July 2013 Blog Posts (137)

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Added by Jared Kennedy on July 31, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

14 Ways to "Blow" Your Children's Ministry - Manipulate People

Of course we all are quick to agree manipulating others is wrong, but how often do we actually manipulate others? Far more often than we might want to admit, but whenever we manipulate others we are absolutely "blowing" our children's ministry. So, how and when might we manipulate others? Consider the following . . .…


Added by Lynda Freeman on July 31, 2013 at 8:20am — No Comments

Walk Through Paper - When We Trust God, Amazing Things Happen!

I love to use science projects, origami projects and activities which capture the attention of children; especially when I'm teaching a very familiar lesson. This Sunday the Bible lesson is about David and Goliath . . . even my first graders are familiar with this lesson, so I'm going to have an object lesson which should get their attention and - according to my grandson - "amaze" them!…


Added by Lynda Freeman on July 31, 2013 at 7:53am — No Comments

Kids Need Prayer

20130730-153157.jpg I saw this earlier as I read through the take-home activity sheets we give to our children every week here at church. I was heartbroken to come upon this, and I thought of a couple of questions that I'll pass on to you parents and leaders of children.

  • Are you praying for your children?
  • Are you praying with your children?
  • Are you teaching your children to…

Added by Joe Montoya on July 31, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Summer Reading

Summer is a great time to try out a new author or dive into a new genre…for most people.

Sadly, I am not one of those people. For years, my goal has been a minimum of 10 books a year. I quickly became a easy goal to meet and over the last few years I’ve ended with about 30 books for the year. So this year I set the bar a little higher – 52′ a book a week.

I started easily enough. In January I read 5, then one a week until April when I finished 6. Then came summer and my total…


Added by Jesse Smith on July 30, 2013 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Ministering to Kids in South Africa

On a TV news show in SA, two wonderful ladies talk about kids of divorce in their country and how they are ministering to those kids through DC4K, DivorceCare for Kids. Plus they do a great job of explaining what DC4K is all about. 


Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on July 30, 2013 at 11:57am — No Comments

Please Pray for Another Missing Child and His Family

It seems like there have been a lot of missing children this summer; I'm very sad to let you know about another one, but do so knowing you will be praying and watching for this sweet little boy. Darnell Anderson is a seven year old boy from Riverdale, IL - he has been missing since yesterday, July 29th. …


Added by Lynda Freeman on July 30, 2013 at 8:10am — No Comments

Cherish Your Volunteers!

In just a few weeks our Fall ministries will be starting . . . while there are a number of things which are crucial to the success of your Fall ministries, none are more essential than your volunteer staff . . . it would be very difficult to accomplish the things you want to do this year without them. So, as your new year of ministry begins, make the commitment to truly cherish your volunteers! Consider the following ways to help them feel like the most cherished people on…


Added by Lynda Freeman on July 30, 2013 at 7:57am — No Comments

14 Ways to "Blow" Your Children's Ministry - Stop Having Fun

I completely believe if our children's ministries are going to accurately reflect Jesus,  hey have to be places which are fun . . . fun places to be, fun things to do and filled  with "fun" people. I believe this because I absolutely believe Jesus was a "fun" person. He certainly wasn't boring, stuffy or cranky. How do I know this? Because children wanted to be with him and children do not tend to want to be around boring, stuffy or cranky adults. Boring,…


Added by Lynda Freeman on July 30, 2013 at 7:52am — No Comments

An Amazing Way You Can Reach Families


Looking for an amazing…


Added by Dale Hudson on July 29, 2013 at 12:05pm — No Comments

You’re a Leader? (pt1)

This week I am going to talk a lot about people that think they are a great leader.  I am going to talk about some of the things I have witnessed people in leadership say and do because they think they are good leaders.  It might seem like I am…


Added by Joe McAlpine on July 29, 2013 at 9:09am — 1 Comment

Ten Effective Ways To Show Appreciation To Your Volunteers

Leading a volunteer ministry can be difficult.  Volunteers sacrifice their time away from their families, their jobs, and their other responsibilities and interests.  They are not required to stick with you or your kids ministry, so you want to make sure that you are proactive in showing them your appreciation.

Here are ten effective ways you can show appreciation to your volunteers:…


Added by Brian Dollar on July 29, 2013 at 8:43am — No Comments

Grandparent's Day Songs


Honoring grandparents at your church can be a memorable event for families.  Boys and girls enjoy learning and presenting these songs:  “Grandma’s House” from 15 Singable Songs, Fingerprints, and Sing through the Year albums; “Grandpa’s Charm” from Kids Kamp; “Grandpa’s Hands” from Mary Christmas and “   It All Begins With You” from Lighthouse. 



Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on July 29, 2013 at 7:58am — No Comments

14 Ways to "Blow" Your Children's Ministry - Stop Showing Love

If we are in children's ministry, we love others; right? After all, we wouldn't be in ministry if we didn't, right? Well . . . while we likely do actually love others, and may be quite proficient at "saying" we love others, do we actually show our "love" for others? There is a significant and very real difference between "saying" we love others and actually "showing" we love them and if you are actually only talking about love, you are "blowing" your children's ministry.…


Added by Lynda Freeman on July 29, 2013 at 7:21am — No Comments

My Prayer for Your Children's Ministry

Your Fall ministries will be "kicking off" in just a touch over a month . . . you are working so diligently to get ready for this new school year of ministry, so I thought I'd share my prayer for you and your ministry . . . 


Added by Lynda Freeman on July 29, 2013 at 6:59am — No Comments

Extending Your Nursery Ministry

In the nursery, the only member of a family we may often focus on is the baby! But each baby is part of a family to which we should minister, too; families with young children need the support and encouragement of others in the Body of Christ. So building solid relationships with the baby’s family is a vital part of the nursery ministry.nursery-image

Learn About the…


Added by Donna Lucas on July 29, 2013 at 1:03am — No Comments

14 Ways to "Blow" Your Children's Ministry - Encourage Each Other to Skip the Hard Things

Okay, you may not out-and-out "encourage" each other to "skip" the hard things, but you also may not encourage each other to do the hard things either. If you do either of these two things, you will be "blowing" your children's ministry. So, what does it look like for you to "encourage" each other to "skip" the hard things? Consider the following . . . …


Added by Lynda Freeman on July 28, 2013 at 7:33am — No Comments

What Is Child Discipleship?

Child Discipleship is walking through life with children just as Jesus did with His disciples – Peter, James, and John.

Kids can’t just be taught what it means to walk with God…


Added by Wanda Parker on July 27, 2013 at 6:20pm — No Comments

14 Ways to "Blow" Your Children's Ministry - Argue . . . or at Least Have Lack of Unity

Arguing. It is easy to do . . . sometimes we often argue without even realizing it. How often do you argue in your children's ministry?  Arguing with anyone in your children's ministry is a way you can be sure of "blowing" your children's ministry. Think about the following . . . …


Added by Lynda Freeman on July 27, 2013 at 12:33pm — No Comments

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