The Kids Church Cookbook

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It's About Relationships

Lead your kids through the Next Steps in their spiritual journey.

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There is NO “Baby Yoda”

There is NO “Baby Yoda”
Take it from Yoda, himself. There is no “Baby Yoda.” He is cute, yes. He is the same species, yes. But Yoda is long gone. Who is this baby? Hopefully we will learn soon. CLICK and see what Yoda has to say about all this “Baby Yoda” stuff… Service Public Announcement this is from Yoda regarding so-called “Baby Yoda.” Listen you must!! #starwars #disney #mandalorian #disneyplus #yoda #babyyoda #babyyodameme  

FREE eBook: It’s About Relationships

FREE eBook: It’s About Relationships
NOTE: This is not a book of fluff, it is practical and will help you grow relationships. There is no shortage of programs, resources, or ideas in children’s ministry today—but at the end of the day, what is most effective in reaching kids for the Gospel hasn’t changed in a hundred years—it’s building relationships and personally introducing children to the Savior. This ebook is loaded with practical ideas on how to have a more relational ministry. You’ll be surprised by the results! The most incredible aspect of Creation was that God walked in the garden with the crown of His...

FLIP IT to Gratitude

FLIP IT to Gratitude
Introducing The Complaining Game! How do we help kids focus on the positive? This is what I did one Sunday. I put 10 common complaints of kids onto slips of paper and then put them on the top of 10 buckets. Kids then go 3 Popsicle sticks to use to vote. They put a Popsicle stick in the top three buckets they complain about the most. Then, we totaled them to discover the top complaints. Here was our results: BUT, then I flipped the papers over to reveal the postive aspect of that complaint. Don’t like to clean your room?...

Do You Need a BREAK from Ministry?

Do You Need a BREAK from Ministry?
So, just HOW excited would you be to get AWAY from your job for a week? You can only IMAGINE… no e-mail, no texts, no meetings, no phone calls, no to-do lists, no boss dropping in with some new task… how excited would you me? Maybe as excited as this guy on Yosemite Summit at the top of Sentinel Dome! Yosemite Summit is a week long sabbatical retreat for men in the heart of Yosemite National Park. This is not camping. This is a week at a relaxing lodge for refreshment, renewal and recharging away from the hustle and bustle...

Expect Much, Get Much!

Expect Much, Get Much!
Children typically only rise as far as you expect them to. Rarely does a student exceed the expectations of the leaders in their life. I’ve learned, “Expect Little, Get Little; Expect Much, Get Much.” Many children have a low opinion of themselves, but if you think more of them than they think of themselves, you can have the power to help lift them to the next level on their Christian journey! As a young boy, one of my teachers, Helen Reed, gave me a passion for Scripture memory. I still remember hearing, “I think you can do it,” whispered in...

STOP, DROP and ROLL!

STOP, DROP and ROLL!
As teachers, we have an agenda. We have a lesson plan we are trying to teach, a game we are trying to lead, a craft we are trying to complete, or some other activity that we prayed about, planned, prepared and now are trying to pull off. But often our children have other ideas about how the time in the classroom is going to be spent. There is an old children’s ministry saying that goes, “If you don’t have a plan for the kids, they’ll have a plan for you!” What do you do when you are trying to lead...