Category Archives: Special Needs

A Children’s Ministry Volunteer Primer

A Children’s Ministry Volunteer Primer

Let’s face it, assimilating volunteers into our ministry is challenging. We need to have systems and processes in place to guide us through the recruiting, screening, training & placement of volunteers. Often times, though, once volunteers are ready to step into ministry, we get that “deer in the headlights” look. Especially those who’ve never served… Continue Reading

7 Things Every Ministry Volunteer Needs To Know

7 Things Every Ministry Volunteer Needs To Know

Our children’s ministries are dependent on volunteer. Without them, children’s ministry – or just about any ministry! – doesn’t happen. Too often, though, when someone says they’ll volunteer, we simply throw them in the room with the kids and that’s the last they hear from us unless there’s an emergency. We can’t do that. If… Continue Reading

6 Teaching Tips for Children’s Ministry

6 Teaching Tips for Children’s Ministry

Many people have the gift of teaching and are almost naturally wonderful at connecting with kids. Others find themselves in a teaching position (volunteer, usually) and, perhaps, don’t have that gift. Or, they simply have never exercised it. Regardless, there are several general principles that every volunteer teacher can and should incorporate into their ministry with… Continue Reading

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Authentic Worship

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Authentic Worship

Our definition of Kidmin is:  partnering with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God. For the churches part, there are 5 elements that must be present in what we do with kids. The first element is Heartfelt Relationships. The second element is Engaging Teaching. The third element is this: Authentic Worship. Offering Authentic Worship opportunities is one of the most Continue Reading

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Engaging Teaching

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Engaging Teaching

We defined children’s ministry as “partnering with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God.” As we partner with parents, what we offer in the church (from the Nursery through 5th or 6th grade!) must include the first element: Heartfelt Relationships. The second element is Engaging Teaching. 5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Engaging Teaching Long gone are the days… Continue Reading

What Is Children’s Ministry?

What Is Children’s Ministry?

Have you ever stopped to answer the question: What is Children’s Ministry? If you work in “children’s ministry”, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of what it is, but have you noticed that those who don’t work on staff in children’s ministry have wildly different ideas of what it actually is? Even parents and… Continue Reading

5 Ways To Win As A Volunteer

5 Ways To Win As A Volunteer

Being a volunteer in Children’s ministry can be one of the greatest investments we make in our entire lives, but it can also be overwhelming and be defeating. We are constantly looking for ways to make the volunteering experience both fun and rewarding every week. Ultimately we have found that the most successful volunteers are the those who… Continue Reading

The Best Connection Tool

The Best Connection Tool

You open the mail box and see another pile of mail.  The Pricesaver coupon magazine, in tatters by now, dominates the cluttered little area as you reach your hand in.  As you pull out the daily dose of junk mail and bills, you wonder why you’re always eager to open the box every day. And… Continue Reading

How To Share The Gospel In 10 Words

How To Share The Gospel In 10 Words

  Sharing the Gospel must be a focal point of our ministries. The Gospel is (or should be) central to everything we do. Yet sometimes we focus on so many other thing ~ the environment, safety of our kids, recruiting volunteers, teaching methodology, and more! ~ all of which are good (necessary, even). But if… Continue Reading

Engaging Children In Your Ministry

Engaging Children In Your Ministry

Leading in Children’s Ministry involves many things. Aligning vision. Growing ourselves. Recruiting leaders. Equipping our team. Managing programs. Ensuring safety in all environment.s And we could list a hundred other things. Each of these alone will contribute greatly to growth in your ministry.  Combine them and the impact is exponential. And notice that to this… Continue Reading

4 Things Children Need & Want

4 Things Children Need & Want

Anyone who has ever tried to teach children understands that they can be maddeningly complex and yet wonderfully simple. Their actions can be irrational & immature, and yet Jesus pointed to them and told the disciples that the simplicity of their faith is exactly what he wanted. As we seek to engage them, I’ve learned… Continue Reading

Are We Telling Children To Go To Hell?

Are We Telling Children To Go To Hell?

One of the workshops I often present is called Leading Children To a Life-Changing Relationship With Jesus. I love doing this workshop because it’s at the core of what we should be all about. As someone who has been immersed in the world of Children’s & Family Ministry for over 25 years, I get to see much of… Continue Reading

Keeping The Main Thing The Main Thing In Ministry

Keeping The Main Thing The Main Thing In Ministry

Twice now I have gone to Starbucks and had a conversation similar to this:  Me: Can I have a Grande Pike Place, no room for cream, please?  Barista: I’m sorry but we’re out of regular Pike Place coffee. Can I get you something else?  [ long pause while I process this response ] Me: Um…you… Continue Reading

Evaluating Your Children’s Ministry

Evaluating Your Children’s Ministry

E-VAL-U-ATE: TO JUDGE OR DETERMINE THE SIGNIFICANCE, WORTH OR QUALITY OF. Evaluation is one of those things that can be tedious & time consuming, and certainly not very glamorous, but oh so necessary to the success of your ministry. And the reality is evaluation of your ministry is happening constantly, whether you have an active and… Continue Reading

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