Why Core Essential Values Is A Cornerstone In Our Children’s Ministry

Why Core Essential Values Is A Cornerstone In Our Children’s Ministry

Two years ago, our children’s ministry invested in the incredible community influence of the Core Essential Values program. We felt it was a unique opportunity, 1) to connect our ministry (from the church) to children (outside the church), and 2) answer the need of a positive character development program in school. We chose excellent volunteers, rehearsed every month, and put together a high-quality monthly assembly and gave the school outstanding curriculum for their classrooms. Last year,... Read More
How To Really Partner With Schools

How To Really Partner With Schools

  by Chuck Allen How many times have you heard a well-intentioned speaker, pastor or evangelist say “the public school is the greatest mission field in our community?” What if I were to tell you that the schools in our communities don’t need us to treat them like a mission field? Our schools are campaigning for a better tomorrow in our communities just like we are. Their mission to equip young minds and leave this world in better, brighter hands sounds familiar to our church staff meetings and... Read More
Getting Your Foot In The Hallway

Getting Your Foot In The Hallway

by Jeremy Holbrook One of the most exciting aspects of ministry is finding new opportunities to serve your community in ways that show the life and love of Jesus Christ to those who may not hear it in their daily routines. As Christ Followers, we were instructed to go and make disciples, and there’s a HUGE mission field outside our church doors who might never step foot inside of our churches. As a children’s pastor, I’m always looking for unique ways to partner in our community in ways that... Read More
Unlocking Your Church’s Potential To Serve Your Community

Unlocking Your Church’s Potential To Serve Your Community

by Jeremy Holbrook Core Essentials has evolved from an “experiment” in our community to an “essential” in our community. Two school years ago, I shadowed another church who led Core Essentials and was extremely impressed at the level of connection their ministry leaders had established with the school, the school leaders, and the community. From that point on, our ministry realized that making an impact in the community was essential and that our influence as Christ Followers was needed. We... Read More
Three Doors of Partnership

Three Doors of Partnership

by Leslie Bolser Several months ago, I noticed something strange about my youngest daughter’s school. On the exterior of the building, every 20 feet or so, there seemed to be a vertical rectangle of bricks whose color was slightly mismatched from the other bricks. As I looked more carefully, it was clear that those mismatched bricks covered what used to be doors . . . in fact, one door for every classroom. Imagine: open access to the grass, trees, and playground outside. A breeze blowing... Read More