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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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Episode 191: New Families and Guest Retention with Jason Young – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In this episode, Jason Young gives some helpful ideas for guest retention and new families by considering how the experience makes people feel, especially as churches return to campus ministry. Jason also shares from his experience at Northpoint Community Church and LifeChurch.tv and what he observed while serving on staff. Jason Young Connect with Jason through Instagram, Twitter or his Website. Check out our courses and register now at MinistryBoost.org. Notes The Comeback Effect: How do you USE hospitality in…

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Episode 189: Connecting Students with Coach Shef – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In this episode, Tom Shefchunas spends time sharing about what it’s like connecting students during the current state of church ministry and ways they have prioritized building relationships. Coach Shef also shares the importance of shaping youth ministries to focus on the quality of relationships with leaders and students rather than just the programming. Tom Shefchunas (Coach Shef) Connect with Coach Shef through his Website and on the YS Whiteboard. Check out our courses and register now at MinistryBoost.org. Notes Student…

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Episode 185: Online Kidmin and Recruiting Volunteer Subs with Jarrod Harris – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In this episode, Jarrod Harris shares about his church’s recent shifts in kidmin to online church as well as some unique tips for volunteer recruitment and empowerment. Making adjustments within kidmin and family ministry is inevitable, but all the strategies we hold tightly to within our churches can still be championed and upheld, including personal connections and partnering with parents. Jarrod Harris Connect with Jarrod on Facebook, Instagram and Email at jarrodh@missionaz.org. Check out our courses and register now at MinistryBoost.org.…

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When Leaders Don’t Show – Commander Bill – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Are you in any children’s ministry Facebook groups? I am in several of them and I have noticed that frequently on Sunday mornings those leading children’s ministry lament their volunteers who may call out leaving them short staffed. There are times that I will question how they view their volunteers which often leads to them “pushing back” on my comments. Have there been times when those serving with you have “called out” and not shown up for your Awana club…

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How to be a Small Group Leader When Church is Cancelled – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Remember the good old days when you could grab a bag of Doritos (cool-ranch fans, anyone?) and pass the open bag around your small group to munch on? Living dangerously and diving in with unwashed hands and all. Now we find ourselves living in a new reality of social distancing where you can’t share a high five or a table at a restaurant. You might not have the weekly gathering in a building like you used to, but you still…

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Three Critical Words To Keep Your Youth Ministry Team Afloat – Helping Youth Workers Build Successful Youth Ministries – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Have you heard the phrase, “If you want something done, you have to do it yourself?” Well, the people who say that do not know how or do not care to build teams. Doing things yourself and then complaining you have no help is a vicious whirlpool you don’t want to get sucked into. By definition, A whirlpool is a body of rotating water produced by opposing currents or a current running into an obstacle. Some obstacles are man made due to…

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6 Ways to Set Expectations for Volunteers – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

We bring our expectations with us into every situation. The primary factor in feeling successful and satisfied is how well our expectations and our situations match up. When our expectations are met or exceeded, we’re happy and satisfied. The best way to set ourselves, and everyone around us, up for success is to clarify and communicate what is expected. When expectations are not identified or articulated, stress and struggles ensue. When it comes to recruiting and leading our volunteers we…

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Navigating 5 Challenges of Small Group Leadership – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Small groups are great. And then the people show up. It might not become apparent on that first, exciting night. But at some point, you will hit a wall of tensions and challenges that no amount of prayer, training, or biblical study can prepare you for. When you navigate the challenges well, you create a safe place for community and growth. A safe place for struggling marriages. For questioning millennials. For exhausted parents. For the successful business person who is…

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Give Your Volunteers What They Need Most – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It starts innocently enough. She brings sandwiches for a Sunday-night event. She hangs out in the kitchen area, coyly watching all the fun and dreaming of what could be. Over the next few weeks, she strategically positions herself so she’s near the student room. And you smile and assure her it’s fine to hang out—because you’ve definitely noticed her. Conversations ensue. Coffee happens. She’s now working check-in. Smiles exchange. More conversations ensue. It’s becoming more serious. She’s exclusive now. She…

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Winter Volunteer Appreciation Downloads – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Use these downloads to show thanks for your volunteers in a fun way this Winter. Click here to download the Explore the Bible: Kids tags. Click here to download the […] The post Winter Volunteer Appreciation Downloads appeared first on Kids Ministry. This is Only a Snippet of a Children’s Ministry Christian Article written by Kids Ministry 101 Read Full Article

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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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Episode 171: Recruiting Volunteers Q&A with Nina Schmidgall – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In this episode, I talk about Nina Schmidgall about volunteer recruitment and she walks us through some best practices for beginning to shape volunteer culture before people even start serving. This is the first part of a six-session series from an online event called Volunteer Bootcamp, hosted by Ministry Boost. Nina Schmidgall Connect with Nina on Instagram, and Twitter. Get access to the full Volunteer Bootcamp sessions and notes here. Links Mentioned in this Episode Volunteer Bootcamp Webinar Recruitment 101…

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Do Your Volunteers Know You Care? – Orange Leaders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

A few weeks ago, I sat in on staff meeting with the kid’s ministry team from my church, Cross Point in Nashville, Tenn. This is an amazing team. They lead kids ministries at six different campuses all over the greater Nashville area. But, they come together each week to meet as one team, one church body. There are so many things I would love to share from our meeting, but I would have to write a book, not a blog…

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13 Ways To Train Volunteers in Your Children’s Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Next to “recruiting” volunteers, training is perhaps one of the most challenging elements of leading in Children’s Ministry. But our real job is to equip God’s people to do the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12; see this post for more). Here are a few ideas to help get you started : 13 Ways To Train Volunteers in Your Children’s Ministry 1. Annual Event This can serve as a key vision-casting and team-building event – very important pieces to training which…

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Prayer Blessing for Teachers | DiscipleBlog.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Prayer Blessing For Teachers As the new school year begins, it is our hope and prayer that God fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. We pray that your classroom is a haven of love and peace where children, coworkers, and parents discover His grace and truth. Lord, thank You for every new teacher as they begin this new school year. Thank You for their ministry to Your children. Sustain them in health:…

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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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5 Essential Qualities You Want in Every Member of Your Leadership Team – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Leadership matters in your ministry. In fact, your ministry will only rise to the level that you and your leadership team can take it. Think about that statement for a moment. It has possible implications for both expanding your ministry beyond it’s current state, but also for limiting your ministry to little more than it is now. Leadership will raise your ministry, or lower it. In either case, it’s true. If you are a high capacity leader who can develop…

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5 Reasons Why Children Need Their Own Worship Service ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I know this is a hot topic.  There are valid reasons for leaving children in the “main” worship service and for providing a worship service just for kids. Personally, I believe children need their own worship service.  Here are 5 reasons why… Kids can experience age-appropriate worship.  Music is a preference not a doctrine.  Some people have a preference for hymns.  Others like modern worship.  Kids love songs that have motions and movement.  Songs that were written with them in…

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Ask Me ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This past week, I was in Nashville at a conference. The conference was held in the Music City Center convention building.  It is a massive building and it would be difficult to find the room you are teaching in, where the restaurants are, where the bathrooms are, etc. without some help. Yes, they had good signage, but even that can be difficult to navigate in such a large building. But we were able to find the places we needed to…

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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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Volunteer Recruitment Panel: What really works? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS Delanee Williams, Klista Storts & Jeremy Carroll join the podcast to discuss what really works with volunteer recruitment. Delanee Williams serves as a Ministry Specialist with LifeWay Kids. She is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Delanee has served in kids ministry for over twenty years and is passionate about developing, equipping and encouraging leaders. Klista Storts serves as an Editorial…

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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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25 Great Quotes About Parenting ~ RELEVANT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Being a parent is one of the most challenging and rewarding adventures you will go in life. And parenting is not something you ever stop doing.  Yes, your role will change as your child grows and matures, but you will always be a part of your child’s journey – even when they are adults. Whether you are a brand new parent or you have kids who are grown up, you will always play an important part in your child’s life.…

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5 Qualities of an Amazing Small Group Leader – Orange Leaders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

by Kendra Fleming If you’re anything like us, you’ve just spent the summer recruiting and training new small group leaders for the fall. As we interviewed and talked to these leaders there are always a few things that we’re looking for. Here are five qualities I think are most important. If you’ve been doing this for a while, then you know ’em when you see ’em! 1. They care.I’m not talking about someone who is tenderhearted or hugs a lot.…

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