August 2014 Blog Posts (142)

God is the LORD Almighty and He has Good Plans for You!

When I look at the world around me, it is easy for me to feel apprehensive and even long 

for a time when life was simpler; and the world was bigger. But, God not only knows what is happening in the world; He is in control! Plus, He put me here, in this time and in this place! Look at this passage in…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 31, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Please Pray

Please keep the Guy Burkhead family in your prayers. Guy is the son of a friend - he and his wife and their two young children are missionaries with New Tribes in Dakar, Senegal, Africa and Ebola has been diagnosed in Dakar. Please pray as they decide what to do and for my friend, Brad and his wife and family. It has to be frightening on many levels, even when you trust God for your son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, when they are in a city where they…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 31, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments

Take a Moment to Give Thanks . . .

I've been talking this week about pausing, reflecting and evaluating in our children's ministries; yesterday I wrote; "Evaluating is all about measuring, judging the worth of something, and like I said yesterday, 'if we do not evaluate the things we do, how will we know if we are, "on taget" or just throwing everything at the wall hoping something "sticks"?' Ministry to children and families matters too much to not take the time to regularly evaluate; to regularly measure what we are…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 30, 2014 at 7:13am — No Comments

Teaching Kids about Missions: Addison Venture's Travel Log - Entry #10

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Hi folks, Addison Venture here! In my latest Travel Log blog post, you can read about my trip to the Unexplored Jungles of South East Asia, as well as what I learned from God about worrying. This blog post is a great tool for teaching little ones about missions and God's love for us! Read it here:…

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Added by Addison Venture on August 29, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Need workers / helpers this fall? Here's an idea

Finding volunteers to work in children’s ministry can be daunting to say the least. I remember years ago when I was a children’s ministry director that finding helpers for children’s ministry was the hardest part of my job. I would imagine it is ever harder in our fast paced world today.

When you have children of divorce in your ministries who might be out of control or have unruly and disruptive behaviors, it can become even more difficult to find workers. I’d like to make a…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on August 29, 2014 at 3:09pm — No Comments

5 Reasons to Host a Fall Event at Your Church

On the fence about whether to host a fall event at your church or not? Here's why I think you should.

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Added by GJ Farmer on August 29, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Take a Moment to Evaluate . . .

Yesterday I wrote, "Reflecting is all about evaluating and if we do not evaluate the things we do, how will we know if we are 'on target' or just throwing everything at the wall and hoping something 'sticks'? Take time this week to reflect, chew over, think over, ponder and contemplate . . . and be sure to take notes!" and Monday I said, "The Summer is over and Fall ministries are beginning so now is the perfect time to take a moment to pause, reflect, evaluate and give…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 29, 2014 at 8:17am — No Comments

Is Your Identity Wrapped Up in Your Ministry?

Polls say that 55% of people get their sense of identity from their job.

Those who serve in ministry are no exception.  Many times our sense of identity is wrapped up in our ministry…

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Added by Dale Hudson on August 28, 2014 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Why You Should Be Telling Stories That Make Your Volunteers Cry

Jesus told stories that evoked emotion.  A prodigal son returns home, a Samaritan helpa a man who was in desperate need, a widow gives all she had...just to name a…

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Added by Dale Hudson on August 28, 2014 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Hey! There's a super fun Yancy t-shirt sale going on right now on my website! Several shirts on sale for $5 or $7! Get one for you and for your favorite Yancy fan today! Just click here:  http://www…

Hey! There's a super fun Yancy t-shirt sale going on right now on my website! Several shirts on sale for $5 or $7! Get one for you and for your favorite Yancy fan today!

Just click here: …

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Added by Yancy on August 28, 2014 at 11:31am — No Comments

Favorite Children's Ministry Books of 2014

Here's a big list of children's ministry leaders' favorite books!

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Added by GJ Farmer on August 28, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

How you can help the child of divorce succeed at school this year

Some children of divorce are excited to go back to school. Others are not. Here’s why. You’ll see both extremes among the kids in your ministry. No matter how you feel, there are things you can do to help them get off to a great start– and have a successful year.

Begin the process by talking to the child’s parent. Ask if you can offer some suggestions to their child. Explain these suggestions will help…

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Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on August 28, 2014 at 9:21am — No Comments

Take a Moment to - Reflect!

Yesterday I wrote, "The Summer is over and Fall ministries are beginning, so now is the perfect time to take a moment to pause, reflect, evaluate, and give Thanks!", and then took time to consider pausing.



Today I want to take a moment to consider what it means to "reflect" and why we should do so, but first; let's think about what "reflect" means. I looked on-line and…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 28, 2014 at 7:57am — No Comments

Creative Volunteer Coaching

You most likely saw the title of this article and let out a sigh just before you clicked on the link. Am I right? Why is that?

As ministry leaders we absolutely know with certainty that our volunteer teams need more training. It’s always on the back…

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Added by Frank Bealer on August 27, 2014 at 10:05pm — No Comments

5 Steps to becoming a mentor

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Here is a mentoring post that Andy Partington who is the Minister to Preschoolers and Children at First Baptist Minden, Louisiana wrote on mentoring. You can find out more about him at www.andypartingtonblog.com

As you march up the ladder of ministerial success, take some time and think of how you got there. Sure…

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Added by Todd McKeever on August 27, 2014 at 4:10pm — No Comments

10 Vintage Items You May Find While Cleaning the Children's Ministry Closet

Cleaning out the children's ministry closet can be a dreaded task, but it makes it a bit easier when you get to take a trip down memory lane!

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Added by GJ Farmer on August 27, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

6 Tips for Choosing Bible Stories to Tell

(1) Does the story have a strong point, idea or theme?

(2) Do the characters appeal to the age group?

(3) Is the vocabulary appropriate for your age level?

(4) Is the length suited to the age? (Rule of thumb: attention span is about one minute more than the…

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Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on August 27, 2014 at 8:47am — No Comments

Take a Moment to Pause, Reflect, Evaluate and Give Thanks!

Well . . . Labor Day is just a few days away and then school begins . . . at least here where I live in Michigan. The Summer is over and Fall ministries are beginning so now is the perfect time to take a moment to pause, reflect, evaluate and give Thanks! First, today, lets consider taking a moment to pause . . . …

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 27, 2014 at 8:39am — No Comments

Treasury of Bible Stories



As a children’s pastor and father, I am constantly looking for ways to help children fall in love with the Word of God. I think there are a number of people at David C Cook that think the same way because they continue to amaze me with some of their offerings.…

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Added by Jesse Smith on August 26, 2014 at 9:42pm — No Comments

Memory Verse Magnets for Kids and Free Kidmin Resources

Memory Verse Magnets for Kids and Free Resources

I love when I go to a family's home and see their fridge covered in Memory Verse magnets from our children's ministry. Every month, I make memory verses magnets for all the kids, and we practice the verses every week in church, as well as encourage kids to practice them at home every time they see them on the…

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Added by Lynne (Payne) Howard on August 26, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments

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