Creatively Resourcing on a Small KidMin Budget

 

Unlike other ministries within the church, Children’s Ministry is very materials-driven. By that, I mean that you can purchase curriculum for an adult class, make sure you have coffee and Styrofoam cups, and you’re good to go!  Sure, for Youth you need sporting equipment and lots of pizza, but how often do they have to buy crayons, markers, glue sticks, construction paper and all the other classroom staples? Hardly ever, right?

KidMin budget

That doesn’t count all the crazy theme and event stuff we do that requires all kinds of materials from 4’x8’ insulation panels to build backdrops to (dare I say it?!) glitter. Given the constant change and many events we do in kidmin, we need to be creative and resourceful in obtaining our supplies so that we don’t blow our budgets on “One Hit Wonders” – things you use once, then throw away. Continue reading

Want to Spread the Gospel? Try This…Gospel Magic!

 

I don’t know about you, but people who do magic fascinate me. And those who use magic to share the gospel are even more fun to watch!

I have an amazing Freebie for you! Richard Lenski has graciously offered FOUR Gospel Magic Books filled with fun lessons to FutureFlyingSaucers. {Feel free to call them Gospel Illusion books, if you like.}

Gospel Magic Free ebooks

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Interview with Sam Luce: Volunteers, Communication, and Curriculum Tips

 

As part of the KidMin Mentoring Course, I am excited to bring you an interview with Sam Luce from Samluce.com. I pray that you will be encouraged by his words and pick up practical ideas that you can use in your Children’s Ministry.

Sam Luce

 

FFS: Hey Sam! Tell us a little about yourself.

Sam: I attended Portland Bible College in Portland Oregon where I graduated in 1997 with a BA in Theology, upon graduation I became the children’s pastor at the same church for over 18 years. I have done children’s ministry for the last 20 years. In those years, I have seen kids ministry grow and change tremendously. Continue reading

The Problem with Pride and Perfection in KidMin

 

It was 3:30am when I unlocked the door to my condo, stepped inside and thought, Do I want to get a couple hours of sleep before getting ready for church, or should I just stay up since it’s almost morning anyway?

I had just finished decorating the children’s church area and I was quite pleased. Everything was exactly how I imagined it. The kids are going to be so thrilled, I thought.

Sounds like a great Kids Church accomplishment, right?

Wrong.

perfection in kidmin

While the end product was what I wanted, what I didn’t highlight was that I had spent my entire Saturday at the church. I spent from about 10:00am until 3:30am (that’s right—17.5 hours) making and setting up the décor. Alone. Nobody was there to help me and, frankly, I was content with that. After all, if I did it all myself then I knew it would be exactly what I wanted.

I didn’t realize that what I saw as success was ultimately failure. Continue reading

Interview with Jeffrey Reed {Lifeway Christian Resources}

 

As part of the KidMin Mentoring Course, I am excited to bring you an interview with Jeffrey Reed a LifeWay Kids Ministry Partner from Lifeway Christian Resources. I pray that you will be encouraged by his words and pick up practical ideas that you can use in your Children’s Ministry.

Jeffrey Reed Lifeway Interview

FFS: Hey Jeffrey! So let’s start easy. Tell us about yourself.

Jeffrey: I live in Spring Hill, TN with my wife and 4 kids. I’ve been a pastor for over 30 years and in KidMin half of that. (the BEST half) I’m a church partner in Kids Ministry for churches across the country. (work for LifeWay) I’ve served with the Kids team since moving to Nashville in ’13. LifeWay kids serves about 30,000 churches. We {Lifeway} got nominated for a Dove award this year with our Kids Worship Project. We {Jeffrey and family} helped launch a church in January.

I contribute to our blog site with about 7-8 others from the kids team. http://www.lifeway.com/kidsministry/ Continue reading