Saturday, January 25, 2020

Recruiting = Going on a Treasure Hunt!

Call me crazy, but I love recruiting volunteers for Children’s Ministry!  It’s exciting and so much fun . . . like being on a treasure hunt!  What’s not to love about being on a treasure hunt, particularly when you’re sure to find the treasure?!! I’m absolutely convinced God cares more than anyone if we have the volunteers we need for the most effective ministry possible.  This is why I believe He has placed in every church the people who are needed for each ministry to be truly effective.  Some of these people have volunteered, so we know who they are! This is enough to put a smile on any recruiters face! Others just do not know yet they are people God has placed in their church to serve in the Children’s Ministry. Recruiting allows you to look for and find the treasure/unknown volunteers God has given you; and volunteers truly are a treasure, a gift from the hand of God! 

Friday, January 24, 2020

Let's Plan a Volunteer Recruitment Month! - The Basics of What a Recruiting Month "Looks" Like!

For a number of years I served as the Children's Director at a church in Northern California. We needed 120 volunteers for our Sunday morning  Children's Ministry and we typically held our volunteer recruitment drive during the month of August - which meant I spent a lot of time on the phone making those calls! When the new ministry year began in September, inevitably, I still needed volunteers; so I decided to make a change and held our volunteer recruitment drive during the month of May.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Don't Leave the Grandparents Alone - Come Alongside Them Instead

You are certainly aware of the children in your Children's Ministry. You likely know the parents of the children in your Children's Ministry, but do you know how many children in your Children's Ministry are brought to your church by their grandparents? Do you know these grandparents or are they basically, "invisible"?

An ever growing number of children are brought to church by their grandparents - if these grandparents did not bring their grandchildren to church, these children would not go to church. This likely means if these grandparents did not hand down the faith and tell them about Jesus, nobody would. If these grandparents did not pray for their grandchildren, nobody would. If these grandparents did not teach their grandchildren God is real and they are able to trust His Word with confidence, nobody would. If these grandparents did not help their grandchildren learn to be people who talked with God, nobody would. If these grandparents do not know how to do these things - who will reach these children?

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Be Aware of the Impact You Make

As a leader in your church's Children's Ministry, you matter. What you do matters. The decisions you make matter. You and these things matter, because you, the things you do and the decisions you make impact the lives of the children and families in your church. For this reason before you do something or make a decision, please consider the following thing you may not think to consider . . .

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Spend Your Time in the Wisest & Most Effective Way

As someone who serves - whether part-time, full-time or as a volunteer - in Children's Ministry, we only have a set amount of time which we are able to invest in the Children's Ministry each week. Clearly we want to make the most of the time we are able to spend; we also want to get the most out of this time. Obviously there is a certain amount of time which must be spent on recruiting, retaining, training, encouraging volunteers. There is a certain amount of time which must be spent on writing/choosing curriculum and resources. There is a certain amount of time which must be spent in classes/ministries/activities with children. There is a certain amount of time which must be spent connecting with parents/grandparents/families. There is a certain amount of time which must be spent on planning. Most importantly there is a certain amount of time which must be spent in prayer and study of God's Word.

Monday, January 20, 2020

In Our Post-Christian Culture, Provide Reasons, Relationships & Rhythms

Certainly the grandparents and parents of the children in your ministry want them to make the choice to believe in God, trust His Word and follow Jesus. This is why they hand down the faith - or why we need to equip them to learn how to hand down the faith. We know as they look at their lives and the scope of things where they are able to spend their time, handing down the faith is what truly matters - and equipping the parents and grandparents to hand down the faith is absolutely one of the best uses of our time as people who serve in Children's Ministries.

Today I am sharing an article with research by Barna on building lasting faith in Gen Z (you will find the full post at this link.) Look at some of what Jonathan Morrow has to say . . . 

Friday, January 17, 2020

VBS 2020 - Mystery Island from Answers in Genesis

Mystery Island is the VBS from Answers in Genesis this year, so today we will take a close look at to see if it is a good "fit" for your ministry.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

VBS 2020 - Big Fish Bay from Regular Baptist Press

Today, as we continue my 2020 VBS reviews, we are looking at Big Fish Bay from Regular Baptist Press! 

RBP did a great job with the content and substance of this VBS resource - if  you are not familiar with their materials and have never taken a close look at them in the past, this year is a great year to consider if Big Fish Bay is a good "fit" for your Children's Ministry!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Help Them Make the Faith Their Own

Unless parents and grandparents hide the children they love away in some remote location where there is no internet and the only people they see, talk with and know are them, it is certain at one point or another they will meet someone who tells them things which go against what their parents and grandparents have taught them from God's Word. It is inevitable. 

We all may be careful to do all we are able to do to teach the children we love the truth of God's Word and how they are able to talk with, love, know and walk with Him, but at some point in time, someone will say or do something which will cause them to question the things we taught them. It is inevitable.

For example, think of Adam and Eve. They actually talked and walked with God in the garden every evening. Just imagine! They were surrounded by God's glory and lived in a world untouched by sin, yet even there, even then, Satan got to them and caused them to question what they knew to be true with the lies; "Does God really love me? Is He keeping something amazing from me?" Which led them to the questions we all face at some point; "Should I obey what God asked, or do what I want?"

VBS 2020 - Concrete & Cranes from LifeWay

Today I'm happy to share another of my VBS resources for 2020; this time it is, Concrete & Cranes from LifeWay. Take a look and consider if Concrete & Cranes is a good "fit" for your Children's Ministry!