Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 7: Choose the Curriculum

Curriculum (n): The totality of student experiences in the educational process.  This important term originates from the Latin “the course of a race,” which helps us to understand what choosing curriculum is truly all about.  In children’s ministry, we have the high responsibility of “setting the course” on which our children will run.  Prayerfully, the chosen curriculum…

Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 6: Recruit the Laborers

Do you enjoy rejection?  Do you like it when people duck their heads to escape your gaze when they think you are “after them?”  Do you relish the thought of getting dozens of “no’s” only to see some of the same overworked members step up to the plate?  Well, welcome to the world of recruiting volunteers!  Do I paint…

Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 4: Set the Core

Whether you have inherited an existing children’s ministry or are working from the ground up, it’s vital to set the CORE of your ministry.  These are the essential components that are (humanly speaking) unmovable and unchangeable–the backbone of your entire ministry to children.  And, just like your own body’s “core,” your ongoing task is to strengthen…

Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 3: Set the Mission

Now that we have our dual starting points for children’s ministry (parents AND outreach), the next step is to set the mission.  This essential part of the process  is more than just writing a mission statement that goes on your website and letterhead.  Setting the mission is all about establishing the foundation of the ministry and seeking…

You Never Graduate from the School of Christ

Two weekends, two graduations.  Our daughter number three graduated from high school, and daughter number one from college (that’s right, my children have no names, just numbers).  It’s that time of year in America!  As we transition to summer, hoards of young people walk across the stage, and into another chapter of their lives.  They are told…

Home of the Brave…or Home of the Fearful?

Our national anthem proclaims that America is “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”  While it’s tempting to question the first part of that pronouncement, the last part has also fallen on hard times.  Certainly, we still see many individual acts of bravery and courage every day, such as in the…

Help! There are Pharisees in my Youth Group!

Last month, I dealt with the temptation to pull our children out of youth group due to the influence of non-Christian peers [Help! There are Pagans in my Youth Group!].  Thankfully, in a Biblically sound youth ministry, there are also many of our covenant children, growing in grace as young Christians.  These young people are tasked…

Help! There are Pagans in my Youth Group!

When my oldest daughter was ready to enter our church youth group, I found myself in a series of discussions with members who had decided to not allow their children to attend.  Maybe it shouldn’t have, but this caught me off-guard.  Was it because they disagreed with what was being taught in our youth ministry?…

Ordinary Children’s Ministry

Ordinary. Adjective. The opposite of exciting.  That’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it?  Why in the world would we want to be a part of anything ordinary?  The last thing we want in our church is just a plain old, ordinary, boring children’s ministry!  After all, we live in an age where most people expect–even demand–events…

When the Selfie Obsession Would Come to a Screeching Halt

Do you think the inventor of the forward-facing cell phone camera imagined the “selfie” craze of the past few years?  If he (or she) knew anything about human nature, this obsession with taking and posting endless pictures of ourselves was clearly predictable.  What else would I want to do with a camera on my phone?…

Christians Should Challenge One Another More Often!

Have you taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge yet?  Or are you one of just a handful of people in the entire world who has stayed dry?  This ultra-viral social media campaign designed to raise awareness and money for this dreaded disease has been amazingly successful.  Celebrities, politicians, and almost all of your friends have…

Leviticus is for First Graders

It had been at least five years since we did a major expired food clean-up out of what we call the “deep freeze” in these parts.  All sorts of unidentifiable food encased in ice had to be chiseled out of the bottom shelf.  My son and I enjoyed chipping out Zip-lock bag after Zip-lock bag,…