Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Top Fourteen Tips for Effective Children's Ministry - Tip #8 - Keep Focused!

Yesterday I talked about being intentional about what we are doing in and with our children's ministry and said; "Children's ministry is too important to approach it in a hap-hazard way. We must be intentional about what we are doing and why we are doing it." Then we looked at how to be intentional. 

Today's "tip" is similar to yesterdays; today I'm talking about keeping focused . . . and you need a written vision/goal for your ministry if you are going to be serious about staying focused.

It is easy, all too easy to lose focus; to be side-tracked and even derailed by things which do not matter, so, if you are serious about keeping focused, consider the following . . . 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Top Fourteen Tips for Effective Children's Ministry - Tip #9 - Be Intentional!

How often in ministry do you, "shoot from the hip"? How often do you, "throw everything
at the wall and hope something sticks"? How often do you do things because you have "always" done so? Is your ministry a combination of tradition and jumping from one new thing to the next or is it grounded in prayer and planning?

It is too easy to go through the ministry year, "doing ministry" without ever really being intentional about what we are doing. When and if this is the case, we are limiting how effective we will be. Children's ministry is too important to approach it in a hap-hazard way. We must be intentional about what we are doing and why we are doing it. 

So, if you are serious about being intentional with your children's ministry, consider the following . . . 

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Top Fourteen Tips for Effective Children's Ministry - Tip #10 - Pray!

If you have been following my posts for the past several days, you may have looked at the title for this post and thought; "Wait a minute! You already had a tip about prayer!" If so, you are correct. I did, but prayer is so essential, it is my tip once again!

It is absolutely essential for us to be people who are serious about prayer. Prayer has to be a foundation of your ministry. So, if it is not really a foundation of your ministry, consider the following ways you could make prayer this much needed foundation . . . 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Top Fourteen Tips for Effective Children's Ministry - Tip #11 - Pass it On; Share!

Today I want to continue to share some of the things I've learned in and about children's ministry, with my tip #11 - Pass it On; Share!

Don't be "selfish" when it comes to ministry! Pass it on; share what you have learned, what you are doing, what worked for you, and even what has not worked! 

So why should we do this? Consider the following -

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Top Fourteen Tips for Effective Children's Ministry - Tip #12 - God Is Big Enough!

Today I want to continue to share some of the things I've learned in and about children's
ministry, with my tip #12 - know God Is Big Enough!

It is another of Satan's tired, old bag of tricks which, sadly, we fall for far too often when we think - but likely do not say - our problems are just too big for anyone; God included. Clearly this is definitely one of his lies. It is easy for us to think the problems and challenges we face are just too big, but this just is not the truth. 

So what is the truth? Consider the following -

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Top Fourteen Tips for Effective Children's Ministry - Tip #13 - God Cares More Than Anyone!

Yesterday I began sharing some of the things I've learned in and about children's ministry,
with the focus on prayer. Today I want to talk about my tip #13 - know God Cares More Than Anyone!

Satan has the same, tired, old bag of tricks which, sadly, we fall for. Convincing us nobody cares about the children's ministry, and worse, God doesn't really care either, is definitely one of his lies. It is easy for us to think we are the only ones who care about the children's ministry, but this just is not the truth. 

So what is the truth? Consider the following -

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Top Fourteen Tips for Effective Children's Ministry - Tip #14 - Make Prayer the Foundation

I have been serving in children's ministry for 43 years. In these 43 years I've learned a lot and experienced a lot. While I do not consider myself an, "expert" ( "x", an "unknown quantity", "spurt", under a lot of "pressure") I do believe it is important for us to share what we have learned and experienced as we serve in children's ministry with those who are serving - perhaps new to the ministry.

So, today - and for the next two weeks, I'm sharing some of the things I've learned in and about children's ministry, beginning today with; pray!

I know, this seems like a, "no-brainer", but I can not stress strongly enough how absolutely essential it is for us to be people who are serious about prayer. We all have six months - maybe some of us a year - of "stuff" which we can do in children's ministry, but after this time, we will find ourselves wondering what we can possibly do next. Rather than trying to do it on our own, make prayer a foundation of your ministry.

How do we do this you may wonder? Consider the following -

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kick-Off the New School Year with Training!

This past week has been busy - last Wednesday night and Saturday morning I taught a
training for everyone at my church who serves with children and special needs. The volunteers were able to choose if they wanted to attend the training on Wednesday or Saturday, but they needed to choose one. The training was on engaging children and I had volunteers playing games, doing object lessons, talking with the others at their tables, generally engaging them throughout the forty-five minute training. We had 300+ people attend between Wednesday and Saturday and the feed-back has been very positive!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Thank Your Volunteers at Christmas - Special Ornament

Yes, I know, there are still three months and about a half before Christmas, but it will get here before we know it, so if you are thinking about doing something special to thank your Volunteers, check this great idea I found on Pinterest for an ornament you could make for each of the people who serve in your children's ministry. It is a great ornament because it shows the reason why Jesus came to be born as a baby in the manger!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The New School Year Begins!

Today is an exciting day for my church; it is the first Sunday we are using the new
curriculum I've been writing for them! The first lesson is about Enoch and how he talked with God!

There are so many new things about this curriculum; for some teachers it will be a stretch as they try engaging children in more active ways, as children participate in teaching the Bible lesson during large group and as they are more intentionally engaged in activities after large group to develop Bible competencies. It is an exciting day for sure!