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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 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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 May 2013 / Culture
Tags: Artie Davis, church, afford, financial, costs, complaining, culture, investment, kids, young leaders, keep score, cracks
All of us who lead in a church understand the cost of doing ministry—the financial cost, that is. We know our budgets and the limits of what we can afford or not afford. However, many pastors and leaders ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 May 2013 / Children
Tags: Steve Murrell, Jesus, mad, children, kids' ministry, learn, attitude, bless
Recently I had the privilege of speaking to over 400 Filipino kids' ministry pastors, coordinators and volunteers at our annual Victory National Kids Ministry Summit. The delegates came to Island Cove ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Gina McClain, conflict, kids ministry, confrontation, value, iron, Proverbs, Phillipians
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to lead a breakout session at Lifeway’s Kids Ministry Conference 2012 titled "The Non-Confrontationalist’s Guide to Confrontation." I thoroughly enjoyed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 / Delete this
Tags: Hugh Halter, modeling, Jesus, heart, kids, discipling, family, church
Theologically, we know that the church is called to leave what’s comfortable and propel itself out into the darkness as light, living the counter-culture life of the kingdom of God. But here’s a question ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, Saddleback Church, student volunteers, roles, availability, eager, kids' ministry
I was watching my friend Parker the other night. He is an incredible student leader and a talented young man. He was working lights at our Saturday night service during our "You Own the Weekend" series. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 / Children
Tags: Steve Murrell, Victory National, Kids, Children, Summit, Ministry, Jesus, bless
Recently, I had the privilege of speaking to more than 400 Filipino children's ministry pastors, coordinators and volunteers at our annual Victory National Kids Ministry Summit. The delegates came to Island ... [ +++ ]
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