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Cultivating a Sense of Community

Scripture designates parents as the primary religious instructors in a child’s life; at the same time, research suggests a child’s relationship with God develops best when parents have a faith community reinforcing the family’s Christian values. In children’s ministry we are in a unique position to provide an environment for families to feel a strong sense of community.


Three Ways to Reach Unchurched Families

Did you know that since 1990 the percentage of unchurched adults has increased from 30 percent to 43 percent of the population? It can be challenging to figure out ways to reach unchurched families in our communities. If parents won’t bring their kids to outreach events or scheduled services, how can we reach them?


Seven Characteristics of a Healthy Kids’ Ministry

If you’re in children’s ministry you know the importance of healthy role models, community, and giving children a sense of security. In fact, a recent post by Portland Leadership revealed some new scientific evidence regarding the increasingly large void of community for America’s children.


Five Things Every Ministry Leader Should Be Doing with Their Family

My wife and both of my kids (ages 12 and 14) are VERY involved in our kids’ ministry. They LOVE it! But, I don’t ever want to take that for granted. I want to be proactively working to preserve that spirit and excitement for God, the church, and the ministry. Here are five things I do to help make that happen.


Six Ways to Go Beyond Sunday Mornings

What if the lessons we teach on Sunday could be reinforced on a Tuesday evening, before school on Thursday, or during a long drive on a Saturday? The potential for lifelong learning is reduced if we believe Sunday is the only day for children’s ministry. We need to be strategic in moving beyond Sunday to create true disciples.


Strategizing Summer Outreach

Children’s pastors today have more resources than ever before to reach children who live in the shadows of the steeple. However, based on the stories I hear children’s pastors tell about their summer outreaches, I get the feeling we are missing the mark by only reaching kids who are already attending other churches.