Chris Claassen
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  • Hamburg, NY
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Statistics - Children compared to whole congregation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Chanley May 17, 2016. 4 Replies

My executive pastor has been referencing a statistic that a healthy church should have a children's ministry that is 20% of its total attendance.  Would anyone out there know where that comes from? …Continue

F1 Mobile Check In

Started Jan 30, 2014 0 Replies

I am looking into mobile check in gear so that we could go unplugged and wireless to check in children for the weekend.  What gear do you use and is there something you wish you would have done…Continue

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Looking for a children's curriculum based off of Rick Warren's "Better Together - 40 days of community"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Leena Prindle Apr 17, 2012. 2 Replies

I'm wondering if anyone out there has adapted or written children's materials, Elementary age, for Rick Warren's "Better Together" series.  I looked at the Saddleback site and they have some…Continue

Is the 252 curriculum God based or behavior based?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Garnett Jul 6, 2011. 8 Replies

I've used 252 curriculum in large church settings for 6 years and have had some people question why I use it.  When I presented the rational, often using material from 252 most people understand and…Continue

 

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Michael Chanley replied to Chris Claassen's discussion Statistics - Children compared to whole congregation
"I am not sure where that statistic would have come from. It looks like others have already answered to that effect. In my experience, it seems it would vary quite a bit based on the demographics of the community you live in, the age of the church…"
May 17, 2016
Steven Dilla replied to Chris Claassen's discussion Statistics - Children compared to whole congregation
"I haven't seen anything linking it to church health. May be a better measure to use US Census data to determine what percentage of families in your community have children and see if you are above or below that. One thriving church in Manhattan…"
May 11, 2016
Nick Blevins replied to Chris Claassen's discussion Statistics - Children compared to whole congregation
"Tony Morgan's church consulting group works with a number of churches and hundreds have taken his health assessment. From that, they find the average church has kids making up 21% of the…"
May 9, 2016
Shannan Volters replied to Chris Claassen's discussion Statistics - Children compared to whole congregation
"It comes from a lot of sorces.  Barna refrences and there are church polls that go around.  But that doesn't mean if you are higher or lower there is something wrong. You have to look at your community make up and the people…"
Dec 17, 2015
Chris Claassen posted a discussion

Statistics - Children compared to whole congregation

My executive pastor has been referencing a statistic that a healthy church should have a children's ministry that is 20% of its total attendance.  Would anyone out there know where that comes from?  Would anyone have a different number from a different source?See More
Mar 9, 2015
Chris Claassen replied to Kathy King's discussion When do you promote kids from one grade to another?
"We move our current K-5 up the weekend after school lets out in June. (usually the last weekend in June)  We do this because the kids feel/believe they are in the next grade now.  We do not bring in the incoming Kindergartners until school…"
Nov 4, 2014
Chris Claassen replied to Sara Keleher's discussion What do you call your volunteers?
"We use the term "Ministry Partners" because they are ministers and they partner with the staff."
Jan 30, 2014
Chris Claassen posted a discussion

F1 Mobile Check In

I am looking into mobile check in gear so that we could go unplugged and wireless to check in children for the weekend.  What gear do you use and is there something you wish you would have done differently?See More
Jan 30, 2014
Chris Claassen replied to Bonnie Deroski's discussion Nursery Cribs
"We purchased collapsible cribs.  They are wood, so they look nice, but they are out of the way when they are not being used. They are mainly used for evacuation purposes, so it is nice that they fold up."
Nov 11, 2013
Chris Claassen replied to Mike Holmes's discussion Opening Activity/Timekiller?
"We use the game "Connect 4" because all kids can play, and sometimes younger kids win.  Games are short so even if we have to start our program during the middle of a game, they haven't invested a lot of time.   They…"
Oct 2, 2013
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Oct 2, 2013
Chris Claassen replied to Jason Martin's discussion Post your Ministry Logo(s)
"Jan, Our church used 99designs.com to design our church logo.  This summer we are redesigning the kids logo and plan on using that web site.  It is a "contest" and you get to interact with graphics people to choose which one you…"
Apr 17, 2013
Brittany Davis left a comment for Chris Claassen
"Hi Chris! I work for KidzMatter Ministries: we are associated with AWANA and we partner with churches in helping their children's ministries grow and help them be effective in the lives of kids. I wanted to let you know that KidzMatter…"
Nov 15, 2012
Leena Prindle replied to Chris Claassen's discussion Looking for a children's curriculum based off of Rick Warren's "Better Together - 40 days of community"
"Do you (or anyone else for that matter) need extra materials for the Adult study??  I have extras and books that were used but not marked and returned to me in the end. I tried to find a venue to sell/share but couldn't find one at the…"
Apr 17, 2012
Leena Prindle replied to Chris Claassen's discussion Looking for a children's curriculum based off of Rick Warren's "Better Together - 40 days of community"
"I have something! We used it three or so years ago. I'm not at my office right now but I know where it is when I do get there. I think what I found was not from Saddleback but a different ministry. "
Apr 17, 2012
Chris Claassen posted a discussion

Looking for a children's curriculum based off of Rick Warren's "Better Together - 40 days of community"

I'm wondering if anyone out there has adapted or written children's materials, Elementary age, for Rick Warren's "Better Together" series.  I looked at the Saddleback site and they have some workbooks that go along with the study, but I didn't find a curriculum.  Large group/Small group format would be fantastic.  Any ideas or other curriculum that I could adapt would be helpful.  It is possible I'll adapt the new KIDMO ZuCamp.See More
Apr 17, 2012

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Church/Ministry Website Address:
http://wchamburg.org
Church Denomination:
Wesleyan
Number of members attending your church:
1,800
Number of children attending your weekend services (birth to 5th grade):
250-300
Which age groups do you work with (check all that apply):
Nursery, Preschool, K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th
Education:
BA Music Education & Denomination Minsitry Classes

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At 9:55am on November 15, 2012, Brittany Davis said…

Hi Chris!

I work for KidzMatter Ministries: we are associated with AWANA and we partner with churches in helping their children's ministries grow and help them be effective in the lives of kids. I wanted to let you know that KidzMatter is holding a special network/lunch for Children's Ministry Pastors and Leaders on November 26 at Northside Baptist Church in Liverpool. I thought anyone involved in you and your children ministry team might be interested in this event! It's a great way to connect with other people who share your passion for children!
 
You can check it out here. 
 
Many Blessings!
Brittany Davis~
Global Networking Specialist
KidzMatter Ministries
brittany@kidzmatter.com
At 7:31pm on March 23, 2011, Mary Rice Hopkins said…

Hi, Chris!

"Mary Rice Hopkins & Puppets with A Heart" is a NEW Christian children's program which employs the use of live action, master puppetry, and song to create a weekly episodic program which equally entertains and teaches valuable life-choices to its young audience. 

You can tune in Saturdays on TBN or view online.  This show deals with tough issues kids are facing today and will change children's hearts for a lifetime.  Program schedule on Saturdays:  8:30 a.m. (PST), 9:30 a.m. (MT), 10:30 a.m. (CT), and 11:30 a.m. (EST).  

At 2:31pm on March 23, 2011, Lynda Freeman said…
Welcome to CM Connect! You'll find it is one of the best things you do for yourself and your ministry. Grab some coffee and take a look around - you'll find the people here will encourage you and you will encourage us, too! You are not alone! :^)
 
 
 

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