Friday, August 3, 2018

Episode 14: How to Help Parents Have an Awesome First Day in Children's Ministry





Listen on the media player on the blog or over on iTunes.

What do parents experience the first time they walk into your Children's Ministry?  Does it make a great first impression?  Or does it leave parents wondering if they can really trust you with their kids?

Today we will be talking about how to win with new moms and dads in your church.  We will hit the three questions parents use to evaluate your ministry and how you can make sure the answer to each of those question is positive.

Finally, we will also talk about the vital role leaders play in a parent's first day and look at the five people you do not want greeting your guests.  Trust me.  You do not want these folks in charge of your first impressions.







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.

Join the conversation by listening on iTunes or on the podcast player above.





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?
 Don’t miss the next devotion in the Best Surprise Ever series.  Subscribe here.

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.