Creativity

October 4, 2017

Communicating So Kids WANT To Listen (FREE VIDEO LESSON )

I am super pumped to share this FREE video lesson with you!  How would you like to learn some of the great principles and practices used by some of the most dynamic and effective communicators? Well, now you can!  In this video, I share some of the best tips and practices that I have learned in my 25 years of Kids Ministry!  It's a FREE video lesson from my Online Video Course called: "ACCELERATE: Boosting Your Ministry Effectiveness."   Here's the FREE VIDEO LESSON: [vimeo id="234919493"] Want MORE helpful videos like this?  You can find them in my  Online Video Course […]
October 4, 2017

This Is Why Real Success Often Feels Like Ultimate Failure

If you’ve ever failed, then be of good cheer...you are just like Elijah! Think with me for a second back to 1 Kings 18. Elijah and King Ahab are atop Mount Carmel. The prophets of Baal are facing off against Elijah to decide once and for all whose god has ultimate power. The prophets of Baal make utter fools of themselves, spending nearly the entire day doing everything they can think of to get Baal to act in their favor. Of course, Baal isn’t real, so nothing happens. Elijah then steps up to take his turn. He has a truckload […]
January 13, 2017

Justin Graves Band Provides Fun Music For The Whole Family

I am so excited to introduce you to some friends of mine!  I met Justin, Michelle, and Gabi at a Kidmin Conference in Tennessee several years ago.  I was instantly drawn in by their infectious personalities, melodies, and love for the Lord! Several months ago, Justin showed me some of the music they had been working on.  He also let me know that his family was expanding their ministry and had made a HUGE move recently.  As we talked, I felt strongly that I should share with my "blog family" all about Justin Graves Band and how YOU can be […]
February 29, 2016

"Fresh Prince Of Time Change" (parody of "Fresh Prince of Bel Air")

So many of you watched our other “Time Change Sunday” Parody Video (“Time Change Funk”) and asked, “Do you have more?” Well, yes we do!  Here is a great parody of the TV theme song, “Fresh Prince Of Time Change” by Will Smith.  This one stars one of my best friends, Shelby.  You're gonna love this hilarious video that reminds everyone to Spring Forward on Time Change Sunday! Enjoy! https://vimeo.com/157222597
December 28, 2015

Most Popular Posts Of 2015

It's hard to believe, but 2015 is almost over.  What a year it has been.  I am so honored that you choose to share some of your precious time with me as we journey together.  Each person who reads this blog is committed to reaching the next generation with the message of Jesus in the most powerful and effective way we can. I took some time to check out which of my posts were the most popular in 2015.  It was a banner year for this blog as we added thousands of new followers (and closing in on 30,000 total […]
November 2, 2015

An Illustrated Advent: Engaging Activities for the Season

[guestpost]Today's post is a guest post by my friend, Adam Walker Cleaveland.  Adam is a pastor, artist and blogger. He lives in Chicago with his wife (also a pastor) and their almost–4-year old son, Caleb. You can find Adam online at awcillustrations.com or adamwc.com.[/guestpost] After working with children and youth for over twelves years in four different churches, I was beginning to feel called out of parish ministry and into something new - something different. Around that same time, I began to rediscover my childhood love of art, drawing and watercolors. It had been probably twenty years since I’d sat […]
September 3, 2015

3 Practical Keys That Will Transform Your Kids Church Experience

As Kids Ministry leaders, it’s our passion to help children become life-long followers of Jesus.  It’s about getting kids excited about the Word of God.  After being in kids ministry for over 23 years, I’ve also developed a passion to equip other teachers to present God’s word with excellence so that it leaves a lasting imprint on the minds and spirits of the children we minister to.  In order to do so, we need to work with a curriculum that holds keys to unlock doors of opportunity to create a transformational kids church experience. The big question is: What makes kids […]
August 31, 2015

Incredible Innovation In Kids Ministry Staging And Sets

Sharing space with Youth Ministry or a School?  Tired of the grind of having to spend hours setting up and tearing down your Kidmin set pieces?  My great friend, Steve Hogue, has patented an UNBELIEVABLE and life-changing idea just for YOU! It's called the "Inflate-A-Set", and it is incredible!  The idea was born out of Steve's own plight of having to share space with other ministries within the church and taking too much time to set up and tear down.  He began with children's church in the school's gymnasium, which is also the chapel room, which is also where youth […]
May 1, 2015

Are You Teaching Your Kids A False Gospel?

I am at Awana's "Vantage Conference" and had the privilege of listening to a legend of Children's Ministry, Phil Vischer (creator of Veggie Tales and What's In The Bible?).  Phil told a story that gripped my heart. Ted Turner (media mogul and founder of CNN & TBS) is an outspoken critic of Christianity.  Most people know this.  In 1990, speaking before the American Humanist Association, Turner proclaimed that "Christianity is for losers"...and this isn't nearly the most provocative thing he has said about Christians.  Many know this about Turner, but not many know the story behind his anti-religous sentiment. Ted Turner dreamed […]
April 15, 2015

How To Lead A "Creative Team"

Ten years ago, when I first began creating High Voltage Kids Ministry curriculum, I remember being scared to death.  I had never tried ANYTHING like this before and had put it off for many years already.  You see, I had felt God leading me in this direction but wasn't willing to take the leap.  When I finally decided to jump, I assembled a team of 10 of my best leaders in a room, and we proceeded to craft the very first High Voltage release, "Got Questions?"  It was a wonderfully collaborative process, and the end product was amazing. When it […]
March 2, 2015

"Friends In Slow Places" (Time Change Parody 2015)

And our final installment in our Time Change Sunday series this year is for all of you Country fans (of which I am NOT).  Hope you enjoy our spoof on a Garth Brooks classic. Missed our other Time Change Parodies?  Here you go: "Set My Clock" (parody of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off") "All About Time Change" (parody of "All About That Bass") [vimeo id="121036261"]  
December 29, 2014

Most Popular Posts Of 2014

It's hard to believe, but 2014 is almost over.  What a year it has been.  I am so honored that you choose to share some of your precious time with me as we journey together.  Each person who reads this blog is committed to reaching the next generation with the message of Jesus in the most powerful and effective way we can. I took some time to check out which of my posts were the most popular in 2014.  It was a banner year for this blog as we added thousands of new followers.  Here are the TOP FIVE posts […]
December 18, 2014

FREE Christmas Resources From OneHope

Hey everybody!  Christmas is only one week away!  Can you believe it?  I know that many of you are working hard at putting the fine touches on your Christmas service this Sunday!  My friends at OneHope.net want to help you out by providing FREE resources for you.  Just go to http://onehope.net/feature/christmas-resources/ and check out what they have provided.  There is everything from coloring pages to parent resources.  Merry Christmas, everybody!
November 24, 2014

Family Advent Project: "Christmas Prayer Chain"

Looking for a great and easy-to-do project for your family this Christmas?  My wife, Cherith, started this Christmas tradition in our family when my kids were just babies.  It has meant a lot to our family, and I hope you will find it meaningful as well.  I have had several requests to post this again, so here you go: "CHRISTMAS PRAYER CHAIN" What you need: 25 strips of construction paper (approx 2 inches wide and six inches long); a sharpie marker; glue What to do: 1)  Prior to Dec. 1st, gather your kids together and take turns naming the name […]
August 22, 2014

How To Have A High-Tech Bible Gameshow

Several weeks ago, we had a fun event called the "Bible Trivia Showdown!"  On a Sunday Night, we invited the families of our church to partner up and challenge one another on their knowledge of the Bible.  It was a hilarious event!  Everyone had a great time trying to see if they could answer the questions faster than the other family they had challenged.  We gave out a bunch of Sonic gift cards!  It was a blast! Ever since I posted the above pic on Facebook, I have had several people contact me asking how THEY could get an incredible […]
July 16, 2014

How To Preach From An iPad

[guestpost]I am away at Kids Camp this week. So, I have asked several of my favorite bloggers to write guest posts for you. This is a guest post from my good friend, Aaron Strawn. Aaron is a self-proclaimed "Kidmin Geek" who is one of the most creative guys I know! He blogs at aaronstrawn.com under the moniker #KidminGeek[/guestpost] (Imagine this first part as a cheesy infomercial) Is this you on a Sunday morning? Papers everywhere! Ugh..what a mess!  Papers..who needs this first world problem, I sure don’t. Haha, ok, here’s the truth, I use to be papers-all-over-the-podium-guy.  It’s not clean […]
July 7, 2014

Kids Ministry "Meatloaf"

A mother was making meatloaf with her teenage daughter, a ritual they've been doing together for years.  As part of the tradition, the two chefs cut the end off one side of the meatloaf before putting it in the oven.  One day, the teen asks, "Mom, why do we cut the end off the meatloaf before we put it in the oven?" Taken by surprise, the mom began to think.  She really wasn't sure of the reason, but she had observed her own mother do this many times when she made meatloaf.  So, the teen and the mother called up Grandma to […]
June 30, 2014

INSIDE LOOK: "High Voltage Kids Ministry BIG Announcement"

Ten years ago, my team and I wrote and produced our very first Kidmin Curriculum called, “Got Questions?”  Since then, High Voltage Kids Ministry has gone on to be used in well over 5,000 churches world-wide!  We have a HUGE announcement that is going to be a GAME-CHANGER for Kidmin Leaders! We are giving you an INSIDE LOOK at the BIGGEST creative venture we have ever attempted!  If you are a big user of our Curriculum or have ever thought about using it, THIS is going to blow your mind! Check out the video below for all the details, then leave […]
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 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 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 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 […]
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!    
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 […]
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
February 24, 2014

The Key To Limitless Creativity

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know how much I like to write about creativity.  It's a passion of mine because I know so many people who sell themselves short when it comes to creativity.  Many have decided that "creativity is a gift reserved for the few."  This is simply not true - not if you serve GOD! Even the most creative human minds are finite.  The term finite means “having bounds or limits; not infinite; measurable.”  But God is infinite.  He is “far above all,” not limited by any boundaries at all.  When we draw […]
February 17, 2014

The Poison Of Procrastination

As I’ve talked to hundreds of people involved in kids’ ministries across the country, I’ve observed that there’s an epidemic of procrastination.  We excuse it in all kinds of ways, but all our reasons lead to the same result.  Yes, you have to be quick, and you never know what a kid is going to say or what kind of crazy thing will happen next.  But many kids’ leaders believe their enthusiastic personalities and the spontaneity of their ministry give them a license to walk in unprepared.  They try to get by, doing the least they can do, and it […]
February 14, 2014

FUN Friday: "Olympic Skiers Attacked By Star Wars Imperial Walkers"

I am sure you have all enjoyed the Winter Olympic coverage the past week.  Certainly, it is awesome to watch these incredible athletes accomplish things that most of us could only dream of doing. To go along with the Olympic theme, this week's FUN FRIDAY is one of the most creative Olympic Spoof videos I have seen.  Watch, as Star Wars' Imperial Walkers (AT-ATs) shoot lasers to disrupt Olympic hopefuls' chances at a gold medal.  It's all in fun, folks.  So, just laugh... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mKVJeA-wTw
February 5, 2014

Why I Destroyed My Kids Ministry Stage

This past Sunday, at the end of our Kids Ministry service, I had over 50 volunteers grab sledgehammers, jigsaws, and various other power tools - then DESTROYED my Kids Ministry stage.  We did this even though we had one of the coolest, most colorful, thrilling Kids Ministry stages out there.  In fact, when other Kids Pastors learned I was destroying it - they couldn't believe it!  They said, "Why would you want to do this?  Kids Pastors come from all over the country to check out your stage.  It is overwhelmingly powerful in its presentation.  It's something that most of […]
February 3, 2014

FREE Kids Church Lesson For Valentine's Day Weekend

As most of you know, I am the founder of High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources.  We wanted to BLESS you with this FREE lesson from one of our Curriculum Packs. This lesson is perfect for the weekend of Valentine's Day. This is a lesson (previously released in our "Ten For Life" series) that teaches the children all about REAL LOVE. If we love God, then we will also show LOVE to others. If we do not LOVE others, then the Bible says that we don't really LOVE God. Join Max Montgomery, Boffo, and Missy S. Nob on "The TEN Show" as Missy […]
January 31, 2014

FUN FRIDAY: Delta's On An 80's Trip!

I love creativity!  I especially love when someone can take something that has been around for years and give it a fresh, bold, creative twist so that it piques the interest of the audience once again. Delta has done exactly this with their "in-flight safety" instructional video.  Being a child of the 80's, it was fun to identify all of the wacky 80's references they showed:  ALF, Teddy Ruxpin, Rubik's Cube, Devo, and more!  See if you can find them all! Ask yourself, what is something in your Kids Ministry that can use a new dose of creativity?  What activity, […]
January 17, 2014

FUN Friday: "Get Off The Phone!" Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfUD0WhE264 Ever since I saw them perform as "The Fabulous Bentley Brothers" on Phil Vischer's "What's In The Bible?," I have been a huge fan of Rhett and Link.  These two guys have made a living creating hilarious videos for YouTube.  My son, Jordan, is one of their biggest fans. Rhett and Link are such talented guys.  Not only are they HILARIOUS, but they actually are very gifted songwriters and performers.  They have many parody songs that will make you laugh out loud.  This is definitely one of them!  The "Get Off The Phone!" Song is a humorous commentary on […]
January 3, 2014

BLOOPER Reel 2013

Our Kids Ministry shoots a LOT of video!  As you know, you can't be perfect every time.  As a result, we enjoy poking fun of ourselves by producing a blooper reel for every single series we produce at High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources.  Well, here is a compilation of some of our biggest mishaps, miscues, and misfortunes for the year 2013! Those of you who use our Kidmin Curriculum will want to check this out!  It will give you a behind-the-scenes preview of some of what is coming your way in 2014!  Pull up a seat...and laugh...at us! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw2VDlFqKVY&feature=youtu.be  
September 3, 2013

New Kidmin Resource That Will SHOCK You!

As many of you know, I am the founder of High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources.  We started providing Kids Ministry Curriculum back in 2004.  In the last decade, we have been blessed to see over 5000 churches use our materials.  Many kids have been saved and blessed as a result! Well, on September 1st, we launched a BRAND NEW line of curriculum:  High Voltage Power Packs.  The very first series in this new product line is "HELP!" “HELP!” teaches children to call on God in times of trouble.  Explores the topics of  healing, depression, stress, wisdom, and loneliness through the […]
July 3, 2013

New "Kid Bible Heroes" App - Kids Just Can't Put It Down!

The Kid Bible Heroes interactive app for kids features youngsters living out grown-up faith that will build your kids’ trust in God. Each narrated Bible story pauses for games, fun sound effects and interactive animation. Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. With the Kid Bible Heroes app, your kids can learn about ordinary kids in the Bible who were used by God to do extraordinary things.  The app features five Bible stories about everyday heroes like David, Miriam, Samuel, Mary, and the young boy with the fishes and loaves.  Through their interactive stories, your kids will learn about God's plan […]
June 17, 2013

Five Tips To Instantly Improve Creative Output

Creativity is an elusive thing. For most people, it doesn't just happen. Although, I am a firm believer that every one of us has enormous creative potential (check out my post on "Kidminnovation"), there are definitely times when creativity just doesn't seem to flow. If you find yourself struggling in your creative realm, try these tips: 1) Start "scratching" Twyla Tharp, author of The Creative Habit, talks about the act of scratching. She writes, "You know how you scratch away at a lottery ticket to see if you've won? That's what I'm doing when I begin a piece. I'm digging […]
May 16, 2013

How Is Digital Media Affecting Our Kids?

I came across an incredible infographic this week (see below).  I thought you would be interested in what it shares.  We all hear about how video games, television, and other forms of digital media are keeping our kids locked in their homes and causing them to become obese, lethargic, and lazy. Well, although there are certainly dangers - the key word is balance!  Parents must be vigilant in what kind of time their child spends in front of their digital playground.  But, teachers seem to think that using all kinds of technology in the classroom is going to be the […]
April 16, 2013

Three "Creativity Killers"

Creativity is a MUST in Kids Ministry.  It takes creativity to capture attention and illuminate the gospel to a young mind that is bombarded with flashy, glitzy attention-grabbers all day from a world whose message is less than spiritually healthy. We all want to be more creative, but we often fall prey to one or more of the three CREATIVITY KILLERS in ministry... 1)     PROCRASTINATION There’s an epidemic of procrastination in Kids Ministry.  I can’t believe how many times I hear people saying that they don’t even begin to start their preparation for Sunday until Saturday Night. Nothing will kill […]