Four Great Guest Gift Ideas – SundayMag – Christian Article

One of the questions I get asked or see asked in Facebook Groups most often is this: “What’s everyone doing for first time guest gifts?” It’s a great question, but it’s amazing how many churches get it wrong. The purpose of the first time guest gift should drive the choice of gift you choose to give. The two reasons for giving someone a gift are to make the guest feel like you’re grateful they took their highly-valuable time on a…

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Episode 179: Youth Ministry from a Pastor’s Perspective with Tony Myles – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In this episode, Tony Myles sheds light on youth ministry from the unique perspective of a pastor. After sitting in both the Youth Pastor and Lead Pastor role, he brings an understanding of how each can complement and strengthen the ministry of the other. Tony Myles Connect with Tony on his website, Facebook, and Twitter. Check out our courses and register now at MinistryBoost.org. Notes Senior Pastor talks about Youth Ministry: Big Takeaways Why the focus of the book: Prideful…

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The Unique Challenges and Joys Women in Ministry Face – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Women have a unique set of challenges and joys when it comes to working in children’s ministry. Here’s how to help bridge the gap. *Names changed. While on the staff of an organization that ministered to college students, I attended an associational luncheon for my denomination. After lunch, the associational president stood up and said in his most austere voice, “We need to have a ‘committee on committee’ meetings in this back room. I’d like all of you men to…

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Mariners JH Weekend in Review: Volume 4 – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Weekend Teaching Series: RESET: Jesus, Fresh Starts & Screaming Goats (series finale, week 4 of 4) Sermon Synopsis: This week we wrapped up the RESET series from the start of the New Year with Doug Fields teaching (4th week in a row, yeah!) and Service Length: 62 minutes Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This week we played a fun active game called Extreme 4 Corners Impossible Edition (you can find it here on DYM) but we tweaked it to have 4 colors instead…

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(Podcast) Discipling Vs. Talking – Youth Ministry Christian Article

On this episode of the “O Ye of Middle Faith” podcast, Rick Lawrence talks about the state of youth ministry and an approach to discipleship that’s patterned after the way Jesus created transformational environments. Also on the podcast: Wende returns from paradise.… The post (Podcast) Discipling Vs. Talking appeared first on YouthMinistry.com. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written by Group’s Youth Ministry Read Full Article

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Don’t Let Any Of These 21 Words Describe or Define Your Youth Ministry – Helping Youth Workers Build Successful Youth Ministries – Youth Ministry Christian Article

If you’re wondering what makes a successful youth ministry, it may help to look at some words and phrases that make for an unsuccessful youth ministry. I asked my youth ministry friends, and others, to chime in on what words describe unsuccessful youth ministry, and these the one’s they submitted. Which of these words do you fear the most? Which of these is your worst nightmare to hear used to describe your youth ministry? Click on the words(s) that describe…

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FOUR BASIC STEPS FOR AN EFFECTIVE KIDS SERVICE – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

There are four basic steps for an effective Kids Ministry Service. STEP ONE Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” The first step for an effective children’s church service is to have a goal.  You have to get past, “What am I going to teach next week?”  Develop a teaching plan for the year. By doing this you and your team know where you are going. You should have a long and short range goal.  Your…

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Special Needs Ministry: Creating Inclusive Worship Experiences – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Inviting children into “big church” allows them to learn the worship format as well as reap the benefits of a multigenerational experience. For families affected by disabilities, however, worship can be challenging. Many report feeling unwanted. But without these families, the body of Christ is incomplete. Here are a few modifications you can make at your church so everyone enjoys inclusive worship services. Create a culture that says “Come in!” Senior leadership sets the tone for inclusion. A sermon series…

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Mariners JH Weekend in Review: Volume 3 – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Weekend Teaching Series: RESET: Jesus, Fresh Starts & Screaming Goats (week 3 of 4) Sermon Synopsis: This week Doug Fields was back for a 3rd week in a row (what a way to start the New Year) teaching about the miracles of Jesus to our students. Doug used Sidekick Pick Me to have some fun with some students who used the “check in” system from the church when they arrived and kids loved seeing their name on the screen and…

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FREE eBook: It’s About Relationships – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

NOTE: This is not a book of fluff, it is practical and will help you grow relationships. There is no shortage of programs, resources, or ideas in children’s ministry today—but at the end of the day, what is most effective in reaching kids for the Gospel hasn’t changed in a hundred years—it’s building relationships and personally introducing children to the Savior. This ebook is loaded with practical ideas on how to have a more relational ministry. You’ll be surprised by…

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Youth Ministry Booster Roadmap Phase 1 Discovery — Youth Ministry Booster – Youth Ministry Christian Article

For the last two years, YMB has heard from hundreds of youth ministry leaders, met with many, and coached several folks that have voiced a similar question. What is next for my ministry?  For some folks what is next means constantly questing for the next thing, for others it means innovation, hacks, or sweet tech and in all the books we’ve read (great handbooks like Sustainable Youth Ministry, Youth Ministry Nuts & Bolts, Youth Ministry Management Tools, and Sticky Faith), we haven’t…

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What’s The Plan – Super Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Pinky and the Brain were an iconic cartoon in the 90’s.  They were two little mice and their main goal and objective in life was to take over the world. Pinky and the Brain Quote: Pinky: Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight? Brain: The same thing we do every night, Pinky – try to take over the world! Of course, they never succeeded, but it was great fun watching them try. As a leader it is important…

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Fresh Youth Ministry Eyes … For Just a Short Time – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I’m walking into Mariner’s Junior High ministry as one of the youth pastors on staff. I’m joining a couple of other great youth workers and have served this ministry before as a guest speaker and even the High School Ministry as a camp speaker a summer ago. I love this church! But today, I’m walking in with brand spankin’ new to this wh9le thing. A significant part of the responsibility of the ministry lands squarely on me. And since I’m…

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Dealing with a Failing Student Leadership Program – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Guest Contributor January 3, 2020 Youth ministry a strange and beautiful animal, isn’t it?  It’s built upon the incredible hope of reaching a generation and creating lifelong disciple-makers. Youth ministry requires vision and action, but it also requires risk, vulnerability, and sometimes failure. I’ve been a student pastor for nearly 19 years now. I have seen extreme growth and extreme decline over these years at different churches. Back in 2013 I took the position of student pastor at a church…

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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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NEW YEAR – New Opportunity! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I love a New Year! And this time, we get a new Decade! While I see the point the New Year’s Resolution Nasayers are trying to make in poo-pooing making goals at the New Year, I personally think that’s a silly way of admitting failure before even beginning. To ridicule new years resolutions I think is a redemptive attack on failure. But one that assures failure rather than promotes success. To not play a game because you might lose is…

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The Big Lie – Super Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 We have heard it preached from the pulpit for years. “If you are a good parent and train up your kids in the Christian faith they will not leave the faith.” I’ve preached it from the pulpit and chances are that you have too.  The problem is this doesn’t work. Many children of good Christian parents choose to leave the…

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JOIN ME for my First Master Class: Thriving in Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It doesn’t matter how talented, skilled or experienced you are in ministry. If you burn out, none of that will matter. Ministry is TOUGH. You must take care of yourself! YOU are the most important part of your ministry. That’s why you need to join me for a 6-week Master Class that will ensure that you not only survive ministry, but thrive in ministry. The First Master Class starts in January – and space is limited! 1. January 6th through…

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Orange Tour is Coming – PastorRonBrooks – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

What is the best kids ministry conference? Well, that all depends on what you are looking for. There are some great conferences out there, and one you should consider (if you haven’t already) is the Orange Tour, which is a smaller, local once day version of the huge Orange Conference in Atlanta every year. So the question becomes: Why choose the Orange Tour? #1. Speakers The Orange Conference in Atlanta features some great speakers. Many of these same speakers make…

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Imagine Argentine – Youth Entrepreneurs on the Move… – Youth Ministry Christian Article

On Thursday, June 28, at 6:30-8pm, these young entrepreneurs will be pitching their concepts to friends, family, community stakeholders and social investors for Imagine Argentine’s Pitch Night. It will be held at Snack Shack KC, a social enterprise launched by a group of innovative teens who saw the need for a safe place for youth to hang out with their friends after school and a way to reduce urban blight by turning one of Argentine’s many empty storefronts into a thriving new business. Join us to see…

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The Case for (The Right Kind of) Youth Ministry – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Before I get any flack for concept stealing, I want to let you know that I got permission from my friend Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for Christmas and, The Case for….just about everything dealing with the subject of Jesus, to spin his “Case for” theme toward youth ministry.  Lee wholeheartedly agreed that this is a message I should tackle. He, too, is convinced that this next generation needs reached and…

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Classroom Management, Part 4 | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Hey friends. Welcome to Mr. Mark’s Classroom. My name is Mark Jones. I am excited to share with you another great tip about classroom management today, because I’ve got several of my own teachers who are really trying to make a great classroom even better. Sometimes we all need a little encouragement with some things to do. The first tip today that I want to tell you is, boys and girls need choices. They need choices. Here’s what happened. This…

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Do Your Leaders Know How To “WIN” In Your Ministry? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It’s a great question to ask in your ministry and about your leaders. If I was to come to visit your youth ministry one week and I was to walk around with your leaders and ask them: What does it mean for you to be winning as a leader in your ministry? What would they say? Would all the answers be the same? Would they all be different? Would they even know how to answer? Does it scare you to…

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My Top 5 Parenting Failures – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

You may not think very highly of me after reading this blog, but I’m willing to take the risk. It’s hard to talk about failure, but it might help someone and it’s therapeutic for me. Bottom line, even if it doesn’t help you it will help me. “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished by…

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