December 2015 Blog Posts (93)

What Survivor Taught Me About VBS & Children's Ministry

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2015/12/what-survivor-taught-me-about-vbs.html

Okay. I admit it. I watch the TV show, Survivor. I totally could do without the "drama"; and think a lot of it is fake, but there is one reason I watch this show. The challenges. I like to see what the challenges are and how the people work together - or not - to…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on December 31, 2015 at 9:17am — No Comments

10 Books to Read in 2016 If You're in Children's Ministry

Reading is one of the best things you can do to grow as a children's ministry leader in 2016.  Here's 10 books I recommend.…

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Added by Dale Hudson on December 30, 2015 at 3:12pm — No Comments

2nd most popular post for 2015

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Here is the second most popular post of 2015 on my blog.…

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Added by Todd McKeever on December 30, 2015 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Sing Through the Year . . . Sing Through the Bible

Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on December 30, 2015 at 10:33am — No Comments

Recruiting = Praying, Sharing & and Getting Attention!

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2015/12/recruiting-praying-sharing-and-getting.html

Once you decide which Vacation Bible School resource is the best "fit" for your unique ministry, it is time to begin sharing your goals and vision with the people in your church and start thinking about the important and fun "task" of finding your volunteers! Look in…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on December 30, 2015 at 9:34am — No Comments

3rd Most popular post for 2015

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Running out of days in 2015. Here is the 3rd most popular post for 2015 according to my blog readers.…

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Added by Todd McKeever on December 29, 2015 at 1:01pm — No Comments

VBS Recruiting - Joy!

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2015/12/vbs-recruiting-joy.html I've been writing about recruiting for VBS with a focus on "perspective" and "creativity"; today I want to talk about recruiting with a focus on joy! This is the one…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on December 29, 2015 at 8:21am — No Comments

4 days in 2015 so here is the 4th most popular post

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The countdown for 2015 ending and 2016 starting is still on. We have 4 days until 2016 starts so here is the 4th most popular post on this blog according to you.…

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Added by Todd McKeever on December 28, 2015 at 1:02pm — No Comments

VBS Recruiting - Creativity!

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2015/12/vbs-recruiting-creativity.html

If you have looked at VBS recruiting through a "view-finder" and with a "perspective" which sees possibilities instead of obstacles, then it is time to look at VBS recruiting with "creativity"! By this I mean, do the unexpected when you recruit, as this will get the…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on December 28, 2015 at 7:54am — No Comments

5 days left of 2015 so here is my 5th most popular post in 2015

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We are now down to 5 days left in 2015. To keep with the way I’m ending my blogging year for 2015 here is the 5th most popular post.

Enjoy…

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Added by Todd McKeever on December 27, 2015 at 1:47pm — No Comments

VBS Recruiting - Perspective

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Stop and think for a minute. If someone asks you to do something, but then says they know you probably do not want to do it or nobody else wants to do it or you are their last "hope", are you very likely to want to be the one who says, "yes" when it sounds like everyone…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on December 27, 2015 at 7:04am — No Comments

Check out this Children's Ministry Book!

After over twenty years of experience in children's ministry, my wife and I have compiled some of our most successful strategies for growth and relevancy. We are excited to share our secrets in the hopes of sparking inspiration among our fellow leaders. 

http://www.amazon.com/Wisdom-Seekers-Successful-Childrens-Ministry-ebook/dp/B011ZGP962

Added by Stephen Allen McRAE on December 26, 2015 at 10:22pm — No Comments

6 Days of 2015 so here is my 6th most popular post of 2015

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The year of 2015 is winding down. This is the time that every year I look it over and look at my successes and failures.

Here is one of my successes according to you coming in as the 6th most popular post in…

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Added by Todd McKeever on December 26, 2015 at 1:01pm — No Comments

VBS Recruiting - Look Through the "View Finder"!

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2015/12/vbs-recruiting-look-through-view-finder.html

Okay, at the start of this post I need to let you know two things . . .
I LOVE VBS!
I LOVE recruiting!…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on December 26, 2015 at 11:37am — No Comments

Happy Day After Christmas!

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I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas with your families. I had a very unique Christmas - our power was out, due to a very strong windstorm, and our generator stopped working, so Christmas plans had to be changed. We were going to have family over to…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on December 26, 2015 at 11:31am — No Comments

It's Christmas . . .

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2015/12/its-christmas.html

It is Christmas - while we typically celebrate on Christmas Eve at my parents with my siblings, their families and my family, we had a power outage due to high winds and no power at my parents - or my house, since we live across the street from them. Our celebrating has been postponed this year. It feels strange to not…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on December 25, 2015 at 10:22am — No Comments

My Christmas Greeting to You!

Added by Mary Rice Hopkins on December 23, 2015 at 12:39pm — No Comments

7 Keys For Setting Ministry Goals

If you are like me, you have a long list of goals that you wish to accomplish one day.  Well, to be honest, it's probably not so much a list, as it is a bunch of good ideas that you think about at the oddest times.  A random group of thoughts and ideas that you know you are capable of accomplishing, but…

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Added by Andrew VanDerLinden on December 23, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

My Christmas Carol for You - Jesus Joy of Man's Desiring & Joy to the World

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2015/12/my-christmas-carol-for-you-jesus-joy-of.html

I enjoy Christmas "Flash Mobs" . . . I think it would be fun to be part of one, so today I'm happy to share with you a very well done, "flash mob" - this time it by the Air Force Band, starting with a single cellist (my personal favorite musical…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on December 23, 2015 at 10:05am — No Comments

Dates for my 2016 VBS Reviews

http://www.aboutthechildrensdepartment.com/2015/12/dates-for-my-2016-vbs-reviews.html

Typically, I begin my VBS reviews the first Monday of January each year, but this year I will be doing so on the second Monday; January 11, 2016. I will announce my Top Pick VBS for 2016 on January 22, 2016 and release my side-by-side comparison chart on January 25,…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on December 23, 2015 at 8:51am — No Comments

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