Thursday, May 31, 2018

Episode 13: How to Help Kids Have an Awesome First Day in Children's Ministry





What's it like to be a new kid in your Children's Ministry? Is it awesome or just okay? If you want to make sure kids have an amazing first experience with your church, then check out episode 13 of the Simple Kidmin podcast.

In this episode I talk about 8 things you can do to help guests kids have an awesome first day in your Children's Ministry. The first one is to create an inviting atmosphere for your kids. Here are four inexpensive ways to do it and here are a few tips about decluttering your space so it looks like you're expecting company.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Kidmin Coffee Break Episode 3: Becoming the Smartest Version of Yourself



The Kidmin Coffee Break is a mini-episode of the Simple Kidmin Podcast, where we sit down over our favorite beverage, catch our breath and get re-energized to lead well in Children's Ministry.





On today's coffee break we'll talk about three things to remember to help us become the smartest version of ourselves as Children's Ministry Leaders.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Simple Kidmin Podcast Episode 12: How to Be a More Creative Kidmin



Do you ever wish you could be more creative?  What if I told you that you are already more creative than you think and there are things you can do to cultivate that creativity whether you think you’re creative or not?  
 
If you think your Children’s Ministry needs an injection of creativity, then check out the Simple Kidmin Podcast, Episode 12, where we will be taking a deep dive into how to be more creative.


Listen on iTunes or right here on the blog.





5 Steps to Creative Problem Solving

1. Pray about it.

2. Give yourself plenty of time.

3. Gather information related to your challenge (and unrelated)

4. Let it cook.

5. Capture your ideas, no matter how dumb they may seem.



A Prayer for Creative Thinking

Creative God, you know the problem I face.  My thinking is limited, but yours isn’t. Help me to see this challenge from your perspective.  

Help me to see solutions that I may never discover on my own. Help me to think about old problems in new ways.  Please connect me with the right ideas and the right people who can help me to figure this out.

Amen.






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Best Surprise Ever 7: Surprising Life


This is Part Seven in a seven-part series of family devotions leading up to Easter.  Here is Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart Four, Part Five and Part Six if you need to catch up.  
Verse to Remember: God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. – John 3:16 (NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus died to set me free.  
Have you ever tried to sell something you owned?  Maybe a baseball card or a comic book or even an old toy at a garage sale?  Or maybe you set up a lemonade stand on a hot, summer day and tried to sell drinks to your neighbors?  
If you’ve ever sold something, how did you decide what the price would be?  Did you ask your parents to look online to see how much your comic book was worth or ask a friend what they would charge for lemonade?
At the end of the day, though, it doesn’t really matter what you charged.  What mattered was how much someone was willing to pay. You could have said your baseball card was worth a million dollars, but if no one was willing to pay that price, it wouldn’t really be worth it.  
2,000 years ago, Jesus showed us how much we are worth to God.  He paid the ultimate price for you and me. He didn’t pay for us with money.  He paid for us with his life.
After Jesus was arrested and taken to Pilate, he was sentenced to die.  He hadn’t done anything wrong, but his enemies were jealous of him. They didn’t want the people to follow Jesus.  They wanted people to follow them.
So Pilate turned Jesus over to the soldiers who beat him and took him to a hill outside of the city.  They nailed Jesus to a wooden cross. Then, the one man who had never done anything wrong, the perfect Son of God, took the punishment for the sin of the world.  
But this was all part of God’s plan.  Jesus had come to earth for this very reason.  He came to earth to pay the price for the bad things you and I have done, so we don’t have to.  He died on the cross so we could be forgiven and free.
Now we can be friends with a perfect God even though we’re not perfect.  Now God’s power can change us to be more like Jesus each day. Now we can be a part of God’s family because Jesus paid the price for us.  
Want to know how much you’re worth to God?  Just look at the cross. Look at Jesus. Remember the price he paid for you and remember you are loved.  
Prayer:
Jesus, you are my Savior.  Thank you for paying the price for the wrong things I’ve done so that I can be a part of your family forever.  I love you, Jesus. Amen.
Talk About It:
  1. What’s the coolest gift you’ve ever received?  Who gave it to you? How did that make you feel?
  2. What gift did Jesus buy for you on the cross?
  3. How can we show Jesus we’re grateful for his gift this week?
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Best Surprise Ever 6: Surprising Price


This is Part Five in a seven-part series of family devotions leading up to Easter.  Here is Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart Four and Part Five if you need to catch up.  
Verse to Remember: God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. – John 3:16 (NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus died to set me free.  
Have you ever tried to sell something you owned?  Maybe a baseball card or a comic book or even an old toy at a garage sale?  Or maybe you set up a lemonade stand on a hot, summer day and tried to sell drinks to your neighbors?  
If you’ve ever sold something, how did you decide what the price would be?  Did you ask your parents to look online to see how much your comic book was worth or ask a friend what they would charge for lemonade?
At the end of the day, though, it doesn’t really matter what you charged.  What mattered was how much someone was willing to pay. You could have said your baseball card was worth a million dollars, but if no one was willing to pay that price, it wouldn’t really be worth it.  
2,000 years ago, Jesus showed us how much we are worth to God.  He paid the ultimate price for you and me. He didn’t pay for us with money.  He paid for us with his life.
After Jesus was arrested and taken to Pilate, he was sentenced to die.  He hadn’t done anything wrong, but his enemies were jealous of him. They didn’t want the people to follow Jesus.  They wanted people to follow them.
So Pilate turned Jesus over to the soldiers who beat him and took him to a hill outside of the city.  They nailed Jesus to a wooden cross. Then, the one man who had never done anything wrong, the perfect Son of God, took the punishment for the sin of the world.  
But this was all part of God’s plan.  Jesus had come to earth for this very reason.  He came to earth to pay the price for the bad things you and I have done, so we don’t have to.  He died on the cross so we could be forgiven and free.
Now we can be friends with a perfect God even though we’re not perfect.  Now God’s power can change us to be more like Jesus each day. Now we can be a part of God’s family because Jesus paid the price for us.  
Want to know how much you’re worth to God?  Just look at the cross. Look at Jesus. Remember the price he paid for you and remember you are loved.  
Prayer:
Jesus, you are my Savior.  Thank you for paying the price for the wrong things I’ve done so that I can be a part of your family forever.  I love you, Jesus. Amen.
Talk About It:
  1. What’s the coolest gift you’ve ever received?  Who gave it to you? How did that make you feel?
  2. What gift did Jesus buy for you on the cross?
  3. How can we show Jesus we’re grateful for his gift this week?
 Don’t miss the next devotion in the Best Surprise Ever series.  Subscribe here.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Kidmin Coffee Break 2: Lattes and Leading Up




The Kidmin Coffee Break is a mini-episode of the Simple Kidmin Podcast, where we sit down over our favorite beverage, catch our breath and get re-energized to lead well in Children's Ministry.



What is your relationship like with your leader, supervisor or boss? This person can either be your greatest ally in Children's Ministry or one of your biggest sources of frustration. In this Kidmin coffee break we will take a look at what the Bible has to say about having the healthiest relationship possible with your leader.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Best Surprise Ever 5: Surprising Kingdom


This is Part Five in a seven-part series of family devotions leading up to Easter.  Here is Part OnePart TwoPart Three and Part Four if you need to catch up.  
  
Verse to Remember: May your kingdom come.  May what you want to happen be done on earth as it is done in heaven. – Matthew 6:10 (NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus is the King of Kings, and I can help bring his kingdom to earth.
Have you ever built a sand castle?  It’s a blast to sit on the beach and sculpt your own little kingdom, isn’t it?   You can shape the walls and towers and turrets any way you want. At the end of the day, though, what happens to your kingdom?
It all gets washed away.
Jesus knew that the same thing happens with all the kingdoms of earth.  Countries change names, and get taken over by other countries. Rulers come and go.  But there is one kingdom that never ends. God’s kingdom!
That’s what Jesus was talking about when he was taken to a man named Pontius Pilate.  Pilate was a ruler for the Roman government. After Jesus was arrested, his enemies took him to Pilate because they wanted Pilate to put him to death.  
Pilate asked Jesus is he was king of the Jewish people.  Jesus said he was, but his kingdom wasn’t a kingdom on earth.  It was better. It was a kingdom in heaven. Pilate didn’t understand what he was talking about.  He was too busy trying to keep his job and make all the people happy.
Eventually Pilate gave the people what they wanted.  He knew Jesus hadn’t done anything wrong, but he sentenced him to die on the cross anyway.  But here’s the amazing part. By dying on the cross, Jesus made it possible for us to be a part of his kingdom, a kingdom that never ends!
Pilate and his kingdom are gone now, washed away like a sandcastle on the beach, but 2,000 years later Jesus’ kingdom is still going strong.  Someday Jesus will bring his kingdom to earth and will make everything new.
In the meantime, we get to help people see what God’s kingdom is like when we treat them the way Jesus would.  Every time you love people, serve people and are generous to people, you are bringing heaven to earth a little bit every day.
Prayer:
God, thank you for inviting me to be a part of your kingdom.  Please help me to show people what your kingdom is like by the way I treat them.  Amen.
 Talk About It:
  1. What’s the difference between human kingdoms and God’s kingdom?
  2. What do you think it will be like when Jesus brings heaven to earth?
  3. How can you bring a little bit of heaven to earth for someone this week?