Archives for February 2015

The Best Party We Ever Had!

The Best Party We Ever Had!

If you're looking for an easy party idea, consider a super Jump party for your Children's Ministry.  Though it isn't low budget, it makes a huge impact with the kids and is an amazing motivator! Over the summer, we began an "Each One Reach One" campaign, encouraging every kid in the program to bring a friend with them. We promised that if we doubled the number of of kids that walked through our doors, we would throw a bounce house party.  Because we use KidCheck, it was easy to track the … [Read more...]

Super Simple Purim Grogger

Super Simple Purim Grogger

Have you heard of Purim? Purim is a Jewish celebration of the story of Esther and her bravery as God saves His people from destruction (Read all about it here). In the book of Esther, there is mystery, betrayal, hidden identities and a whole lot of excitement.   It's a terrific excuse to host a party and there's a whole lot of fun traditions that accompany the holiday of Purim. Today, we'll be making super simple purim groggers.  Groggers are noise makers that are rattled whenever the … [Read more...]

Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family (Book Review)

Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family (Book Review)

Ever since attending the Gathering in California back in 2012, I've been a huge fan of Michelle Anthony and her ideas of spiritual formation within the family.    It's a delight to hear from her each year and I really enjoyed her book, Dreaming of More.  So, of course I signed up for the chance to read and review her new book, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family. During the first few chapters, I was concerned that this book wouldn't be as powerful and impactful as her previous few … [Read more...]

I Choose You Today (Book Review)

I Choose You Today (Book Review)

With the excitement of Valentine's Day fresh in our minds, it seems like the perfect time to share some of my thoughts on a recent marriage book I read entitled I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last.   The Good The format of this book is very conducive to daily reading along with your devotional time.  The chapters are very short and can easily be finished before your first cup of coffee. I love the concept of the daily choice in marriage.  Even with two very easy going … [Read more...]

Five Family Values that will Change the Future of Your Children

Five Family Values that will Change the Future of Your Children

If you caught Thursday's post, I talked a little bit about the book and method of "Thinking Orange".  Basically, "thinking orange" is combining the two primary influences in a child's life (family + church) in order to more effectively reach and teach kids about Christ. Today, I'm going to talk about the Five Family Values that can change the life of your child forever. Family Value #1 Imagine the End Ultimately, our goal as parents should be for our kids to love God above all else. When Moses … [Read more...]

Orange Thinking in Kidmin: What’s it All About?

Orange Thinking in Kidmin: What’s it All About?

Note: This is a repost from the early days of the Growing Kids Ministry blog. Think Orange by Reggie Joiner was a important book in my Kidmin journey and I thought I would highlight it again for those of you who may be new to the Children's Ministry scene.   Grab Your Copy of: Think Orange on Amazon! The basic premise of thinking orange is this: Image from St. Simon's Community Church The Orange Movement among churches strives to rise above the traditional "family based ministry" … [Read more...]