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Button Maker Ideas for Kids Ministry

October 21, 2014
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Have you been to Disney World in the last few years?  If you are celebrating a special occasion you can get a button that displays what you are celebrating for FREE!  Then as you walk around the parks and hotel all the staff congratulate you on your special occasion.  I’m sure any child in your church would love it if all the volunteers said, “Happy Birthday” to them on their birthday, or “welcome” on their first Sunday.  A button maker allows you to make buttons for any occasion or event.  You could even promote upcoming events by making buttons for volunteers or kids to wear.  Put your logo on them and give them out as prizes.  If kids can say their Bible verse, then they can get a special Bible Verse Button.  Here are some ways you could use buttons:

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Disney’s Picture of Vision

August 5, 2014

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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?

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Leading a Team – Disney Style – Creating Magic

July 17, 2014
Creating Magic

This is one of my favourite books.  Creating Magic.  It’s a book about leadership.  It’s all about people.  Here’s a quote from the inside cover,

“It’s not the magic that makes it work, it’s the way we work that makes the magic.”

Leading a team is part of being a leader in kids ministry.  Lee Cockerell outlines some lessons that can help us as we lead a kids ministry team.

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Saying Goodbye – Disney Style

July 16, 2014
Disney Goodbye

Every time I go to Walt Disney World I notice how welcome they make you feel.  Everything from greeting you when you arrive at Magical Express at the airport, to the coach bus, to arriving at the resort, to arriving at the parks.  They do a great job of making you feel welcome.  But one thing I didn’t expect was for them to be just as intentional to say Thank you when we left.  Not only do they do a great job of welcoming you when you arrive, they are intentional about saying goodbye.

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Customer Service – Lessons from Be Our Guest

June 9, 2014
Be Our Guest

In North America, Customer Service is what determines if a business is excellent or not.  It determines if a customer would return to that business or not.  As families consider attending a church, the ‘customer service’ at that church could be the deciding factor if they return or not.  Be Our Guest is loaded with ideas that can be transferred to customer service in Kids Ministry.

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