In Defense of the Children’s Sermon
How we’ve made those five minutes of our service some of the most influential—for kids and adults.
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Let the Foster and Adopted Children Come to Me
Families of vulnerable children often feel unwelcome in their own churches. Here are five ways to change that.
Let the Foster and Adopted Children Come to Me. Families of vulnerable children often feel unwelcome in their own churches. 2. Train leaders and volunteers about vulnerable children.
Make the Most of Your Rented Space
Five solutions for mobile churches.
Kids' ministry. Discuss terms with the building manager to see what areas can be adapted for children's ministry rooms. Keep mothers in mind with a “cry room” or nursing room.
9 Tips for Planning a Safe VBS
How to prepare for this significant summer event.
Has your children's ministry team started preparing? If you haven't thought about it yet this year, consider this your warning: it's time to start planning.
When Others Question Your Leadership
Parents in my children’s ministry questioned my authority because I wasn’t a mom.
When Others Question Your Leadership. Parents in my children's ministry questioned my authority because I wasn't a mom. Read as Single PagePage
Hiring Involves Strategic Planning and Careful Budgeting
Don't hire before you ask a few key questions.
and other nonprofits through various parts of ministry, including strategic planning and ministry operations. For example, church leaders hire a new children's minister, figuring that if the
How to Transform Ministry Disappointment into Hope
What you are doing matters, even when fruit appears to be scarce.
Sometimes the breakup occurred because I, as pastor, was not doing enough to give these friends the kind of church they wanted—a better youth or children's ministry, different music, a
My Winding Road to the Pastorate
It was an inconvenient time to begin feeling called to co-pastor with my husband.
gifts and graces for cross-cultural ministry, my leaning into that particular role was largely influenced by what I had seen. Women were missionaries. Women were children's pastors or
The Enneagram for Pastors
9 different ways pastors look at the world, and what it might mean for your ministry.
In other words, he is teacher, public speaker, counselor, children's story teller, youth leader, HR director He thrives in some parts of the ministry, and in other areas he merely gets by.
An Open Letter to Young Women Leaders
The glory of God is man—and woman—fully alive.
You might recall, with tears or with laughter, how that moment changed you. Today, maybe you're passionate about finance or children's ministry. Maybe
Public Schools Are Changing. Should Your Church?
Four lessons for your children’s ministry and your adults.
Four lessons for your children's ministry and your adults. Does your church's children's ministry organize kids in this manner, or does it still use a solo-experience approach?
6 Symptoms of Church Ministry Silos
And ways to help cure this type of disunity.
2. Get rid of sub-ministry brands. Call ministries what they are. For example, children's ministry is children's ministry and student ministry is student ministry.
3 Ways to Show Your Children's Ministry Cares
Why caring about the details matters in your church.
3 Ways to Show Your Children's Ministry Cares. Why caring about the details matters in your church. Nick Blevins. Everything we do in our ministries and
Growing Your Church's Volunteer Base
Principles for introducing more people to the joy of service.
If I was working as the director of a children's ministry, here's how I'd share the ministry with “Fred.” First, I'd invite him out for a cup of coffee and get reacquainted. Then I'd say:
3 Disaster Myths That Only Compound the Devastation
The biggest threat facing churches isn’t a disaster event—it’s how we think about disasters.
If you have a strong children's ministry, begin there. Does your church already deliver meals to the elderly? Then that's where your church should start.
Inviting Teenagers to Do Church Work
Four ministries that can use their help.
with help). Children's Ministry. Leading groups of children. Teaching; Games; Scheduling; Check-in; Classroom prep. Worship/Music Ministry. Band. Tech
Leading in the Midst of Suffering
I’d helped others through trials and struggles, but dealing with my own was a new challenge.
Leading from the Valley. At the time of the fire, I had led in children's ministry for almost a decade. I witnessed broken marriages and sick kids. I walked