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Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Greg Atkinson, Easter, church, guests, visit, front door, attire, odor, smell, parking, parents, kids, classroom, free, giveaway, Chris Hodges, Church of the Highlands, Alabama, security, visible ...
... Author and international speaker Greg Atkinson has been in ministry for two decades and has been writing, speaking and training thousands of church leaders since 2000. In late 2003, Greg launched MultisensoryWorship.com ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Jonathan Cliff, books, Reggie Joiner, Andy Stanley, impactful, Tom Schefunus, kids, students, next generation, Michelle Anthony, George Barna, revolutionary parenting, Tom Rath, Kara Powell
When I’m talking with potential leaders, I’m usually investigating how much knowledge they have and how they learn. One great question is “What are you reading right now, and what books have impacted you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 March 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, avoid, responsibility, task, not to do, kids, quiet and still, volunteers, gifts, rules, relationship, baptism, events, programs, email, feedback, Jesus, parents, ...
Children’s ministry leaders have a great deal of responsibility, and sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with every little task that needs performing. Here, however, is a list of things for leaders not ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dale Hudson, Katy Perry, pastor's kids, heaven, hell, Barna, research, unrealistic expectations, negative experiences, church, father, mother, faith, modeled, friends, peers
Katy Perry is currently the highest-profile pastor's kid (PK) that has walked away from her faith. In a recent interview, she said she is no longer a Christian and doesn’t believe in heaven, hell or ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Ray Jones, San Antonio, Texas, worship, leaders, generation, resources, recommendations, Community Bible Church, Kids Choir, multi-generational
Almost every week, I hear from pastors asking if I can recommend someone to lead worship for their congregation. Most of these are smaller churches or new church plants with limited resources. Most of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, joy, pastors, babysit, wife, church, sermon, critic, committee, salary, kids, normal life, preparation
I just received a letter from a delightful lady. She was a member of a church where I was ordained in the ministry. What I remember most about her was the way she offered encouragement to the pastors of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 / Children
Tags: Gina McClain, children's ministry, volunteers, safety procedures, environment, kids, illness, leader, knowledge, resources
Safety procedures are some of the more important and more minute aspects of children’s ministry. These details of ministry are critical to creating a safe environment for kids. The challenge with safety ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, students, volunteers, high schoolers, middle schoolers, kids' ministry, student gaggles, parent, mentor, small group
Recently I posted about student volunteers and the consistencies I see in those that are highly engaged in serving. Sarah Dunn from Southpointe Church in Oklahoma City asked a few great questions:  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, youth, students, volunteers, middle school, worship service, fpKIDS, church, kids ministry, team, parents, service, love, encouragement
My daughter is allergic to mornings. Given the opportunity, she would easily sleep until 10 a.m. every day. But school requires that she rise a little earlier. So we push through the pain and crawl out ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, intentional neglect, church, application, Sunday morning experience, kids, small groups, ministry, what's important now, resources, energy, attention, goals
We have to know our focus. I heard a term the other day that has had my gears turning: intentional neglect. It wasn’t used in a church context, but I think it certainly has application right now, especially ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Gina McClain, multi-site church, kids' ministry, strategy, volunteers, launch team, programming, philosophies, negotiables, curriculum, parameters, values, theology, intradependence
Your initial steps into the world of the multisite church can be intimidating. It isn’t a lack of willingness to make it happen; it’s simply knowing where to begin. Launching your first multisite location, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 October 2013 / Children
Tags: Ron Edmondson, volunteering, church, nursery, kids ministry, ushers, bulletin, asking, sign up, simple, immediate, thankless role, difficulty
Do you need more preschool workers to serve children? Do you need more greeters to greet? Do you need more ushers to … ush? If so, you’re in familiar territory. I’ve never met a church that said, “You ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, copious, Joy Bowen, Orange Conference, worship, mobilization, youth, kids ministry, passions, gifts, intentionality
Two years ago, I sat in on a breakout session led by Joy Bowen at Orange Conference 2011. Within the first five minutes she used the word ‘copious.’ I was hooked. Joy’s topic focused on mobilizing kids ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kim Martinez, marketing, pastors, event, sermon series, target audience, kids, men
There is a counterintuitive marketing concept that we, as pastors, should spend some time contemplating: “If you try to reach everyone, you’ll reach no one.” When you are promoting an event or sermon ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Tony Myles, senior pastor, kids, youth group, Laura Ortberg Turner, pastor's wife, volunteers, staff meetings, rebel, ministry, pop star
Laura Ortberg Turner, daughter of John and Nancy Ortberg, has some great thoughts on what it means to be (but not really be) known as a “pastor’s kid.” One takeaway is the framework she felt her parents ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, kids' ministry, worship leader, worship singer, prompting, storytelling, children, filling the gap
After the past few years of observing the worship element of our kids’ experiences, I’ve discovered three key skills that distinguish a worship leader from a worship singer. The former leads kids to engage ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Artie Davis, sucky, pastor, confession, burned out, wife, church growth, passions, visions, kids' ministry, relevant, cutting edge, pain
I have been doing some form of pastoring for almost 30 years, and I have certainly been a sucky pastor on many occasions. So, I hope you can learn from my failures and use them too. Here are seven ways ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 June 2013 / Vision
Tags: Gina McClain, inspiration, vision, kids' ministry, volunteers, parents, church services, communication, Vacation Bible School, direction
Read any leadership book today and within the first few pages you’ll hear about the critical function of vision in your organization. To lead effectively without a shared vision is simply not possible. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Kyle Searcy, rest, grandkids, innocence, 40-pound bag, Hebrews, obedience, labor, faith, relationship, trust
I am a proud grandfather of two rambunctious grandkids. Like many grandparents, my wife and I are often amused by their candid innocence. At a young age, kids are so eager to please and to help out wherever ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Gina McClain, volunteers, kids' ministry, time, commitment, relationships, programming, investment
I could write a book. But I won’t. If you’ve been in children's ministry for any amount of time, you’ve visited this topic. What level of commitment do we ask from our children's ministry volunteers? How ... [ +++ ]
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