Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Encourage Families to Teach the "Whys" this Summer & Have Fun Doing So!

We know we (parents/ grandparents/ church) must teach the "whats" - what the Bible says and therefore what we believe, but just as important as it is to do this, it is equally as important to teach the "whys" - why we are able to believe God is real, the Bible is true, God and science DO go together, and God is good. If we do not teach the "whys" we run the very real risk the young people we love will turn away from their faith - as Barna's studies show this is actually happening.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Add a Strong Grandparenting Ministry - It Makes a Difference

While there is certainly no shortage of reasons why it makes sense for pastors 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 confident 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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Equip the Children in Your Ministry with a Confident Faith by Teaching the "Whys" with Anchored!

You will likely agree with me when I write - Children's Ministry is mostly about teaching the "whats" - what the Bible says and therefore what we believe. Pretty much every curriculum resource published focuses upon the "whats", which of course greatly influences what we teach. But when you think about it, pretty much everything at church is about the "whats" - pastors preach/teach the "whats" and every age at church tends to focus upon the "whats" in their classes.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

A Few More Thoughts About Recruiting . . .

I have been writing about recruiting - if you are leading a Children's Ministry at your church you certainly need help, and therefore must spend time recruiting. But, the amount of time you spend recruiting depends on a few things . . .

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Don't Miss Out on the Blessings!

As I said in my previous post; "EVERYONE who believes is part of the body and has something to offer." I wrote about the people you might "pass over" in your mind as you think about who to recruit for your Children's Ministry, so now I want to consider a few of the blessings from involving people who have extra challenges . . . 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

EVERYONE Who Believes is Part of the Body & has Something to Offer!

When it comes to volunteers in your ministry, most of them are probably people who you would describe with the word, "normal". By this I mean, they likely are people who have no serious illnesses or physical challenges. But, who might you be missing? Who might be able to serve even if they have an illness or physical challenge? When you think about recruiting, are there people who you "pass over" in your mind because they have an illness or physical challenge? If so, think about the following . . . 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Keep The Volunteers You Have By Encouraging and Thanking Them!

I've been writing about recruiting volunteers and today I want to talk a bit about keeping the volunteers you have by encouraging them . . . I'll be writing much more about Volunteer encouragement, but today I just want to take a quick look at the topic.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Take the Time - and Make the Time - to Know Your Volunteers!

Today I want to write about one way to keep the volunteers you have . . . take the time - and make the time - to know your volunteers.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Remember: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

When it comes to recruiting and dealing with your volunteers please remember, actions speak louder than words. If we say one thing, but do something else people will notice. Regardless of who we are, we all are accountable for our actions; but when we are in ministry we bear a stronger accountability.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - God Made You Unique & Oh, So Valuable

 

Please share the following post with the parents and grandparents in your ministry.

The month of May is National Mental Health Month, so with May just around the corner I want to write today about something very, very important. Suicide. I was shocked to learn suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States for children, youth and young adults ages ten - 34. Yes, this statistic included children as young as ten. I have a grandson who is ten.