Category Archives: KidMin

What Matters Most?

Recently, I was consulting at a local church.   I was interviewing some of the key volunteer leaders and one of them asked me a question, “What matters most?”   I didn’t hesitate, “Begin with the end in mind.”   Then I asked this question, “What does a spiritually strong 5th grader look like?’  They began to say things like, “They are unselfish, kind, […]

“No Way! That’s too deep to teach kids!”

Have you ever told the Lord – No? When I began in full time ministry, I had just graduated from Bible school and moved to Port Huron, Michigan to help plant a church. I also began to travel and conduct kid’s crusades.  This was an exciting time because at every church I went to, most […]

There isn’t anything like this for preschoolers!

Mark and I have several grandchildren.  Right now, our youngest, Lucille is 4 years old. We love Luci; but, from time to time it is extremely difficult for her to listen. She will go on about her business, as if she doesn’t hear me, whether I ask her to put away a toy, it’s bath time, or […]

Can a 5-year old receive Christ?

Ninety percent (90%) of a child’s personality is formed before the age of 5 years old. When ministering to preschool children you are establishing their foundation, in which their spiritual life will stand and be supported. You have an incredible opportunity to influence the character and development of the kids you are teaching. Don’t lose a minute. […]

4 Tools For Your Preschool Class

Ministering to 3-5 year olds can seem daunting at times. They are very wiggly and active. To set you up for success, here are four tools you can use every week. Yes, do these same four things every week. ONE: PLAYTIME An important part of your preschool class is playtime.  Playtime is important, because play […]

Can love be confusing to kids?

The Bible says that “God is Love,” but what does that mean? The way we use the word love in the 21st Century can be confusing for children. We say, “I love my Mom” and “I love candy.” Is love just an advanced case of the cooties or is it what compelled Jesus to the […]

Do our kids feel entitled at Christmas?

The following is a quote from Dr. Henry Cloud about entitlement. “Pointing to one character trait that causes more misery in people’s lives than any other would be difficult. Certainly one of the top three or four destructive traits would be having a feeling of entitlement. Entitlement is when someone feels as if people owe […]

Do you trust ME?

Sometimes bad things will happen that we have no control over.  One day when I was in Bible school, I received a phone call that my parents were getting a divorce.  I cried a lot as I prayed.  I asked God to help my parents and to bring them back together.  The Lord asked me, […]

3 Questions To Ask Yourself Every Week

One of the challenges of leadership is learning how to bring correction to your team and instill confidence at the same time. If I just bring correction I can destroy their confidence. If I am too nice they may not get it. The answer is to train your team members to coach themselves. The old […]

PRAYER: Teaching Kids How To Get Answers To THEIR Prayers.

Do you remember the first prayer that you prayed and received an answer? What was that like? It was empowering and exciting, wasn’t it? That is why it is important to teach kids how to pray and get answers to their prayers. STEP ONE: Teaching kids that prayer is the key to our relationship with […]