Today’s kids: Worship is more than a song

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16) Worship, much like anything else, is a skill that is learned through teaching, modeling, and practice. Many younger children associate worship time with songs and hand motions; …

Evaluate Your Children’s Ministry

One of the challenges of ministry is determining effectiveness. In the following article, Greg Baird provides five basic ways to evaluate your ministry. At the end of the article we’ve included a free download that you can use to take your ministry to the next level. Evaluating your ministry is one of the most essential components for successfully leading your children’s ministry. How can you know what to …

Today’s kids: Too busy for God

“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.” 1 Corinthians 14:33 How Kids Think Children sometimes wonder, “What’s going on?“ Younger children tend to be overwhelmed by the chaotic pace of our helter-skelter world. Constant change confuses and frustrates them. An unstructured environment that lacks a daily regimen is counterproductive. Few kids thrive on …

Guarding your heart: Dealing with anger

Children’s ministry “Typically is the largest single group in the church being served,” writes Greg Baird. It has the largest need of volunteers to recruit, train, and manage. It deals with the most treasured part of a family’s life – children. The rewards are great, but the demands are great. It is sometimes viewed as the least valuable ministry in the church. Many children’s pastors are overwhelmed, overworked, underpaid, …

Becoming a ministry for every child

Many church members believe that churches are places of support and acceptance to all families. Most would be surprised to find that families of children with disabilities have difficulty establishing and maintaining church relationships. As a general rule, faith communities struggle in their response to this growing population. This article addresses the spiritual implications for families of children with disabilities and how faith communities can …

6 tips: Engaging children today

En·gage: occupy, attract, or involve (someone’s interest or attention) Ever had that moment when you feel like you’re herding cats? In this article by Greg Baird, discover six keys that will help you engage, impact and create life change. Leading in children’s ministry involves many things. Aligning vision. Growing ourselves. Recruiting leaders. Equipping our team. Managing programs. Ensuring safety in all environments. And we could list a …

Making friends for life

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” (Proverbs 27:17, NLT). How Kids Think Children ask each other, “Will you be my friend?” Most kids are desperate to “belong.” They are afraid of being excluded and want to fit in with their peers. But many children lack the ability to distinguish good friends from bad. They choose friends who do not reflect Christian …