the time they are standing there motionless.  It can definitely be a challenge at times to get all the kids worshiping.  There are key factors that are involved in the solution.  We’ve talked about the “cool rolls downhill” factor.  When the younger kids see the older kids worshiping, they will engage…

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An Inside Look at a Really Cool Children’s Ministry Building ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Last weekend, I was at Lake Pointe Church in the Dallas area.  They have an amazing children’s facility. I’ve often said, “A good children’s ministry building will make your ministry seem better than it really is and a subpar facility will make your ministry seem worse than it really is. While there is no substitute for the people (nursery volunteers, preschool teachers, elementary small group leaders, etc.) who serve in children’s ministry, the physical space where you have your ministry…

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Are You Sharing the Gospel with Kids? ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It’s vitally important that you have a strategy for what you are teaching. You only have a short amount of time to write God’s way of salvation on the hearts of children. The average family may come to your church twice a month…or even less. Let’s do the math.  If they come twice a month, that means from 1st through 5th grade, you only have 130 weekend opportunities to share the Gospel with them at weekend services. We know that…

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