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Craig Johnson: Four Keys to Leadership

Craig Johnson: Four Keys to Leadership

Craig Johnson opened his session with some of the surprises that he encountered in ministry.  A few things like People aren't always nice. Leaders are territorial. People didn't always like his ideas. After being faced with some of these things, he did the natural thing... look for a new job in the classified ads.  :)  Then, he began to think rationally again and starting pondering some things about leadership.  Here are four keys to leadership according to Craig Johnson.  1. … [Read more...]

Decorating for Summer Blast {VBS}

Decorating for Summer Blast {VBS}

For our VBS program this year, we did something a little non-traditional by running it for four Wednesdays instead of a straight week.   We did a few other things differently, but you can read all about that in this post.  One of the nice side-effects of having a summer program for a whole month is that the sanctuary got some fun Summer decorations for a month.   We focused mainly on the sanctuary since that's where we were doing our lesson and singing time, but we did add a few other … [Read more...]

Discount Code for CM Leaders Conference!!

Discount Code for CM Leaders Conference!!

Recently, I traveled across the country to attend The Gathering in California -- a gathering focused on the Tru curriculum by David C. Cook.  While I was there, I met some amazing people and was deeply inspired by the heart and soul that go into making a quality program for churches.   It was great to talk with fellow Children's Ministry workers and hear about what God is doing all over the world.   It was a lot of fun, but I wasn't crazy about being so far away from my family. When I heard … [Read more...]

What’s in the Bible: Wanderin’ in the Desert

What’s in the Bible: Wanderin’ in the Desert

Oh Veggie Tales.  Nothing could warm the hearts of children and adults like a tiny asparagus playing the role of David the shepherd or a giant cucumber starring as King Nebuchadnezzar.   Nothing could fill a half hour better than a row of singing peas. Though not entirely accurate, this series was absurdly funny, and let's face it, Phil Vischer is a genius with his writing. When I heard that Phil Vischer had embarked an another grand project called "What in the Bible?", I knew it had to … [Read more...]

Christian Clip Art (FREE!!)

Christian Clip Art (FREE!!)

You probably already know how hard it is to find quality illustrations for your lesson.  Kids respond better when they have something to look at, but you can't always find a great clipart for some of the more obscure narratives in the Bible.  Even if you do find one, you might not have permission to use it.  Ugh. Enter Christian Clip Arts!  This site is full of high-quality clipart for all kinds of Scipture passages.   Best of all, it's free!   Each clip comes with a short synopsis, including … [Read more...]

Don’t You Want to Be Part of this Story? {The Gathering}

Don’t You Want to Be Part of this Story? {The Gathering}

Amazing story telling.  That's how Chris Brown starts out his general session.   Details pour out as the story comes together and I realize he is telling the story of Jesus sending the demons to the herd of pigs, found in Mark 5.    Perhaps you're familiar with the story, after the pigs run over the side of the cliff, people grow angry with Jesus and tell him to leave.   Jesus doesn't protest.  Instead, he gets into the boat and rows away.  The scariest part of this story is not the demons.  It … [Read more...]