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…Continue
Added by Lynda Freeman on August 31, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lynda Freeman on August 31, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lynda Freeman on August 30, 2014 at 7:13am — No Comments
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:…Continue
Added by Addison Venture on August 29, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on August 29, 2014 at 3:09pm — No Comments
On the fence about whether to host a fall event at your church or not? Here's why I think you should.Continue
Added by GJ Farmer on August 29, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lynda Freeman on August 29, 2014 at 8:17am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Dale Hudson on August 28, 2014 at 4:44pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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: …Continue
Added by Yancy on August 28, 2014 at 11:31am — No Comments
Here's a big list of children's ministry leaders' favorite books!Continue
Added by GJ Farmer on August 28, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on August 28, 2014 at 9:21am — No Comments
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…
Added by Lynda Freeman on August 28, 2014 at 7:57am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Frank Bealer on August 27, 2014 at 10:05pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Todd McKeever on August 27, 2014 at 4:10pm — No Comments
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!Continue
Added by GJ Farmer on August 27, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
(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…Continue
Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on August 27, 2014 at 8:47am — No Comments
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 . . . …Continue
Added by Lynda Freeman on August 27, 2014 at 8:39am — No Comments
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.…
Added by Jesse Smith on August 26, 2014 at 9:42pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lynne (Payne) Howard on August 26, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments