July 2014 Blog Posts (137)

The 11 Videos of VBS…

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Added by Jared Kennedy on July 31, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Emotional Intelligence – Volunteer Training #Leadership #kidmin

Each month I do a training for volunteers in #kidmin. It’s open to whoever wants to come – we are currently covering topics relevant to a leader’s heart.

If you missed the first video (I didn’t record our first session), you can find it here.

In June, I did a training on the importance of Emotional Intelligence.

Here’s the…


Added by Spencer Click on July 31, 2014 at 9:08am — No Comments

Start the Fall on a Positive Note - Thank Your Volunteers & Start the Year, "Write"!

I love volunteer appreciation . . . what could be more fun than saying "thank you"; 

especially to people who are volunteering!!! While there are a lot of things to do when starting your school year of ministry, doing so with expressing your appreciation to those who…


Added by Lynda Freeman on July 31, 2014 at 8:18am — No Comments

New entry for Bible Database! _ Gabriel

New entry for Bible Database!


Added by Masaru Horie on July 31, 2014 at 12:59am — No Comments

More Education...Less God?

A recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research says the more education a person has the less likely they are to be religious.

The report states that with…


Added by Dale Hudson on July 30, 2014 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Are You Wasting Your Most Valuable Asset?

In children's ministry, as with anything, time is our greatest asset. Have you ever felt like the time children spend sitting and waiting for an event to begin is somewhat wasted?

We recently noticed this happening before our kids large group worship service. Parents would bring their children into our large group area and leave them for a time of kid-friendly games, music, and Bible study. Because…


Added by GJ Farmer on July 30, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Are you a "Seed Planter" or a "Harvester"?

I was thinking this morning about my grandsons (I have three, ages one, three and almost 

six) and remembered when the oldest asked Jesus into his heart; clearly one of the happiest days of my life! It was June 11, 2012 . . . I received a phone call I’ll never forget which let me know…


Added by Lynda Freeman on July 30, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Looking for a fun way to teach kids about missions?

Search no further! I’m Addison Venture, World FAMOUS Explorer and advocate for native missionaries. Join me as I explore the world, discover the love of God, and meet native missionaries who are busy sharing the Good News of salvation in Jesus – all across the globe.

I will be posting my Travel Log blog posts here each week on CMConnect. These are great missions-minded tools you can use to excite your children about what God is doing to spread the Gospel to the nations. Learn more at…


Added by Addison Venture on July 29, 2014 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Why Parent Ministry is More Important Than Children's Ministry

The Millennials are the young parents who are emerging in your ministry.

There is much to be concerned about as we seek to reach this next generation of parents and their…


Added by Dale Hudson on July 29, 2014 at 1:59pm — No Comments

How important is it for kids of divorce to get their emotional bucket filled?

Many of us in the children’s ministry have often worried about children of divorce and whether their emotional needs are being met. Often we ask,

  1. How do they cope living in two homes?
  2. How do they get their emotional needs met when their parents are stressed to the max or still fighting and warring over their “things”?

Children in divorced homes may need more help than children in other homes.

  • We know children need empathy…

Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on July 29, 2014 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Emotional Intelligence – July 13, 2014

Emotional Intelligence can be a key factor in your ability to lead and grow. This training shares about the importance of Emotional Intelligence and some ways to grow in your personal Ei.

Powerpoint: Emotional Intelligence

For more information about…


Added by Spencer Click on July 29, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Exiles Return (at Home for July 27th)

sojournkids at home This week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “The Exiles Return” (Ezra 3:1-13).  Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ Ezra 3:1-13 or Story 76 in …


Added by Jared Kennedy on July 29, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

What Seminaries Won't Teach You About Children's Ministry

When preparing to enter into the realm of children's ministry, many people have assumptions of what it will be like. Even if you try to prepare yourself by attending a college or seminary before you begin, you won't be able to learn everything you will need to know. Here are a few things that you will…


Added by GJ Farmer on July 29, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

It’s the simple things…

Who wants more visitors? Who wants your visitors to come back? We all do!! Several years ago, Outreach Marketing did a survey of the top reasons people come back after their first visit. Preaching wasn’t very high on the list. Actually, the top three were Music, Children’s Ministry, and Rest rooms. Rest rooms? Yep, why? Because a good rest room can make as good a first impression as a friendly greeter and a bad one can do just the opposite!

First impressions…


Added by Spencer Click on July 29, 2014 at 8:55am — No Comments

Being Found!

My grandson Josiah loves to play hide-and-seek . . . did I say "loves"??? No, it is more like he "LOVES" to play hide-and-seek! He has loved this game since he was able to walk! He loves to hide and then he loves being found, but I think it is the "being found" part he loves the most - when he was two and three he nearly always told us where he was "hiding"! He would say things like, "I'm going to hide under the table and you can count; then you can come and find me!" and when we…


Added by Lynda Freeman on July 29, 2014 at 6:44am — No Comments

Youth Ministry

Our church has gone through 4 youth leaders in 3 years. I am now over both children and youth. How do i change the current youth program into something that youth will want to come back to? Feeling overwhelmed and not wanting the great children's program to suffer with me heading up the youth too

Added by Joan Schell on July 28, 2014 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Why Children's Ministries Must Adapt in the Social Media Age

Engaging in social media is no longer an option for children's ministries.  It is a necessity.

Social media is all about connecting with families and…


Added by Dale Hudson on July 28, 2014 at 3:43pm — No Comments

The Three Rule Template

Three Rules Ruler Clip Art The Three Rule Template

This is a guest post by Andy Partington who is the Minister to Preschoolers and Children at First Baptist Minden, Louisiana. You can find out more about him at andypartingtonblog.com

Rules are good. God gave them to us. Not to punish us but to give us a great life to be lived for Him.

So why do we…


Added by Todd McKeever on July 28, 2014 at 10:01am — No Comments

6 Websites That Will Save You Money on Children's Ministry Resources

We all like saving money, but let's face it, for some children's ministry budgets it's a necessity. Saving money can sometimes determine if you will have enough in the budget to make that end of the year event possible. Here are 6 websites that will help you get the most out of your children's…


Added by GJ Farmer on July 28, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

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