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As a big football fan, I love Fall when the NFL finally kicks off (go Chargers!). Not only do I enjoy watching the games, but I love the excitement, anticipation and, yes, wondering how my fantasy football teams will fare. Every weekend is filled with excitement and anticipation. Weekends are “game time” for those of […]

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Easter is approaching…fast! I hope you’ve already begun planning for it in your ministry. Easter weekend can be a wonderful time in the world of Children’s Ministry!  But it can also be a nightmare for the Children’s Ministry leader.  It’s typically one of the highest attended weekends of the year.  Lots of visitors.  High expectations. […]

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Leadership matters in your ministry. In fact, your ministry will only rise to the level that you and your leadership team can take it. Think about that statement for a moment. It has possible implications for both expanding your ministry beyond it’s current state, but also for limiting your ministry to little more than it […]

The post 5 Essential Qualities You Want in Every Member of Your Leadership Team appeared first on Children's Ministry Leader.

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Reading. Most of us have every intention to read more, but few of us actually read much. But reading is one of the easiest and best ways to grow ourselves. And as leaders, we have a responsibility to grow ourselves in order to lead well. Statistics show that reading by leaders is in decline. In fact, […]

The post 10 Great Books Every Children’s Ministry Leader Should Read appeared first on Children's Ministry Leader.

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Next to “recruiting” volunteers, training is perhaps one of the most challenging elements of leading in Children’s Ministry. But our real job is to equip God’s people to do the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12; see this post for more). Here are a few ideas to help get you started : 13 Ways To Train […]

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The obvious goal is to engage parents in your ministry. Sometimes, however, we do just the opposite. Sometimes we push them away, require things which are unrealistic, completely disregard their own circumstances…and a lot more. All this does is harm our ministry and actually work against what we are trying to accomplish. Here are a few […]

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Preteens. Tweens. Pre-people :). What are we to do with these wonderfully baffling kids…err…young adults?! Here are a few ideas for engaging them: Tips For Teaching Preteens in Your Ministry Truth matters Yep, just like with preschoolers and elementary age, truth matters when teaching preteens. This might seem obvious, but with this age group is […]

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One of the reasons I love the elementary age in children’s ministry is because they are so responsive to truth. Did you know that roughly 85% of those who accept Christ as Savior will do so between the ages of 4 & 14? And I would guess that the majority of those are in the […]

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Don’t you love the preschool ages? They are so much fun! Of course, they can be a challenge, too. And even scary for inexperienced teachers suddenly thrown into the lions den…errr…3 year old room. Regardless of the challenges, we have to remember that this is one of the most critical age groups when it comes […]

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Virtually every workplace has standards. It might be personal behavior standards, or program standards, or safety standards…or all of these, and more. Our ministries should be no different. Yet, as I work with churches, I often find that there are very few standards in place. Things are done haphazardly. Certainly we want spontaneity at times, […]

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