The Few So you quit children's ministry... Say what you want about being a children’s pastor. The fact is this: you are in an ELITE GROUP. There are few who would ever attempt what you do. Very few. You prepare weekly Bible content that reaches kids. You recruit, train and motivate a team [...]
How I Got Swept Into Children's Ministry My background was in adult ministry. That's the ministry where people don't vomit during your message and they go pee without raising their hands. After pastoring two churches I took a sweet gig as an associate pastor in Florida. It was a cushy job without much [...]
1. Set your room up to encourage focus. 2. Create an atmosphere of anticipation. 3. Get everyone onboard before you take off. 4. Use few words and make them count. 5. Make everything (almost everything) interactive. 6. Use competition to motivate. 7. Use small rewards and lots of them. 8. Be predictably unpredictable. 9. [...]
The 4 Most Powerful Words in Children's Ministry So what are the four most powerful (non-spiritual) words in children's ministry? What four words can light up any kid? What four words can get any kid's attention? They are magical words. Here they are.
1. Doing everything on your own instead of multiplying yourself. 2. Begging for volunteers instead of recruiting them. 3. Being afraid to risk instead of trying new things.
all guaranteed to stop you and your church from doing ANYTHING remarkable…ever 10. We never did it that way before. Maybe it's time for a change. If you want to make sure you get the same results you’ve always had, then just do what you have always done. 9. But what if it doesn’t work? What [...]
Kids are hard-wired for action. They struggle--as we all know too well--to sit and listen. Kids want to DO. They are driven to participate. They crave the opportunity to take part. Doing something is their oxygen. That’s why the most powerful words to enter a kid’s ear are: “I need a volunteer.” When kids [...]
There are two types of Children's Ministry communicators: Pointers and Painters. Pointers drive home specific points; Painters create an overall impression. Both can be effective. We need to understand simple points from the Bible. We cannot apply what we don’t understand. Teachers that can unfold practical truth and reduce ideas into bite-sized pieces are effective [...]
Not everything in ministry is self-evident. Some things that seem true--or effective--can produce substandard results. Here are some examples. 1. The way you carry yourself makes a difference. Remember you are a minister, not a big kid. If you conduct yourself like a big kid don't be surprised when no one respects your ministry. Act [...]