Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Important Truths About Leading - Be Thankful & Show It!

When it comes to being a leader in Children's Ministry, there is certainly no shortage of important things for you to focus on, but one very important thing often gets overlooked - being thankful and showing it. We are often focused instead on all we, "need" . . . and in Children's Ministry there is no shortage of things we "need". We need volunteers, we need resources, we need volunteers, we need to focus on safety, we need volunteers, we need to think about the budget . . . did I mention we need volunteers???!!!

Well, yes, in Children's Ministry there are many things we need, but we absolutely must be sure we take time to be thankful and show it to God and to the volunteers we have! First of all, let's consider being thankful - and showing it - to God!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Important Truths About Leading - Pay Attention

Image result for clipart for pay attentionYou may wonder what I mean when I say, "pay attention" is an important truth about leading. It is because it is all too easy for leaders to become so focused on the things they are doing already, they may not notice important things they need to notice. If we are going to be leaders who lead well, we need to pay attention to the following people and things . . . 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Important Truths About Leading - It Is Not All About You

Yes, I agree there are many things to keep in mind when you are leading a Children's Ministry. I also agree there are many things you have to personally see to and do; however, when it comes to leading it is important to understand, it is not all about you. 

In far too many cases, those who lead end up on,"power trips" and become people who think everything is about them. This can damage your Children's Ministry and more importantly, it can - and likely will - damage people. Let's think about this for a minute . . . 

When you think it is all about you, you are likely to . . . 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Special Giveaway on May 2, 2016!

Tomorrow on grandma's cookie jar (my blog for grandparents/parents) I'm giving away one copy of Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition. You have time to enter the drawing - who knows??? Maybe you will win!

I think this is a book which will prove to be a very useful tool for grandparents and parents as they focus on praying for their grandchildren/children . . . but, then I did write it, so it is possible my opinion would tend towards the "biased" side!

So, today I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the opinions of people who read my book before it was released . . . 

Important Truths About Leading - Gossip is NEVER EVER Okay. Period.

Image result for clipart for no gossipOkay, I know I write about this from time to time, but I think it is something we need to be reminded of, often, because gossip is insidious. It is all too easy for a conversation to turn from being a good conversation to one where we are gossiping; and gossip is ALWAYS damaging. We MUST have an absolute zero tolerance for gossip whether we are listening to others gossip, or have a problem with gossip among our volunteers or worse, we indulge in this evil ourselves. 

Consider the following . . .

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Important Truths About Leading - Let the Joy Show!

First of all, I'm telling you the answer . . . joy! Yes, joy!

Now for the question. How can you tell if you are serving and leading in your strength or in God's? I know you know the answer - especially since I started this post with the answer!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Safety Alert - Phones Are Pretty Much Everywhere

One thing we have to keep in mind in our Children's Ministry; even at the top of our list of things we must do, is the safety of the children in our ministry. This means we are resolute about running safety checks, background checks and following up with references for each and every person working/serving in the Children's Ministry as well as for each and every person who volunteers to serve.

It also means we keep an appropriate child/adult ratio in our classes, we do not let married couples serve together without another unrelated adult present and we have child safety polices we train all our volunteers on each year.

However; there is another very important thing we must do to keep the children safe . . . something you may not have considered. Pretty much every adult and teen - and even some children - in your church have phones. This means pretty much every adult, teen - and even some children - in your church have cameras which they carry with them everywhere they go.

Why does this matter? Because it means they have these phones - and cameras - when they are in the restrooms and other places where the children in your ministry may be as well. How does this impact your Children's Ministry and being certain it is a safe place for children? Consider the following . . . 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Legacy Grandparenting Summit - Please Plan to Come & Bring Grandparents & Church Leaders With You!

As church leaders, we have many "groups" of people to focus upon - children, youth, college-age, singles, couples, parents, grandparents . . . definitely no shortage for sure! But, if you read this blog, you likely focus on children - and maybe families as well. 

So, for you, including grandparents in your, "definition" of the word "family" makes a lot of sense. Grandparents have the unique opportunity to influence their grandchildren for Jesus. They are people who tend to be some of the strongest prayer warriors for their grandchildren and are often the people grandchildren are able to talk with about how they feel and what they are facing in their lives. If they have focused on intentionally building a relationship with their grandchildren, grandparents are often people who are able to talk with their grandchildren about God and His Word and have them listen to them, because of the relationship they have with them.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

D6 Days - Check It Out!

D6 Family
One of the best uses of your time as a Children's Ministry pastor/director/leader is to engage, equip and encourage families to pass on a heritage of faith to their children. It is, after all, the blue-print God laid out for us to follow - just look at Deuteronomy 4 and 6.

So, as you do this, be sure to include grandparents in your "definition" of "family", because next, to the parents, grandparents often have the biggest impact on and are able to influence their grandchildren the most for Jesus. 

With this in mind, I want to let you know today about an amazing opportunity you have next week to learn more about engaging and equipping grandparents. D6 is offering a free online conference next week called, D6 Days. They say; "Each spring, we provide this free conference consisting mostly of previously recorded backstage videos with leaders like yourself to help train other leaders for generational discipleship and introduce them to the concepts of Deuteronomy 6."

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

God's Leading . . . Are You Sure?

I often hear people in children's ministry talk about how God is leading them in their ministry. Often it is shared with the goal of taking their ministry in a different direction. There certainly may be times when God is leading us to go in a different and new direction, but we need to be careful to distinguish between God's clear leading and our own wants. 

There is a lot of "power" with being able to say, "God is leading me to . . . " because how does someone "argue" "against" God and His "leading"? Consider the following thoughts -