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Are You Called to Minister to Children?

Are You Called to Minister to Children?
In my vast collection of children’s ministry resources, materials, booklets, pamphlets, and relics from decades of ministry I stumbled upon this treasure. It is a recruiting tool from CEF, Child Evangelism Fellowship. No author’s name is provided, but the content does say you’ll never gain fame or glory in children’s ministry, perhaps they lived that by leaving off their name. I’m posting this because the content of this simple pamphlet is GOLD. I’ll be sharing some of the heart of it in my children’s ministry orientation on Sunday to potential volunteers. I’ve scanned it here for you to read, reflect...

Touring a Legacy

Touring a Legacy
This week, my pastor took the staff from my church, Highpoint Church, on a field trip to visit every location of Highpoint Church since its founding in 1933. A few of the buildings no longer exist, but we stood where they once were and thanked God for the faithfulness of those who came before us and their vision for our city and their faithfulness to their calling. The church made such an impact in it’s community, that the city of Aurora, Colorado gifted them the land for their second location. Imagine your city appreciating you so much that they give...

The Wordless Book UPDATED!

The Wordless Book UPDATED!
A FUN, new, simple way to share the GOOD NEWS of Jesus using just 8 colors! This colorful Gospel presentation originated with Charles Spurgeon in 1866, was updated by the great evangelist D.L. Moody in 1875 to later be popularized by Child Evangelism Fellowship in the 1950’s. It’s time for an update featuring new colors, added humor and racial sensitivity for a new era of sharing the Good News. The timeless message of the Gospel is ready for a new generation of kids! This amazing little booklet is printed on a single side page of standard paper, folded, and with...

Bring a Kid to Church

Bring a Kid to Church
Bring a kid to church! There are so many unchurched kids who need a caring adult to invite them to church. Moody Church in Chicago was started because a man named Dwight started bringing lost poor kids to church. Since people rented pews back then the church leaders began to complain that the kids weren’t paying or supporting the ministry financially – so Dwight start renting pews for the kids. When it got to be too many kids, they told him he could no longer bring the children, they were too disruptive. So instead he rented a warehouse and started...

Growing Up vs. Growing Old

Growing Up vs. Growing Old
There are so many things we can learn from kids. While growing up, adults tend to leave behind many traits of children that they would be wise to embrace. We can’t help growing older, but we can help growing up. Keeping a childlike heart and approach to life is not only healthy but also the secret to effective relational ministry. But when do we take it too far? Unfortunately, becoming more like kids can have a negative effect on adult relationships if we aren’t wise in how far we go to be more like children. Here are some things I...

Discover the Power of “Imaginative Conversation”

Discover the Power of “Imaginative Conversation”
Years ago when I was invited to speak at a church to train volunteers, I got picked up by a pastor who brought along his two boys who wanted to meet the man behind Toybox Tales. (ToyboxTales.com) The airport was several hours from the church, so we had lots of time to chat on the drive. At one point, we saw along the side of the road a Target store that was still under construction. The odd thing was, while the parking lot was complete with stripes and lights, and the store’s sign was up and brightly lit, the building...