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December 26, 2017

"Kindergarten Welcome Wagon" - Great Way To Welcome Preschoolers Into Elementary Ministry

We do a “Kindergarten Welcome Wagon” event the Friday BEFORE promotion weekend.  We invite all incoming Kindergarteners (we do K5 - 5th Grade in our services) and their parents to a big Pizza Party with bounce houses and fellowship.  ALL of our Ministry Directors (Department Heads) in Kids Ministry and all of the Kindergarten teachers (weekend and mid-week) are required to attend.  Once we’ve had a time of hanging out, we make a big announcement that we are going to have all the parents become kids for the night.  We run through the whole Weekend Service experience for the kids […]
March 13, 2016

"Miracles From Heaven" - Movie Review

I was honored to be sent a "screener" version of the upcoming film, "Miracles From Heaven."   I was unfamiliar with the true story it is based on, so I was watching from a completely ignorant perspective. This movie was produced by the same folks that brought us "Heaven Is For Real."  It has many of the same elements that I totally appreciated about that movie: Excellent Acting -  Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah, and the rest of the cast (especially the young actress, Kylie Rogers, who plays Anna Beam) nail this film.  They brought me nearly to tears multiple times (and […]
January 4, 2016

Jumpstart Your Bible Reading In 2016 (FREE WEBINAR)

Happy New Year! Lots of people make New Year's Resolutions (or goals...or plan-of-attack...or fresh start). Whatever you call it, for Christians at least, Bible reading is typically somewhere on the list. Is time in God's Word on your list? Do you have a plan? (Hint: You need one.) I want you to start well...so you can sustain a vibrant time with God all year long (ahem...and longer). That's why I'm hosting a brand-new, FREE webinar This Friday at noon (CST).  I will be interviewing one of the foremost experts in this area, Keith Ferrin.  Keith is an author of several books […]
July 17, 2015

Are You A PROactive Or REactive Parent?

Sadly, parents often wait until a CRISIS hits before they have conversations about TOUGH topics like Sex, Bullying, Self-image, Divorce, etc.  By then, it is often too late.  By the time they end up having the conversation, their child has already been filled with all kinds of misinformation from school, friends, and The Media.  These REACTIVE parents end up having to try to UNDO what’s already been done by society and the other voices that are speaking into their child’s life. Instead of relegating conversations about these tough subjects to a one-time ordeal that is uncomfortable for you AND your […]
January 21, 2015

Combining Faith With Fun: The Key To Making It Stick

Hey everyone!  Since I am at CPC (Children's Pastors Conference) in TN this week, I have a guest blog post from a good friend in #Kidmin, Andrew Linder.  Andrew is a husband, a father of four, and a children's pastor at a thriving church.  Andrew is passionate about intentional parenting and effective children's ministry.  He blogs about Kids, Family, and Ministry at AndrewScottLinder.com, and he creates children's ministry resources that combine faith with fun that can be found at KidzBlast.com.  One of the most powerful things I’ve learned in children’s ministry over the last 13 years is this: Kids engage in what […]
July 28, 2014

Three Words That Will Energize Your Ministry

There are three words that will energize your ministry.  No, it's not "Drink More Coffee!"  Although, on a Monday morning after a LONG Sunday, I can see where that would certainly help!  The three words that will energize your ministry:  ENERGY, ENERGY, ENERGY! OK, so it's the same word repeated twice!  But, having a high level of energy can transform a normally boring and routine Kids Ministry into a thriving one.  Just about everything can be improved with increased energy.  Nobody wants to hear a song, listen to a lesson, or participate in a class where the leader looks bored, […]
July 23, 2014

Winners of the FREE "Power Bible" Announced

Congratulations to Donna Falvo and Susan Cantrell!  They are the winners of a FREE copy of the "Power Bible."  In case you missed my post on the "Power Bible" check it out HERE! There will be more giveaways of more resources in the future, so stay tuned!  In fact, this week I am giving away lots of resources to randomly selected followers of mine on Twitter.  So, if you don't already, follow me at @briandollar1 and see if you win!
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 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 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 […]
January 1, 2014

My Top 5 Blog Posts Of 2013

Happy New Year, everyone!  2013 was a banner year at Briandollar.com.  Thanks for joining in the conversation and working to build a community of like-minded Kidmin Leaders who help each other grow and reach the children God has placed in their care! Here are the Top 5 Blog Posts from my blog in 2013 - based on your visits and interactions!  In case you missed one, enjoy! #1 - "Gangham Style Time Change Video Announcement" #2 - "Help!  My Child Was Caught Looking At Pornography" #3 - "Three Reasons You Might Be Losing The Boys In Your Ministry" #4 - […]
December 10, 2013

Only 48 Hours Left To Save $1800 On Kidmin Resources

Could you use 70 weeks worth of Kids Ministry curriculum for only $99?  How about 50% OFF five full Curriculum Packs?  Or maybe OVER 50% off worship DVD or Countdowns DVD?  Did I mention getting a best-selling Children's Ministry leadership book for less than 65% of the cover price? All of this (and more) are what High Voltage Kids Ministry is providing in the "12 Deals of Christmas" promotion.  Here's the deal - there's only 48 hours left in this amazing promotion. You know that I don't like doing commercials on my blog site.  On the other hand, I just […]
June 12, 2012

"Kids In Worship" - Great Idea for Kidmin

This past Sunday we had our annual "Kids In Worship" experience.  I thought it would be good to share the concept behind this for all of you.  It is an amazing opportunity for the whole family. "Kids In Worship" is an evening of worship, led by our Elementary Kids Department.  The children are in charge of the entire service in the Sanctuary.  It is an evening of worship, led by the kids.  The entire family comes together for a night of singing and worship. We rehearse for months prior to this night.  Rehearsals are on Sunday afternoons from 4:30 - […]