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...]

Nursery Promo Video (Mother’s Day)

Nursery Promo Video (Mother’s Day)

During the month of May, we did a big recruitment push for new volunteers for our nursery program. We streamlined our application (from 3 pages to 1 page), added easy ways to sign up and did some promo videos.   Here's one promo we showed on mother's day: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMUyR7YHl40 Perhaps it will provide you with some inspiration!  A few of the video clips were free from a site called Pixaby, and others we took on location at our church. … [Read more...]

Getting Kids to Do Your Job in Children’s Ministry

Getting Kids to Do Your Job in Children’s Ministry

A few years back, I took a great class at Children's Ministry University Online about kids in the ministry.  It was all about getting kids more involved in the week to week tasks of a children's ministry program. Dick Gruber also talks a bit about this in his book, Cultivating a Cutting-Edge Children's Ministry.  He mentions that we spend years telling kids to sit still and be quiet (be a spectator) and then are surprised when all they want to do as adults is sit still and listen to the … [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...]

Fight Hunger with Rice Bowls

Fight Hunger with Rice Bowls

We've all heard of world hunger.  It's one of those problems that seem to plague us... niggling in the back of our mind every time we throw out a half eaten apple.   Fighting hunger is something we all want to do, especially when it comes to kids.  It's not the motivation we lack, it's the clear direction on what to do.    That's what I'm so pleased to be partnering with Rice Bowls, a company dedicated to fighting world hunger, one bowl at a time. Rice Bowls is a non-profit organization … [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...]