teaching

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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Rooted’s Most Read 2019: The Gospel I Wish I’d Known in High School – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Happy New Year! Over the course of the next eight days we will be counting down the eight most-read articles from 2019. We hope you enjoy reviewing the posts that resonated with our readers; for a list of the top fifteen check out our newsletter here.  What were you like in high school? Were you the popular jock who never had trouble finding a date? Maybe you were the quiet academic who just wanted to get the best grades so you…

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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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Sermon Notes Pages to Engage Children in the Pulpit Lesson – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It’s a new school year and a great time to develop new good habits. At my congregation, everyone is together for the first half of services. We sing and pray together, then take communion. Following this, our K-3rd graders are dismissed to Children’s Church. But what about my fourth and fifth graders, or even the middle school kids? I looked around the auditorium disappointed. Kids galore were playing on digital devices, some wearing headphones and others simply had the volume…

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Tips For Teaching Preteens in Your Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Preteens. Tweens. Pre-people :). What are we to do with these wonderfully baffling kids…err…young adults?! Here are a few ideas for engaging them: Tips For Teaching Preteens in Your Ministry Truth matters Yep, just like with preschoolers and elementary age, truth matters when teaching preteens. This might seem obvious, but with this age group is more important than ever because they are wrestling with real life situations. They’re caught between the land of childhood and the land of adulthood. They…

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Christmas Lesson for Youth Group – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin November 26, 2019 We compiled 3 Christmas lessons for your youth ministry to help your students learn about the true meaning of Christmas. From identifying the difference between Christmas cheer and the true meaning of Christmas to helping students realize the significance of Jesus coming to earth as a human, these interactive Bible lessons will take students deeper into Christmas. For each downloadable Christmas lesson you will find: Facilitator guides Student handouts Biblical examples Debrief and discussion…

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Why I Brought My Tortoise to Bible Class – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Change things up now and then. Some of my kids in bible classes saw the picture of my baby pet tortoise on my phone. It’s my screen saver. Of course, they begged me to bring him. After several months of pleading, and one crazy Sunday morning trying to get the kids to pay attention, I finally used the tortoise. I promised them that if I could see and hear them singing praises to God with all their hearts, I’d bring…

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How To Teach Students To Study The Bible – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Share By Doug Franklin November 12, 2019 It’s not that students don’t want to study the Bible, they just don’t know how to study the Bible. Over the last 30 years of doing youth ministry, I have seen students get excited about studying the Bible. But they open up God’s word, read a passage, and quickly realize they don’t understand what it means. This is frustrating and they soon stop reading the Bible.  We can become so focused on having…

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Is Amazon Bringing Back The Holiday Catalog? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Last week, I received in the mail, at my home, a catalog from Amazon.  It included stickers and a special page for kids to write down what they wanted for Christmas.  Yes, Amazon has brought back the “Holiday Catalog.” If there is one thing we can all agree on, it is that receiving gifts is a lot of fun. When Christmas rolls around, usually Mom and Dad will ask their kids what kind of gifts they would like for Christmas.…

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Why I Brought My Tortoise to Bible Class – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Change things up now and then. Some of my kids in bible classes saw the picture of my baby pet tortoise on my phone. It’s my screen saver. Of course, they begged me to bring him. After several months of pleading, and one crazy Sunday morning trying to get the kids to pay attention, I finally used the tortoise. I promised them that if I could see and hear them singing praises to God with all their hearts, I’d bring…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Pumpkin Gospel – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Looking for a good book that brings the focus of Halloween back to God; after all, shouldn’t God always be our focus? Check out “The Pumpkin Gospel.” I love children’s books. My kids are grown, yet I still find myself buying these fun little books. Thankfully, I work with kids in children’s ministry so I have a good excuse! As I was searching for new book, I stumbled across “The Pumpkin Gospel” by Mary Manz Simon. I ordered it off…

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The LEAST vs. GREATEST GAME! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The LEAST vs. GREATEST GAME! “The Last Shall Be First” Prep: Number the Chairs: ROW # and SEAT # (Signs Provided at Link Below) Points: You need something physical for points – popsicle sticks, beans, etc. Something that can be passed out quickly that kids can hold so the points are tangible. PLAY: Kids Move Around and Choose a Chair, then the next RULE is read! (Option: You can make it appear that the rules are random by drawing a…

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