Leadership

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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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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Honesty In Youth Ministry Means New Baggage — Youth Ministry Booster – Youth Ministry Christian Article

So can we talk? Honestly?  If we are, then, I need to tell you that talking honestly comes with baggage. It means that in our truth-telling there is some stuff that I won’t be able to carry anymore.  Telling the personal truth is difficult… This must be named. It is not our normal stance in a position of influence to share the heartfelt from our own heart. For sure, you will share what is on your heart about those in…

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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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How Universalism Has Crept into Children’s Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Universalism is one of the greatest threats to Christianity in our time. Basically it is hypergrace that states you don’t really need to accept Jesus as your Savior. Almost everyone is going to Heaven. Hell either only exists for people like Hitler, or it doesn’t exist at all. The way universalism gets away with this even though the Bible clearly teaches the truth, that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no-one goes to the Father except…

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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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What does it mean to be personal? Thoughts from Orange Tour #thinkorange – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Once a year, in the fall, I look forward to having the opportunity to attend the Orange Tour. Orange Tour is a smaller, one day, more accessible event than the Orange Conference that takes place in the spring in Atlanta. Ever wondered about the Orange Conference? Check out some of my past Orange Conference thoughts here. Since I am at the Tour right now, I don’t have time to write out thoughts, but I do have time to take notes.…

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Ana Maciel Find Yourself A Youth Ministry Network #WomenInYM — Youth Ministry Booster – Youth Ministry Christian Article

“One of the biggest things you can do is get connected to a network” “You need a support system” Follow Ana on Twitter #WomenInYM Giveaway on Twitter Join The Twitter Conversation For#WomenInYM on Twitter 00:13 Hey everybody, happy October, a happy pastor appreciation month. That’s right. In case you didn’t know that 31 days of October or not just the countdown to fall break Halloween or the holiday season. It’s also the month you should be appreciating pastors worldwide. So if you are a…

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Encourage Your Volunteers: One-Minute Motivators – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

With the start of a new school year, there is simply too much to do! Urgent phone calls to parents, issues with curriculum, classroom decorations, and promotional events all press for your time. Caring for volunteers often falls to the bottom of the priority pile. Though preparation and planning are valuable aspects of leading a ministry, you cannot afford to neglect the health and welfare of your volunteer team. Taking time to connect with teachers and staff leaders is an…

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12 Things Pastors Should Not Do – Christian Article

There are many things that pastors are called to do: Preach the Gospel and the Word of God, shepherd and care for Christ’s flock, pray, and seek to set an example for the saints, among many others. But there are things that pastors should not do, and temptations that we can fall into. I’ve been a pastor since 1981, and I have failed numerous times, and have many weaknesses. I am so grateful the Lord has been patient and forbearing…

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Youthworkers, Join us for a Morning with Mark DeVries – Foundations of Sustainable Youth Ministry – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Foundations of Sustainable Youth Ministry Mark DeVries Mark has trained youth workers across the United States and Canada, as well as in Russia, Uganda, South Africa, Ecuador, Trinidad, Nicaragua, and Northern Ireland, working with a wide variety of denominations. He has taught courses or been a guest lecturer at a number of colleges and seminaries. Mark is the author of a number of books, including Sustainable Youth Ministry (IVP, 2008). Mark serves as the chairman of the board for the Center for…

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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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Mikiala Tennie God’s work is humbling for youth ministry — Youth Ministry Booster – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Zac: 00:13 Hey everybody, happy October, a happy pastor appreciation month. That’s right. In case you didn’t know that 31 days of October or not just the countdown to fall break Halloween or the holiday season. It’s also the month you should be appreciating pastors worldwide. So if you are a pastor, I appreciate you as you have a pastor. You should go to appreciate them, but this month and youth ministry booster, we wanted to celebrate a particular group…

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Episode 163: Know What You Are FOR with Jeff Henderson – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In this episode, Jeff Henderson shares his journey of answering these two pivotal questions for any organization: What do you want to be known for and What are you known for? I also ask Jeff some specific questions about how to practically implement a strategy for being FOR your community and having a FOR-mentality in your church or organization. Jeff Henderson Connect with Jeff on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Check out our courses and register now at MinistryBoost.org. Links…

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4 Heartfelt Devotions for Your Children’s Ministry Team – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Inspire your volunteers with these thought-provoking, heartfelt devotions that renew their focus on God. Looking for a great way to strengthen relationships and encourage your amazing volunteers? We’ve got four heartfelt devotions designed to inspire your team, deepen their bonds, and refresh their hearts. 4 Heartfelt Devotions for Your Children’s Ministry Team Heartfelt Devotion #1: Together We’re Better This devotion is designed to help volunteers think through the strengths and uniqueness they bring to your team. Supplies Bibles, markers, colored…

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Podcast- I’m New! What do I do? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Listen as Mr. Mark discusses advice he shares with interns before stepping into their first kid’s ministry.  These five keys will help you step out on the right foot as you begin (or restart) your ministry to kids and families. Write down a “90 Day Goal.” Do your research. Join a group of like-minded peers. Figure out what you need. Journaling may save your life.   https://media.blubrry.com/mrmarksclassroom/content.blubrry.com/mrmarksclassroom/Podcast-I_m_New.mp3   This podcast was originally shared on Mr. Mark’s Classroom in April 2016.…

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Jen Bradbury Know What’s Worth Getting Fired For In Youth Ministry — Youth Ministry Booster – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Zac: 00:13 Hey everybody, happy October, a happy pastor appreciation month. That’s right. In case you didn’t know that 31 days of October or not just the countdown to fall break Halloween or the holiday season. It’s also the month you should be appreciating pastors worldwide. So if you are a pastor, I appreciate you as you have a pastor. You should go to appreciate them, but this month and youth ministry booster, we wanted to celebrate a particular group…

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How to Provide Serving Opportunities Tours – Christian Article

A great way to show to members of your church the opportunities where they can serve is to tour them around the church and show them each ministry in action. Here are some ideas on how to provide these Serving Opportunities Tours to your New Volunteers: 1. You could establish a New Serve or New Volunteer Team. This could be a staff or volunteer-led team. This team could be responsible for assimilating all new members of your church into a…

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Hurry Up and Grow! – Youth Ministry Christian Article

This is part two of a series. You can find part one HERE I’m the worst at waiting. When I’m getting ready to go on a trip I want time to speed up. When I’m in line at the fast food restaurant’s drive thru I want and expect my food is less that four minutes of my order. It seems the faster our technology moves the more impatient I become. Remember the old days on the internet. You would click…

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Dealing with racism in ministry: Bernice King from #OC19 – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Posted By: Ron Orange Conference 2019 was an incredible experience. The speakers were great, and included a surprise guest I was not expecting. Bernice King (daughter of Dr Martin Luther King Jr) joined Reggie Joiner and some others in a panel discussion. Their topic? Dealing with the issue of racism in ministry. Here are the notes that I took during that session. Race is important. Racism exists. But having difficult, real discussions will help all parties involved. Thoughts from Bernice…

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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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How Do I Define the Win in Ministry? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Let’s dive right into Mark chapter 4, right in the middle of the story. Jesus has spent the day teaching the crowds in parables. He hit some of his more famous one: The Parable of the Sower, The Parable of the Lamp, and The Parable of the Mustard Seed. It’s been a good day. It’s been a busy day. Crowds and crowds of people heard Jesus preach that day. His message had reached multitudes. And as the day comes to…

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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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