Leadership

What Type of Kids’ Pastor Are You? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

There are different types of Kids’ Pastors.  This is why it can be unwise to go look at someone else’s program and copy it.  If a church has a successful program, then they built their program around the strengths of the leader; but you may or may not have those same strengths. I’m not saying we shouldn’t learn from others.  Everyone needs a mentor or two, but to totally copy someone else’s ministry is a mistake. Build your ministry around…

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Episode 195: Navigating Adversity and Battling Anxiety with Gerald Fadayomi – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In this episode, Gerald Fadayomi is transparent about the anxiety that has surrounded his life and the seasons of adversity that ministry leaders face, as well as key concepts for ministry to 18-30-year-olds. He has also shared some of his personal perspectives on the topics of racial injustice and the current tensions that surround racism and the church through his social media platforms. Gerald Fadayomi Connect with Gerald through Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Check out our courses and register now…

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It’s Time to Talk About Race in Children’s Ministry: Resources – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Our webinar may have ended, but the conversation on race and children’s ministry isn’t over. In fact, it’s just beginning! We want you to take the information you’ve just learned and keep exploring, continue talking, and continue connecting. So, we’ve gathered a trove of information here to assist you in your journey. Missed it? Watch the “Time to Talk About Race in Children’s Ministry” Webinar HERE.   Self-Tests These self-tests allow you to better assess your personal blindspots and hidden…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: June 9–12, 2020 – Christian Article

These deals are so good, they won’t stay around long! Add new favorites to your library before the bargains disappear. *** Secondhand Jesus God offers firsthand knowledge of his love, grace, and power, but too often we settle for someone else’s descriptions—we let the “God-experts” do the heavy lifting and give us the bottom line. But when life derails, our thin view of God is challenged. Secondhand Jesus is an invitation to take God up on his offer to embrace…

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Orange Conference Live Opening session notes #oc20 – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It’s that time of year again– time for the Orange Conference! Here are my Orance Conference Conference Opening Session notes. This year things are a little different. Covid-19, social distancing, travel limitations and more have changed the look of the conference this year. Instead of an in person event in Atlanta, the entire conference shifted online. With all of the changes, it was very evident the content of the messages has changed as well. Every Generation needs a Revolution is…

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Why We Must Start Talking About Race in Our Children’s Ministries – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Here’s why we must start talking about race in children’s ministry. “Can I talk to you?” The volunteer gave me one of those you-need-to-talk-with-your-child looks. In a whisper, she said “Your daughter and another girl wouldn’t let one of the other kids play with them.” Based on the hushed tone of the volunteer, I suspected it was serious. She continued, “I asked them why they wouldn’t let the other girl play with them. They said it was because she had darker skin than they did.” I…

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My Failed Twitter Experiment – SundayMag – Christian Article

I have always had an issue with sharing too openly on social media. My personality is one where I typically speak my mind, get to the point, and don’t hold back. I “cut through the B.S.” as they say. People always know how I feel, and I’m not afraid to tell the truth even if it hurts people’s feelings. I despise small talk, but at the same time I love to tell a story. Think Larry David, but extremely handsome,…

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Reconciliation Starts with Relationship | LeaderTreks Youth Ministry Blog – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin June 3, 2020 Around 1996 I was serving at the last African American, one-room schoolhouse in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. I had been traveling down there on and off for the last 12 years. A new leader had risen in the African American community named Van, and he and I began to develop a relationship. We both loved students and wanted them to know the Lord. He asked me to come and help on a few youth…

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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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Minneapolis is burning… – Super Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I love Minneapolis. I was telling my daughter the other day that there is nowhere else I would rather live. I love this city and that is why the past few days have been so painful. Watching the fires last night brought back painful memories for me of the ‘67 riots in Detroit. Something the city of Detroit never recovered from. The current crisis started on Monday, May 25th with the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin. …

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Episode 192: Self-Aware Leadership & Youth Ministry Teaching with Terry Linhart – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In this episode, Dr. Terry Linhart shares some of his experiences with teaching in youth ministry as well as thoughts from his book The Self-Aware Leader. From years of ministry experience in the local church and as a faculty member at Bethel University, Terry is able to speak to the current state of teaching in youth ministry as well how self-awareness effects those leading in family ministry. Dr. Terry Linhart Connect with Terry through Instagram, Twitter or his Website. Check…

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The Future of Children’s Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Dale Hudson & Patty Smith are leaders focused on innovation who are reinventing the future of children’s ministry. Listen in on their conversation. Children’s Ministry Magazine asked two of children’s ministry’s most respected leaders, KidMin Conference keynote speakers Dale Hudson and Patty Smith, to sit down for a real ministry talk. Don’t miss this fascinating conversation! Dale Hudson is the founder and president of Relevant Children’s Ministry, which helps churches developand grow thriving children’s ministries. He’s the author or co-author…

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8 Things White Youth Pastors Can Do About Racism – Youth Ministry Christian Article

(From a black youth pastor) I’m a black youth pastor at Restore Community Church, in Kansas City MO. The month of May 2020 has been especially tragic for the African American community.  Beginning with Ahmaud Arbery’s killing at the hand of two white citizens, the Coronavirus disproportionately affecting the African American community, and most recently George Floyd’s death at the hand of white police officers. Many of my white friends have been asking, “What can I do?” They say something…

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Episode 191: New Families and Guest Retention with Jason Young – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In this episode, Jason Young gives some helpful ideas for guest retention and new families by considering how the experience makes people feel, especially as churches return to campus ministry. Jason also shares from his experience at Northpoint Community Church and LifeChurch.tv and what he observed while serving on staff. Jason Young Connect with Jason through Instagram, Twitter or his Website. Check out our courses and register now at MinistryBoost.org. Notes The Comeback Effect: How do you USE hospitality in…

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Learning From Parenting Failures – Super Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Covid-19 has turned everything upside down. We used to feel like we were in control of our lives, now we feel like we are not. This is especially disconcerting, when we are talking about our kids.  Maybe you used to feel like a good parent, and now you find yourself yelling at your kids a lot. I thought it might be helpful for you if I talked about my top parenting mistakes and what I learned from my failures. The truth is…

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Ready to reopen kidmin? Have you considered this? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The time is finally here that states are starting the process of reopening the economy, businesses, and at some point churches. But what does that mean for your kids ministry? How do you know when you can safely reopen kidmin? Recently on the Kids Ministry Collective Podcast, Tom and I got to interview Greg Atkinson, founder of Worship Impressions, and ask him some questions to help you as you consider your options moving forward. I highly suggest listening to the…

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What Motivates God? – Super Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Everybody has something that makes them tick, something that motivates them.    For some people it is sports or video games.  For other people it is making money.  Many people are into collecting things such as baseball cards, comic books or antiques.  What is it that motivates God?  What does God the Father live for? What is His nature and motivation? Father God wants a relationship with His children and that is what compelled Him to create the universe. It…

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Pivot, don’t Panic Orange Conference breakout with Jon Acuff – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Jon Acuff, speaker and author, did a breakout session at Orange Conference Live. If you are familiar with any of his books, he wrote a book a few years ago called Do Over, which was very similar content to the breakout. With all of the changes happening in our world around us right now, many of us are finding ourselves in situations where we need to re-evaluate our job or responsibilities. The book deals with the information from a normal…

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Serve Your Pastor Save Your Job – Helping Youth Workers Build Successful Youth Ministries – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Today I welcome my first two time guest, Ryan Latham. Ryan and I go back a ways and wrote a book together called Prepared for Impact. Ryan is the founder of Renewed Leadership, a staff training organization for churches and businesses. Today he brings you some critical tips to saving your jobs if your church is in crisis. These tips are not just for weathering a pandemic. These tips are for any crisis which upsets the natural order of things…

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What Will Be The New Normal? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

So what is normal now? Every single person has been affected by this worldwide pandemic, Covid-19.  All of our schedules and routines have changed and we have all had to adapt and change with it. Some states are “opening” up again and others are wondering when.  This will come to an end, but does that mean things will be back to normal? I like what Sam Luce said, “Don’t waste this crisis.“ What does that mean?  To me it means…

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The Future of the Digital Church – SundayMag – Christian Article

Compassion Network hosted a live Q&A and discussion panel with Justin Dean and Ryan Wakefield, hosted by Caleb Pate. Watch this free webinar for practical tips to help your church thrive online, as we face the challenges of COVID-19 and beyond. About the Presenters: Justin Dean is a church communications advisor and entrepreneur, and the CEO of The Sunday Group (which owns Sunday Mag!). He served as the Communications Director at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, is the author of…

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Empathy: The Cutting Edge of Leadership Development – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin April 27, 2020 the need for empathy Effective leadership has changed because culture has changed. No longer is command and control leadership valued. Instead, leadership empathy is the highest valued characteristic of a leader. Leadership Empathy: The act of remaining others-focused and keeping their best interests in mind. People that lead from a position or title have long been out of style, but now, even leaders that use collaboration and shared decision-making are finding that they are…

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How We’re Winning the Covid Game – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Much like the entire world, we’re still staring dumb-faced at the last few months and wondering, “What just happened?” Truth? I don’t know if we’re “winning” at anything right now. I’m just grateful that I have toilet paper in my house. I CAN definitively say we restructured our entire ministry paradigm in four days. We decided on a Friday at 11 a.m. that we would attempt an online ministry model, and by Monday at 4 p.m. it was happening. Since…

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Don’t Do This During Covid-19 Crisis – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

By: Sam Luce This is my twenty-second year of doing kids and youth ministry and it is like none other I have experienced so far. It seems that we are all, no matter how long you have been doing ministry, trying to find our footing. It seems each day brings new realities to adjust to. The church has done much better than I could have imagined. It’s so exciting to see pastors and leaders innovate and create in ways they…

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A Church Divided | LeaderTreks Youth Ministry Blog – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin April 21, 2020 Have you ever noticed that churches are divided by age and programming? Adults, children, and students have separate programming uniquely designed for them. Couples with young children meet in their designated small groups at a separate time and place from seniors. Young adults get together with one another for fellowship and Bible Study. Kids meet on Sunday mornings for children’s ministry lessons. And students come together for youth group on Wednesday nights. churches have…

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