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Build a Better Blog: Solve a Problem

Build a Better Blog: Solve a Problem

This week's task (#16) in our Blogger Challenge is to identify and solve a potential problem for your readers.  Be sure to read the day's entry in the workbook.  It's full of great ideas to help you understand your readers more. Darren suggests checking out the search words people use in order to land on your site.  I'm pretty sure you can do this on Google adsense.  I'd have to play around a bit to figure out exactly how.  He also suggests installing an internal search box called Lijit.  It … [Read more...]

Read and Share Bible: Giveaway!

Read and Share Bible: Giveaway!

Looking for a great Bible the the little ones in your ministry?  The Read and Share Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishing is an excellent choice.  The illustrations are lively and colorful.  The stories are captivating, yet true to the Biblical text. For each story, the Bible reference is included under the title (a nice touch). Of all the Children's Bibles I've looked at, this seemed to be the most complete. Speaking from experience, kids really seem to connect to this book.  This summer, I … [Read more...]

Defining Ministry Expectations For Your Volunteer Team

Defining Ministry Expectations For Your Volunteer Team

What Were You Expecting? Do your Children's Ministry volunteers know what is expected of them? What part of the night is your responsibility and which parts are theirs? As I started to build the Wednesday night ministry in our church, I found it easiest (for me!) to explain the job to our volunteers "as we went along". However, many volunteers like to be prepared ahead of time.  Communicating expectations ahead of time not only allows volunteers to prepare, it also prevents a total … [Read more...]

Teaching Kids to Pray

Teaching Kids to Pray

I've been taking a class at CMUO and have been truly been inspired by the children prayer warriors I have read about.  In our textbook, Kids Making a Difference, author Pete Hohmann states: "Children tend to be egocentric in their prayers, but not selfish.  Egocentric means their world is small.  Their prayers are limited to pets, family, and friends.  It is our job to enlarge their world and also mentor children how to pray.  Without this coaching, the prayers of children remain the typical … [Read more...]

Free KidMin Conference: January 27th

Free KidMin Conference: January 27th

I just read about a great upcoming Kidmin Conference that will be offered FREE via the web.  It's this Thursday, and all you have to do to attend is get registered.  Check out the full details over at the SmallTown KidMin Blog. Hope you can make it. I know I'm signing up! … [Read more...]

And It Will Take My Breath Away…

And It Will Take My Breath Away…

In a few weeks, the rakes we own will make their first appearance of spring in our yard.  It will not be too long before the mulch will be delivered.  Here we go again. Sometime soon, I have to rake off all the winter mulch, rake up all the leaves that have ended up in my yard over the winter, turn over the dirt in all the flower beds, and reset some of the bricks in the patio and the walkways that have been dislodged by the winter rains.  I have to prune the rose and trim the hedges and cut … [Read more...]