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June 27, 2014

Have you seen the "POWER BIBLE?"

I was recently introduced to the "POWER BIBLE."  It is a resource that was produced by Green Egg Media.  It is an amazing new children's Bible that uses an Asian comics style artwork.  I must say, I am impressed. There are several highlights to this resource that I want to point out: 1.  The artwork is stellar. 2.  It's well-executed and set in a format that kids will "eat up." 3.  It gives kids a tool to use to share the truth of God's Word with their friends. 4.  It can be used as a great devotional tool for kids. […]
June 26, 2014

Join Me and Ryan Frank For A FREE Webinar

Ryan Frank serves as the CEO of KidzMatter and a Vice President at Awana Clubs International. Ryan and his wife, Beth, are also the publishers of Kidzmatter Magazine. He is the author of 9 Things They Didn’t Teach Me in College About Children’s Ministry (Standard) and Give Me Jesus (Baker Publishing). Ryan has asked me to join him as a guest speaker for a FREE Webinar NEXT WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm CDT/1:00pm EDT. How do you lead when you aren't in charge? That's the topic of this 30-minute lunch webinar.  Ryan and I believe that leadership is more […]
June 25, 2014

VIDEO - "How To Communicate So Kids Want To Listen"

There's nothing worse than trying to communicate to a group of kids who aren't paying any attention to you.  As a matter of fact, if they aren't listening - then you aren't really communicating!  In this teaching, I share some of the things I have learned when it comes to communicating to kids in large groups, small groups, and one-on-one.  I pray it is helpful to you! https://vimeo.com/98355521 If you like this video, please do me a favor.  Leave a comment below.  Which of the pointers I shared made the biggest impact for you?  What is ONE THING you can do starting […]
June 23, 2014

Get A FREE Copy Of My New E-Book, "Kidminnovation"

I have been waiting on this day for a long time!  Today, I release my brand new e-book, "Kidminnovation."  (#Kidmin + Innovation = Kidminnovation)  The message of this book has been building in me for many years.  I had the opportunity to speak at INCM's "CM Leaders" event two years ago on this subject.  Ever since, I have had many Kidmin Leaders asking me to write more about it and help them unlock the creativity inside of them. The premise of the book is that EVERYONE has creative potential.  In Kidmin today, I see so many people falling short of their creative […]
June 20, 2014

FUN FRIDAY: "Goliath" Debuts At Six Flags Great America

Confession:  I am a HUGE roller coaster fan!  If I hear of a death-defying roller coaster within driving distance, I am usually there pretty soon.  Well, I just caught wind of this one!  It's in Chicago, so......maybe someday! It's called "GOLIATH!"  It's the fastest, tallest, and steepest wooden roller coaster in the world!  If you dare, expect to plunge down 180 feet while rocketing through twists and turns at 72 miles per hour at a near vertical 85 degree angle. Check out this front seat POV video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oefUJZU5ms Definitely going to have to check this one out!  By the way, […]
June 19, 2014

Kindred Creative: It's Like Having A Full-Time Graphic Artist For Your Ministry

If you are like me, you are ALWAYS in need of great artwork and graphics!  Many kids are visual learners and need to be immersed in their environment to really experience the truth we are presenting.  Well, as Kids Ministry Leaders, you know how hard it can be to have a professional brand and online presence in ministry.  It's expensive, resources are difficult to find, and frankly, its confusing! Well, not anymore!  Enter "Kindred Creative" - owned by a good friend of mine, Kate!  Kate and her husband are full-time ministers (church planters, even) who had these same frustrations 8 years […]
June 12, 2014

Starting A Kids Ministry From Scratch (An Essential Resource)

If you have ever had the daunting task of having to start a Kids Ministry from scratch (as in NOTHING, ZILCH, NADA), then you know it can be exhausting.  It's all you can do to keep from pulling your hair out and losing your marbles.  That is, until now! My friend and fellow Kids Pastor, Trisha Peach, has developed a LIFE-CHANGING resource:  "Your Children's Ministry From Scratch."  It is the definitive how-to book for anyone who ministers to children, whether volunteer or paid staff.  It's funny, poignant and interactive! Trisha's book, “Your Children’s Ministry From Scratch” is due out this summer 2014. […]
June 10, 2014

6 Reasons You Aren't Creative In Your Ministry

I hear it all the time from so many Kids Ministry leaders.  It's the six words that should NEVER come out of your mouth…“I’m just not a creative person.” Sometimes it comes in more subtle ways such as, “How do you guys at High Voltage Kids Ministry do what you do?”“I could never do that!”  “I wish I could be more creative, but I don’t have it in me.”  “Why are some people creative and others aren’t?” The 6 reasons most people aren't creative in their ministry?  It's because they believe the six words I stated above:  "I'm just not a […]
June 9, 2014

How To Know The Difference Between Being "Careful" And "Fearful"

I can't tell you how many times FEAR has kept me from stepping out and doing something big for God!  Fear is a powerful emotion and many times is a major deterrent to us accomplishing what God has called us to do. Some people pretend not to be afraid.  They talk big, but they aren’t fooling anyone. Others redefine it.  They claim, “I’m not afraid. I’m just being very careful.”  In his book, Next Generation Leader, Andy Stanley compared “careful” and “fearful.” Careful is cerebral; fearful is emotional. Careful is fueled by information; fearful is fueled by imagination. Careful calculates risk; fearful avoids […]
June 4, 2014

3 Reasons You Need To STOP Telling Everyone You Need Help!

Picture this:  It's an average Sunday Morning in church in Anytown, USA.  The kids are bouncing off the walls, the crowd is buzzing, and the energy is palpable! Suddenly, the silence is broken with a booming voice echoing through the halls. It's the voice of the Children's Ministry Director.  She's talking to a group of people whom she sees as possible volunteers.  Then, the words come out - "We need HELP!  We are overwhelmed!  We have so many kids and not enough workers!  HELP US!" This is perhaps THE most ineffective way to recruit new team members.  There is nothing […]
June 2, 2014

Here Is The First Look At The New "Left Behind" Movie (Starring Nicolas Cage)

For those of you who are fans of the "Left Behind" book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, this is probably not breaking news.  For the rest of the world, it definitely is.  There is a NEW film adaptation of the first book, "Left Behind," coming to theaters this October 3rd. This version of the film boasts a much bigger budget and a much stronger cast.  Nicolas Cage is an Academy Award Winner and you will recognize Lea Thompson from her role is "Back To The Future."  The budget for this film dwarfs that of the original.  Will it play […]
May 28, 2014

How Do You Say "Goodbye" To Your Ministry Kids?

"Don't leave me!  You're gonna be sad you're not in Kids Ministry anymore.  You're gonna miss me so much you will hate Student Ministry.  You're gonna want to be back here!"  These are the words I once heard a Kidmin Leader tell the 5th graders who were promoting.  I don't think he realized just how insecure this made him look.  It was all about him, not the kids. We all go through it:   the bittersweet moment called "Promotion Day."  All of the children you have poured your heart and soul into are now too old for Kids Ministry.  It is […]
May 26, 2014

5 Keys To Remember When A Child Has A SERIOUS Prayer Request

"Pastor Sharon, will you pray for my Dad?  He just got arrested for doing something really bad to my sister." These words are devastating to any Kids Ministry Leader.  Sadly, in the society in which we live - these words have become much more common than any of us want to admit.  How you and your Kids Ministry volunteers handle situations like this could be absolutely KEY to the long-term spiritual, physical, and emotional health of the child involved. This past week, I taught my Kids Ministry staff about communicating with kids one-on-one.  One of the questions I covered was: […]
May 22, 2014

One Of The Best Tools For Ministry Networking Ever Created

I am a big fan of networking.  What is networking?  It is simply connecting with other people who share the same passion and purpose that you do. There are many reasons why networking with other Children's Ministry Leaders is a wise idea: INSPIRATION - You can get inspiration from what they are trying in their ministries.  Who knows?  God may use someone else's idea to spark something in your mind and heart! INFORMATION - Getting together with other Children's Ministry Leaders helps you find out what all is out there that you might be missing.  Curriculum, Music, Illustrations, Outreach, etc.  Swapping […]
May 19, 2014

Are You Stealing From Others For The Sake Of The Ministry?

It was a hot Summer afternoon in Dallas, Texas in 1993.  I had a flat tire - and no spare.  I locked my car, left it on the side of busy I-35E in the middle of rush hour traffic, and started running to the closest service station about 1 mile away.  I got there, bought a cheap spare tire, and rolled it back down the hill to my car.  I had only been gone approximately 20 minutes. When I arrived, I found my back window broken with glass all in my back seat.  I looked inside to find that my […]
May 16, 2014

FUN FRIDAY - "The World's Luckiest Unlucky Man"

This is a CRAZY story!  I have no idea if it is all completely true, but if it is - there is no doubt this guy MUST have been a Christian.  God's hand was obviously on him to get him through all of this.  WOW!!!!   Enjoy this on "FUN FRIDAY!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZyUWLW7kEI
May 15, 2014

YOUR WINNER: Here's The Cover Of My New Book: "KIDMINNOVATION"

Thanks to the scores of people who took time to vote on the "Pick My Book Cover" contest earlier this week.  It was overwhelming - you chose #3 (pictured above). This is a book that I believe will inspire many Kidmin Leaders to become more innovative in their approach to ministry.  It will enable many to rediscover the creative person that God created them to be!!  Keep your eyes and ears open for future information regarding release date and how YOU can get a copy!  Coming SOON!    
May 13, 2014

Who Is Really In Charge Of Your Weekly Schedule?

There are two ways you can live:  Proactive or Reactive!  You can either float through your work week responding and reacting to whatever life throws at you, OR you can live ON-PURPOSE according to a plan you have set.  One produces peace and productivity, the other produces stress and procrastination. Obviously, stuff happens.  Things come up.  You can’t plan for everything. But, I have found that it is a whole lot easier to accomplish what matters most when you are proactive and "begin with the end in mind." (see Stephen Covey's "7 habits of Highly Effective People") One of the […]
May 7, 2014

What Your Kids Can Learn From Kevin Durant

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a HUGE Dallas Mavericks fan (yes, I am fully aware of how bad we lost in Game 7 to the Spurs, LOL)!  Two of our biggest rivals are the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.  I have always admired Kevin Durant as a player, but his acceptance speech for winning the 2014 MVP of the NBA took my respect for him to a whole new level. It's not often you see someone at his level truly appreciate those who got him there.  I normally hate watching acceptance speeches because the […]
May 6, 2014

How To Talk To Kids About DEATH And TRAGEDY

I remember exactly where I was the day the Columbine Massacre happened in 1999.  I couldn’t believe the news.  Never before had we seen that kind of devastation and tragedy on a school campus.  Years later, I remember exactly where I was the moment I learned of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.  I was shocked at the death toll, rocked by the devastation that had been caused by this killer who took the lives and futures of so many innocent children. Perhaps you remember the thoughts that went through your mind.  Like many, you might have had the thought, […]
May 5, 2014

5 Things That Will Destroy Ministry Momentum

We all love those moments in ministry when everything seems to be clicking.  The team is rocking, the place is growing, the numbers are climbing, and the morale is as high as its every been.  It's what many leaders call "The Big MO" - a.k.a. MOMENTUM! Momentum in ministry should NEVER be taken for granted.  You never know how long it will last.  You want to make the most of it and capitalize on it.  If you aren't careful, you might lose it.  Here's a quick hit list of some of the biggest MOMENTUM KILLERS. 1)  PRIDE - There is nothing […]
April 30, 2014

Should Kids Ministry Take The Summer OFF?

I hear it all the time from Kidmin Leaders:  "We're taking the Summer off!"  "We are canceling Kids Ministry Services during the Summer and just having kids sit in 'big church' every week!"  While I completely understand the rationale that goes into these decisions (hard to get volunteers during Summer, difficult with so many families on vacation, etc.), here are a few reasons why we DON'T take a Summer Break for Kids Ministry: 1)  Momentum - It's a precious thing in Kids Ministry.  We see it in all around us – an almost inexplicable energy that propels a team to victory, […]
April 28, 2014

Are You An Effective Communicator?

I was in a meeting the other day where the presenter had a lot of good information.  It was strong stuff.  However, I looked around the room and noticed - NOBODY is listening!  They were all on their phones, checking email, daydreaming, or doodling.  It wasn't because the presenter didn't have good, solid information to share.  It was because he was a POOR communicator.  If he had put half as much effort into his presentation as he obviously had in researching his info, it would have turned out much differently. When you step in front of a group (whether that […]
April 25, 2014

Fun Friday: "Mr. T - Treat Your Mother Right"

I ran across this video the other day because my friend, Jeremy Lee (of ParentMinistry.net) uses a portion of this song in his Parent Ministry Podcast which I was blessed to be the guest on this week.  It is hilarious!  Although I am a child of the 80s and a HUGE fan, it emcompasses everything that was WRONG with the 80s.  Bad choreography, hilarious fashion, cheesy concepts, and bad acting.  But, it is so EPIC!!! Since Mother's Day is coming up, I thought I would share it with you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7SBrwUs9fA
April 22, 2014

Can I Be A Good Dad & Pastor?

GUEST POST by Michael Bayne (of ParentMinistry.net) This is a post that I struggle writing because there is no way I am getting nominated for “Dad of the Year.”  I am learning on the go the same way all the rest of you are as parents.  The question I am wrestling with is can I be a good pastor and dad? I ask the question because I know every pastor, minister, and lead volunteer out there wonders if they are giving the best they have to the ministry they lead at church and ministry God has given them at home.  […]
April 18, 2014

There's A Keystone Cop At Jesus' Tomb

It was perhaps one of the most embarrassing moments of my life:  Easter, 2003. That year, I was chosen to be the narrator in our church’s Easter production. To prepare for the event, I had grown a full beard and dressed in full Biblical costume. In the middle of the final production, when Jesus was arrested, tried, and crucified, I left the stage for about 15 minutes because I didn’t have any lines.  During this interval, I wanted to go to our Media Production Room to watch the production on the television monitors.  On my way there, I passed by […]
April 16, 2014

Blog Contest Winner Announced - And How YOU Can Help!

Thanks to all of you who have subscribed to the blog in the last week!  It's such a crazy thought to me that over 8,000 people are following this blog!  I am so appreciative of your support in this endeavor to provide information, inspiration, and motivation to all of my friends in the Kidmin Community. I am pleased to announce the WINNER of our contest!  Out of ALL of the subscribers, the winner of the $100 Shopping Spree on High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources is Andrea Blanton!  She should really enjoy that shopping spree this week in our EASTER ZONE!  […]
April 15, 2014

Should I Tell My Pastor About This?

"Should I tell my Lead Pastor About This NOW or LATER?" It's a question that most staff members struggle with.  "When is the right time to share information with my Lead Pastor?"  Naturally, you don't want to be a pest and "bother" him.  At the same time, you don't want to hold onto information that may be vital to the church for a long time and deprive him of the opportunity to respond in an appropriate way in the appropriate time. Here is a good list to follow when deciding "Should I tell my Lead Pastor About This NOW or LATER?" that […]
April 8, 2014

3 Important Ways To Help Kids Develop A Heart For Worship

Worship is an important part of the Christian life.  It is a time of devoted focus toward God, expressing our love to Him.  In order to develop a heart of worship in children who are new in the faith (or young in age), there are some practical steps you should take. 1)  Understand each child’s journey into worship As a Children’s Ministry Leader, we need to take the children on that Sunday’s journey to the place of worship.  Understand that every child is coming from different places into the worship service.  This includes the personal atmosphere that each child brings in with them.  Some […]
April 6, 2014

Win $100 Shopping Spree From High Voltage Kids Ministry

High Voltage Kids Ministry is a ministry I founded over ten years ago! I want to give you a $100 shopping spree to High Voltage Kids Ministry just for becoming an email subscriber to this blog. Many of you visit the blog via Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets. Well, how would you like to AUTOMATICALLY receive these posts directly in your inbox within moments of them being posted? All you have to do is enter your email address in the space provided in the RIGHT HAND COLUMN of this blog where it says "SUBSCRIBE To Brian's Blog Via […]
April 2, 2014

"Consequences" In Kids Ministry

In a recent post, I explained what our discipline policies are for Kidmin.  Several have asked me to post our "consequences", so here you go! If you want kids to follow your "rules," then you MUST  follow through with established consequences.  Consequences help kids own their behavior and teach them to make better choices.  Here are the established steps we follow when applying consequences. 1.  Remind the child of the rule they have broken. - Often, kids just "forgot" and acted before thinking.  Have grace for those accidental mistakes. 2.  Official Warning - Say, "OK, now this is your ONE […]
March 28, 2014

"March Madness" For The "Final Four" Days In March

I am sure you are all enjoying the incredible NCAA Basketball going on during "March Madness."  Well, at High Voltage Kids Ministry, we have a little "MARCH MADNESS" of our own going on.  For the "FINAL FOUR" days of March, we are offering 50% OFF several of our most popular Kidmin Curriculum titles: No coupon code required!  Just visit our website HERE and you will save 50% OFF these five titles!  Better hurry!  This only lasts until midnight March 31st!
March 26, 2014

3 Steps To Better Classroom Discipline

Discipline is a hot button issue for people who work with kids.  While public and private school systems have five days a week to instill a discipline plan with students, the church typically has about one hour per week to do the same thing.  It's important to have a clear system in place.  The last thing you want to do is expect volunteers to come up with their own discipline plan without guidance or expectations. 1)  Keep it CLEAR Successful Discipline comes down to two words:  CLEAR EXPECTATIONS There is no way that kids can be expected to be held accountable to […]
March 24, 2014

Will The "NOAH" Movie Corrupt Our Children?

By now, you have surely heard that Hollywood is releasing "NOAH" this Friday, March 28th.  The movie stars Russell Crowe, as Noah, as well as several other A-list actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, and others.  You are probably also keenly aware of the firestorm of criticism this movie has already received from Christian Leaders - some who have seen the movie and some who have not. There are leaders calling for a boycott of the movie, declaring it heresy.  There are those who have even suggested this movie will corrupt a generation of children from knowing the truth […]
March 21, 2014

Fun Friday: "New Baby Buggy"

I am a huge fan of "Wheel Of Fortune."  I remember watching it every night at 6:30 as a kid while my family ate dinner together.  I still love it.  I am good with words (go figure), so it's always fun to try to see if I can guess the puzzle before the contestants.  Sometimes I can...this time - NO WAY!  This guy was amazing!  Hardly anything to choose from, then BOOM!  Check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BobNg1-CSH4
March 19, 2014

3 Keys To Adding MORE Volunteers To Your Ministry Team

It's a question I get on a regular basis:  "How do you get folks in the church to volunteer when they think it is the Children's Pastor's job to do the ministry?" This is one of the most difficult tasks of a Kidmin Leader - Recruiting Volunteers.  I can tell you, there is no magic formula.  The only way to recruit successfully is by CONTINUOUS hard work and adherence to a few key principles.  However, there are three important keys that I live by.   Hopefully they will help you to build a strong team of leaders to serve the […]
March 14, 2014

These Parents Have A Case Of Brain "Freeze" (FUN FRIDAY)

It's FUN FRIDAY, everybody! I don't know about the kids in YOUR community, but all of my kids are obsessed with "FROZEN." I admit, I liked the movie. I loved the music. I did fall asleep in the middle of it, but that happens to me in just about every movie I see (turn off the lights and I am out). These parents were on a road trip with their young daughter. What ensues is a definite case of brain "freeze." They starting enjoying themselves a little too much as they sang "Love Is An Open Door." Keep a sharp […]
March 7, 2014

FUN FRIDAY: "Time-Change-ian Rhapsody"

For those of you who don't know, this Sunday is "Time Change Sunday!"  It's the day to SPRING FORWARD and set your clocks ahead one hour!  Every year, our church does CRAZY video to help people remember to do this.  The most recent one just might take the cake.  It's a parody of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."  I got to perform in this one.  Look for me in the top middle.  Oh my!  Hold on to your seats for this one! https://vimeo.com/88010249 If you want to see some of the other fun ones we have done.  Check out these other posts: […]
March 3, 2014

Our NEW Kidmin Stage - Why We Did What We Did

Four weeks ago, we tore down the Kidmin stage we had used for the past decade.  It was a tough decision.  So many memories of many kids' lives being changed around that stage.  However, it was time.  If you want to know WHY we tore down what seemed to be a perfectly good stage, see THIS POST. Yesterday, we unveiled our NEW Kidmin stage.  It is a significantly different approach.  Many have asked what made us go the direction we went, so I thought I would document our thoughts here.  Of course, I understand that every environment depends heavily on […]
February 28, 2014

FUN Friday: "Church Signs" (parody of "Blurred Lines")

One of my pet peeves are church signs that are used to display silly little saying that every church gets out of the same book or off the same website.  Church signs should be used to tell the community WHAT IS HAPPENING at the church (service times, upcoming events, etc.)  My personal opinion is that the world is not impressed with our "Eternity:  your choice - smoking or non-smoking" humor. So, when I saw this very well-done video - I had to share it.  One of the best parodies I have ever seen.  Hilarious!  Check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCRzjRxmvgI