How to Help Elementary Schoolers Develop Friends

By the time kids hit upper elementary, they begin to realize their first major crisis: Friendship. Kids wonder if they have any friends and if their peers will accept them. To avoid rejection, they consider changing who they are no matter the cost. This isn’t just something that happens to our fourth and fifth graders. Believe it or not, research is beginning to show that by kindergarten many kids are testing the power of their influence and seeking connections with friends at any cost.... Read More
Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for September 3

Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for September 3

Sunday mornings are like game day for children’s ministry. Just like any good coach, gather your team of volunteers for a pre-game pep talk. Answer any questions about the curriculum and ask for prayer requests. Then read the following devotion to kick the morning off: The Bible tells that Jonathan loved David as he loved himself. And when you stop and think about it, Jonathan had every reason to be jealous of David. After all, Jonathan was the heir to the throne, not David. But Jonathan chose... Read More
Social Media Plan for Parents Starting September 3

Social Media Plan for Parents Starting September 3

These posts are designed to review the lesson, so plan for them to appear in your ministry’s social media accounts after you’ve taught the lesson in your ministry. Also, if you share social media accounts with other ministries in your organization, coordinate with them to develop a plan for when to schedule posts and how to designate the intended audience. If Pampers and Goldfish are more your speed, check out our First Look blog for the social media plan to connect parents with... Read More
Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for August 27

Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for August 27

Sunday mornings are like game day for children’s ministry. Just like any good coach, gather your team of volunteers for a pre-game pep talk. Answer any questions about the curriculum and ask for prayer requests. Then read the following devotion to kick the morning off: How do you show respect to a leader or teacher or coach when you disagree? The answer is that you remember that everyone in charge is ultimately under God’s authority. We are His creation and God wants to make sure we’re... Read More

Working ON It and IN It

Congratulations on making it to a huge moment in time!  It’s almost fall and you’re doing an FX!  Or at least thinking enough about it to read a blog.  Either way that’s a big step.  You’ve committed to a unique ministry that can influence the next generation in ways that simply aren’t possible in any other way. I used the word “unique” and now that I see it on the page, I’m remembering that word stands for a lot of other things. “Remarkable” “New” “Different” “Noteworthy” And of course –... Read More
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