September 2013 Blog Posts (167)

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Added by Dale Hudson on September 30, 2013 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Best age for parents to divorce

Question of the week:  Is it better for parents to divorce when children are young or wait until the kids are out of the house and on their own?


There are no good or right times for parents to divorce. Research shows and my experience has been that the younger the child is the more times they will process the divorce.


In other words if their parents divorce when they are preschool or younger upon entering the public school arena they may question why other…


Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on September 30, 2013 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Reduce -> Reuse -> Recycle

Visit #KidsMin Calling to see the top 5 ways that I reduce, reuse, and recycle in my children's ministry.  

Take a minute to enter my current giveaway as well to win some awesome resources!

Added by Mary Stewart on September 30, 2013 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Reduce-> Reuse -> Recycle

Visit #KidsMin Calling to see my list of the top 5 ways that I reduce, reuse & recycle in my children's ministry.  

Added by Mary Stewart on September 30, 2013 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Why RISK in children’s ministry is a must

Risky Business 300x259 Why RISK in childrens ministry is a must

It is a firm belief of mine that children’s ministry or any ministry for that matter was not designed to stand still. We have always got to push ourselves to get better, make continuous improvements, and expect to see more fruit.

Jesus told us to strive for more than simply…


Added by Todd McKeever on September 30, 2013 at 11:55am — 4 Comments

Sunday Morning Strategies – Forming Relationships [The Difficulty]

image Welcome back as we continue our “Sunday Morning Strategies” series designed to help you to accommodate children of divorce and children from single parent homes in your Sunday morning children’s ministry. For the last several installments, we have looked at different strategies for dealing with parents from divorced homes. In the coming weeks, we are going to look at developing relationships with…


Added by Wayne Stocks on September 30, 2013 at 11:51am — No Comments

Orange Week!

Orange Well, it’s that time again!  I count it as a huge honor to be able to participate as an official blogger for Orange Week.  This week, myself and many of the…


Added by Joe McAlpine on September 30, 2013 at 10:01am — No Comments

Teaching Kids Wisdom

Idea It was another average weekday. Shortly after arriving home from work I’m routinely rifling through the pile of papers pulled from my 2nd grader’s backpack. Amid the assortment of math worksheets, writing assignments and doodles I see one yellow slip of paper.

One glance and dread envelopes me.

Another ticket.

Another note from the teacher.

Another reminder of my son’s innate gravitational pull toward…


Added by Gina McClain on September 30, 2013 at 8:26am — No Comments

Paint a Parenting Picture


I’ve heard it said that when it comes to parenting, the days are long, but the years are short. It’s true, isn't it? Eighteen years feel like such a long time, and then suddenly we have a 9-year-old that is ½ way finished with his time in our home! If you have young children, then know that it’s a whirlwind coming to get you and those babies…


Added by Jonathan Cliff on September 30, 2013 at 8:17am — No Comments

Let God Deal with Your Enemies

This morning during my daily Bible reading I came across the following verse:

“But, if you have come to betray me to my enemies, may the God of our fathers see it and judge you.” 1 Chronicles 12:17b

In this passage David has become king and many people are coming to his side. In this passage specifically some men from one of David’s enemies have defected and want to join his army. David doesn’t worry about their loyalties. He doesn’t make any threats. He doesn’t set up any…


Added by Matt Norman on September 30, 2013 at 8:05am — No Comments

Lives Filled with Glorious Joy!

If you ask people, they will likely say they want to be happy and they make the choices they make so they can be happy. Sometimes, even oftentimes, Christians say the same thing. Yet, happiness depends on circumstances, so no one can be happy all the time as there are things in life which make us happy and things which make us sad. It does not make sense to make one of your "driving principles" to do whatever it is which makes you…


Added by Lynda Freeman on September 30, 2013 at 7:27am — No Comments

Back to Basics

This year God spoke to me about the vision for the year ahead. It was the night of our big team launch for 2013, and the atmosphere was electric. Together we worshiped God as we looked forward with anticipation to another year serving the ones He has placed in our care. For over a month I had been fighting with the theme. It is always a good thing to come with a theme that’s big, edgy and exciting… right? Well, that’s what I was waiting for anyway. But what God had impressed upon…


Added by Paul Orton on September 30, 2013 at 1:18am — No Comments

Long-Range Planning – Part 2 (Summer & Fall)

Continued from Long-Range Planning – Part 1 (Winter & Spring)

kids-beach2 Summer

July through September is a period for camps, conferences, and Vacation Bible School for all ages. This means busy days at the church, but they are happy and profitable days. Any leaders who start the summer season without preparation will know the meaning of “summer slump.” Your summer can be alive with activity or dead…


Added by Donna Lucas on September 30, 2013 at 1:08am — No Comments

Thank Your Volunteers with Christmas Heart Ornaments!

Christmas is just around the corner and as I was browsing Pinterest I found an idea for a sweet smelling ornament which would make a simple, yet sweet-smelling ornament to give volunteers! It just uses applesauce and cinnamon - the reason it is sweet-smelling - and a little time to make dozens of heart ornaments! …


Added by Lynda Freeman on September 29, 2013 at 8:36am — No Comments

Interview the Children!

My grandson Josiah is five years old, so today when he was at my house I asked him what he would like to do in Sunday school if he got to pick what the kids did. He said he would like to hear Bible stories about animals, then make animal puppets and put on a puppet show of the Bible story! There is potential in what he would like to do! 

Do you ever take time to ask children what they would like to do in Sunday school? Children may have ideas which…


Added by Lynda Freeman on September 28, 2013 at 9:25am — No Comments

Book Review & Give-Away - Billy Graham; Prophet with Honor

There are few names you can say which are known by nearly everyone around the world. Billy Graham is one such name. Billy Graham's ministry as an evangelist began in 1947 and in the years since then he has traveled to more than 185 countries and has preached to hundreds of millions of people in live crusades, over the radio and on television. Millions of people have made decisions for Jesus because of the ministry of Billy Graham. In this new book, Prophet with Honor, children…


Added by Lynda Freeman on September 27, 2013 at 10:16am — No Comments

Hip-Hip-Hiip Hippopotamus Book

The song in fun illustrated children’s book form.



Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on September 27, 2013 at 10:03am — No Comments

Discover, Grow, Share

Check out this video where I talk about Discover, Grow, Share.  The vision at Northbrook Church…


Added by Joe McAlpine on September 27, 2013 at 10:02am — No Comments

A Correct View of God & Grace Makes a Difference!

I've been writing about our view of God and modeling grace to the children and families in our ministries. It is essential for us to have a correct view of God and for us to be people who model grace because what we believe shows itself in what we do and our actions really do speak louder than our words. If we want the children in our ministries to have a correct view of God; we have to have a correct view of Him. If we want the children in our ministries to grow up to be…


Added by Lynda Freeman on September 27, 2013 at 8:48am — No Comments

An Attitude of Obedience

If you have read the past two posts, then you know that I recently made a difficult decision out of obedience to God. These types of decisions are often difficult, but it is of vital importance that we are obedient, even if we don’t understand.

I have repeatedly mentioned the example of Abram. When God called Abram, he did not say where Abram was going, he just told him to leave. So Abram left. This morning as I was reading my Bible I came across another beautiful example of obedience…


Added by Matt Norman on September 27, 2013 at 8:04am — No Comments

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