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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 20, 2014

5 Things Every Ministry Leader Should Be Doing With Their Family

This week I got an email from a fellow Kids Pastor.  It said, "How hard do you push your children? On those days when someone from the church has been extremely rude, or when a party took place on a Saturday night and Sunday morning my kids show up and have to clean before worship service can even begin, or when they are just plain TIRED. Everyone gets frustrated from time to time because we are dealing with humans.  How do I, as a mother, know when I'm pushing them too hard.  The LAST thing I want is for them […]
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: […]
December 19, 2011

Have You Prayed For Your Pastor Today?

Last week I had the privilege of traveling with my Senior Pastor, Rod Loy, for a very important trip.  We were meeting with some of the leadership of our denomination to discuss the possibility of a VERY cool project that could make a major impact on Kids Ministry.  It was exciting! During that quick, 24 hour trip, I was able to be a "fly on the wall" of sorts and get a glimpse into the kind of pressure my pastor faces on a daily basis.  While I drove, his phone rang almost nonstop.  In that short amount of time he […]
September 19, 2011

"Developing A Heart Of Worship In Kids" pt. 1

KIDMIN QUESTION: “We usually do sets of 3 songs, 2 fast and one slower.  We'd like to have extended worship occasionally but how best can we handle that when some of the kids are not mature enough spiritually for more than a few minutes of worship?”  submitted by Dorrie Champagne - Agawam, Massachusetts 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 […]