Author Archives: Mark Harper

What Do Volunteers Want?

Business 101 asks three questions: 1.     Who are my customers? 2.     What do they want? 3.     How can I get it to them? Volunteers are the lifeblood of any KidMin program. I can survive without money, but I cannot survive without volunteers.  We need ask the question, “What do […]

What Do You Do When Everybody Starts Quitting?

  I still remember the day I changed my strategy for recruiting and training volunteers. It was a cold winter morning in 1987 and I had just accepted a new position as a kidmin pastor at a church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I was frustrated because yet another volunteer had informed me they were stepping down. […]

Choosing Friends for Life

“Two People are better than one, for they can help each other succeed.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9 Friendships determine the quality and direction of our lives. Healthy friendships help us succeed in life. Toxic friendships will bring great heartache. “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.” – Proverbs […]

“Read Your Bible” Kid Challenge

It is vital that you think long term when you are teaching kids. In other words, begin with the end in mind. Don’t just think about what am I going to teach next week. Think about what do you want the kids in your class to be doing when they graduate to the youth ministry? […]