August 2013 Blog Posts (129)

Parenting and the "Check Engine" light

Every once in a while, something happens in our culture that wakes us up and should cause us to reflect on how we are passing the faith on to our children. This post is not about judging Miley Cyrus. This post is about the warning lights that turn on, and what we ought to do about them.

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Most of us have seen the above indicator before.…

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Added by John Mulholland on August 31, 2013 at 6:15pm — No Comments

50 in 5 at @sojournmidtown

On September 1st, Sojourn Midtown is launching a ’50 in 5′ Fall Kickoff push. Over the five weeks of September, we’re looking for fifty people to step into service with SojournKids, our children’s ministry, and the Connect Team, our Sunday hospitality ministry. Here are the ways that you can get involved right away:

SojournKids 

At SojournKids, our mission is to show kids God’s glory so they grow to be like Jesus and go to tell others about…

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

A Prayer for Teachers & Helpers

Fall ministries are about to begin in churches across the country and there are few things we can do which are as essential as to pray for the teachers and helpers who will be serving the children and families at our churches. So, at my church I have a prayer for them which I thought I'd share with you today . . .…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 31, 2013 at 9:11am — No Comments

Baby Beginners Bible Board Books - I'm Giving One Set Away

I was recently invited by Zonderkidz to review a new series of Baby Beginners Bible Board book; I was curious about the set, so they sent them to me for review. I'm happy to share my opinions about these books with you today, and give  set away!

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2013/08/baby-beginners-bible-board-books-im.html

Added by Lynda Freeman on August 30, 2013 at 8:24am — No Comments

Are R-rated Movies Ok for My Preteen?

When I was a preteen I watched many R rated movies. Somehow I turned out ok. BUT, I believe this is only by the grace of God and through my relationship with Jesus Christ. Without these things I don’t know where I would have ended up.

So, are R rated movies ok for my preteen?

In Luke 6:45 Jesus said, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored in his heart, and an evil man brings…

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Added by Matt Norman on August 30, 2013 at 8:01am — No Comments

20 Things You Need to Know About Today's Kids























  1. They share information.  They are growing up with the electronic cut…
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Added by Dale Hudson on August 30, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Helpful tip #4 for starting the school year: Encouraging words for kids of divorce

Many children in single parent homes are going to need encouraging words to get off to a good start this school year. This is especially true if the parents separated this past summer. Their minds could be swimming with questions. The last thing they want to do is try and concentrate.

Or perhaps they spent the summer with the other parent, grandparents and cousins they don’t get to see often enough. Their minds are back in that other place.

Another scenario that could cause a…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on August 29, 2013 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Hey, Let’s try this…

Most of you are familiar with Ted Talks. They are short (less than 5 minutes) talks that touch on thought-provoking ideas. I came across this one today and thought I’d share.

(Read on after the video)

My thought after this video goes back to something Craig Jutila said in a workshop many years ago. “Sometimes good enough is good enough.” Now, I’m not advocating that we just wing it with everything – but there are times when we may need to try something (in a controlled…

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Added by Spencer Click on August 29, 2013 at 11:10am — No Comments

Should My Preteen Have a Cell Phone?

When I first thought about writing this post my answer was a resounding NO!! However, considering my self an ineffectual person I decided to ask some other parents what they thought. So I posted on Facebook asking when other parents allowed their children to have cell phones. I got answers from 6 years old to college age. The reasons were nearly as varied as the ages. So I found myself still…

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Added by Matt Norman on August 29, 2013 at 8:05am — 3 Comments

Children's Church Curriculum Review - Knights of God Academy - And a Give-Away!

For several years now I've been reviewing NextGen4Christ's VBS resources. Today I'm happy to share with you a new resource they have made available . . . and announce a special give-away! First, the resource . . . Knight's of God Academy . . . a twelve week children's church curriculum which focuses on the armor of God.…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 29, 2013 at 7:53am — No Comments

Kidmin Grants?/?

Hey fellow Kidmin, just wandering if any of you know of any specific grants or funds that may be available to help a children's ministry fund outreaches and may include funds for outdoor playground equipment.  These would be used to reach lower-income families and may or may not include free summer day camps and/or childcare.  Thanks for any responses and help in advance.

Added by Phillip Sexton on August 28, 2013 at 11:41am — 1 Comment

What Your Followers Need (part 2)

When we are talking about taking people with us. We have to always remember—we have to have a place that we are going! A leader needs to be goal oriented; otherwise you might end up just leading people around in circles. Without a clear goal, our followers can feel like the people of Israel wandering around in the desert for 40 years! So, we have to start with a simple, but powerful question: What’s the single biggest thing you can imagine that will grow your business/ministry or impact your…

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Added by Spencer Click on August 28, 2013 at 10:10am — No Comments

Testimony from Midtown special needs ministry servant, Kelsey Vaal

I work with a little girl with special needs through Sojourn Kids, and it has been such a blessing! I have seen her grow in so many ways in the short time I have known her and grown to love her more each time I see her. She is such a sweet and intelligent girl and she brings so much joy to everyone around her. Since I started working with her at the beginning of the year, God has been working in her and through her in so many ways. With a little encouragement, she’s begun to greet her…

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Added by Jared Kennedy on August 28, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Stop Burnout - "Adopt" Your Volunteers!

For people to volunteer and serve in children's ministry, they typically "miss" the opportunity to be in adult classes. Some volunteers are able to serve and find ways to stay connected, but others serve and find themselves truly missing this adult interaction and connection. The ones who find they have a "void" from not being in an adult class, may end up feeling "burned out".



While this may seem like a "problem" which you are not able to "resolve"…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 28, 2013 at 8:08am — No Comments

7 "Must Knows" When Ministering to Kids with Special Needs



This past weekend I had the joy of baptizing a young lady.  While I was backstage waiting with the family, they told me their story.



Their older son has autism.  They had tried attending a few churches, but no one was prepared to…

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Added by Dale Hudson on August 27, 2013 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Method to the madness

Two weeks ago I began unpacking and developing some thoughts based on the idea that education is discipleship and as such is not and cannot be neutral. Last week I shared some thoughts on how belief impacts the content, even beliefs that we do not realize we have because they are part of the dominant ideology. Today I want to look at how we teach and how belief impacts…

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Added by Jesse Smith on August 27, 2013 at 7:46pm — No Comments

Legacy

legacy I have had the blessing of having one of my volunteers replace me at every church I have left during my ministry career.  It is truly one of the coolest…

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Added by Joe McAlpine on August 27, 2013 at 12:12pm — No Comments

Stop Burnout - Provide Support!

Today I want to think about another thing which may cause our volunteers to think they are burned out - if we do not have a support system in place. Life brings its challenges and difficulties to all of us . . . volunteers included. When they experience these challenges and difficulties, they may feel serving overloads them and they are burned out. But, if we have a support system in place, then we can come to their aid and be a source of encouragement to them. For example, if a…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 27, 2013 at 9:40am — No Comments

VIP!

vip I have really been enjoying my new role at Northbrook Church here in beautiful…

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Added by Joe McAlpine on August 26, 2013 at 5:40pm — No Comments

7 Goals Your Children's Ministry Should Aim For























Here are 7 goals every children's ministry should aim for.



Parents are equipped to be the primary spiritual leader of their…

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Added by Dale Hudson on August 26, 2013 at 4:33pm — 1 Comment

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