Missionary Into the Digital World

If you are a missionary entering another culture you should know the most important first step … learn the language. I suggest that, as a leader, you see yourself as an immigrant into another world. Ask questions, seek to empathize and understand a perspective on the world that may be different than yours. So how do you go about being a missionary into the world of children?

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Slow Down!

It’s easy to get too goal oriented in kids ministry. Slow down! This isn’t about you. It’s about them. It’s not about getting from Point A to Point B. It’s about everything that comes between Point A and Point B. It’s not about getting to every activity in the lesson plan. It’s about pointing the preschoolers in your care to Jesus in every single thing you do and say. So, take a deep breath. Don’t get frantic when time seems to be slipping away and you’ve not gotten as far as you had planned in your lesson.

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Evaluation Matters

Policies, procedures, standards, and systems don’t handcuff your teams, they free them. They grant the authority necessary to meet expectations. They empower volunteers to identify solutions within the parameters you’ve set, and they clearly define boundaries. I call this the infrastructure of EVALUATION.

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Make It Count

We must always strive to handle Scripture in such a way that brings eye opening joy and understanding to the hearts of kids. There are definitely things we can do to improve our presentations to provide optimum enjoyment and attention from the kids with whom we work without the need for unnecessary flash. We don’t need to add to the Bible or change it so much that it’s hardly recognizable.

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Dads Matter

There’s a lot I can say on this topic but the core essence of my message is this: Dads Matter. And they matter a lot.

My goal here is to share ideas that I trust will enhance the way you involve fathers, when possible, in your ministry or organization. Why? Because kids thrive when dads actively invest in their lives.

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7 Steps To Empower Kids In Your Church

Have you ever wondered if children have a greater purpose in the church today? If you look at traditional approaches to childhood education in the church, it would appear that they are primarily knowledge-based. You have to ask, “Will sitting and listening to someone teach develop you into a fully-devoted follower of Christ, as well as empower you for ministry?” The answer is clearly “no.”

Here are seven steps you can take to disciple and equip children in your church for ministry using the “Discipleship and Equipping Wheel.”

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Family MinistryRyan Frank
Pizza and Family Ministry

There are as many models for family ministry as there are ways to make pizza. Most every church wants to bless families and grow them in their faith. Some are elaborate gourmet pizza versions; others are simple cheese versions. And there are hundreds of versions in between. Each one is flavorful and effective in feeding families’ faith appetites. Whichever one is yours, you should celebrate it! Promote the way you craft it. Savor the flavor of it and experiment to improve it. You should also be okay with the versions that are found elsewhere. God loves every flavor and each one reaches another family.

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Family MinistryRyan Frank
The Heart of The Matter

We may think doctrine is irrelevant to kids’ ministry, but think! Anytime we teach kids anything, we are either teaching them sound doctrine or we are misleading them! In the Great Commission, Jesus says that we are to teach disciples to obey everything He commands. Where do we find “everything” He commands? Doctrine.

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CommunityRyan Frank
The Risky Business of Kidmin

Sometimes in ministry things occur that no one ever wants to deal with. Whether we believe circumstances to be unpreventable or just highly unlikely, we’re sometimes unprepared when emergencies arise. Unfortunately, that lack of preparation can find a church and a children’s pastor not only liable, but possibly criminal.

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CommunityRyan Frank
David, Daniel, Moses and Jesus … Four Buddies?

Kids and adults alike can often get the chronology of the Bible wrong, particularly the Old Testament. As the Old Testament makes up over half of the Bible, it is important for us as Christians to understand it. Today John Tietsort is going to help clarify the confusing order of the Old Testament and give you a better understanding of why it is important!

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ResearchRyan Frank
Helping Parents Lead Their Children Biblically

The role of the family unit in Christianity is important. Often times, the parents can feel stuck or uncertain as to what they should be doing better to raise their children in the faith. If you are one of those parents, this article is for you! Brian Haynes understands the importance and wants to give the parents three tips to help guide them in establishing the family that they desire.

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Family MinistryRyan Frank
Making Your Message Stick With Preteens

If you’ve been in children’s ministry for any time at all, you know kids are rarely the problem. Rather, they are the barometer of the problems within their homes. After all, the easiest part of kids ministry is the kids, right? It’s the parents that are the difficult part of the job! So, we all agree that kids will either struggle under or stand upon the foundation of their families. The question is, then, how do we help impact those families?

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CommunityRyan Frank
Connecting to Your Community

If you’ve been in children’s ministry for any time at all, you know kids are rarely the problem. Rather, they are the barometer of the problems within their homes. After all, the easiest part of kids ministry is the kids, right? It’s the parents that are the difficult part of the job! So, we all agree that kids will either struggle under or stand upon the foundation of their families. The question is, then, how do we help impact those families?

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CommunityRyan Frank
Kids Are NOT The Problem!

If you’ve been in children’s ministry for any time at all, you know kids are rarely the problem. Rather, they are the barometer of the problems within their homes. After all, the easiest part of kids ministry is the kids, right? It’s the parents that are the difficult part of the job! So, we all agree that kids will either struggle under or stand upon the foundation of their families. The question is, then, how do we help impact those families?

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Family MinistryRyan Frank