The Tangibles and Intangibles of an Excellent Preteen Enviornment

The Tangibles and Intangibles of an Excellent Preteen Enviornment

The moment you walk in the door you begin to judge the atmosphere of any business. If you walk in a coffee shop you are trying to find where you place your order and what coffee options are available. You begin judging whether or not you will ever return based on the tangible things you see, taste, and experience as well as the intangible things you feel, smell, and hear. The same is true with the preteens that walk in our preteen environments. We might not have full control over the smells in... Read More
Large Group Recruiting

Large Group Recruiting

Remember that time when you were a kid and that leader got up to teach at church? They were so monotone. They held a binder and read a Bible Story to the group with very little passion and enthusiasm. Maybe they paused between each sentence for what seemed like 10 minutes. Wait. Hold the phone. Record scratch. No, you don’t remember it BECAUSE of those things. As a matter of fact, it’s a wonder that you are even still in church now if that was you. God surely is gracious! Here’s the thing: If... Read More
Stage Design for Shared Spaces

Stage Design for Shared Spaces

About the author: David Clark is the Technical Arts + Production Coordinator at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church in Bloomington, Indiana. He loves running, social media, and Chipotle.   Some days I sit and dream about what it would be like to have a ministry space that is specifically dedicated to our elementary worship experiences—A big, beautiful room that’s truly ours, and no one else’s. But I’m quickly brought back to reality, reminded that we do ministry each weekend in a gym—a shared... Read More
7 Tips for Running a Large Group Environment Smoothly

7 Tips for Running a Large Group Environment Smoothly

by Kendra Fleming If you use 252 Basics like we do, then every Sunday you unpack the Bible story and lead your kids to worship in your large group environment. This is your big chance to communicate the truth of God’s Word in such a way that it engages the kids and sticks with them! You and I both know that you can have the most amazing content and any number of things can still go wrong. And nothing is more frustrating than to know that you missed your mark with the kids due to distractions... Read More