planning

Quarantine Blues – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It might just be me, but I doubt it. I’ve had some low days. Days where I found it hard to get out of the chair and out of the pity party. We are all so tired of this quarantine thing. I am even struggling with which day of the week it is. Our weather is warm, then cold (even snow) and that doesn’t help. I’m ready to work in the yard and plant flowers and a garden, but this waiting is tough. Do you…

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What’s on Your Calendar? – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It is the time of the year that the Awana calendar for next year should be finalized. It is important to have it done about this time of the year (if not before depending on your church culture and size) so that you can have events on the church calendar and be able to announce to families when registration will open for the next year and the first night of Awana for the new year. So what are some key…

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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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7 Steps for Planning a Youth Service – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I met this week with the weekend program team to talk through the process of planning a youth service. For us, our main visible program is on the weekend, so here is what we’re now calling The Weekend Tornado. Some weeks it is an F5, others not much more than some whipping wind, but never just a gentle breeze. CollectThis is the brainstorming stage, where ideas are thrown up on a whiteboard and randomly bantered and tossed around. There are…

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What I’m Working On This Month – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Here’s What’s Happening In October! After a very busy September (Promotion Sunday, Volunteer Kick-Off Party, and our 1st Preschool Family Experience for the new year), October looks to be a much more laid back month. However, there are some things that I’m looking forward to! CURRICULUM Each month, I edit our curriculum to fit our needs. During this process, we inventory our supplies and…

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7 Sticky Situations Your Youth Ministry Is Going To Need A Policy For – Helping Youth Workers Make Life Long Followers Of Jesus – Youth Ministry Christian Article

*if you enjoyed the episode, I’d love if you stopped by itunes and left a few stars and a review. Someone asked me about a situation concerning A PDA issue in their youth ministry and thought I’d expand on that with some other youth ministry policy issues you should think through. Let me make a distinction, first Rules are what we make to make to create order – No one in the sound booth if you’re not running it, etc.…

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Downshifting Your Summer Strategy – YouthMinistry.com – Youth Ministry Christian Article

If you’re a volunteer youth worker who needs to take a break, this article might help you. If you’re a youth pastor with maxed-out volunteers, this article might give you perspective. I am a longtime volunteer youth worker and full-time staffer at my church in a non-youth ministry role. As I write, the summer hasn’t even begun and, already, I have facts-of-life factors pulling me back from my traditional fourth-gear pace. While I’m still involved with our weekend middle school ministry,…

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Homeschool in Less Time Each Day – Christian Article

Becky Aniol | January 9th, 2019 | Are you overwhelmed with your daily homeschool schedule? Do you feel like you don’t have enough hours in the day? (About a dozen people have told me recently that they feel this way.) Here’s a mom who shared those feelings, and this is what she learned and what she did about it. The daily schedule for Form II {grades 4-6} looked so…simple. 8 subjects covered in 3 hours daily. Why was “school” taking us…

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