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August 2014

Leadership Strategic Planning

Setting Goals

August 27, 2014
how to set goals

If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.  This is also true in Kids Ministry. Every year I take time with my team to evaluate and celebrate things that happened the previous year and think about what we need to focus on for the upcoming year.  We take time to focus on setting goals.  Continue Reading

Books Leadership

Top 10 books on my need to read list

August 21, 2014

Good Kids Ministry leaders always read.  They keep a list of books that they need to read to help them grow in leadership skills, or in specific areas of kids ministry.  I find that my schedule is usually fairly packed, so to try to find time to read needs to be intentional.  Continue Reading

Books Leadership

My top 10 leadership books

August 20, 2014
top 10 leadership books

Leadership is one of the most important areas that a Kids Ministry Leader can focus on.  Good teams rise and fall on leadership. I think leaders should always be learning when it comes to leadership and I have put together a list of my top 10 leadership books.

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Church Tours Safety & Procedures That's a cool idea!

DIY Safety Manual

August 13, 2014

Does your church have a clear plan for emergencies?  Crossroads Church does.  In fact, it’s so clear, that they have a Safety Manual displayed in each Kids Room.  Each Manual is custom made with instructions for that specific room.  The staff was kind enough to give me permission to share their Safety Manual on my blog with pictures for everyone to see.  Hopefully it will inspire you to make a plan for emergencies that is clear for your volunteers.

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Church Tours Leadership Motivating Volunteers That's a cool idea!

Here’s a way to keep vision in front of volunteers

August 12, 2014
picture wall

Keeping vision in front of volunteers is one of the most important things you will do as a Kids Ministry Leader.  Reminding people over and over of why they do what they do. On my most recent trip to Crossroads Church in Cincinnati, I was reminded of something that they do to keep the vision in front of their volunteers.  Many of their kids ministry rooms have a picture wall.  The pictures are specific to the ministry that happens in that room.

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Kids with Special Needs That's a cool idea!

Here’s a great idea to help volunteers communicate with kids who sign

August 11, 2014


This past weekend I went to visit Crossroads Church in Cincinnati.  I took a team of Kids Ministry Volunteers with me so we could learn from them.  It’s about an 8 hour drive from where I live, and I was excited to take a team of people with me so they could see the church, and their kids ministry in action.  Crossroads staff and volunteers were so welcoming and went out of their way to help us learn all that we could.  This was my 2nd visit, and I learned many new things.

Crossroads has a room for kids with special needs.  This room is available for children who would benefit from a quieter space.  Displayed on the wall in this room was a Sign Language Poster.  Many children are able to communicate through sign language, and this poster was a great tool for volunteers who many not use sign language on a regular basis.  You can find this poster on Etsy.  I’ve already ordered one.



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This idea helps get the message to parents

August 6, 2014


Do you need to communicate with parents & make sure they get your message?  If texting and emails are the only method that you use, you should consider adding this to your list.  It’s a note on a label.  It’s a great way to send home a reminder, or an important note that parents need to read.

Instead of sending home a paper with the info on it, which has a good chance of getting lost without being read, send the info on a label & put it on each child.  Parents will have to take the label off their child’s clothing before they wash it, and there is a good chance they will read it sometime before then.

So the next time you need to get a message out to parents, put it on a label & stick it on the kids!

Disney & Kids Ministry Leadership

Disney’s Picture of Vision

August 5, 2014


This is one of my favorite Disney pictures.  I have it framed and it’s part of my office decor.

Before Walt Disney World in Orlando came to be, it was a bunch of swampland.  Walt Disney had a vision of what could be, and he had a big job ahead of him to communicate that vision to his team.

Sometimes in Kids Ministry, I can see the vision of where we are headed, but I need to communicate that vision to my team.  I can see the potential in volunteers, in the building & in the kids.  Here are some ways to paint the picture of your Kids Ministry, and the vision that you have for the future:

1.  Stay Positive – There will be challenges along the way, but don’t let discouragement settle in to get you off track for what God has planned.

2.  Stay Focused – Many things could distract you or demand your time.  As the leader, you need to stay focused on what lies ahead.

3.  Communicate – Do whatever it takes to help people see where you are going.  Draw pictures, create vision statements, tell success stories, share the dream, have meetings, and connect with key leaders one-on-one.

4.  Be Passionate – Make sure you are fired up & excited about where you are going!  If you are not excited about it, how can you expect anyone else to be?

I love looking at this poster on my wall.  What reminders help you keep the vision in front of your volunteers?


Keep doing this one thing all year and your volunteers will not quit

August 4, 2014

At the beginning of the season, volunteers are usually happy to be volunteering in their role.  But sometimes their passion fades, they lose interest and decide they no longer want to volunteer.

How do you keep volunteers committed and passionate about what they are doing all year long?  The secret is in the vision.  You need to keep pouring into your volunteering all year long so their passion stays strong.

Here’s a little video I put together to illustrate this idea:


Methods of Teaching

August 1, 2014

What do you picture in your head when you hear someone say that they teach Sunday School?

Do you think of a lady standing in front of a class?  Do you picture a group of children sitting in a circle listening to someone talk?

Methods of communication have changed over time & there are so many different options available today.  Consider the following information that was put together by William Glasser.  People remember:


What about the people who ‘teach’ in your children’s ministry?  What methods are they using?  If they are going to go to all the trouble to teach the lesson, one would think that they would want the kids to remember it.  Consider using different methods when teaching children.  Here are some ideas:

Video – DVD’s
Teacher narrates while kids act outReading
Listening to different people speak
Art Attack
Object Lesson
Small Group Discussion

What other methods of teaching do you include?