On Resting

On Resting

by Dan Scott In a few weeks, we’ll be headed into fall, which, except for Christmas and Easter, is the busiest time of the year for those of us in ministry. The activities and effort required to get a ministry year underway can be quite extensive. It’s great work, but what is the impact of that work on those whom we love most, not to mention our own sanity? We teach this to families, yet even those of us in ministry need take a time out. Our emotional and spiritual health needs... Read More
It’s Not Too Early to Plan Your Christmas Program!

It’s Not Too Early to Plan Your Christmas Program!

’Tis (almost) the season. Can you believe it? Christmas is just around the corner, ready to pounce. In a short time, you’ll be WRAPPED UP in enough festive details to make your head dance with far more than just Sugar Plums! If planning a Christmas production to please everyone is enough to send your blood pressure up the chimney… Stop. Take a deep breath. This year you can create an event for the WHOLE FAMILY in a few simple steps with “JINGLE JAM: WRAPPED UP.” JINGLE... Read More
Four Values of a Team

Four Values of a Team

No matter how great an individual player you are, a team can make you or break you. As a children’s pastor, I have worked hard assembling and developing my teams. My least favorite times in ministry have been on staffs where everyone did their own thing, not functioning as a team. A team can always accomplish more than an individual, but children’s ministers often insist on doing things themselves rather than build a strong team. I believe every ministry leader should see himself or herself as... Read More
The Parent’s Voice

The Parent’s Voice

Do you have a Parent Advisory Board for your ministry? No matter what age group you’re in charge of, the feedback and guidance of parents can be invaluable. Not only can they help steer the direction of the ministry, influential parents can be the best advertisements for your programs as they encourage their friends and family to attend. Select a small group of parents from a variety of backgrounds (ethnicity, age of children, length of time as a Christian). Invite them to meet with you... Read More
How Your Church Can Build Marriages that Last

How Your Church Can Build Marriages that Last

Our friends over at Orange Books are offering some great deals this week. You can get any of the deals, any day this week, but we really like today’s featured deal: Buy one copy of the book Married People, and get all of the following: “Why Marriage Ministry Is Doable for Every Church” (Orange Conference 2014 breakout by Ted Lowe, audio file) “Married and in Ministry” (Orange Conference 2014 breakout by Ted Lowe and Doug Fields, audio file) An annual subscription to MarriedPeople E-ZINE (a... Read More