5 Multi-Age Small Group Tips

As a small group leader, when you meet with your few, when you show up for them consistently and randomly, you’re impacting the future faith of an entire generation. If you’re like many users of our Compact material, it feels like you have an entire...
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Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents Starting November 26

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...
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Three Questions We Ask Our Small Group Leaders

You probably have those kids in your small group who find every chance they get to stand up and move seats every three seconds, or those kids who have magically decided to form a new music supergroup in the last four seconds, or maybe even those kids who stare a hole...
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Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for November 19

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...
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Allowing Room for Margin

Do what only you can do and let somebody else do the rest.  This is the best advice I have for busy ministry leaders!  It can be tempting in children’s ministry to just do it all yourself, because you know YOU will do it the way you want it done.  The problem with...
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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: Gratitude is like a muscle you have to exercise. If we don’t regularly flex that muscle, we can become selfish, entitled and greedy. So how do we exercise our gratitude muscle? By celebrating what God has done. A heart of real... read more
January Editor’s Notes

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Commitment is a reflection of the character of God. WEEK 1 Key Question: How can you hear from God? When kids learn they should learn to hear from God, they might have some questions. After all, when God doesn’t really speak audibly, how can I hear from Him? We hope kids wrestle with this idea and learn that through reading God’s Word they can hear from God and discovery what God wants for their life. We start our look at commitment in Matthew 7:24-27 where we can read a parable Jesus told at... read more
Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents Starting November 5

Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents Starting November 5

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 October 29

Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for October 29

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: Jesus tells us not to store up treasures on earth. Eventually, they’ll wear out. Or break. Or be lost or stolen. Stuff doesn’t last. It’s important to live like you know what really matters. If we find ourselves wishing we had... read more

The Inconsistent Small Group Leader

That guy. You know him? He’s that guy that leaves you scrambling on Sunday to find a leader for your first graders. Getting him to respond to your scheduling request is like nailing jelly to a wall.  When he does show up, he stumbles in (post team huddle) with just enough time (so he thinks) to look over his curriculum for the day as the kids pile in the room. If you’re being honest, he’s that guy that leaves you slightly discouraged in your leadership ability. What do we do with an... read more
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