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All Access Training Youth to Become Children's Ministry Leaders

Steps to train youth to help them become outstanding children's ministry leaders.

Training, Youth
All Access Trauma-informed churches

Trauma causes toxic stress on the brains of young children. But trauma isn't just seen in those who experience child abuse, neglect or poverty. It also occurs in children of divorce.

Divorce, Trauma in Kids
All Access Truth that Stands the Test of a Global Pandemic

God doesn’t lie, His promises can be trusted.

All Access 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Poem for Kidmin Workers

A poem to send to your volunteers to show your appreciation this Christmas.

Volunteer Appreciation
All Access Tweens and the Effects of Divorce on Their Lives

Here is a list of the effects of divorce on tweens, and tips for parents and church leaders.

Effects of Divorce on Tweens
All Access Two Trips to the Grocery Store: A Parable about Biblical Relationships

Do you and your kids have a contract relationship or a covenant relationship?

Covenant Relationships
All Access Understanding Your Child's Temperament

While this article is written for parents, it can be easily applied to the kids in your care on Sundays or during the week. The better we understand a child's temperament, the better we can understand and love the child. 

Relationships, Parents
All Access Using Technology in Children's Ministry

Here are the many ways that I use technology in children's ministry.

Technology, Children's Ministry
All Access Volunteer Engagement: How To Keep Volunteers Involved In Your Ministry

How to keep volunteers engaged in your ministry

Volunteers, Involvement
Free Volunteer Recruitment is Fun

Make recruiting fun while you purposefully involve your volunteers in the process.

Volunteers, Relationships
All Access Volunteer/Employee Background Checks

Organizations know background checks help reduce risk, maintain a safe environment and minimize liability. But how often, for whom, and how important is it really?

Child Safety, Background Checks
All Access Walking with a Slow Walker

Recognizing when your stride as a leader is not right for your followers

All Access Warm Your Heart Sunday

A Sunday School Empahsis to get kids excited about attending and bringing their friends.

Free Watch Where You Step!

Here is an object lesson to demonstrate how we need to follow God and watch where we step!

Following God
All Access Water Games to Beat the Heat

Try these fun water games to beat the summer heat. 

Summer Fun
All Access We All Need to Recharge in Christ - Devotion

Are you fully charged to do what God has called you to do? Make sure you're plugged into THE power source. 

Technology, Relationships
All Access Websites to Keep Current with Kids

Some Websites to Keep Current with Kids (in addition to, or course!)

All Access We're Not All That Different

Here are some common “themes” of ministry that are literally worldwide.  

All Access What a Difference a Smile Makes!

Do you smile enough? Do you smile at the kids in your ministry enough? Read here about the benefits of smiling...for you and those around you.

Smiling, Divorce
Free What a Home Improvement Project Reminded Me About Leaders

Does your Children's Ministry need a project manager?

All Access What Are You Thankful For?

Here is an object lesson for Thanksgiving to remind us how much we have to be thankful for!

All Access What Can I Give Mephibosheth?

Here is a fun Bible school activity you can play to help your preschoolers learn to be cheerful givers.  It’s called “What Can I Give Mephibosheth?”

Bible Activity
All Access What Can Tree Roots Teach about Ministry?

Learn to focus on your roots so the rest of your life can flourish.

Foundation, Leadership
Free What Do You Consider a "WIN" for Your Volunteers?

What areas are you working on and seeking to move your volunteers forward in?

All Access What do you think of when you think about God?

How do we disciple kids in such a way that they love Jesus more as a result?

Gospel, Gratitude
All Access What Does God Look Like?

What does God look like? Here are the Answer Guys to answer the question!

Puppet Skit
Free What Does God Think About Your Child?

Jesus loved all children passionately. So how should you love the children in your care?

Jesus' Love, Loving Children
Free What Does Jesus Want for Christmas?

Have you ever asked yourself the question, “What does Jesus want for Christmas?” What do you buy for God, who has everything?

All Access What Does the Devil Look Like?

Have you ever wondered what the devil looks like? The Answer Guys are here to help!

Puppet Skit
All Access What Happened to the Bible?

A tragedy is happening! The Bible is a rare object in most children's ministries today. What are the steps for action that we need to take?

Using Bibles in Children's Ministry
All Access What Happens After Sunday School?

People in your church may not realize that the bulk of ministry to children and families happens after church ends on Sunday.

Leadership, Kidologist
All Access What is Family Ministry?

What is family ministry? That is the question of the day! Here is an introduction to a basic biblical model of family ministry.

Family Ministry
All Access What Is Heaven Like?

What is heaven like? Looks like it's time for the Answer Guys!

Skit, Puppet Skit
All Access What Kids Really Need

What do today's Christian Kids REALLY need? They need Discipled.

All Access What Kind of Fruit Did Adam and Eve Eat?

Does the Bible really say that? We should never assume we know what the Bible says. We need to read it, study it, and teach it properly!

Presumptions of What the Bible Says
All Access What Makes You Cry?

Do you cry? You should. Read why.

Crying Righteous Tears
All Access What Should I Wear?

Here is a fun Bible memory verse activity to help your little ones learn this verse, along with clothing items that will help show ways to be kind.

Bible Memory Verse Activity
All Access What the Church Can Learn From Apple

How do you honor those who work for you? How do you honor those who leave?

Honor, Volunteers
Free What the Gospel Demands of Parents

What does the Gospel require of parents? Here are four lessons that parents should be modeling in their homes.

Gospel, Parenting
All Access What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?

Here is the classic children’s game called “What Time Is It Mr. Fox?” I have provided the instructions below for how to play this game. To make this game even more interesting, try playing the three different variations to the game I have included below. Have fun!

Children's Games
Free What Type of Kids Pastor Are You?

Do you know your strengths and weaknesses in ministry? Are you surrounded by people who can fill in where you lack? This is how you build a strong kids ministry. 

All Access What Type of Kids' Pastor Are You?

All Access What Would You Do With This Screaming Child?

How do you calm a distraught child? Read these tips from Divorce Care for Kids. 

Divorce, Handling Emotions
All Access When is it Time to Move?

19 things to ponder while considering moving churches

Switching Churches, Moving
Free When Kidmin Breaks Your Heart

God reached down and touched our hearts thru Jesus. He wants us to do the same for the hurting families and children in our midst.

Leadership, Caring
All Access When KidMin Breaks Your Heart

Ministry has its rewards, but it can also break your heart. 

Kingdom Impact
All Access When Should the Significant Other Start Disciplining the Kids?

Many children's pastors and children's ministry volunteers want to help single parents and families. Here's helpful advice on who should discipline and how.

Divorce, Single Parenting, Discipline
All Access When Technology Fails

Technology is great... until it isn't. What do you do when your tech fails?

All Access When You Just Want to Quit

What steps do you take when things aren't going well in the classroom? If you don't have a plan, maybe these ideas will help.

Classroom Control, Preparation
All Access When You Wake Up On the Wrong Side of the Bed

Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?

Divorce Ministry
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