The Strengths Zone

The Strengths Zone

Ever ask a kid what it is they really enjoy doing, or what they think they are great at? It’s fun. It doesn’t take long for them to give a response. Why? They know! Kids light up when asked what they enjoy doing. And now businesses are taking a cue from this simple question with regards to their work force.   Businesses are learning that there is something to the “enjoyment” factor (doing what I’m good at) in the workplace. Companies are reorganizing to reflect a more strengths-based employee... Read More
Parent Pick-up: Turning the Chaos into Opportunity

Parent Pick-up: Turning the Chaos into Opportunity

For better or for worse, most parents only experience about 3 minutes of our elementary ministry environment. And those 3 minutes are not during the creative large group experience or the engaging small group time that we’ve worked so hard to develop. Those 3 minutes take place at drop-off and pick-up, exactly the times when logistics threaten to trump relationship. So how can we capture the chaos of pick-up to demonstrate our desire to partner with parents?   Gina McClain, Children’s... Read More
Easter Postcard — FREE PRINTABLE

Easter Postcard — FREE PRINTABLE

Have you made your final list for Easter preparations yet? It probably looks long, doesn’t it? I’m sorry to do this, but I’d like to add one more thing: planning a way to follow up with kids who came to Easter services.   The good news is I’ve got an easy way for you to thank all the kids for coming to church on Easter. Just print these custom 252 Basics postcards and ask you’re small group leaders to sign them before they leave church Easter morning.   Just... Read More
Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents starting March 22

Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents starting March 22

Racking your brain for a way to provoke meaningful conversations between parents and their elementary kids in less than 140 characters? Well, rack no more! Below, you will find everything you need to cue parents this week through every major social media outlet from Twitter to Pinterest (so you can focus your brain power on posting the really important stuff—like that picture you just took of your cat standing in a puddle). And if you missed our first post explaining what all this is, take a... Read More
Three Tips for Staying Energized in Ministry

Three Tips for Staying Energized in Ministry

What fuels you? It’s a question that everyone would probably benefit from asking on a regular basis. What are the things in your life that give you energy, that keep you motivated to accomplish all that is on your plate? Ministry is hard. (Can I get an “Amen!”??) It’s even harder when you feel like you are in a rut and doing the same ‘ole things over and over again, week after week. It’s important to find what fuels you so that you stay fresh and relevant. Fuel is going to look different for... Read More
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