June 2011 Blog Posts (304)

Starting a Conversation on the Sabbath

Found an interesting blog post today through Twitter – a post which was designed to start a conversation about fitting in a Sabbath or a day of rest into one’s life as a Children’s Pastor.

Written by Jared Massey, one of the authors of the blog Kidmin1124.com, the post entitled “…


Added by Amber Smith on June 30, 2011 at 11:27pm — No Comments

Our first tornado with pic



My wife and kids were driving home from Grandma's house when they looked out the window and saw their first live tornado!  81 Mile/per hour winds!!!  It moved away from them so they were okay.  They prayed and God kept them safe.  That was close.


Added by Bob Griffith on June 30, 2011 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Last Sunday: The Farmer

This week in SojournKids, we studied Matthew 13:1-23. We learned that:

  • Jesus told the people a parable about a farmer who sowed good seed.
  • The seed represents Godʼs word–the good news that Jesus came to save sinners!
  • Godʼs people are like the good soil. They hear Godʼs word, understand it, and obey it.

Download the SojournKids At Home for this lesson.


Added by Jared Kennedy on June 30, 2011 at 10:02pm — No Comments

Need Church Volunteers?

Having trouble getting people to “step up to the plate” to serve in the church? Let’s get something really clear….they rarely do! So we need to find another way to engage people in ministry. God didn’t wait for people to come (or even make general pulpit announcements)…God called people to come. By name. Moses, Mary, Gideon, Samuel, Noah, Jonah, Isaiah, Esther, Paul, the disciples. For each one God said, “Come…follow me.” Burning bushes, Jesus Christ, still small voices in the night, angels,…


Added by Liz Perraud on June 30, 2011 at 4:29pm — 2 Comments

Above or Below the line ministry results have reasons

I am reading another great book by Roger Connors and Tom Smith where they talk about accountable and non-accountable behavior and thinking, and what each looks like.

‘Below that line’ is the all to familiar blame game or victim cycle. People who get stuck in the blame game begin feeling victimized by circumstances…


Added by Todd McKeever on June 30, 2011 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Powerful Prayer Thursday – 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2

2 Thessalonians 3:1-2

1 Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. 2 Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer.

Again the Apostle Paul asks for prayer. I don’t believe we can pray for our…


Added by Jason Martin on June 30, 2011 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Sneak Peek of "Jak and the Scarlet Thread" from a Mom

Here’s a “Jak and the Scarlet Thread” review from a mom of five kids. Not sure how she found the time to read the pre-release copy, but I’m glad she did!

“Finally a fantasy book I can feel good about my children reading! …actually causes the reader, kids included, to consider what it was really like when Bible ‘stories’ happened and then go on to a deeper understanding of the theological implications. Brilliant.”

–Kristin G.,…


Added by Nathan Anderson on June 30, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Camp Illustrations I’m Using

So many of you were very kind to give me lot’s of great ideas for camp. The ideas you all send me help spark my imagination and bring me different ideas… and sometimes the idea you bring to the table is exactly what I need.

So, here’s what I’ve settled on using.…


Added by Kenny Conley on June 30, 2011 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Some Questions to Consider - Are We Really Reaching Out to Our Communnity?

So much of what we do in children's ministry is geared to "outreach" . . . we want "unchurched" kids to come to our events, but often rely on the children in our ministries bringing their friends and on "word of mouth" for families to hear about an event and decide to send their children to our church. But what are we doing to actually, really reach out to those who are not part of a church in our communities?


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Added by Lynda Freeman on June 30, 2011 at 10:49am — 2 Comments

Off to Summer Camp

They say that Disney is the “Happiest Place on Earth.” That may be true, but I think that summer camp comes pretty close. I think though that when you add in the life-impact that so many kids experience, Disney doesn’t have anything on camp.

So, I’m extra excited because I get to go to camp twice. That’s right. I’m the Camp Pastor for two Pre-Teen camps for Camp Zephyr in Sandia, TX. I…


Added by Kenny Conley on June 30, 2011 at 10:31am — No Comments

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

OK  I’ve heard this a couple of times, so I’m thinking that many of you (maybe most of you) feel this way -->  "I'm not interested any video game.  We’re actually trying to steer our kids away from video games."   To which I replied, “I understand, but that’s why we built BIG Bible Town - because you need to be able to steer kids and parents to a viable Christian alternative, a state-of-the-art game that actually opens the Bible, reads it to kids, lets them do fun game tasks…


Added by Bobby Wells on June 30, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Volunteer Appreciation... 5 Simple Ways to Make A Big Impact

Volunteers. Without them, ministry would come to a screeching halt.

When we show volunteers appreciation, we are showing how much we value them. How can you show them just how much they mean to you? Dinner at a 5 star restaurant? A trip to Hawaii? A new Benz to drive to church? A gold watch with their name engraved on it? They're certainly worth that and more...but not sure if a Children's Ministry budget could accommodate the expense. If your Children's Ministry budget can...then… Continue

Added by Dale Hudson on June 30, 2011 at 7:33am — No Comments

Leadership Development Group

Tonight we had our first meeting with a group that I am very excited about.  Over the past few years my passion for ministry has shifted very much from me being the one to have my hand on everything to me being in charge of developing leaders to run the ministry.  This heart change began when I had my babies and had to be on maternity leave.  (By the way during maternity leave #1 we moved campuses… like a week after my child was born!  That was a wake-up call for a control freak)  As we have…


Added by Jenny Funderburke on June 29, 2011 at 11:46pm — No Comments

Fun Meeting

I had a really fun meeting this week with our Student Ministries Pastor.  


We schedule once a month meeting over coffee or smoothies (I like Strawberry myself) and talk about issues relevant to both of us.  Our plan is to share leadership ideas and solutions to ministry problems we both face.  


It has been great so far as we have now met for three months and I have learned a lot from him.  We have done some dreaming and strategy but this week was really…


Added by Bob Griffith on June 29, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Egypt Files VBS

We have been using the Egypt Files VBS for our Summer kids midweek program.  Really like it.

My kids love going to the program and I love the creation teaching that provides a balanced teaching that helps kids answer questions people have about evolution as it relates to the Bible.  We really don't talk that much about evolution and how it eats away at the foundation of the Bible.  I love that kids get some answers from this and seem to really have fun doing it.




Added by Bob Griffith on June 29, 2011 at 11:25pm — No Comments

Idea #109: VBS & Kids Camp Follow Up

Today is officially the first day of summer vacation for kids, which means it is also officially Kids Camp or VBS season!  As a result, thought it would be appropriate to post a submission I wrote for “kidZvillage e-newZ” on the importance of having a strategic follow up plan to your Kids Camp or VBS.

During my summers, I travel to various churches and camps to host…


Added by Amber Smith on June 29, 2011 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Is Your Ministry Equipped To Handle Crisis Behaviors?

“The next thing I knew, he was trying to kick and bite me.”  It happened so suddenly and without notice that it caught Mary totally offguard.  “I didn’t know exactly what to do but I knew that I needed to keep everyone safe,” she added.  “It felt like the longest 15-minutes I’ve ever experienced in our special needs ministry!”

It’s not uncommon for scenarios like this to play…


Added by Michael Woods on June 29, 2011 at 2:55pm — 5 Comments

Kidmin Leadership Give-Away

So, Brother Jim sent me a box of books to give away. I’m leaving for Camp on Tuesday, so I want to get them out in the mail to you on Thursday. So, I’ll be scanning the #kidmin hashtag looking for your tweets. The first 2 people to tweet this message gets a copy of the book:

“Check out the newest leadership book for #kidmin!…


Added by Kenny Conley on June 29, 2011 at 11:45am — No Comments

Some Questions to Consider - How Do I Build On the Momentum Any Event Provides?

We all have various "events" in our children's ministry throughout the year. Some of us make use of VBS, camp, sports events, family events, holiday events and other opportunities, but we all plan for at least one event in our calendar year. I'm all for events . . . and more than one in a year . . . but, if we are only providing these events to provide an event . . . we have wasted an opportunity.


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Added by Lynda Freeman on June 29, 2011 at 10:19am — No Comments

Birmingham Illuminate Conference: Coming Soon!

In case you missed it, Illuminate is a new conference specifically targeted to volunteers. We’re bringing the best in Kidmin to local communities for an affordable but powerful conference. Read more about our plans…


Added by Kenny Conley on June 29, 2011 at 10:09am — No Comments

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