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14 Ways to "Blow" Your Children's Ministry - Use Negative Labels & Show Favoritism

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It is easy, far too easy, to label others. We label some kids as "good" kids and others as . . . "not so good". We label some volunteers as "amazing" and others as . . . "not so amazing". We label some parents as "great" and…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on August 28, 2017 at 9:17am — No Comments

God's Grace Requires Us to Show Grace

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I read something from UpWords with Max Lucado. He said, "So, how often do you sin, hmm… in an hour?  For the sake of discussion, let’s say ten times an hour.  Ten sins an hour, times sixteen waking hours, times 365 days a year, times the average life span of 74…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on July 10, 2017 at 8:27am — No Comments

A Danger to Beware Of . . .

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I'm all for striving for excellence in ministry. We want our children's and family ministries to be excellent, but as we strive for this "excellence" there is something we have to beware of. Something which can cause great damage. This "something" is our own ego.…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on July 6, 2017 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Happy 4th of July!

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I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July filled with children, grandchildren, cookouts and a reflection on the freedom we enjoy in this country and through Christ! 



This is from the Legacy Coalition facebook page and I thought I'd share it with you today! Feel free to share it…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on July 4, 2017 at 11:25am — No Comments

One More Thought about Church Politics

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I've been writing about church politics, how to spot it and how to eliminate it. We've looked at Colossians 3 to see how God's Word tells us to "stop it" and gives us the remedy for it, "love is more important than anything else." Today I want to take one more look at…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on July 2, 2017 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Stop It!

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So, yesterday I wrote about church politics and the damage it causes in churches and to people; today I want to write about how to identify church politics. Look at Colossians 3:8. 9, " …

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Added by Lynda Freeman on July 1, 2017 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Don't Betray Others

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The title of this post may have gotten your attention, and while I did want to get your attention, I also want you to stop and think about the following questions -…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on June 29, 2017 at 9:52am — No Comments

So . . . A Few Thoughts About Why We Should Dream a Little!

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I've been writing about dreaming a little . . . encouraged you to think about what you'd do if you weren't limited by money, time, space and staffing, gave you some affordable . . . and in some cases free . . . ideas of ways to see some of your "dreams" come true…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on June 28, 2017 at 9:06am — No Comments

Dream a Little - Part Two - Get Others In On the Dreaming!

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In my earlier post, Dream a Little!, I encouraged you to dream about what you'd like to do in and with your ministry if money, time, space and volunteers were not an issue. I'd like to take this thought a little farther and encourage you to dream, but when you do, let others in on the…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on June 26, 2017 at 7:39am — No Comments

Dream a Little!

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It can be easy to get so involved with all we have to do with Children's Ministry . . . recruiting, training, teaching, etc . . . we find ourselves focusing on those things and don't ever take a moment to dream.

Certainly we want to be sure we are taking care of the things we need to do, but we also need to make time to think…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on June 23, 2017 at 8:32am — No Comments

Take the Blinders Off!

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Okay - today I'm writing about something I care so very much about . . . Children's Ministry. Some of you who read this need to know, what I'm writing doesn't really apply to your Children's Ministry . . . but before you read a bit further and decide your ministry isn't the ministry I'm talking about, read…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on June 22, 2017 at 7:43am — No Comments

Treasure Your Volunteers . . . Do They Really Feel Treasured?

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We may think we "treasure our volunteers", but our volunteers may not actually "feel" very treasured. Consider the following situations where a volunteer might not feel treasured . . .

Added by Lynda Freeman on June 20, 2017 at 8:59am — No Comments

Treasure Your Volunteers . . . "Notice"!

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Do you treasure your volunteers? Volunteers are a gift from the hand of God . . . it is completely appropriate for us to appreciate these "gifts". As we finish the month of June, we'll look at a variety of topics related to how we treat our volunteers. Today I want to focus on some things we might…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on June 16, 2017 at 10:50am — No Comments

How Do You Measure the "Success" of Your Children's Ministry?

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Is your children's ministry successful? Are you sure? Do you really know for sure how your children's ministry impacts the children and families in your church and community? How do you know?    



If we want our ministries to be genuinely…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on June 14, 2017 at 9:38am — No Comments

Are You Certain Your Children's Ministry Communicates the Message You Think It Does?

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When you are a Children's Ministry director or pastor, you practically "live and breathe" children's ministry. It is your focus, your passion. It is what you think about. While you may have designed a children's ministry which is very effective, because you are so…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on June 12, 2017 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Do Not Be Afraid!

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What are you afraid of? Well, if you are like me the first thing you think of is spiders! I do not like those hideous creatures at all! In fact, I firmly believe the only good spider is a completely dead spider; so one of my rules when my kids were growing up was, "kill all spiders and then kill them…

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Added by Lynda Freeman on June 9, 2017 at 10:31am — No Comments

Stop with the busyness

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Added by Todd McKeever on June 8, 2017 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Let Them Hear & Read God's Word, Too!

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I have personally read through the Bible many times in my life – as you have likely done as well, however; I recently came across a verse which I'm sure I must have read before, but just truly "noticed" . . . .…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on June 7, 2017 at 9:22am — No Comments

What Inspired You to Become Involved in Children's Ministry? What Inspires You to Continue in Children's Ministry?

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Many churches, this time of year, look at the Summer and pretty much, "roll up their sidewalks" in regards to their Children's Ministry. At a time when they could go all out to engage children who are not in school and who are often times…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on June 6, 2017 at 10:34am — No Comments

What Do You Want the Families in Your Church to Know?

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Today is June 1st and it is the day those families who are using Generations Quest to be intentional about passing on faith to the children they love will begin a study in the life of King Josiah and learn about what it means to love God's Word. It will be…
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Added by Lynda Freeman on June 1, 2017 at 9:46am — No Comments

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