Category Archives: How To

How to develop a heart of THANKFULNESS in your kids

Thanksgiving is a time where we stop and are thankful for what God has done for us.  Many families have Thanksgiving traditions they celebrate on Thanksgiving Day, such as telling others what we are thankful for. When my kids were younger, as a parent, I wanted to see my kids be thankful, not just on […]

Creating A Leadership Culture

Not all your volunteers will become leaders. In fact, most volunteers do not want to lead, they just want to follow. Followers are people who want to follow. They don’t want to make decisions. They want someone to tell them what to do and they will do it. Leaders are people who want to lead. […]

LEADERSHIP: How to deal with a negative team member

Have you noticed that happy people tend to enjoy volunteering and serving with others. However, it can be difficult to stay positive when you are around someone who is super negative all the time. In life there are all types of people such as optimists, realists, pessimists, and opportunists. Therefore, it should not be a surprise […]

Commitment: 4 Actions of Leadership Commitment

“Leadership is not about titles or positions.  It is about one life influencing another.  A Leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.”  -John Maxwell To be a good leader you must be committed. Leaders must continually evaluate their commitment to the people they lead and to their purpose. […]

The “A” Team Gets The Job Done!

The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series that ran on NBC from 1983 to 1987 about former members of a fictitious United States Army Special Forces unit.  One of the show’s catchphrases, was, “I love it when a plan comes together.” Their call tag was, “If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find […]

How to Overcome the Feeling of Isolation

Many children’s pastors have experienced the feeling of being “alone” at their church. You’ve probably heard the song “One Is The Loneliest Number,” by Three Dog Night. In movies, it is usually played as the main character walks in the rain and gets drenched with water from a car flying down the road. Sometimes as […]

Children, The Holy Spirit & Speaking in Tongues

Joel 2:28-29 (NIV)    “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.“ Our Heavenly Father said that He would pour out His Spirit on […]

How to calm a “Reluctant Child”

We have all encountered a reluctant child.  You know, the one who is hanging on for dear life to their Mom or Dad’s leg.  Okay, that is a bit of an extreme mind picture for you.  But at times we will find children who are reluctant to enter our church class.  Many times it just […]

Recruiting That Works!

If you talk to most KidMin pastors, they will tell you that recruiting volunteers is the most stressful part of their job. Part of the reason for the stress is that many kids’ pastors spend much of their time on things that don’t work. First of all, let’s talk about what doesn’t work: Bulletin announcements […]

Can you be too confident?

Is it possible to have too much confidence?  Yes, it is. Self-doubt is one ditch while over-confidence is another ditch. Here’s one of my stories of dealing with over-confidence. My first four years in ministry was a mixed bag. It was a extremely hard time on many levels, but internally my ministry was growing by […]