Here's 10 mistakes I made when starting out in children's ministry 25 years ago. I share these in the hope that it will help someone else avoid making them. 1. Not focusing on learning to lead adults just as much as you focus on learning to lead kids. You can be amazing at leading kids, but if you can't lead adults you will have a hard time i
Are your kids “tweeting”? If so, then you can put their Twitter knowledge to use in a fun teaching situation. Even if they don’t know how to tweet yet, this micro-blogging, social networking site is great inspiration for Twitter-inspired games for kids ministry. How would the gospel look if it were tweeted to the followers of Christ? Ask yourself that questi
There's is a silent killer of Children's Ministries. What is it? SILENCE! Watch out for these silent killers... Silent kids. Kids learn more by talking and interacting than they do by listening. Your classrooms should be noisy places. Train your leaders to stop saying, "Sit still and be quiet" and to start saying, "Let's ta
Who's leading the way in a new generation of kids who use touchscreen more often than a keyboard? The kids in your early childhood rooms! The use of touchscreen apps for kids under five is accelerating.
Seven days until Imagine. Seven reasons to come*: 1. No planning necessary. You spend most of your time as a schools worker planning activities, lessons, assemblies, team programmes, lunch clubs, mentoring sessions, meetings… the list could go on! Would you like a day where the only thing you have to plan is your train ticket? Look no further than Imagine So
Yeah! It’s that time again–back to school. With all the uncertainty in the world, it’s easy to see why parents would be a little fearful about sending them to school. As children’s ministers we have the opportunity to help parents send their children back to school safely. Feel free to share these practical tips in your weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter or
These high-achieving students may be “winners in the race we have made of childhood.” They may have mastered “a double major, a sport, a musical instrument, a couple of foreign languages, service work in distant corners of the globe, [and] a few hobbies thrown in for good measure.” But if they are great at what they’re doing, they have no idea why they’re do
There are 2 skills I believe effective children's ministry leaders have. First, the ability to lead adult volunteers. Secondly, the ability to connect with kids...aka...be a big kid-at-heart. Here's 25 signs you're still a big kid-at-heart. 1. You get just as excited as your kids when you're at Disney World. 2. You play with the toys you
The GenOn Ministries’ Children’s Ministry Effectiveness Model acknowledges that the ultimate statement of effectiveness is a saving relationship with God through Jesus Christ for each child. We believe that if ministry solutions help children to become active disciples of Christ...living in that saving relationship...then the ministry has been effective. The
One of the key regular ingredients in an act of worship with children present is a version of the Lord’s Prayer. There is of course the ongoing debate about whether we use the traditional words (with the thees and thous) or a more modern version. However, whichever one you go with, it can still remain meaningless to the children unless you introduce a way of
So, you are sitting down to prepare for your children's group or all-age worship and you're faced with your Bible story for the week. You work with a mixed group of children (or children and adults in a service), each with his or her own personality, background, learning style and attention span! Some are eager to learn but easily distracted; other
At Scripture Union, we know that as well as being hugely important and highly rewarding, ministry with children and young people can also be a real challenge. That's why we've developed this range of over 40 FREE videos that showcase simple but effective expert advice that could really help you take your children's and youth work to the next l
So, if your older preschooler/kindergartener to young elementary aged child is ready for a new Bible to engage in God’s amazing story, I highly recommend the Power Bible series. You can get the whole series here.