as Ministry: – Forget Babysitting! You’re Kingdom Building!
Too many people think nursery ministry is just babysitting. But it’s not! You have the opportunity to lay a strong foundation of Biblical truth. Learn how to include short prayers and key foundational Bible truths in your routine; discover how to have a Biblical conversation with babies; and inspire your nursery staff to rethink nursery.”
Students: Tips for Application Time to Make Scripture Stick
Will the lesson you taught on Sunday be remembered on the playground on Monday? Application time connects the Bible to your students’ lives. Discover effective techniques to keep application time on track, learn to include all the kids (whatever their personality), and find out how to make the Bible real for today’s kids.
Building An Amazing Bible Memory Program In Your Children’s Ministry
Is Bible memory still a relevant spiritual discipline in today’s fast-paced world? It is! And in this breakout you’ll discover the 5 simple steps that you can implement immediately to create an engaging, effective Bible memory program that will help kids grow as disciples.
:I’m excited to be at CPC20 and I’m rolling up my sleeves to create amazing breakouts that will enable the attendees to serve Jesus and kids.
Children’s Ministry volunteers spend extra time with kids who need it.
I saw this happen during VBS. One child was pushing the limits and required extra attention. Two of my volunteers didn’t even hesitate. They spent the time needed with him and even spoke with his parents when they came to pick him up. By the end of the week, that child showed respect for those volunteers who spent that extra time with him. Another child who attended VBS had just lost an 11 year old friend and was grieving. One of the volunteers listened when he needed to talk, forgetting the schedule and what everyone else was doing. He gave that extra attention and care to a child who desperately needed it. I am thankful for Children’s Ministry volunteers who spend extra time with kids who need it
Children’s Ministry volunteers add fun and laughter.
VBS was scheduled to start in 2 days. The stress level was high and decorations still needed to go up and the team doing it was small. I pictured myself and my husband pulling an all-nighter in the church basement hanging streamers and ocean creatures from the ceiling. And then 8 volunteers showed up (of all ages) and a stressful evening turned into an evening of fun and laughter. The work got done (and it looked great!) and we had such a good time! Volunteers add fun and laughter to jobs that need doing, but they also bring joy to events with kids. Kids need to see joy from volunteers and they need people in their lives who add fun and laughter. I am thankful for Children’s Ministry volunteers who do both.
Children’s Ministry volunteers are committed.
These volunteers commit to a wide variety of roles with a wide variety of time required to fulfill those roles. Not only that, but they are committed to learning and getting better at what they do. I am thankful for volunteers who are committed to serving God with the gifts He has given them for His glory!
Children’s Ministry volunteers are creative.
There is a whole spectrum of creativity and I have worked with volunteers on both ends of that spectrum! I have worked with volunteers who are creative in designing décor and classroom. I have worked with volunteers who are creative in building a team and accomplishing goals. I have worked with volunteers who are creative in finding ways to connect with and relate to kids. I am thankful for the creativity of Children’s Ministry volunteers.
Children’s Ministry volunteers are willing to get down to a child’s level.
They tell terribly unfunny (to adults) jokes because they know that kids will laugh uproariously. They do skits and puppet shows. Our song leader recently told me about how his family was laughing at him because he was in his living room dancing around learning actions to new songs for our Sunday School kids. I am thankful for Children’s Ministry volunteers who are willing to put aside their pride and connect with kids on their level.
Children’s Ministry volunteers often spend many hours outside of their specific role preparing, decorating, and building relationships.
A Sunday School teachers responsibility may be for 1 hour on Sunday morning, but they spend a couple of hours preparing during the week. They also spend extra time decorating their classrooms and getting to know their students. I am thankful for Children’s Ministry volunteers who are willing to spend time outside of their primary responsibilities.
Children’s Ministry volunteers support each other.
I am currently responsible for a team of Sunday School teachers (and a fantastic team they are!). I have discovered over the last few months that I am often the last person to know if someone is going to be away. And that’s not a bad thing, because they are finding replacements, switching schedules, and stepping in to help each other. I love it! On top of that kind of support, volunteers support each other when life gets hard – praying for each other and offering to help where needed. I am thankful for Children’s Ministry volunteers who support each other.
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 1:4
Fuel Conference was a regional children’s ministry conference held last weekend and I was glad to be part of it.
Around 200 people from 35 churches in Manitoba and Saskatchewan came to be encouraged and trained.
Friday night started with registration and a main session and then a great time of networking. Saturday was jam-packed with 2 main sessions and 4 breakout seminars.
I presented 4 breakout seminars and had a great time! I met tons of great people and was encouraged myself with the quality of people serving in children’s ministry.
The main speaker was Sam Luce who is a pastor from New York state. During the first main session he talked about getting back to the basics. The one basic he focused on was the sovereignty of God. This is a huge truth but one that we need to grab hold of ourselves and one we need to be teaching our kids. He said, “God’s sovereignty produces in us a strong and unshakeable assurance in a God who never fails.” That’s true. And that is one of the main reasons we need to be teaching our kids about our God who is in complete control; who reigns over everything; who is worthy to be adored; and who deserves our complete trust. God never fails.
If there is a conference like this coming up in your area, I want to encourage you to go. Conferences like this offer encouragement and much-needed training. You will come away with knowledge, tips, and ideas. But, more importantly, they are an opportunity to network; to meet other people in your area that are involved in children’s ministry.
There is huge value in getting together with other people in children’s ministry. You will quickly realize that you are not alone. It is an opportunity to learn from each other and to encourage each other. Take time to build relationships with other children’s ministry volunteers and share ideas and struggles and successes.
I have added some of the books I recommended in my breakouts on my Fuel Conference page. For those of you who were asking about where I got the books of the bible cards, check it out!
This weekend I will be presenting 4 breakout sessions at Fuel Conference. I am excited about being involved in this kidmin training seminar. People are coming from Saskatchewan and Manitoba to network, be encouraged, and be trained as Children’s Ministry leaders and volunteers.
This conference is the first of it’s kind here in Manitoba and I am pumped about being involved!
Check back next week for an update on the conference and some training videos!