Getting Started in Children’s Ministry: The Essential Reading List

Getting Started in Children’s Ministry: The Essential Reading List

New to Children's Ministry? Looking for some fresh ideas? Check out some of these titles: Children's Ministry That Works !: The Basics and Beyond Children's Ministry Volunteers That Stick Making Your Children's Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid's Week The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School: Transformational Techniques for Reaching and Teaching Kids Sunday School Attendance Boosters: 165 Fresh and New Ideas The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry Group's … [Read more...]

Creating a Vision

Creating a Vision

One of the first things you need to do when creating or seriously revising a ministry is to create a vision. Proverbs tells us that without a vision, the people perish.  People need to feel purpose.  A vision gives the ministry a sense of direction. It allows you to filter through all the potentially good ideas to pick only the ones that are going to propel your ministry forward in the direction you feel God has called it to go. When you have limited recourses, the best way to get things … [Read more...]

Build a Better Blog: Set up Alerts

Build a Better Blog: Set up Alerts

This week's task (#10) has been one of the most helpful for me.  When I first went through this series (a bit hit and miss, I might admit), this is one of the tasks I completed that really proved to be very useful.  It's been great with networking and gathering up ideas from other Children's Ministry workers out there.    The day's entry in the workbook tells you how to get it all set up. I set up Google Alerts and have found it very easy to manage.  Personally I only get alerts once a … [Read more...]

Children’s Ministry Now: Are you up speed?

Children’s Ministry Now: Are you up speed?

Sometimes it is tough adjusting our Children's Ministry to the postmodern culture. Often times, as was the case in our church, the ministry consists of several caring older members who have nurtured the ministry for several years. They have a genuine interest in the children and want them to learn about God's truths, but their methods have become somewhat outdated.  Certainly, we don't need to kick these people out of the ministry in order to freshen things up.  They are truly the backbone. … [Read more...]

Something is Missing

Something is Missing

We were standing in line at Target on Black Friday at 5:13AM.  We had been in line for about 45 minutes and still had about an hour and a half left to go (unbeknownst to us, of course.  The managers kept assuring everyone the cash registers were just around the river bend). The ladies in front of us has picked up a copy of "Eat, Pray, Love".  Though normally a huge fan of Julia Roberts, I was not impressed by her choice in playing this role.  The one lady asked what the movie was about, and … [Read more...]