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Getting Your Volunteers Invested (Part One)

Getting Your Volunteers Invested (Part One)

This article was originally published at Kidmin1124.  Since Kidmin1124 is no longer in operation, Wayne has encouraged us to repost our contributions on our own sites.   It’s 8PM Saturday night and the phone rings.  One of your volunteers has called to ask what lesson is up for Children’s Church tomorrow.  Clearly, they’ve taken a lot of time to prepare.  Or worse, a team members shows up Wednesday night fifteen minutes before your program is starting and asks “I’m not supposed to do anything … [Read more...]

Allergy Free Snack Ideas

Allergy Free Snack Ideas

Many kids suffer from food allergies today.  When serving food at the church, we need to make sure we take the time to not only check with kids and parents about potential allergies, but also check the foods we're serving to make sure playing it safe when it comes to allergies. Here's a list of the top 8 food allergies: Dairy Egg Soy Wheat Peanut Tree Nuts Fish Shellfish Here's some idea for allergy-free snacks: Kix Fresh Fruit Applesauce Cups Fruit … [Read more...]

Creating a Newsletter

Creating a Newsletter

When I began working with our children's ministry program, I spent the first few weeks observing and talking with parents. The two predominant requests that came from parents were (1) open and consistent communication and (2) earlier meeting time. We fixed the second request by moving our Wednesday night meeting time from 7:00 to 6:30pm. This way, parents could get their kids home, bathed, and in bed for at a decent time for school the next day. In order to provide more open and consistent … [Read more...]

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...]