Every church has circles of friends. Circles of friends can be good, but sometimes they can push people away. We call these kinds of circles cliques. Cliques are not healthy for kids or for the church. You need to understand the social dynamics of your group before you can help the kids in this area. At my church, […]
When I first started in kid’s ministry I saw myself as a victim. I loved the kids, but I felt like my ministry was totally at the mercy of other people. I played the blame game a lot. Things would get better if: ….parents place a higher value on their children. ….more people would step up and […]
At the start of my ministry to children I could not think past the next Sunday. I spent the entire first year going from service to service. One Saturday, I was begging God for a sermon and I felt like He said to me. “All you have is six years to prepare your kids for adolescence.” Why […]
Absolutely! The church growth people tell us that kids are one of the top three reasons why people choose a church. 1. Pastor 2. Worship 3. Kid’s ministry I discovered this early on. I was helping my youth pastor plant a church in Michigan. I had all the kids in one room because we were just starting out. I […]
Years ago I required my volunteers to attend monthly training meetings on Sunday nights. This worked well but eventually less and less people attended the Sunday night meetings. If I am doing something that is having less success than it used to have, it may be a signal that I need to change. One thing that has changed […]
Kids have changed a lot in the past 20 years. If we want to reach children with the Gospel, then we must speak their language and yet many churches are refusing to change. They still use the same tools they used 20 years ago. A greater concern is churches that will change their message to be relevant today. Is […]
The answer is a resounding yes. The story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel chapter 17 is a great example of leadership. David was just a teenager and he managed to have influence over the king and change the direction of a nation. Here are ten leadership principals that we can learn from David.
I love this time of year. I don’t make New Years resolutions, but I do like to set goals for the coming year. It is important to set goals for the new year, but they can’t just be any kind of goals. They need to be the right goals. My question for you is: Are you running […]
1) Desire Ask yourself “What do I want?” Psalm 37:4 says that God will give you the desires of your heart. The desires of your heart are put there by God. “The indispensible first step to getting what you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” – Ben Stein 2) Write it Down “Write the […]
As an eight your old boy I remember singing the line from Silent Night “round yon virgin, mother and child” and thinking, “What is a virgin?” When I asked adults the question, “What is a virgin?” they just avoided answering it. I feel like we do children a disservice when we don’t answer their questions.