January 2009 Blog Posts (57)

Looking for a super great pre-teen program

Dear C.M. comrads: We have a Wednesday evening program which includes a group of about 10 ... 5th and 6th graders. I have 2 dedicated leader. They are all churched kids and most welcome the challenge to be fed on a deeper level. Please let me know if you are using a super duper, fun, challenging, biblically grounded, exciting program that you could suggest. A lot of the tween programs out there seem to lean more towards "children" and topically jump around. Any suggestions ... I'm all ears!… Continue

Added by Karen Reichard on January 31, 2009 at 8:25am — No Comments

A Relational Team

Paraphrase of Ps Clair Maurice @ Team Symposium 19th January 7pm

Have you ever noticed how every new year the previous year takes a beating? "Doesn't matter what 2008 was like, 2009 will be great!" "Whatever happened in 2008, it can't keep you down!" "2008 was last year - THIS is your year!". Well - I'd like to say... 2008 was absolutely fantastic! I had one of the best years of my life and as a Kids Ministry I am so proud of all that we accomplished. AND - 2009 is going to be… Continue

Added by Clair Maurice on January 28, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Partnering with Parents

(Paraphrase from Ps Clair Maurice @ Parent Symposium 18th January)

George Barna, author of the book “Raising Spiritual Champions”, highlights three levels of influence in a child’s life; parents and media are in the top sphere; dominating church and faith communities who are way down the bottom along with Great Aunt Marge. What does this mean? It means parents play the vital role in children growing up in a strong relationship with God. Children who go without this intentional… Continue

Added by Clair Maurice on January 28, 2009 at 6:40pm — 2 Comments

The Submissive Wife

The Submissive Wife

Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that *I may live because of you." So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful. The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken to Pharaoh's house. He treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and… Continue

Added by COMPASSION dave on January 28, 2009 at 1:13pm — No Comments


Added by Curt Rozean on January 28, 2009 at 11:32am — No Comments

Ways to encourage family participation

When we made our plans for 2009, we made sure that most of our activities included the parents. We had good participation in 2008 with parents and they even acknowledged how much fun it was. We even had two dads miss the first day of archery season - so they could go to a pumpkin farm with their daughters. (girls are 2 yrs old and 4 yrs old).

For February - we have sledding on the 7th and a game night on the 21st. Both events are being advertised as being a church-wide family event.… Continue

Added by Sue Corbran on January 28, 2009 at 7:57am — No Comments

The List

The List is what keeps me on track, it's the thing that holds it all together. My To Do list helps me everyday to prioritise, organise and strategise my work day.

At the start of every week I take some time out, no longer than 15 mins and write my to do list for the whole week. First I add in the things from last week's list that were not completed, then I go about adding the to do 's for the new week ahead.

I Love it... the list gives me a sense of where I am headed,… Continue

Added by Kathryn MacDowall on January 28, 2009 at 5:01am — No Comments

Join me at Borders for the booksigning of the book for "him"!

Yep, it's here. "Turning Her On and Keeping Her Heart" is the perfect bookend to "Keeping His Pants On Until He Gets Home." I'll be signing books at Borders 4th Street, downtown Louisville on Monday, February 2nd from 11:00 to 2:00. Women are complicated creatures ... but men love us anyway. "Turning Her On" is devoted to taking men into the hearts of women, guiding them to understanding the ups and downs, flips and flops, ins and outs of our emotions and what makes us happy one minute and not… Continue

Added by Joyce Oglesby on January 27, 2009 at 5:36pm — No Comments

BIG Curriculum


Hillsong Kids released a brand new multimedia curriculum in December called BIG.

We have been using it for the last two weeks, so I thought I would pass on my review.

What I Like:

The Packaging - Is great. The way they designed it is unique, and it was something that jumped out to me as soon as I got it.

The Imaging - The best I have seen. The imaging they used was… Continue

Added by Josh Koehler on January 27, 2009 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Lent and Evangelicals - What do you think?

Does your church follow the tradition of Lent? It starts on February 25 this year with Ash Wednesday. For links to an article on "Evangelicals and Lent" and some resources to use with kids, see today's post on www.pioneerclubsministry.blogspot.com.

Added by Pioneer Clubs on January 27, 2009 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Shapin' Up Fitness Camp

Want kids to learn habits of a healthy lifestyle? Your church can help. Tell them about Shapin' Up Fitness Camp, a 5 day, Bible-based fitness and nutrition program for kids!
Check it out online: http://kidzblitz.com/fitness_camp.htm

Added by Michelle Romain on January 27, 2009 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Don’t Lay A Guilt Trip on Me.

Don’t Lay A Guilt Trip on Me.

And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and the fourth generation." Exodus 34:6-7

The Source of… Continue

Added by COMPASSION dave on January 26, 2009 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Yancy news.......new Preschool DVD, worship site and more

Hello everyone.

I hope your Christmas was great. My husband and I were so blessed to get to move in our home in Tennessee 2 days before Christmas. It was crazy but a dream come true.

January has been great so far. I had a great time at CPC Nashville. It was fun to see so many of you. That week also marked the release of "Little Praise Party-My Best Friend" on DVD. That's right 12 animated videos for preschoolers to use in worship or just for singalong fun. So far the feedback is… Continue

Added by Yancy on January 26, 2009 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Motivational Reminders

These are a few motivational reminders I have recently given my staff.

1. Know Your God! We must first truly know and understand the basic principles upon which God acts, before we can minister to His creation. (*Knowing God by J.I. Packer)

2. Read the Word! The best way to know someone is to spend time with them. I know this is remedial but often the laborious tasks of ministry get in the way. (*The Message by Eugene Peterson, The Book of God by Walter Wanger)

3. Find your… Continue

Added by Chris Williams on January 25, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

There Are No Contradictions In the Bible…

There Are No Contradictions In the Bible…

Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, "I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. Genesis… Continue

Added by COMPASSION dave on January 24, 2009 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Are some volunteers time worth more than others??

I am responsible for managing six to eight large events for children in the course of any given year. These events will require the support of at least 800 volunteers, 450 for our Summer Blast program (VBS) alone.

I rarely have trouble filling these positions:

• Assistant Directors (they become my twin for the event)

• Teachers

• Presenters

• Class Assistants

• Greeters

• Preppers

• Set-Up and Down-Down Teams

• Actors

But, what I do… Continue

Added by Katie Williams on January 24, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Gut Check

I've had a serious look at my vision today. It started with thinking about my four social networking sites and led to a very serious self examination. In the Marines we would call it a "Gut Check."

Gut checks force us to look at why we are doing whatever we are doing and ask "Is it for the right reason?"

First, let me say this, because it is a question I am constantly confronted with... the networks I have created do not exist to make money. They are free and open to any… Continue

Added by Michael Chanley on January 24, 2009 at 1:22am — 2 Comments

Taking the spiritual temperature of your ministry.

Taking the spiritual temperature of your ministry.

By Jerry Moyer


Are you a thermostat or a thermometer?

A thermometer reacts to the temperature of the room.

A thermostat sets the temperature in a room.

Do you set the spiritual climate in your class or do the children?

We as…

Added by Jerry Moyer "The Jubilee Gang" on January 23, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

When God Stops Talking

When God Stops Talking

So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in…Now the flood was on the earth forty days…And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days. Genesis 7:16, 17, 24

Ark Appraisal

Noah’s Ark and the flood are real events; believers know this to be true because Jesus speaks of these events in His teachings. We also know that… Continue

Added by COMPASSION dave on January 23, 2009 at 12:25pm — No Comments

2 reasons why your volunteers are burnt out! And how to fix it.

Ahhh the disastrous cycle of burnout! Children's Ministry is the biggest area of the church for burnout. I want to help you fix the burnout problem in your ministry. It is not easy but it is possible to have the healthiest volunteer program in your church. Our ministry actually has a waiting for most time slots because there are too many people! Let me share with you 2 common problems and how to turn them around.

1- "We'll take anyone we can get!" This is the first problem in… Continue

Added by Joe McAlpine on January 23, 2009 at 10:49am — No Comments

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