Tuesday, August 30, 2016

One More Essential Thing to Do . . . Build The "Culture"!

When it comes to Children's Ministry there are several things we know we need to do . . . provide effective Sunday and mid-week ministries, recruit excellent volunteers, do all we can possibly do to make our ministries safe, build a strong prayer support team, connect with and equip parents and grandparents. Clearly these are some of the basics and things we know we need to do. 

But, there is one more thing we must do, which we often do not even think about . . . help the children in our ministries build and make strong friendships. Some of the children in our ministries will already be friends, because their parents are friends, because the grew up together, and/or because they go to school together. But other children will not have friends. They will sit by themselves, to the side, not really engaging. Not really connecting. And, when it is their choice to go to church or not, they are more likely to choose not to go.

It is extremely important for us - and for our volunteers - to do all we can possibly do to help the children in our ministry build strong friendships with the other children. How can we do this? Consider the following . . . 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Provide Those Resources . . . & Maybe Win a Couple . . .

One of the important things we do as people who serve families is to provide resources parents and grandparents may use at home with the children they love. We want parents and grandparents to focus upon passing on a heritage of faith to their children/grandchildren, because we only have them for a few hours a week - at best - and if the children are going to learn to love, know and walk with God, we need to team up with the parents and grandparents.

On my other blog - grandma's cookie jar - I reviewed, and am giving away, two resources which help parents and grandparents learn how to pass on a heritage of faith and pray for the children they love. You'll find my reviews and details for the giveaway for Deeper in 4 Grandparents & Parents, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition at this link and for It is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren; and Other Important Facts for Grandparents & Parents, Too! at this link.

The giveaways are tomorrow - August 30th and September 1st, so you still have time to enter . . . someone will win . . . who knows??? Maybe you will win!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Direction Signs . . .

Learn how to build stronger families and in so doing a stronger Children's Ministry by attending the Legacy Grandparenting Summit! You'll hear from Chuck Swindoll, Josh McDowell, Jay Kessler, John Trent, Gary Chapman, Tim Kimmel, Michelle Anthony, Larry Fowler, Wayne Rice and so many more!

You'll find all the details at this link - and if you use my code - Lynda16 - you'll save $40! Plan to come - and bring some grandparents, church leaders and pastors you know with you!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

God Designed it This Way!

While there is certainly no shortage of reasons why it makes sense for pastors and church leaders to be strong supporters of Grandparenting Ministry in their churches, one reason to do so is when you have grandparents who are focused upon passing on a heritage of faith, you will have stronger and healthier families. God designed it this way - He wants generations to work together and to learn from one another - and one of the places this happens the most is in families.

When grandparents pass faith to their children and their children's children, families will be able to grow stronger. As they share how God was faithful yesterday, rejoice in how He is faithful today and model what it looks like to trust God to be faithful tomorrow, this impacts both their children and their children's children . . . and the church as well!

So, commit as pastors and church leaders to engage, equip and encourage grandparents to pass on their faith to their children and their children's children - you, and they, will be so glad you did!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Passing on a Heritage of Faith to Your Grandchildren

I am part of the Legacy Coalition - I'm one of their senior writers/editors, so I was asked to write an article for the Legacy Coalition which was going to be published on FamilyLife's website. The article posted yesterday, so today I'm honored to share it with you - you'll find it at this link

Please share this with the grandparents, pastors and church leaders you know.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Make a Real and Lasting Difference in Your Children's Ministry

absolutely am convinced if we in the church focused on engaging, equipping and encouraging grandparents to pass on a heritage of faith, we would see the impact on the children and families in our ministry.

Think about it for a minute. If the average child in your ministry is only at your church every other week on Sundays (as most are), then this means they are only receiving your programming; your ministry, for about three hours a month. Times this by twelve months and you have the average child in your ministry for 36 hours a year. Yes, a YEAR!!!

While those 36 hours can make a difference, they clearly pale in comparison to the number of hours children are being influenced by other things and other people in a year. Even if a child is at your church every Sunday morning and every Wednesday night, this still only adds up to about three hours a week which adds up to 156 hours a year. Better than 36 hours by far, but still out of a year is only just 156 hours.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Engage the Family - All of Them!

If you are serving in the Children's Ministry in your church, it is obvious you are working with children. However; children are not the only people we work with. We also have to work with the family if we are going to be effective.
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When you think about the "family" of children, it is obvious you are talking about parents . . . they are, after all, the people with the greatest potential to influence children. However; the parents are not the only people we need to think of and work with. Grandparents are the people who have the second greatest potential to influence children and we need to include them in whatever we do to engage and equip parents.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Take Time to Be Thankful . . . Say & Show It!

Yes, when it comes to Children's Ministry there are many things we pray about, many things we ask of others and many things we receive; all of which we can be thankful, but how often do we take time to express our thankfulness? While it is important for our ministries to be ones where we are quick to pray, they also need to be ones characterized by a spirit of genuine thankfulness as well. consider the following . . . 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Take Time to Find . . . New Volunteers!

Recruiting. A word which often "chills" Children's Ministry directors to their core! It can seem like a never-ending task and can lead to much stress, as well as to a high turn-over in Children's Ministry leaders/directors/pastors. 

It is a fact of Children's Ministry, you need volunteers. Period. It is also a fact it can be difficult and challenging to find enough volunteers - especially those who are willing to serve more than just one week a month.

So, what do you do? How do you find the volunteers you need? Consider the following . . .

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Take Time to Keep . . . The Volunteers You Have!

When it comes to recruiting, your ministry will benefit the most, and be the strongest, when you keep the volunteers you have. When you have volunteers who serve long-term, your ministry - and the children, families and volunteers, all benefit in the following ways . . .