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November 5, 2018

My favorite holiday event, believe it or not, was the one we didn’t have.

Along the way as a children’s pastor, I learned that a volunteer’s time should be protected. As paid staff, I always got a day off. The day off for my volunteers (from their workaday jobs) is Satu...

October 1, 2018

When I consider the topic of mentoring, I think the operative question is not, “Who instructed you?” but rather, “Who is walking alongside you?” Mentoring is less about information and more about relationship. 

The Apostle Paul made the distinction in his letter to th...

February 27, 2018

Safety Tips for the Church Nursery

If you are a parent, you can remember the first time you left your precious baby in a nursery with someone you didn’t know. I just recently did this with my daughter. She had aged out of her daycare room and was transitioning to a new...

Smartphones, tablets, or the Internet can be addictive because their use can trigger the release of the brain chemical dopamine to alter mood — which is exactly what drugs and alcohol do. 

That's a pretty sobering thought, isn't it? (No pun intended.)

And just like with...

Forget heated debates and impassioned explanations. It’s time to re-imagine apologetics for a new generation of children.

A few weeks ago, my 10-year -old son came home from school with a huge smile on his face. “John’s a Christian now!”

“Wow! That’s really cool! Tell me...

December 19, 2017

Did you know that if you did the following things this past weekend the kids have already forgotten 90 percent of what you taught?

You didn’t let them talk.

Kids learn best not by being lectured to, but by talking, asking questions and interacting. If you did all the tal...

December 12, 2017

I know why you feel overwhelmed and stressed out: your calendar is a mess. Every children’s pastor needs to learn how to master the art of “calendaring.” Prioritizing the scope and sequence of your work is the only way to become an effective leader. It doesn’t matter h...

November 19, 2017

Growing up in the South we had a saying about working with a tight budget. It’s called “trying to squeeze blood out of a turnip.” That pretty much sums up what many of us are doing in our children’s ministries. We try to squeeze every last dime to make the most out of...

October 9, 2017

All of us can agree that it is important for kids to be connected to the church. Unfortunately, statistics tell us that by the time kids enter collage- nearly 45% of them walk away from church. So what are we to do? How do we get them to feel a sense of connection that...

September 24, 2017

Leading your team through change can certainly be challenging. However, I believe it can make your team stronger by bringing you closer together as you rise to meet or conquer a challenge.

Most changes are due to a leadership decision concerning change in programming, s...

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