September 2014 Blog Posts (104)

Leadership Checkup

This week, while working through some Infuse (a coaching program by Jim Wideman) assignments I was reading through a chapter on the role of the leader in Wideman’s book, Children’s Ministry Leadership. The chapter spoke of how we’re called to…


Added by Jesse Smith on September 30, 2014 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Can you help me understand child visitation arrangements?

“I understand the ‘every other weekend’ visitation schedule. I understand a child visiting the other parent on holidays and during the summer. But we have kids in our church whose attendance is so sporadic. We never know when they are going to show up.”

“We have custodial parents who say they have custody but they come to us with horrific tales of woe. Things like the other parent won’t return the child on time. Or they don’t show up or call leaving an angry and crying…


Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on September 30, 2014 at 12:55pm — No Comments

The Armor of God (At Home for September 28th)

sojournkids at home This week’s SojournKids Bible lesson was “The Armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-20).  Use the questions below to review it with your kids. You can also review the weekly North Star Catechism (below).

READ Ephesians…


Added by Jared Kennedy on September 30, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Build on the Foundation: Challenge Children!

Yesterday I wrote about not underestimating children; today I want to build on this and talk about challenging children. I truly do believe children live up or down to our expectations. If we treat them like they are not capable of really digging into God's Word, understanding it and living it, they will believe those things are true as well. 

While preschool is a foundational time where children are learning the basics of God's…


Added by Lynda Freeman on September 30, 2014 at 7:10am — No Comments

What I learned when I dropped and broke my iPhone

cracked iphone 300x223 What I learned when I dropped and broke my iPhone

The expression, “It’s starting to be one of those Mondays” took on a new reality for me this morning.

Walking out the door this morning when my backpack hit my hand which was loosely holding my iPhone 5s. When the two of them made contact it was my phone that lost as it left my hand and dropped to the bottom of our concrete front porch stairs. The whole front…


Added by Todd McKeever on September 29, 2014 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Fracturing and fracking of families

Recently a church leader expressed to me, “I know people used to think that divorce was damaging to kids but today divorce is so accepted. Why is divorce an issue for the kids? I mean, aren’t about half their friends divorced? So it’s not like they feel all alone any longer.”

The leader is partially right– divorce is more widely accepted in our culture. It seems like every time one turns on the TV another famous couple is divorcing. Sometimes it even seems glamorous or expected of…


Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on September 29, 2014 at 11:14am — No Comments

Outrageous Grace: The Mystery Made Known (Kids in Community for September 28th)


Download the free Revival series devotional here!

Applying God’s Word with your Kids in your Community Group

Read Deuteronomy 10:14-15

  • What is the greatest treasure in the world? What would you pay for…

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

Don't Underestimate Children

In addition to writing this blog about children's ministry, I also write a "grandma blog" - 

grandma's cookie jar. Yesterday I wrote about my grandson Josiah who just turned six - he is a really fun six year old! One thing he likes to…


Added by Lynda Freeman on September 29, 2014 at 8:28am — No Comments

Focus - God is Great!

When it comes to children's ministry, there is often more than one thing to focus on . . . the vision for the ministry, selecting the resources to best help you accomplish your vision, sharing your vision with others, finding, training, supporting volunteers, communicating effectively with parents . . . the list could, and often does, go on and on. But, what is your real focus? What is one thing you really need to keep at the top of your list? I believe it is spiritual growth. We can…


Added by Lynda Freeman on September 28, 2014 at 6:12am — No Comments

Are You Inside Out?

Just the other day, my wife and I were in a hurry to get to my eye appointment. Once we arrived, the waiting room became our home for a little over the next two hours. Finally, my named was called to go in the back for the doctor to see me. As I sat, I looked down and noticed a problem………….I was in such a hurry that morning that I actually had put a sock on inside out.

It may not seem like a big deal to some, however, I truly did not “FEEL” a difference when…


Added by James Wilson on September 27, 2014 at 6:54pm — No Comments

VBS in Thailand. Come join us.

Our team is doing a Vacation Bible School in the most beautiful place on earth…

There is a great opportunity coming up soon to serve Greg & Dawn W., one of our Sojourn families serving in South Asia! Sojourn International has asked Aaron Rothermel and Travis Mills to lead a trip to Thailand from January 8-18th. The team will love and care for missionary families from South Asia. We will be…

Added by Jared Kennedy on September 27, 2014 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Be Intentional about Being Thankful - Have a Thankfulness Walk!

Last week I mentioned being intentional about being thankful to God. We are quick to pray and ask for help, ask for volunteers, ask for many things we need and want, but how quick are we to voice our thanks? How much time comparatively do we spend in asking God for things and thanking Him for His many blessings?

I have recently been giving thought to being thankful. I think far too often we sound like greedy, selfish children. We are quick to ask God…


Added by Lynda Freeman on September 27, 2014 at 8:57am — No Comments

The Beauty of Believing - I'm Giving One Away!

I have been invited by ZonderKidz/Faithgirlz to review a new devotional for young girls - they sent me a copy for free to review. Since we do want to see children grow up to be adults who read their Bibles, books such as this can be excellent tools to help children learn to be people who spend time in God's Word. So, today, I'm happy to review …


Added by Lynda Freeman on September 26, 2014 at 7:16am — No Comments

Got kids in trauma? Got adults with disorders? Might be a connection

In a post last week, Trauma-Informed Churches, I referenced a study that has tremendous implications for people working with children and adults who experienced early adverse childhood experiences.

On the website “Ministry Best Practices” they have an incredible infographicwith their article, “Adulthood Disorders Linked to Childhood…


Added by Linda Ranson Jacobs on September 25, 2014 at 4:12pm — No Comments


Materials Needed: White construction paper, crayons, scissors.

Instructions:  Fold a white sheet of construction in half long ways.  Draw the outline for half of a tree and cut out.  Color.  Draw a picture of Zacchaeus and cut out.  The tree will stand because it is slightly…


Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on September 25, 2014 at 10:27am — No Comments

Sign up for the October 12th Child Dedication


“Here at Sojourn we LOVE to celebrate and throw a good party, Child Dedication is a celebration of new life! Come celebrate with us!” J-town Pastor, Lisle Drury

We celebrate child dedication services at Sojourn, because we recognize our God-given responsibility as…


Added by Jared Kennedy on September 25, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

I Have a Winner!

I'm happy to announce Debbie Ketcham is the winner of the ! (You'll find the review at this link.) Thank you Debbie for reading About the Children's Department, (please message me your address by October 2, 2014 so I can have it sent to you) and thank you Zonderkidz for sending a copy for me to review and for making another available for me to give…


Added by Lynda Freeman on September 25, 2014 at 8:24am — No Comments

What's In the Bible? Church Edition Review with Free Sample & Discount

I was recently invited to participate in a "blog tour" for the completed, "What's in the Bible? Church Edition" curriculum and offered a free DVD for participating. Since over the past few years I've kept an eye on the resources from…


Added by Lynda Freeman on September 25, 2014 at 8:19am — No Comments

Teaching Kids about Missions: Addison Venture's Travel Log - Entry #14

Engaging kids with missions can be difficult. I want to equip you to be more successful in doing so with your children's ministry! I'm Addison Venture, a character who goes on adventures around the world and learns about native missions along the way. I recount my travels in weekly blog posts, with a teachable curriculum, and I'll be posting them here on CMConnect! In this week's travel log, I discover what it means to "Jump to J" in a Chinese hotel! …


Added by Addison Venture on September 24, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Top Fourteen Tips for Effective Children's Ministry - Tip #1 - Make Prayer the Priority!

For the past two weeks, I've been sharing some of the things I've learned in and about children's ministry and I'm ending up today where I began; with prayer!

As I said before, this is a, "no-brainer", but I can not stress strongly enough how absolutely essential it is for us to be people who are serious about prayer. If we really want our ministry to be effective we have to surround everything we do with prayer.



Added by Lynda Freeman on September 24, 2014 at 9:23am — No Comments

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