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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THE NO RULES GAME! – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Why did God give us commandments and rules? Was it to spoil our fun? Rather than merely explain it, have your kids experience it! Play the NO RULES GAME! Randomly divide the kids up. Put out a bunch of game stuff. Blow the whistle say “GO!” As the kids start to try and play with the stuff, start awarding points AND penalties and declare a winner and loser. See how the kids respond. They won’t like a game with no…

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Are you willing to let your kids teach you? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I know that you love your kids and you enjoy teaching them, but are you willing to let your kids teach you? I have been ministering to kids for over thirty years now and without a doubt my favorite memories are those services where the Holy Spirit touched kids in a powerful way. One of my powerful moments was the summer of 1996. I was the guest speaker at a Kids Camp in Fergus Falls, MN. I was sitting behind…

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Teaching Teens How to Read the Bible (and Actually Understand It) – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It’s incredibly important to teach teens how to read the Bible so they actually understand it. I grew up in a home without a dishwasher. To be more accurate, I grew up in a home of four children. We were the dishwashers. Then, one summer in high school I landed a nannying job watching two little boys. And it all went well until I broke their kitchen. Being a helpful young woman, I loaded the dishwasher after lunch one day and decided to run…

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The Choice Between Entertaining and Training – Christian Article

I often talk about the need to “reform” our approach to youth ministry in light of the astonishing statistics related to young people leaving the Christian faith. While I tend to focus on the direction I would prefer to take, I seldom spend much time critiquing the alternative strategies that other youth leaders embrace in an effort to keep their young congregation. Nick Peters, however, has done a nice job summing up the problem in his piece, “Entertaining Our Youth To Apostasy”. Nick asks…

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Why is what you are thinking about so important? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Why is what you are thinking about so important? You are what you think you are. The Bible says it like this, “For as he thinks in his heart so is he.” Your thoughts influence your choices and your life is a product of the choices you make. If you want to change your life you can do so by making different choices; however, if you want to change your choices, you have to change how you think. The Bible…

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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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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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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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Bible-Focused Activities in 10-minutes a Day – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It comes up a lot. Parents want to raise their children to love God and have an unshakable faith, but… Aren’t sure what to do or where to start Life gets in the way and there is no time, of course, that makes us feel guilty Kids aren’t interested in thinking God’s boring, video games are fun Parents are afraid of the questions kids may ask It’s MUCH simpler than you may think. For starters, begin including God in everyday,…

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Are You On A Spending Freeze? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

We sold very little curriculum this past month and I understand why. My church is on a spending freeze, and I’m guessing your church is too.  Instead of withdrawing, I want to be part of the solution.  Here’s what I’m thinking.  I see a lot of teaching on fear, telling kids not to be afraid. That’s good, but it still doesn’t give our kids positive something to focus on. This is why I’m teaching on Faith right now. Answering questions…

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I am giving away FREE curriculum! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

We are walking in uncharted territory.  Because of this unprecedented time, I wanted to offer ministry materials and resources to you – FREE!  I am Giving Away FREE curriculum, KIDS NEED THE GOSPEL, and 4 BONUS Short Films! ($69.00 value)  KIDS NEED THE GOSPEL is a 4-week elementary series for children’s ministry (1st-6th grade). Not only will you receive KIDS NEED THE GOSPEL. You also receive an added BONUS of 4 FREE Short Films. You also have permission to stream these short films on-line, royalty…

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STOP, DROP and ROLL! – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

As teachers, we have an agenda. We have a lesson plan we are trying to teach, a game we are trying to lead, a craft we are trying to complete, or some other activity that we prayed about, planned, prepared and now are trying to pull off. But often our children have other ideas about how the time in the classroom is going to be spent. There is an old children’s ministry saying that goes, “If you don’t have a…

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LIVE STREAM? – Super Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Can I use Super Church content in my kids live stream service? Hello,I understand that all of us are walking in uncharted territory.  We are having to quickly change to stay connected to families in a way that many of us have never done before. At Super Church we want to help you reach your community.   Many churches are putting together Live Streaming services for their kids and families.  We have had several questions concerning using Super Church Curriculum content in…

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Expect Much, Get Much! – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Children typically only rise as far as you expect them to. Rarely does a student exceed the expectations of the leaders in their life. I’ve learned, “Expect Little, Get Little; Expect Much, Get Much.” Many children have a low opinion of themselves, but if you think more of them than they think of themselves, you can have the power to help lift them to the next level on their Christian journey! As a young boy, one of my teachers, Helen…

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Acres of Diamonds are All Around Us – End Times Christian Article

In the 28-minute video shown below, Pastor Jentezen Franklin shows from the scriptures we are living in acres of diamonds, representing things of great value, our hidden potential, but sometimes we need God’s help to see them because they might not look like much right now. So we need to ask God to open our eyes and look again to see His unfathomable riches right where we are. We don’t have to search the world to find the answers and…

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What Is Kinder Church 2.0? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Kinder Church 2.0 is designed from the ground up to effectively teach your preschoolers the Word of God. You get the same depth of teaching, great object lessons and humorous drama skits that are synonymous with the Super Church brand. And Kinder Church 2.0 comes with engaging multimedia videos that will grab the attention of your preschoolers. Your kids will be on the edge of their seats as they watch the Adventures of James & Andi Motion Comic. Kinder Church 2.0…

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FLIP IT to Gratitude – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Introducing The Complaining Game! How do we help kids focus on the positive? This is what I did one Sunday. I put 10 common complaints of kids onto slips of paper and then put them on the top of 10 buckets. Kids then go 3 Popsicle sticks to use to vote. They put a Popsicle stick in the top three buckets they complain about the most. Then, we totaled them to discover the top complaints. Here was our results: BUT,…

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Why Students Don’t Get Much Out of Large Group Talks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin February 6, 2020 It’s teaching time again. You step up in front of the students, grab the microphone, and clear your throat. You feel especially good about this lesson because the topic could be life changing for the students who really listen. Yesterday you worked harder than normal to find amazing illustrations, and you decided to tell a heart-breaking story from your own life to bring things home. But as you find your groove and get into…

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12 Topics Youth Ministries Avoid – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin January 31, 2020 There are only so many weeks in a year, so we must select which topics to cover and which to leave off our teaching schedules. Inevitably, we pass over subjects we would love to cover but can’t. This dilemma presents a powerful temptation: do we schedule precious time to cover topics that make us nervous, or do we stick to our teaching comfort zones? We asked 12 youth ministry leaders to share the neglected…

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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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I Have Some Great News For You. – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In 1988, we published Super Church Classic. We marketed Super Church as a curriculum for spirit filled, charismatic churches who are tired of teaching from luke-warm curriculum.  We were not prepared for the response. It was hard for us to keep up with all the orders in those early days. We found out that there were thousands of churches, just like my church, that wanted their kids to experience the move of the Holy Spirit.  In 2010, we updated Super Church Classic to Super Church 2.0. We totally…

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Why I Wrote Super Church Curriculum – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Write the vision, and make a plan upon tables that he may run that readeth it…” Habakkuk 2:2 When I first began to teach children, I had a difficult time finding material and curriculums. The materials that were available at that time were outdated and did not cover Pentecostal or Charismatic principles. Most curriculum companies leave out things like the gifts of the spirit, praying in tongues etc., because it was considered controversial and it would narrow the “market”. After…

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FLIP IT to Gratitude – Kidologist.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Introducing The Complaining Game! How do we help kids focus on the positive? This is what I did one Sunday. I put 10 common complaints of kids onto slips of paper and then put them on the top of 10 buckets. Kids then go 3 Popsicle sticks to use to vote. They put a Popsicle stick in the top three buckets they complain about the most. Then, we totaled them to discover the top complaints. Here was our results: BUT,…

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