Preparing for Weekends With Lots of Visitors


As we prepare for one of the most highly attended weekends of the year, it is important to pause and make sure we are ready for the new families who walk through our doors. Let’s look at 5 easy ways you can make it a better experience for first time guests. Be early! Make sure […]

Well Child Guidelines for Children’s Ministry

Well Child Guidelines for Children's Ministry

All parents hate germs.  They absolutely don’t want their little ones to get sick. At the same time, many parents want their children to come to class, even when they are the ones carrying germs!  How do you help keep your children (and grown ups) healthy and communicate to parents what the limitations are?  A […]

7 Things Not to Do When Teaching a Large Group of Kids


Teaching a large group of children can be intimidating, but it is such an awesome opportunity. When preparing, here are seven things that you should NOT do when trying to engage a large group of kids. Thou shalt not… 1. Hide behind book/paper. If you have a paper or book in between you and the […]

Illuminate: A Conference for Volunteers


Have you ever researched a conference, got excited about the speakers and the content, then looked at the price? That can be disappointing. As awesome as national conferences can be, they are also limiting when it comes to taking a team of volunteers. The Illuminate Conference is the brainchild of Kenny Conley, the Next Generation […]

How Does a Children’s Minister Prepare for Maternity Leave?


In just a short time we’ll be welcoming our new baby. Here are a few steps I’m taking to get our ministry ready for my time away from the office. If you’ve had a similar experience, we would love to hear how you got ready. Leave a comment below to share your story with other […]

New Moms: What Scares Them About Your Church Nursery?


New mamas are the epitome of the nervous parent.  Often the church nursery is the first place where they release their precious little one to someone else.  They are torn between desperately wanting to go be a grown up and guilt of being away from their little one.  By recognizing their apprehension, we have the […]

How to Write a Lesson for Children’s Ministry (Video)


In this workshop, you will learn the basic process of creating a lesson plan for your children’s ministry. Before you start, you can print this page and use the lesson outline below to take notes. 1. Identifying your purpose. a.Who are you teaching? b.What is the context? c.How many kids? d.What length of time? e.What […]

Workshop on Stopping Problem Behaviors


In this 18 minute video workshop, you’ll learn why misbehavior happens and how you can stop it before it starts. Feel free to download the workshop notes to review and share with your team. Leave a comment below sharing your favorite behavior management ideas. More Resources The following links will help you and your team […]