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So, you're in charge of the Children's Ministry?!?  HELP IS HERE!

Whether you are a Children's Pastor, Director, Coordinator, or Hold-it-all-togetherer, the fact is you need ideas, and you need them fast!!  If you're looking for a sample policy manual, or permission slip, or other administrative help, this is the place!

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Free Are You a Cruise Ship or a Dinghy?

Find out if your ministry is a Dinghy or a Cruise Ship based on your recruiting practices!

Recruiting, Volunteers
All Access Are you a whiner or a winner when it comes to recruiting?

There are many books on the market designed to teach ministry leaders how to recruit volunteers. Most teach basically the same principles, and we know them all. So why do we keep hearing that people don’t want to volunteer anymore?

Volunteers, Recruiting
Free Are You Sabotaging Your Ministry Volunteers?

We know it's not intentional. You would never purposely sabotage your volunteers. But what if it's happening anyway? These quick tips may help you become more aware of how you may be jeopardizing the volunteers in your ministry.

Leadership, Volunteers, Partnering
Free Are you working too much?

Are you working too many hours each week? Are you in danger of experiencing burnout? Do you work for your boss or for the Lord? How many hours do you think God really wants you to work? Find some encouragement for saying no and setting up boundaries. 

Balance vs. Burnout; Leadership Tools
Free Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

If you will learn to make a habit of asking yourself these questions, you can move from being your own worst enemy to becoming your greatest asset.

Habits
All Access Baptism and Kids

A Question and Answer Time with the Kidologist! How do you know when a child is ready for baptism? How do you explain the meaning of baptism? How do you make a child's baptism memorable?

Baptism
All Access Be Proactive

You can be the victim in your ministry. Or you can be proactive with your ministry.

Leadership, Struggles
Free Become An Awesome Sunday School Teacher

Want to be an awesome Sunday School teacher? Here are four ways that you can become the best Sunday School teacher that you can be!

Sunday School, Teaching
Free Best Quotes Ever To Kick You In the Seat and Get You Moving

These are the WORLD’S BEST QUOTES for kicking you in the pants and shoving you into action.

Motivation, Inspiration, Leadership
Free Bigger Is Better, Right?

When it comes to children's ministry, is bigger really better? Learn how to use the resources you have to make yours the best ministry possible for the kids you serve. 

Relationships, Leadership
All Access Build a Good Reference Library

Learn how to become a reference librarian of your memories with God.

Library, Memories, History
Free Can Kids Help Grow Your Church?

The church growth people tell us that kids are one of the top three reasons why people choose a church.

Church Growth
All Access Care, Beyond Compare!

The effort to create a caring paradigm in children’s ministry has to come from the Children’s Pastor in concert with their leadership team. When the leader creates that kind of caring atmosphere among the teachers, it gives permission for the quality of care to trickle down like rain on the children.

Children's Ministry Team
All Access Check List for A Better VBS

A checklist that can help you improve your VBS every year!

VBS, Evaluation, Leadership
All Access Child Protection Policy Defined

The best way to prevent abuse is to plan ahead. This is the first post in a three part series from KidCheck on the essential elements of designing and implementing an effective Child Protection Policy.

Child Protection Policy
All Access Children's Ministry Manual for Volunteers

A 25-page Children's Ministry Manual for your volunteers!

CM Manual, Volunteers
All Access Classroom Management Tips

Some advice on how to manage your classroom at all age levels. 

Classroom management
Free Coaching Elementary Small Group Leaders

What a difference a week makes when you are coaching elementary small group leaders! Here's what I did to coach a small group leader.

Coaching Small Group Leaders
All Access Co-Active Coaching Quotes

Quotes from “Co-Active Coaching,” a book written by the founders of The Coaches Training Institute

Coaching, Leadership
Starter Comprehensive Candidate Screening Part 1 - The Written Application

A comprehensive screening process includes several steps, with the written application laying the foundation. Learn more on what it is and why it is important.

Background Checks - Volunteer Screening
Starter Comprehensive Candidate Screening Part 2 - The Background Check

Learn why background checks are an important piece of the overall safety puzzle, how they work, what to look for in a service provider, and the information not included.  

Background Checks
Starter Comprehensive Candidate Screening Part 3 - The Social Media Check

Let’s explore the benefits and some of the ethical and legal considerations when using a social media background check as part of a comprehensive candidate screen.

Background Checks - Social Media
Starter Comprehensive Candidate Screening Part 4 - Personal References

References often bubble up need-to-know information about the character, commitment, and a person’s history of working with children. 

Background Checks - References
Starter Comprehensive Candidate Screening Part 5 - The Interview

Having a face-to-face discussion yields valuable information and allows a candidate to be reviewed from different angles.

Background Checks - The Interview
Starter Comprehensive Candidate Screening Part 6&7 - Motor Vehicle Report and Waiting Period

The final step in the candidate screening process: motor vehicle check and waiting period.

Background Checks
Free Connected to the Vine

Amid the hectic world of kidmin, how do you stay connected with God on a daily basis?

Connecting with God
All Access Consider. Choose. Commit.

The case for choosing curriculum carefully and staying with it consistently

Curriculum Selection
All Access Co-Parenting the Divorce Way

Co-parenting is becoming the norm for divorcing couples and couples who are involved in cohabitation situations. But what exactly is co-parenting?

Co-Parenting
All Access Counseling Kids for Salvation

Learn to counsel kids effectively regarding the most important decision of their life.

Salvation, Counseling
All Access Create Your Kidmin Brand

Here are seven ideas to help you identify your unique brand of ministry to children.

Identifying Your Brand
All Access Creating Your Resource Place

Great tips on how creating a resource place and ideas on what store there.

resources, storage, crafts
Free Dear Student Leader

Here is a personal note that I wrote to encourage a student leader for their service.

Encouraging Note
Free Delegation is a MUST in Children's Ministry

Delegation is a must in Children's Ministry! Here are some great tips for how to delegate effectively in your ministry.

Delegation, Children's Ministry
All Access Developing a 45-Minute Show

Here are ten things I’ve learned over the years about how to put together quality content for a 45-minute stage show.

Stage Performance
All Access Developing a Ministry-Wide Strategy for Making Disciples

Everywhere around us, we are hearing a growing call: The spiritual formation of children must be done by parents, not for parents. The church’s role is shifting from one of serving and supporting parents to one of empowering, equipping, and encouraging parents. How can children's ministry leaders respond to this call?

Church Wide Discipleship Focus
All Access Disciplers and Specialists

The Acts 6 Model makes it possible for a local Family of God to provide a ministry to children that meets each child’s individual needs.

Discipleship, Church Leadership
Free Do You Have Cliques in Your Children's Ministry?

“Two are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT

Families, Programming
All Access Do You Make These Mistakes With Your Volunteers?

Learn 4 mistakes many Children's Pastors make with their volunteers and how to avoid making them

Volunteers, Encouragement, Gifts
Free Do You Suffer From #Kidmin Tunnel Vision?

Do you have tunnel vision when it comes to your kidmin? Follow these tips on how to stay connected with the rest of the ministry teams!

Focus, Staying Connected
Free Do You Want a Better Children's Ministry? Capture Everything

Do you want a better children's ministry? Create a process for capturing everything.

Organization
All Access Does Curriculum Lose its Value When It Becomes Dated?

When does curriculum for children's ministry become outdated?

Curriculum
All Access Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate

When looking at your ministry make sure you evaluate everything. The 3 easy elements are friendliness, cleanliness, and follow-up.

Evaluation of your ministry
All Access Expectations

Taking control of our expectations and responses, by not putting expectations on God.

Expectations, Taking Control
Free Family Ministry: Single Parents

There are many single parents in our world today. How do we, the church, help those parents to raise their kids? We can do these two things.

Ministry to Children with Single Parents
All Access Five Back to School Safety Fundamentals

Read these tips on how to protect you and your kids as they go back to school. 

Back to School
Free Five Habits of On Time Leaders

Time is precious. Sadly, too many leaders waste MUCH of the time they are given. When you waste time, it can have a negative impact on your leadership and your relationships. I challenge you to adopt the five habits of the On-Time Leader.

Time Management
All Access Five Myths About Children's Ministry Coaching

In this article I have shared my opinion about five common myths concerning coaching. Don't be fooled by these commons mistakes!

CM Coaching
All Access Five Questions Every Communicator Must Ask Before They Teach

Everytime someone teaches, there are questions they must answer as they prepare their lesson. To those who teach children, these questions are even more crucial, because children will readily believe what you teach them.

Teaching
Free Five Tips to Instantly Improve Creative Output

Creativity is an elusive thing. For most people, it doesn’t just happen. Although every one of us has enormous creative potential, there are definitely times when creativity just doesn’t seem to flow. Here are some helpful tips.

Improving Creativity
All Access Five Ways To Create a Fun Kidmin Environment

Ideas on how to make your kidmin space fun for kids!

Fun, Kid Environments
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