My church is going through some growth right now so I am rethinking the way we are approaching our CM. We have had a difficult time identifying who we are as a ministry in the past. I hope to move forward with clarifying our mission, vision, and values. We are planning on a whole new format for this fall. We do not currently have a paid Director for CM, so I have my primary job which eats up a tremendous amount of my time during the week. Thank God, I have a great core team that helps shoulder… Continue
Added by Mike Palmer on July 1, 2008 at 2:33pm —
I am 3 months into being the children's minister and I just got over the hump of being nervous about it everyday. This has been an eye opener and a scary journey that turned into a really amazing job. Our church is a new church plant in Joliet. We have about 300 attenders on a very good day and a lot of visitors. My husband is the worship minister and he is doing amazing and loves it there. Our preaching minister is a great person and we trust in him as a leader of our church! I pray that the… Continue
Added by Christine Murray on July 1, 2008 at 12:12am —
We just started children's church in a gym. Every thing has to be portible. There is a lot of light in the gym so projection is very dim. And how do we decorate. Would love some ideals. Thanks Da Buz
Added by Da Buz on June 30, 2008 at 5:30pm —
Wahoo, all done and straight into my summer Brain Blast. Best VBS ever at my church, highest attendance, 16 salvation decisions. YIppee--really united our youth, parent support was good they could see their kids involved in serving in significant ways. Brain Blast was well attended for our first time doing this. Hoping to keep the momentum up through the summer.
Had an issue with disabled kid...trying to work through how to help ensure this does not repeat.
Added by Joni Lum on June 30, 2008 at 5:08pm —
Many people ask, so what do you do? Well I write, I edit, I speak, I travel a bit, I encourage, I brainstorm, I envision, and I try to stay organized!
Every Generation Ministries exists to transform children in Christ through the church. We have partners in eight countries. Currently we are in the midst of a HUGE endeavor to help assist our ministries in developing their own curriculum. This isn't about being the super american and saving the day. This is about helping them to create their… Continue
Added by Melissa Kirscher on June 30, 2008 at 2:44pm —
Welcome to my Blog at cmconnect.org
Added by Jason Douglass on June 29, 2008 at 11:50pm —
It seems like when you have great days and weeks in children's ministry there is bound to be a day where nothing goes right. All of our youth went to Honduras for a missions trip which is very exciting for them, but today was just a rough day in the children's ministries. My sound man was in a whole new world and had a tough time finding anything on the DVD.
I've never thought of myself as a perfectionist, but when it comes down to CM I become one. I need to have everything right so… Continue
Added by Greg Ferguson on June 29, 2008 at 11:30pm —
Today we took several junior high students on a 12 mile bike hike. Half way through the hike there was a cloud burst and there was nothing we could do except enjoy the showers God had sent. I couldn't help laughing when I saw the expression on one of the kid's face when she asked me what we were going to do and I said "Enjoy it! We just said we were hot!" Everyone began to laugh, dance around and look up to the sky with open mouths to receive the rain. Isn't it great when we get to be kids and… Continue
Added by Sharon Sayre on June 29, 2008 at 11:26pm —
As you may know if you read this blog, I had chosen to finally download the new version of Firefox 3
after waiting for a while to see if there would be any huge kinks to have to work out.
Well after weeks I never heard of any major ones so I went and upgraded my current Firefox 2
to the new Firefox 3
. I have now found a kink in… Continue
Added by Todd McKeever on June 29, 2008 at 6:41am —
I have been reading the book "In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day" and since I have been reading it I believe that the Lord has put a whole lot of things in perspective in my life. I have struggled for the past two weeks I haven't really been on top of things and my vision has been lacking for my ministry. I have never faced anything like this. I have been here in Louisiana for about nine months and it seems like ever since I have been here it's been hard to really speak into the lives of my… Continue
Added by Greg Ferguson on June 28, 2008 at 11:59pm —
I think that typically, managers are so intent on solving problems that their energy is almost totally placed on "fixing things". Were as a leadership perspective probes the situation and asks unusual questions that may help uncover root causes or the true problems. They may ask such questions as; "Why did this occur?" "What is the missing piece?" And other questions than that.
What type of are you? We need both types, but it is good to know where you may personally stand, so you can… Continue
Added by Todd McKeever on June 28, 2008 at 4:13pm —
My friends and cousins have been trying to convince me for years to join xanga, myspace, facebook... they keep telling me that i need to start blogging my thoughts since i have something to say about pretty much everything... i think it was their way of telling me that i'm super opinionated, and that instead of telling them what i think, i should just write it down (hehe!). Well, i refused to join those networks because:
1. i jumped on friendster bandwagon when it first launched, and while… Continue
Added by Gloria Lee on June 28, 2008 at 3:30pm —
Ok, so I don't really love to blog, I am just a CM worker on Sunday mornings under Pastor Ryan Frank @ Liberty Baptist, and this is a massive SCARY childrens ministry site! I am a bit out of my league here in comparison to most of you who have been working with children ages birth-12 for ions!. You see, I work mainly with the teen ministry at my church. While CM has been my "minor ministry" for years, my life is about to revolve around all children ages birth-17. While I am quite proficient in… Continue
Added by Briana Pickering on June 28, 2008 at 2:06pm —
We are going to see WALL-E at a drive in theater this evening... haven't ever been to a drive-in, looking forward to it! and hoping our 2.5 year old will enjoy it. We have a convertible, so that should be nice... to bad the windshield didn't go down too!
Added by Karl Bastian on June 28, 2008 at 10:38am —
I have several friends who are going through some really tough times in their ministry - several with issues with senior pastors that (knowing only one side) seem incredibly like satanic attack on the church. I know I went through a ministry years ago where there were some significant issues with the senior pastor and I just had to leave the church, and once I told him I was praying about it - things got ugly - but I had to take the high road and allow a lot of lies and distortions go… Continue
Added by Karl Bastian on June 28, 2008 at 1:58am —
I have been long thinking about one thing in my life it keeps coming back to me over and over and over. I forget about it for awhile, but when I least expect it bam! The thought comes back. You might be telling me alright already just get on with your thought. I like to keep you in suspense for a little bit longer. Alright do I solely depend on the money that I make as the CP where I am at. That might seem like a weird question because money pays the bills and it's a good thing to be paid. I… Continue
Added by Greg Ferguson on June 28, 2008 at 1:38am —
Author Timothy Ferriss, the author of the Four Hour Work Week
tells an interesting story about challenging some Princeton students to a competition. The first person to contact a seemingly impossible person to reach (Bill Clinton, JLo, etc.) and ask them three questions would win a trip to anywhere in the world...
Out of a whole class of students, NONE of them accepted his challenge. Many thought the challenge was impossible, but the… Continue
Added by Todd McKeever on June 27, 2008 at 11:22pm —
see why i was up all night filming and editing...
Added by Karl Bastian on June 27, 2008 at 3:43pm —
as i ruminate on this whole new blog thing...i question what my reluctance to actually post is...
putting my thoughts out there to be judged?
saying something stupid?
or perhaps it was what my mom said when she found some letters I had written as a love starved pre-teen,
"NEVER put anything in writing that you wouldn't want the whole world to read."
she had no idea how prophetic that would be!!! (this is parker: its even funnier yet remarkably… Continue
Added by Sherri Lyons on June 27, 2008 at 2:35pm —
okay, this is new to me. i like to stay connected, relevant, informed. yet, i have been reticent to get savvy with web resources like sites and blogs. sure i've toyed with the idea of blogging. when your 13 year old has a blog and you don't, it's time to take action.
(check out www.theblogforwhichidonthaveaname.blogspot.com) do me a favor and make a post for my little guy...
i tried facebook, but it was just too high maintenance for me. I know - it's a personal problem. i have a 5 min… Continue
Added by Sherri Lyons on June 27, 2008 at 2:25pm —