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What Is the Value of Midweek Programming?

Midweek programs for kids are being cut in many churches. The reasons range from a lack of resources, volunteers, and interest. However, despite these obstacles, the value of midweek programming is substantial. This article aims to explore the significance of these programs and encourages churches to continue, even when it feels like an uphill battle.  Here are three values of midweek church programs for kids:

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Deeply Loved: An Easter Encouragement

“Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so; Little ones to him belong, They are weak, but he is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me ….”

How many times have we sung this song?  And yet, I wonder today, do you know that Jesus loves you?  

Don’t brush past this.  

Sit for a minute with this question – Do I know that Jesus loves me?  

I’m not talking about what you do for him. I’m not talking about the way you show up faithfully over and over again. I’m not talking about the sermon you wrote, or the snacks you bought, or the sporting events you attended. I’m not talking about hospital visits or meal trains. I’m not talking about Vacation Bible School, Fall Festivals, or Christmas plays.

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Creating Clear Mission and Vision Statements for Your Children’s Ministry

As a ministry leader, you probably have big plans, grand ideas, multiple initiatives, and lofty goals that you want to accomplish. We all start there but isn’t it true that usually within a few years the shine and excitement have faded, and we are thrilled to just survive a Sunday? Why does this happen? I believe in part because we have failed to put boundaries around our ministry, and we have failed to give it an identity.

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Creating a Children’s Ministry Assistant Job with Your Role in Mind

Ministries that are growing can encounter new challenges and opportunities. Throughout the history of God’s people, spiritual leaders have needed to expand their influence by raising up leaders to help maintain existing and new responsibilities. In Exodus 18, Jethro encouraged Moses to expand his leadership team by creating many assistant job roles. The disciples in the early church were successful in handling the rapid growth after 3,000 people came to faith at Pentecost by adding new ministry roles. Adopting a multiplying mindset in your ministry could involve creating new volunteer leadership positions.

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3 Things Potential Volunteers Need To Hear From a Children’s Ministry Leader

I have been a volunteer in the Children’s Ministry at my church for 9 years. Yes, I have a calling and a passion for the discipleship of kids and families, but knowing the benefits of volunteering is what keeps me coming back. I’m not talking about the gift cards or the journal or bookmark that I get at the Kick Off Training. I am talking about some key points that every person in your congregation should know about how volunteering in your ministry will change their life. Your volunteers might think they need to have all the answers or know the bible inside and out.

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5 Qualities that Make a Children’s Minister Great

A myriad of qualities are needed when it comes to running a children’s ministry, but these five are key. 1. Great Leaders are In Love with Jesus. It might seem obvious that someone leading children and their families should be in love with Jesus, but we can’t take this quality for granted. It can become easy to fill our time doing things for Jesus and miss out on being with Jesus. If we desire to lead well, we must lead from a place of love. We need to know how deeply Jesus loves us and reflect that love toward those we lead.

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Reaching The Inconsistent Family

Building relationships with families can be tough when we are only seeing kids, parents, and caretakers about once a month.

We can blame COVID, club sports, or summertime schedules, but the bottom line is the same – there are kids and families who just aren’t as consistent at church as we would like.
So, what can we do about it?
This article will help you think of new ways to reach the inconsistent family so they feel connected and you have a game plan for when they visit.

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5 Ways to Improve the Church Experience for the Whole Family

I’ve often wondered: Why is attending Church so hard on a family? Take a look at all the ads we see about how the family might spend the weekend. We see boat trips, beach trips, ball games, and meals together. The world says weekends are times to be, play, and stay together. But the church has created a different experience. At church, kids are placed in four separate ministries, with multiple different leaders, and so many different rules and regulations. In this article, we’re going to discuss how to create a more cohesive family experience for leaders to enact so families find themselves in the church over a lifetime.

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