March 2014 Blog Posts (161)

8 Books I've Read Recently That I Recommend to Children's Ministry Leaders





Growing leaders are always in school...for life.  And when you are in school, you read.  Here's 8 "school books" I've…
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Added by Dale Hudson on March 31, 2014 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

5 Character Branding Tips for Your Children's Ministry

We’ve all seen the power and appeal of an iconic character, and we all know the importance of effective branding for the world of specialty coffee and niche computers, but what does all of this have to do with my children’s ministry department? Well, more than you may think. Whether intentional or…

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Added by Todd Hampson on March 31, 2014 at 1:50pm — No Comments

VBS Countdown: Passion and Publicity!

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VBS is all about spreading the good news of Jesus! We want to get kids into the Word and get the Word into kids. But sometimes it’s hard to keep up the passion level while we’re in the planning stages.

March is a tough month. It can be a struggle to ward off the doldrums. The excitement of deciding which program to use is over—decision made. Now it is down to the real work of preparing,…

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Added by Donna Lucas on March 31, 2014 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Five Reasons to Find Your Calling!

Teacher and Student I can hardly believe it—it’s already been 14 months since I took over leadership of my church’s Children’s Ministry! You know how it goes: As a frustrated Sunday School teacher, I sent a letter to the Senior Pastor, pointing out a need for leadership. As usually happens, my pointing out a need “volunteered” me into my next ministry role!

I admit that when I took this on, I did not do it out of a sense of “calling” on my life! It was a temporary role, a way to help the church…

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Added by Donna Lucas on March 31, 2014 at 11:44am — 1 Comment

How great it is to be a dad.

Was spending some time this morning thinking about how great it is to be a dad.

* What a great responsibility it is as you have the privilege of building the right foundation into the lives of your kids.

* What great fun it is as you get to play with your kids and their toys while using the excuse it is all for them.

* The sadness that overcomes you when you see one of…

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Added by Todd McKeever on March 31, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments

Please Take This Short Parenting Survey

When my husband and I raised our children in the 1980's and 1990's, life was very different 

than it is today. The world was different. Then, computers were just starting to show up in homes; today nearly everyone has at least one computer. Then, cell phones were new and only the wealthy had them; today…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on March 31, 2014 at 7:42am — No Comments

Take a Moment to Give Thanks . . .

Take time this week to reflect,  pause and "evaluate", but while you are doing these things, don't forget to take time to give thanks! I looked on-line and found the following definition for giving thanks . . . "Express gratitude or show appreciation to." So, with this in mind, let's think about taking a moment to "give…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on March 30, 2014 at 7:38am — No Comments

Take a Moment to Evaluate . . .

Yesterday I wrote, "Reflecting is all about evaluating and if we do not evaluate the things we do, how will we know if we are 'on target' or just throwing everything at the wall hoping something 'sticks'? Take time this week to 'reflect, chew over, think over, ponder and contemplate' . . . and be sure to take notes!" and Monday I said, "The school year is almost over and Summer ministries are about to begin, so now is the perfect time to take a…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on March 29, 2014 at 8:24am — No Comments

Here are TWO BIG TIPS when ministering to disruptive children of divorce

Children of divorce can be disruptive and many times the adult standing in front of them doesn’t know what to do. Here are two really easy techniques to use.

Tip #1

Don’t ask the child any question you already know the answer to. It tends to take away the dignity of the child. More than likely they know you know the answer so they wonder why would you ask that question in the first place?

In other words, don’t walk over to the messy art table and say, “Did you do this?”…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on March 28, 2014 at 3:28pm — No Comments

1 thing that will make you a more effective leader

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Rereading “The Effective Executive” by Peter Drucker the thing that I keep coming back to is what he says about the…

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Added by Sam Luce on March 28, 2014 at 9:28am — No Comments

Simple but Truly delivers

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Simple but really good. If you have ever eaten at a Maid-Rite you find out real fast that it is not a complicated restaurant. It simply serves Maid-Rite sandwiches and very little of anything else. But they taste great and you choose to keep coming back.

We can…

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Added by Todd McKeever on March 28, 2014 at 8:28am — No Comments

Take a Moment to Reflect . . .

Today I want to take a moment to consider what it means to "reflect" and why we should do so, but first, let's think about what "reflect" means. I looked on-line and found the following synonyms for "reflect" . . . "chew overthink…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on March 28, 2014 at 8:03am — No Comments

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to say Mary Beth Dawson is the winner in my AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything book give-away (you'll find the review at this …

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Added by Lynda Freeman on March 28, 2014 at 7:48am — No Comments

What to do when one child brings chaos to your class or group

Have you ever been teaching a class or had a group where everything was going smoothly and all of a sudden that child showed up and everything fell apart? You know what I’m talking about. The frenzied chaotic child who breezes into your group and he or she brings the outside chaos inside. All of a sudden bedlam and pandemonium reign.

Children of divorce live lives marked by chaos and disorder. There are so many things about the divorce that can cause chaos, it is impossible…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on March 27, 2014 at 3:17pm — No Comments

3 Big Goals Your Children's Ministry Should Strive For



























Yesterday, I had a phone interview with someone who is finishing up a degree in Children's Ministry.



He asked some great questions. …

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Added by Dale Hudson on March 27, 2014 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Take a Moment to Pause, Reflect, Evaluate and Give Thanks!

Well . . . March is almost over, there are just two more months until school is out and Summer Ministry is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to take a moment to pause, reflect, evaluate and give thanks! First, today, lets consider taking a moment to pause . . . 

In children's ministry we often tend to be moving from one program, ministry or activity to the next - often at "break-neck" speed - and we may not take…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on March 27, 2014 at 7:37am — No Comments

What a Difference a Week Makes!

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Last week, I shared that I was coaching one of our elementary small group leaders in effectively leading her group.  (If you missed that post, you can read all about that …

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Added by Kathie Phillips on March 26, 2014 at 5:09pm — No Comments

How Can We Be More Effective Today?

I like video clips with George Barna . . . they give me definite things to think about. Please take a moment to listen to this clip with George Barna as he talks about how the church can minister more effectively today . . . 

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2014/03/how-can-we-be-more-effective-today.html

Added by Lynda Freeman on March 26, 2014 at 9:14am — No Comments

Play Your Way to a Better Family

It may sound childish. It may seem too simplistic. But I’ll say it anyway:

If you want to improve your relationship with your family, Go Play.

Jim Burns once said, “the family that isn’t ‘working’ is the family that isn’t playing together.” He’s right – play has a ton of benefits.

When families play together they begin to laugh – and laughter actually makes…

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Added by Jesse Smith on March 25, 2014 at 6:57pm — No Comments

Addison Venture’s Travel Log: Entry #3

Can't wait for you to read my adventures in Egypt. 

Check them out at: 

Addison Venture’s Travel Log: Entry #3

Added by Addison Venture on March 25, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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