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Carolyn Burge

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Book Review: The Formula for Building Great Volunteer Teams

Volunteer Teams Book

Have you read The Formula for Building Great Volunteer Teams? This book has moved into the position of “Top 5 Must Have” books for Kids Ministry.  It is LOADED with information.

My friend Dale Hudson is the author of this amazing book.  This guy has tons of Kids Ministry Experience and really knows his stuff when it comes to kids, volunteers, recruiting, training and motivating.  His blog is loaded with resources and ideas on many different kids ministry related topics.  He has a humble spirit and an amazing servant’s heart.  I have visited the church many times where he was on staff as the Kids Ministry Director and my kids loved being in the kids program there.  He is an international conference speaker and trainer, and I have learned so much from this guy and his experience.  He is the author of several kids ministry books, and his most recent, The Formula for Building Great Volunteer Teams is one of my favourites. Continue Reading

Church Tours That's a cool idea!

Celebrating Birthdays in Kids Ministry – an inside look at birthdays at Woodstock City Church

Birthday Volunteer

I was so impressed to see what Woodstock City Church does to celebrate birthdays for kids.  The kids look forward to their Birthday all year long so that they can visit the Birthday Cart.  The Birthday Cart is pretty exciting, but it doesn’t compare to the PERSON who is at the Birthday Cart.  I did not find out this person’s name, but he was amazing as he celebrated each child and their birthday.

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Church Tours

Church Tour – Woodstock City Church – Preschool Area

Waumba Land

Recently I went to the Drive Conference at Northpoint Church in Atlanta, GA.  It was like drinking from a firehose.  I learned so much and took so many pitures.  I decided to share my info with all of you in hopes that you can learn from them just like I did.

Before the conference began, I had the opportunity to tour Woodstock City Church, and spend a lot of time behind the scenes.  Woodstock City Church is one of Northpoint Church’s campuses.  They use the same curriculum, systems and processes.  Their staff and volunteers were absolutely incredible.  Over the next few posts I will share with you all kinds of things that I learned and show you pictures of some of the things that they do to make their kids ministry awesome!  Today I’m going to show you some of the pics from the Preschool Area, aka, Waumba Land.

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Motivating Volunteers That's a cool idea!

DIY Mailbox – Volunteer Appreciation Idea

DIY Mailbox

I finally finished a project that I have been working on for a few weeks. I wanted to create a way for kids and parents to say thank you to the volunteers who help on Sunday mornings.  I created a DIY Mailbox, where kids can mail a thank you card.  We set up tables in an open area where parents and kids could work on making a card together.  Then, once they finished making their card, they could mail it in the mailbox.  At the end of the month, we will distribute all the thank you cards to the volunteers.  I printed off a list of all the volunteers for each room, so parents could find the names of the volunteers if they need them.  If you want to create your own DIY Mailbox, this is how you can do it:

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Events Family Ministry That's a cool idea!

Princess Party

Princess Party

Recently we hosted a Princess Party at our church. We had over 800 people attend the event.  60% of people were not regular church attenders.  We received a lot of positive feedback after the event about how much people enjoyed coming to the event.  Here are some of the things we included at the Princess Party:

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Leadership Strategic Planning That's a cool idea!

Kids Ministry To Do List

Kids Ministry To Do List

Sometimes the number of things that need to be done in Kids Ministry can be overwhelming.  How do you balance the urgent things with things that should be a priority?  So many times the urgent can take a lot of our time, but they are not necessarily things that are a priority.  A Kids Ministry To Do List might be just the thing you are looking for.  It’s not just any to do list.  It’s specifically designed with things in mind that are important for a Kids Ministry Leader.

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Kids Worship Videos

Preschool Worship Videos

Preschool Worship Videos

Preschoolers love to sing!  When looking for some new Preschool Worship Videos, I found some from NewSpring Church.  They have done a great job of making videos for preschoolers.  You can view them for free on YouTube.  Here are some of the songs we are doing with the preschoolers at our church.

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Kids Worship Videos

Kids Worship Videos

Finding new songs for kids worship can be challenging.  We don’t have a team dedicated to leading worship in our kids ministry so we like using Kids Worship Videos.  I was looking for some new Kids Worship Videos and came across some new videos by Summit Creative Company.  They are available on WorshipHouseKids.com. There are several things I like about these videos:

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Recruiting Ideas

Finding and Keeping Volunteers – Workshop PowerPoint Slides

Finding and Keeping Volunteers

One of the biggest challenges that Kids Ministry Leaders face is Finding and Keeping Volunteers. I have taught several workshops/classes on how to find & keep volunteers.  This post includes a free PowerPoint Presentation that I used at a recent event. It includes ideas on how to recruit, and who to ask.  It gives ideas on how to run a recruiting event and how to keep volunteers long term by helping them find the right fit.

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Leadership Motivating Volunteers Training Volunteers

Despicable Me video clips for volunteers

Despicable Me

Sometimes I like to show my volunteers a video clip to illustrate a point.  Despicable Me is a great movie that shows an example of Gru doing a not so great job as a dad, and then later, a much better job as a dad.  This illustration can be used when it comes to volunteers in Kids Ministry.  These two Despicable Me video clips illustrate how volunteers can own their role instead of rent it.

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Events Family Ministry

LEGO Party

Four times a year we do an event that is meant for families to do something together.

Gingerbread Party – to kick off the Christmas Season
Princess Party – in the winter
Family BBQ – during our EPIC kids summer camp week
LEGO Party – in the spring

Here are some pictures of our LEGO Party and what we did:

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