60 Ways to Show Appreciation To The People In Your Life

60 Ways to Show Appreciation To The People In Your Life

Now that school is back in session, it’s the perfect opportunity to start thinking about ways to show the kids’ teachers how grateful we are for their dedication and hard work throughout the year. Teachers really are angels in our little ones’ lives and have the ability to impact them for so many years to come. They are endlessly patient, kind and yet firm with our children when they need to be. But between getting the kids to school, managing their after school activities and remembering to … [Read more...]

What’s Your Excuse?  {Nursery Promo Video}

What’s Your Excuse? {Nursery Promo Video}

As I mentioned in this post, we did a big push for nursery volunteers during the month of May.  One of the first videos we showed the congregation was the "Be Part of the Dream Team" video. Check it out below: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16K56G69SEg What About You? What do you do for volunteer recruiting?  I'd love to hear about it! … [Read more...]

Fall Party Recruitment Bulletin Boards

Fall Party Recruitment Bulletin Boards

Every year, we host a Halloween Block party in the front yard of one of our church members.  We serve hot chocolate, play some lawn games, and hand out candy bags and invitations to church.  While I do try to talk to as many people as possible to recruit directly, I also find a highly visible bulletin board helps with the recruitment process.  Here's a few quick snapshots of our recruitment board from 2014: Big Picture One each leaf was a specific job and a place for volunteers to sign … [Read more...]

Tommy Larson: 1+1 = 4 (Inspiring Your Volunteers Toward a Path of Replication)

Tommy Larson: 1+1 = 4 (Inspiring Your Volunteers Toward a Path of Replication)

For today's first breakout, I hopped on over to the gym (after grabbing a snack) to hear from Tommy Larson about getting volunteers and keeping volunteers. To begin, he asked the crowd, "How many volunteers does it take for you to pull off a weekend?" Then, he asked "How much time does it take to secure these volunteers?" After a few chuckles, Tommy acknowledge that it takes a lot of time to secure all the help needed for a normal children's service on a Sunday morning.   He even shared … [Read more...]

Gap Year Graduation Gift

Gap Year Graduation Gift

We were headed to the graduation party of one of the girls from church this past Saturday.  We love this family and I really wanted to give something more than the traditional cash stuffed into a generic card.   Naturally, I took a stroll around Pinterest and found this amazing idea from Proverbs 31 Mom. I was all set to head up to the Dollar Tree and fill up a basket when I realized this particular grad was taking a gap year and probably wouldn't appreciate laundry soap and highlighters that … [Read more...]

6 Resources to Help You Prepare Your Children’s Ministry Lesson

6 Resources to Help You Prepare Your Children’s Ministry Lesson

Chances are, if you're in Children's Ministry, lesson preparation is a big part of your job description.  Whether you're leading large group or heading up a small herd...er... group of kids, effective lesson prep can make or break you. As Chris Biffle writes in his book, Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids, "Disorganized teachers breed chaotic classrooms.  If you want your students to engage and behave, you have to put in some serious preparation time." But how exactly do we do … [Read more...]