April 2011 Blog Posts (517)

Final Thoughts from Orange11

As a newbie to Orange Conference and the Orange strategy, I was really blessed by the time spent at this years conference. There were many things I enjoyed about the conference there are also some things I didn't like so much. Please don't be offended by my comments they are not meant to offend, they are just my personal observations and you are welcome to disagree with me.

What I liked:

I loved the ease of check-in and selection of breakout sessions, as well as how they used…


Added by Tom Bump on April 30, 2011 at 8:57pm — No Comments


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The KidTrek – Sunday Plus Blog is about how and what the Lord taught me in forty years of working directly with children…


Added by Wanda Parker on April 30, 2011 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Tough Questions and Tough Answers About the Tornadoes

I have said many times in the past year that my education degree, my seminary degree, nor my years in children’s ministry have prepared me for the questions that come out of my own children’s mouths.  The struggle for me is not finding just an easy, happy answer, but telling them what is true and Biblical but in a way that is on their level.  How in the world do a 3 year old and 5 year old have brains that come up with such complex questions?

I have been known to defer some to our…


Added by Jenny Funderburke on April 30, 2011 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Orange Conference Interview - Special Needs Ministry

Big thanks to Tony Kummer at ministry-to-children.com for recording the interview I did yesterday at the Orange Conference (Live Stream) about starting a special needs ministry.  Checkout the 13 minute video on special needs ministry here:  http://ministry-to-children.com/special-needs-seminar/

Added by Amy Fenton Lee on April 30, 2011 at 11:56am — 1 Comment

Look What We Will Be Talking About Next Week on About the Children's Department!

Last week I talked about the nursery ministry - how to make sure your room is safe, be sure your polices are in place for a safe ministry and took a look at safe equipment, furnishings and toys. Next week I'll continue the conversation about nursery ministry, but this time focus on how to have a safe and excellent nursery ministry on a shoe string!

In addition, I'll be announcing another "Family Pick"and drawing and will begin my "First Friday Freebies"

Added by Lynda Freeman on April 30, 2011 at 7:49am — No Comments

My Thoughts on How to Talk to Kids About the Tornadoes

I live south of Birmingham, Alabama and was at Orange when the devastating storms rolled through our area.  I don’t even have the words to describe how I felt sitting in a hotel watching live online coverage of a massive tornado tearing through Tuscaloosa.  Not long after I was waiting to go into the main session when my mama called, asking if I was watching the same tornado move through downtown Birmingham.  All I could do was pray and watch text and twitter updates as another storm headed…


Added by Jenny Funderburke on April 30, 2011 at 1:01am — No Comments

Yay for Orange 11!

I had the privilege of being in ATL this week for the Orange Conference.  I had not originally planned on attending, but realized that my sweet friends, David and Karen Rhodes, would be super close to me and I wanted to hang out with them!  So, my motives in going were purely selfish.

I had an absolute blast, and while I’m sure the conference was fabulous I honestly saw very little of it.  But it was fabulous. Here are my…


Added by Jenny Funderburke on April 30, 2011 at 12:32am — No Comments

Praying for Churches Ministering to Tornado Victims

I am enjoying the Orange Conference beyond words.  I want to share some of this experience with you but before I do...

The tornadoes that ripped through Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia have caused destruction reminiscent of a war zone.  Not just to people’s homes, but to people’s lives.  Yesterday relatives were going to check on family members who had failed to return phone calls after Wednesday night’s weather.  Loved ones arrived to…


Added by Amy Fenton Lee on April 29, 2011 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Child Discipleship: Gathering/Opening Questions

“The doctor told me I have bugs in my stomach. He is going to get rid of the bugs,” Simone shared as she sat in the circle with her Trek Team.


The kids look forward to this sharing time at the beginning of each gathering.. They learn to join their Discipler on the floor as soon as they enter the room.

New kids are…


Added by Wanda Parker on April 29, 2011 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Creative tool to draw our kids into Scripture

Hey, I don't think I've mentioned this before, but I am working on a Biblical adventure novel series called "Jak & the Scarlet Thread." It's about a boy named Jak who gets thrown back in time to a particular messed up garden paradise and given a mission to get rid of death forever. Along the way he'll meet the people God worked through in Scripture in unfolding His plan to rescue us from death and evil.

The story is aimed at tweens and young adults, but anyone who likes Narnia…


Added by Nathan Anderson on April 29, 2011 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Preparing for Next Year

As this year comes to a close, it is not time to “mothball”  the program, but to plan for next year. Here are a few things you should be doing now to prepare for next year.

  • Make sure records are up to date
  • Look at the schedule for the 2011-2012 year – what days will you meet
  • Talk to the leaders of VBS, camp, and any other major summer kids programs you have to help them promote and have them promote for you for the fall (ministries working…

Added by Bill Gunter, AKA Commander Bill on April 29, 2011 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Orange Conference 2011: Breakouts with Kendra Fleming

There are lots of blogs out there I can say that Kendra’s is one of my favorites. She is so intensely practical I read her blog and I can actually feel my leadership growing. I have been to her breakouts every year and every year her breakouts are among my favorite.

This year I took two of Kendra’s breakouts here are some of the things that stand out to me.

How to Evaluate your weekly…


Added by Sam Luce on April 29, 2011 at 12:16pm — No Comments

It’s not my birthday

So, yesterday I got punked by my own prank. It was so funny. At lunch yesterday, I told everyone about a great new facebook prank to play. I recently learned it and hadn’t tried it yet. If you can hop on someone’s computer when they’re not on it, get on their Facebook account and change their birthday to today. Later in the day, they’ll find out what you’ve done…


Added by Kenny Conley on April 29, 2011 at 12:07pm — No Comments

20% Of My FB Friends Want To Thank You For Something...

As a father of 3 boys, each with special needs, I’m drawn to other parents who are in a similar situation as mine.  That’s the reason why 85% of my acquaintances on my FB page are parents of special needs kiddos also. 




I was interested in how many of them attend church even if it does not have a special needs ministry.  So I…


Added by Michael Woods on April 29, 2011 at 11:29am — 8 Comments

I Have A Winner In My Rob Biagi "You're a VIP to God" Give-Away!

I'm happy to announce Annette VandenBerg is the winner in my Rob Biagi, "You're a VIP to God" CD Give-Away! Thank you Annette for following my blog and thank you Rob Biagi for sending your cd for my review and an extra one for give-away!

Added by Lynda Freeman on April 29, 2011 at 10:14am — No Comments

Today on CMConnect – ORANGE

Today is the last day of the Orange conference… I’ll be running the chat room off and on through out the day.

I’ll send out a tweet and update my facebook page so you will know when to jump in… or “on”line…

Here are some links:

I’m looking…


Added by Michael Chanley on April 29, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Safe Nurseries + Safe Equipment = Welcoming & Effective Ministry . . . Toys!

All week I've been talking about being certain our nurseries are safe. One area we tend to not think of when it comes to nursery safety is toy safety. Far too often the toys in our nurseries are "cast offs" - toys church kids have "outgrown" so their parents donate them to the nursery. It is essential for you to develop a nursery toy policy - and stick to it.


see more at…


Added by Lynda Freeman on April 29, 2011 at 9:27am — No Comments

Rachel Barnes is the Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week

Volunteer Champion Welcome to the Kidmin1124.com Volunteer Champion of the Week. There are thousands and thousands of volunteers who turn out each weekend and selflessly serve children in churches around the globe. They do not do what they do for recognition or accolades, but at Kidmin1124 we would like to shine a light on some of these volunteers as a way to say “Thank You!” So, each week we recognize one volunteer…


Added by Wayne Stocks on April 29, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

How to Mobilize Kids & Youth to Serve in Kidmin

I sat in on a breakout session led by Joy Bowen at Orange Conference 2011. Within the first 5 minutes she used the word ‘copious’.

I was hooked.

Joy’s topic focused on mobilizing kids and youth to lead in the context of the weekend worship…


Added by Gina McClain on April 29, 2011 at 7:32am — 1 Comment

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