Antidote for Anxiety

Some challenges seem overwhelming and can lead to anxiety.  Anxiety is prevalent in our culture at large, and we in the church are not immune. The ultimate question, wrote Patrick Henry about the seventh word from the cross, “is not ‘What happens when I die?’ but ‘In whom can I trust to the end?’”


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When Mom and Dad Make Mistakes

As an adult, and probably more so as a parent, I realize more than ever that parents make mistakes. Small ones, big ones, crucial ones, and insignificant ones. Children are left not knowing how to deal with that. How do they process what just happened to them? How do they deal with the wealth of emotions that they might be feeling?

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He, She, They, and Theybies

There has been a lot of discussion of late on the Internet, in blogs, in articles, TV shows, etc. about gender and children. “Gender-open” parenting is a way for parents to leave the door open for children to be accepted no matter what gender they are.  Is your children’s ministry prepared to handle the he, she, they, and theybies?

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On the Job Training for Kids

It is believed that Samuel was 12 years of age when he had responsibilities in the temple. The exciting thing for us is that we can plug the children in our churches into ministry, and it will be life changing for them as they discover God’s purpose for their lives.

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Control Creates Crisis

When things feel as if they’re spinning out of control, when everything within you is screaming to step in and step up to the challenge, breathe. Before you react, prior to lashing out, preceding your missteps. Just breath. And look to Jesus.

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3 Key Essentials for Kids Ministry

When considering Kids Ministry - often times people just think of, “what can we do with the kids so the adults can have their service.” However, it is SO MUCH more than that. It is so much more than childcare! So how do you create a Kids Ministry that leaves kids begging their parents to bring them back?

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Self Care

The topic of self-care often brings up a myriad of responses within churches and Christ-followers.  The concept seems overtly “non-Christian” to some of us.  Think about it; the word “self” is included in the title of this activity we are often encouraged to consider implementing in our lives.  And after all are we not directed, in Scripture, to die to self?  So why would we want to spend time “caring” for self. 

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Give Yourself Grace

Don’t stay in that place of burnout, excuses, exhaustion, and mediocre leadership. You will end up not leading the way God intended for you to lead. Your ministry will suffer. The teams you lead will suffer, and your calling will not be as fulfilling as it once was. Jesus desires so much more for you, and those you lead need so much more from you.

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10 Safety Considerations for Special Needs Kids

It’s Sunday morning and Bobby shows up at your church. You start the intake process and suddenly realize that he may require some special support. He has special needs. But it’s okay, because you are ready! You have carefully thought through some of the potential challenges and safety issues and you have a plan. If you don’t have a plan, YOU CAN! Don’t wait until these kiddos come to put a strategy together. Be intentional and start thinking about it NOW! While disabilities may vary and can be mild or severe, here are 10 things for consideration to make your ministry a safe place for kids with special needs.

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Secret Shopper

Every children’s minister I know wants their ministry to grow. I believe God wants your ministry to grow as well. In order for your children’s ministry to grow you must be willing to grow in your leadership abilities. Individual growth always comes before corporate growth. The number one key to making growth happen as a leader is evaluation. Change will never take place without constant evaluation. If you don’t identify ways that you can grow as a leader you’ll never reach your next level.

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Getting Camp Ready!

Camp is such an important piece in a kid’s spiritual journey. Many of us learned to hear the voice of God at camp, we were called into the ministry at camp, and we were filled with the Holy Spirit at camp. Let’s make getting kids to camp a priority for us, for their parents, and for them!

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Trauma In Children's Ministry

How many of you have experienced that certain child that seems to create distraction, ignore redirection, and generate chaos in your ministry?  A few faces come to my mind that meet those dubious criteria.  Behavior always communicates and sometimes it shouts at us from the back row during worship time!  Unfortunately, many times these undesirable behaviors are conveying trauma that too many children in our world have been exposed to in varying degrees. 

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