Saturday, December 22, 2018

Family Christmas Devotions on iTunes

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but when you have kids at home, it can also be the craziest.  It’s hard to find time in the busy holiday season to make sure Jesus is the center of your celebration.

I just uploaded a new series of Christmas devotions on iTunes to make that a little bit easier.  

Whether you're traveling with your family or just on the go, you can listen to the Backstage Bethlehem whenever it's convenient.

Episode 1 - No Ordinary Baby

We're all familiar with the cute image of baby Jesus at Christmas, but there's so much more to Jesus than that.  In this episode we will pull back the curtain on Christmas and take a look at who Jesus really is.

Listen in iTunes.

Episode 2 - Best King Ever

Jesus isn't just a King, but the King of Kings, the best King ever!  In this episode we will discover what it means in our lives that Jesus is still on his throne.

Listen in iTunes.

Episode 3 - God With Us

The Christmas story also tells us that Jesus is called Immanuel, God with us.  In this devotion, we will dive into what it means that God came to earth to be with his people.

Listen in iTunes.

Episode 4 - Savior

Jesus didn't just come to be a great teacher or do amazing miracles.  He came to save the world.  We will wrap up the Backstage Bethlehem series by talking about how Jesus came to set us free.

Listen in iTunes.

I hope you enjoy these devotions and have a wonderful Christmas!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Episode 17: Helping Leaders Grow

In this episode we'll talk about how we can adjust our leadership to help our leaders grow through each stage of their development.

We'll be looking at a tool called the Leadership Square from the book Building a Discipling Culture and explore how we can replace ourselves in Children's Ministry.

Listen here on the blog or in iTunes.

In this episode I also mention my new family devotional site called, where you can find free weekly devotions for the families in your church.  

Here's a link you can use to share Family Jetpack with parents.  Enjoy!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

No Ordinary Baby

Imagine you’re watching a Christmas play. On stage you see the familiar story of Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem. You watch Mary placing the baby in the manger, the angels telling the shepherds the good news and wise men bringing Jesus gifts from far away.  
Now imagine you see a man on the edge of the stage tugging on a rope, pulling back the curtain behind the set. And when the curtain opens, you are blinded by light. For just a moment, you see Jesus as he truly is: the majestic, all-powerful King of Creation.
This is what Backstage Bethlehem is all about, pulling back the curtain on Christmas to help kids discover the majesty behind the manger.  
You can read Devotion 1: No Ordinary Baby on my new family devotional website, Family Jetpack or you can sign up for my devotional newsletter and get the series sent straight to your inbox.  

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Family Devotion: Turkey Busters 1

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your mind and with all your strength.’  And here is the second one. ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ There is no commandment more important than these.” – Mark 12:30-31 (NIrV)
Have you ever seen someone act like a turkey? I don’t mean trotting around the yard, gobbling and eating acorns.  I’m talking about someone who is acting selfish. Some people show it by whining or complaining. Others fight over toys or refuse to do their part to help out. Still others show it by being greedy or throwing a fit when they don’t get their way.
Unfortunately, sometimes grown-ups act this way too. Take Ahab, for example. Ahab was a king from the Bible. He was wealthy and could have had pretty much whatever he wanted. Except for one thing.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Thanksgiving Devotions for Families

If you're anything like me, you're always looking for helpful resources to recommend to the families in your church.  Here's one that you may want to use.  It's a new series of free family devotions for Thanksgiving, called Turkey Busters, and it's all about loving God and loving others.

Throughout this seven-devotion series we will dive into the Bible and discover how Jesus can help us become:
  • Thankful
  • Humble
  • Helpful
  • Worshipful
I will be releasing a new devotion every Monday and Thursday, from November 1st to Thanksgiving Day.

Here's the official Turkey Busters page you can share with families.

If you're already signed up for my Family Devotion Newsletter, you'll be receiving these in your inbox.  You don't need to sign up again.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Episode 16: How to Share Vision with Parents

Do the parents in your church know what your Children’s Ministry is all about?  How do you communicate vision? If you want some ideas on how to get better at it, then check out this episode of the Simple Kidmin podcast.

Listen right here on the blog or in iTunes.

In this episode I talk about five reasons you need to share the vision of your Children's Ministry with parents.  Then, I go into seven different vehicles you can use to share vision.

One of the vehicles I mention is strategic events such as Parent Dedication5th Grade Celebration and KidSplash.  You can learn more about each of those in previous episodes of the podcast.

Another vehicle I talk about in this episode is starting a parent email newsletter.  You can check my church's parent newsletter here.

How to Set Up a Parent Email Newsletter

If you're interested in starting your parent email newsletter, which I highly recommend in this episode, you can use a service like Mailchimp.  There are others out there, but Mailchimp is the one I'm most familiar with.  Best of all, Mailchimp has a free option that allows you to have up to 2,000 subscribers and send up 12,000 emails a month (as of the time of this post).

If you want to set up your own parent newsletter on Mailchimp, here are four easy steps:

1. Set up your account.  Start here.
2. Create an email list.  Basically this just means creating a group of people (like Children's Ministry parents) you want to send an email to.
3. Ask parents to sign up.  I would do a big push at first and then make it a part of the process for enrolling a child into your ministry.  Here's how to create a signup form.
4. Send your first email!  Mailchimp calls each email you send a "campaign."  Here's how to send one.

For more tips on how to use this awesome tool, check out Episode 16 of the podcast.

Speaking of newsletters, you can sign up for the Simple Kidmin newsletter so you don't miss a post or episode of the podcast.

How to Set Up a Parent Blog

It's a good idea to post your newsletter content to a blog as well so you can refer parents to previously published posts.  You can just put part of your content in your newsletter and link to the blog to read more so your email is relatively short or you can publish all of your content on both.

There are several free blogging platforms. is an easy one to start with.  Here's a great tutorial to walk you through setting up a blog from scratch.

How to Create Vision-Packed Recruiting Videos

Also in this episode I make a reference to our annual recruiting video/announcement and how these are a great tool for casting vision, not just for potential leaders but for everyone in the church.  Here's a post  I wrote talking about how we create those videos (along with a few examples).

Episode 15: How to Create a Compelling Leader Training Experience

How do you create a compelling training experience for Children’s Ministry leaders?  It may be easier than you think. That’s what we’re going to be talking about today on this episode of the Simple Kidmin podcast.

Listen here on the blog or in iTunes.