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All Access Eternal Investments: A Devotion on Children's Ministry

Did you know that Children's Ministry is in the business of investments? That's right, investments. But our investments are far more important than any monetary one could be. We invest in the eternal lives of children.

Investing in the Lives of Children
All Access Faith for the Schedule

Do you often cry out for help with staffing? Do you find yourself asking God for more workers on a consistent basis? Do you question if God cares about this area of children’s ministry?  

Starter Family Landmines

In this article I compare hidden sin to improvised explosive devices found in fields of battle. I briefly explore the effect this has on our families when the spiritual IEDs are planted and not dealt with properly.

Hidden Sin
Starter Five Things that CM Leaders Need

Sometimes we forget that children's ministry leaders are humans and that they have needs just like any other church member. In this article I explore some of those dynamics with a view toward gaining realistic expectations and developing appropriate support systems for the CM leader.

Starter Five Things That CM Volunteers Need

I believe there are a number of ways in which children's ministry volunteers need support from their leaders. In this article I briefly explore five key things that seem relevant in just about any ministry context. Use these ideas to spark creativity in your own leadership.

Leading Volunteers
Starter Four Key Thoughts on Family Ministry

Here are four key thoughts on family ministry as I strive to figure out how to apply it to my ministry context in light of the broader conversation occurring in the Western Hemisphere. They represent some of the concerns I face heading into a new season at my church.

Family Ministry
All Access Fretters Anonymous

The kids in our children's ministries deserve to see faith in you. Fear over the future will not bring victory. Kids do not need to pick up on your fear of the future even if you feel justified in your "concerns."

Key Concepts for Ministry
All Access God Doesn't Use a Paddle

Everyone makes mistakes - God's Correction and Blessings come with our ability to walk out obedience

All Access God's View of His Sheep

God loves children more than anything. This is a snapshot of references in the Bible where God talks about kids.

How God Feels About Children
All Access History of the Wordless Book

The Wordless Book has no words or pictures but it shouts the gospel message loud and clear through the familiar language of colors.

The Wordless Book - From 1866 to Today
All Access How to Peel a Bible Story

Bible stories are easier for kids to understand and apply if you break them down and serve them in small parts.

Key Concepts for Ministry
All Access I'm Doing This For the Kids... Or Am I?

Helpful advice for every Children's Ministry worker to determine his/her priorities and purpose for ministry.

Purpose for Ministry
All Access Internet Safety

Parents can protect their kids from online dangers while teaching them about the importance of accountability in the Christian life -- Covenant Eyes accountability software

Monitoring and Filtering
Starter Is your Nursery and Pre-School Curriculum Age-Appropriate?

Wing-tipped shoes are outdated.  What about the methods you use to teach young children?

Preschool, Nursery
Starter It Was a Dark Time for the Children's Pastor

A very short parable in the form of a mini-screen play based on Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, relating to children's ministry leadership, apathy, and volunteer appreciation.

All Access It's More Than Just About The Kids

All Access Jesus used object lessons

Jesus used objects lessons all the time!

Teaching ideas
Starter Key questions about children’s and family ministry in small churches

Here is a list of questions concerning children’s and family ministry in small churches with which I am currently wrestling.

Small Church CM
All Access Lessons from a 'Rookie' Children's Pastor

What lessons did the Kidologist learn early on in ministry besides not playing games with marshmallows in a room with red carpet?

leadership / ministry
All Access Making Room for Response

The importance of providing a time of response for children who have heard the Gospel message or who want to respond to the message or pray for others.

Altar Calls
All Access Making the Cross Real for Children -- Response to The Passion movie

Helpful hints on how parents can bring the reality of the message of the cross to their children in a relevant and appropriate way.

All Access Ministering with the end in mind

Are we ministering with the end in mind? Here’s is what I mean by that. Do we have an end goal in mind for a child as they grow up through our children’s ministry, then through our youth ministry and then on to adulthood. Another words we can say we want a young person to be able to do this or say this when they are all grown up.

Family Ministry
All Access Of Fish Heads and Tiny Squid

Harrowing and hilarious children's ministry moments may contribute to some grey hair and wrinkles, but God gives strength, energy and a sense of humor for the ride!

All Access One of These Things is NOT Like the Others

A comparison between Santa, the Easter Bunny and Jesus

All Access PJ's Box

A creative way to encourage children and parents to communicate with their children's pastor/leader.

Free Preschool Ministry Out of the Closet

Preschool Ministry can appear to be be scary if you are not prepared. Preparation for it is simple though and through this article I will try and walk you through coming out of the closet of maybe some past assumptions to current relevance.

Preschool Ministry
All Access Purpose of Music

Music has a way of getting into the depths of a person’s emotions and affecting their thinking, actions, and moods. God has given us the gift of music, so let us use it wisely for Him.

All Access Putting Your Vision Out There

Effective ways to let others know about your vision for ministry.

Using Your Vision
All Access Quick Reference: How to lead a child to Christ

Here is a step-by-step way of leading a child to Christ that I wrote for the volunteers at my church.

Leading a child to Christ
Starter Racing to the North Pole

Help the kids see we are all far from God's kingdom and need His forgiveness.  

Forgiveness, Grace, Salvation
All Access REVIEW: Shadowmancer

This review is about a Christian version of the Harry Potter books.

Book Review
All Access Review: Voyage of the Friendship: A Musical for Young Voices

Voyage of the Friendship: A Musical for Young Voices is a fully outfitted children's musical, complete with everything you need to pull off a musical production in your church. Except for the children. You have to provide them. But I think you knew that already. Nominated for a Dove Award in the category of Best Children's Musical in 2007, Voyage of the Friendship earns its critical recognition with stellar musicality, extensive support features, and a pervasive biblical worldview which permeates a timely message.

Children's Musical Review
All Access Roasting Marshmallows

As parents we need to intentionally introduce our children to the presence of God.

Starter Setting the Tone for Worship in Children’s Ministry

In this article I explore the importance of attitude and example in setting the tone of worship in children's ministry.

Worship in Children's Ministry
All Access Some Great Ways to Stay at Your Best

Here are some tips to help you stay at your best in the ministry.

Spiritual Renewal
Starter Spark Interest in Missions

The older we get the harder it is to leave it all behind and go to the mission field. It is no wonder kids respond to the missionary call. Here are some ways to get kids interested in missions.

All Access Spice Box

Encouragement to Teachers by Adding Zing, Zest and Pizazz to your teaching

Spice Up Your Teaching Ministry
All Access Taking the Spiritual Temperature of Your Ministry.

Are you a thermostat or a thermometer?

Effective Teaching
All Access Taking the spiritual temperature of your ministry.

Is your class room spiritually hot or cold? Its up to us as teachers to set the spiritual climate of our class.

Children's Church
All Access Teaching Children about Salvation

There is much confusion today about what it means to be a Christian. It is very important that what we teach children about their relationship with God is accurate.

Starter Teaching, the Final Frontier

A dramatic metaphor of classroom discipline based on the Original Star Trek Series. I wrote this in partial fulfillment of a teaching component in my seminary internship. It is based on real events.

Classroom Discipline
All Access Ten Commandments as a Sunday School Teacher

Dr. Henrietta C. Mears (1890-1963), a Presbyterian Christian education director, had a profound influence on the way contemporary educational ministry is conducted. Her influence covered the breadth of the field, including church program development, teacher and leadership training, curriculum publishing, camps and conferences, and missions education. Her legacy endures through contemporary approaches to Bible study and Sunday school material, the ministries she founded, and the lives of outstanding Christian leaders who have impacted the world for Christ. This is a collection of her writing.

Sunday School Inspiration
Starter Thanksgiving: It's An Ugly Day for Many Kids

Recognizing and discussing the general needs of children who suffer during Thanksgiving and other holidays due to family problems.

Ministering to Children Who Suffer
All Access That Thin Wire Thingy in a Light Bulb

All ministry can be broken down into these two elements: build a bridge; turn on a light.

Key Concepts for Ministry
All Access The Impacter Principle

principles to transform any Children's Ministry

Principles that work in Children's Ministry
All Access The Power of an Effective Preteen Ministry

If you don't yet have specific programming for preteens, be encouraged to launch something!

Preteen Ministry
Free The Strategy of Jesus

Lessons that I learned from the strategic ways of Jesus. These may be quick to read but,like all of the things of Jesus, pack a great punch.

All Access The Surprise

Short story and puppet script that can be used for Mother's Day or other event to teach honor/obedience.

Mother's Day, Honor, Obedience
All Access The Water of Life

Encouragement for Children's Ministry Teachers.

Keeping Teachers Wet and Wild
Free There's an App for That

With the Bible at the touch of an iPhone, what does it mean for kids to be biblicaly literate in the Internet age?

Biblical literacy, technology
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