Should Churches Have Children’s Ministry Or Family Ministry?

Should Churches Have Children’s Ministry Or Family Ministry?

Children’s Ministry Or Family Ministry? If you’ve been involved in ministry to children and families for any length of time, and have been engaged in any way outside the walls of your church, then you know that there are big conversations happening right now about Family Ministry. I’ve been asked repeatedly by churches I’ve worked with:… Continue Reading

19 Ways To Improve Your Ministry Recruiting

19 Ways To Improve Your Ministry Recruiting

Recruiting, or the process of finding new volunteers for our ministry, is essential, even though I would prefer that we all take a different approach (here are 5 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Recruiting in Children’s Ministry).  Too often, however, recruiting becomes begging. And that is just unacceptable and inexcusable. There is a right way… Continue Reading

How To Have A Great Children’s Ministry Team

How To Have A Great Children’s Ministry Team

We all need a great team in order to have an effective children’s or family ministry. It might be your staff if you serve in a larger church. It might be a team of volunteers. Or it might be somewhere in between. Whatever your team looks like, there are certain things all of us can… Continue Reading

7 Messages That Matter In Children’s Ministry

7 Messages That Matter In Children’s Ministry

As leaders in children’s ministry, we all work with a wide variety of groups. The overall message we must communicate is our vision for guiding kids toward a heart for Christ. But each group needs to hear certain messages, too. For example, there are certain things our volunteers need to know, certain things our kids… 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: Telling The Good News

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Telling The Good News

Our definition for Kidmin is: partnering with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God. We do that by equipping them to disciple their own children, but we also must address what happens within the church ministry.  For that, there are 5 essentials, the first 4 of which we’ve defined as: H eartfelt Relationships E ngaging Teaching A uthentic Worship R eal Service The… Continue Reading

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Real Service

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Real Service

  In Children’s Ministry, we are to partner with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God. There are 5 elements that support that definition, including:  Heartfelt Relationships Engaging Teaching Authentic Worship.  The fourth element we need in our Children’s Ministries is: Real Service. 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 Engage Church Leadership In Children’s Ministry

5 Ways To Engage Church Leadership In Children’s Ministry

No, you’re probably not going to get anyone from your church leadership team to teach Kids’ Church for you. And they probably won’t get too involved in planning your events.And they shouldn’t! And you might feel a little intimidated at asking church leadership to engage with children’s ministry. But church leadership can and should be engaged… Continue Reading

What To Do After A Big Children’s Ministry Event

What To Do After A Big Children’s Ministry Event

Special weekends – Easter, Christmas, etc. – can be huge for “the church”.  It is typically one of the highest attended weekends of the year, and one of the most demanding for Children’s Ministry leaders. Afterward, Children’s Ministry Leaders are usually tired, but thoughts of your big day bring a smile to your face (I hope!).  It… Continue Reading

5 Ways to Evaluate Your Children’s Ministry

5 Ways to Evaluate Your Children’s Ministry

Taking time to evaluate your ministry is one of the most essential components for successfully leading your children’s ministry. How can you know what to fix if you don’t know what’s broken? How can you know what to duplicate…or eliminate…if you don’t evaluate? In short, you can’t. Add to that the fact that children’s ministry is, in my… Continue Reading

What is Leadership in Children’s Ministry?

What is Leadership in Children’s Ministry?

What, exactly, is leadership in Children’s Ministry? Too many of us who should be leading are either not leading at all, or not leading well. In many cases we’re just managers, and there’s a big difference (more on that in a minute). My definition of Children’s Ministry leadership is this: Continue Reading

Why You Need To Stop Innovating In Your Ministry

Why You Need To Stop Innovating In Your Ministry

Why You Need To Stop Innovating In Your Ministry We hear a lot of talk about “innovating”. Innovating can be a great thing. Innovating is necessary in every ministry at times. By definition, innovation is: the introduction of something new a new idea, method, or device These are good things – great things at times!… Continue Reading

Mickey’s Guide To Successful Children’s Ministry

Mickey’s Guide To Successful Children’s Ministry

I once attended a presentation made by a Disney “Imagineer”*. He gave Mickey’s 10 Commandments when it comes to engaging guests.  I’ve modified it a little bit to fit our world of KidMin, so here are 10 principles to help us engage our guests – Mickey’s Guide to Successful Children’s Ministry: Know Your Audience Know their… Continue Reading

How To Be A Hero To Your Children’s Ministry Team

How To Be A Hero To Your Children’s Ministry Team

We all do do things to build our team and make sure they are ready for the ministry that support our vision. Doing things such as equipping & developing leaders is critical. That is some of the deeper responsibility that will result in a thriving team. But there are things we can do every week which will… Continue Reading