This past weekend I sat down with someone who wanted to serve in our children's ministry. I knew going into the conversation that he would not be able to serve at this time. His heart was in the right place...but his background check wasn't.
Now that everyone is on the web (even the kiddos) the kids’ pastor faces a lot of pressure to be hip and become socially connected. By adding tweeting, liking and pinning to the mix and you have even more awkward lines to walk. If you do choose to utilize the Internet to maintain and build relationships what do you do? What are the rules?
extraordinary Cabinet row has broken out over plans by Ministers to force Muslim schools to teach pupils about Christianity. The move by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is intended to stop Islamic extremists from ‘brainwashing’ children. But it has led to a clash at the top of Government, with Home Secretary Theresa May lining up with Mrs Morgan against Com
It's time to release the grip that Halloween has on our children - let's fight darkness with LIGHT! Friends and Heroes' Bright Sparks Party Pack can help! Friends and Heroes Bright Sparks is an exciting and fun party pack for churches and others involved in children's ministry to use on 31 October - or any party occasion! Bringing some Go
In many cases, the children's pastor/director is one of the lowest paid people on a church staff. Churches that do not value their children's staff by properly providing for them financially should reconsider their priorities.
I am about to be very transparent here, learning how to manage people kindly and thoughtfully didn’t come easily for me. I have been blessed to work with some wonderful people but working with me, a creative, sometimes unorganized children’s pastor hasn’t always been easy.
The Barnabas Family Bible is written for parents, grandparents and carers to share with their children through an interactive family Bible and prayer time. It spans the whole Bible narrative through 110 key extracts, with each section providing a brief comment on the passage, questions to discuss, a visual aid to encourage engagement with the story, an activ
What picture comes to mind when you think of a "typical" family? A bread-winner dad? Stay at home mom? Couple of kids? Maybe 30 years ago...but not today. There is no "typical" family. Family structures are very complicated. Research shows that no one dominant structure exists for families.
How important is the preschool /early childhood ministry in your church? Many people think preschool ministry is simply "childcare" and not as important as elementary, pre-teen, or student ministry. This reflects the view of the culture as a whole. A recent poll by Gallup revealed the following.
Coming from a large family, I know firsthand how skilled siblings are at comparing, especially when it‘s to their advantage. “His piece of cake is bigger than mine!”… “Why does she get to stay up later than I do?” As parents, you can use your children’s natural tendency to pick up on differences to foster a heart of gratitude and develop a habit of intercess
Applications are invited to join the staff team of Family Foundations Trust in the post of Events Co-ordinator for children’s and young people’s events at Dalesdown. This is an exciting opportunity to join the Children Worldwide Team at Dalesdown, near Dial Post in West Sussex, leading the team who deliver a range of great events including Dalesdown Camps.
Building Faith is incredibly proud that Building Faith Brick by Brick: An Imaginative Way to Explore the Bible with Children will be available September 1st from Church Publishing, Inc! We encourage you to try Emily’s Scripture response method. Two years ago, Emily wrote that she had used it as an after school program, a weeknight class, a summer Sunday scho
Jesus told stories that evoked emotion. A prodigal son returns home, a Samaritan helpa a man who was in desperate need, a widow gives all she had...just to name a few. Emotional stories can infuse your volunteers with passion, vision, commitment, and encouragement.
One of the most important aspects of children's ministry is partnering with parents...and communicating with them is a big part of this. What are the best ways to communicate with parents? Here's 7 ways you can connect with the people who have the biggest influence in the lives of the kids in your ministry. Text Did you know that 98% of text messa