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Christmas Traditions

As I’ve been preparing for Christmas, I’ve been thinking a lot about traditions, both in my home and at churches I’m involved with. In my home, some Christmas traditions get carried on because they are very meaningful, others are done just because that’s the way we’ve always done it.  An example of something done ‘just because’ is a red plastic cookie tray I use.  I don’t really care for the tray (ok, it’s actually ugly), but I’ve used it every Christmas for years just because it’s there.

Christmas-WreathOur Children’s Ministries can get like that too.  We can get stuck in a rut sometimes and end up using or doing the ‘same old thing’, if we consciously or unconsciously label it a tradition.

Think about what traditions you are carrying on in ministry this Christmas season.  Do you carry them forward because they’re meaningful and point children and families to Christ or because “that’s the way it’s always been done”?  Take a step back and really think about your Christmas programs, children’s sermons, and even the decorations in the kids’ rooms.  Does it all really point children to Christ and make them think of Him in an eye-opening way, or is it turning the crank of ‘the-same-old-same-old’ with no effectiveness in the outcome?

I hope you will take time this busy Christmas Season to make two lists:  One list with changes you would like to make for Christmas 2010, and the other, a list of things you are doing that are right-on, pointing kids to Christ.

As for my red plastic cookie tray…I’ve decided that the best place for it this year is in the garage sale box!

Reply to this post and let me know what Christmas traditions your church carries forward, or what changes you would like to make for next Christmas. If you would like help evaluating or making changes in your Children's Ministry, check out the Coaching link at the top of the page.

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One Service Recruiting

One Service Recruiting

I've heard over and over, “It’s impossible for us to recruit volunteers, we only have one service!” number1

The real truth is that anytime you invite new people to jump into a leadership role in Children’s Ministry, you can run into challenges, but recruiting doesn’t have to be perceived as an impossible chore. Here are some ideas to lift the burden of bringing new leaders into your children’s ministry.

Cast vision
The first thing that should happen before you do anything in Children’s Ministry is to create a mission statement. This mission statement should be the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of your children’s ministry. An example of a mission statement is; “Our mission is to creativity teach children solid biblical truths in safe and loving environments, partnering with parents to move children into a relationship with Jesus Christ.” After writing your mission statement, the next step is to get your message out to parents and other adults in the church. This really helps your recruiting efforts because people want to be a part of something worthwhile, not something stale and inaccurate like, “People in Children’s Ministry are just babysitters who are missing out on the real part of church.”

Use Your ‘Volunteer Eyes’
Get yourself out to church activities and get to know people in your church. What do they do for a living? What do they love to do in their spare time? God designed us all differently to compliment each other, so learn what people love and when those opportunities come, you have someone in mind that is gifted perfectly to do it!

Make the Picture into a Puzzle
No one wants to be alone or have to do everything themselves. Break big jobs into easy-to-do tasks and create a list of roles to get everything covered. For example, Children’s Church could use a craft preparer, an office helper, a greeter, a worship leader, a large group teacher, small group leaders, and a security person (to check out kids at the end of service). Each role is then carried out during a portion of the service, not the entire service. The next step is inviting people who fit the role based on what you have seen with your ‘Volunteer Eyes’.

Appreciate!, Appreciate!!, Appreciate!!!
It's easier to keep the volunteers you have than recruit new ones, so make these dedicated volunteers feel valued and appreciated! Have the pastor’s notes, taped sermon on video or audio, or other means available for volunteers to catch up on the part of the service they missed. Send frequent cards and emails telling them how they are making a difference in kid’s lives. Make it obvious that, “We went to all this trouble for you because you bless our kids and families so much!”

What do you think? Leave a comment and tell us what has worked in your ministry.

If you would like help with this or any issues in your children’s ministry, contact me, Debbie Spidle, to discuss an affordable Dynamic Children’s Ministry Coaching Session or host a Dynamic Children’s Ministry Workshop for volunteers at your church.

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Relevant Music

Rev. James Bramston is quoted as having said, “Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast.” I translate this into ‘Children’s Ministry speak’ as; ”Playing relevant music in Children’s Ministry does wonders for all of the following: Welcomes the nervous visitor, calms the toddler with separation anxiety, creates excitement for the preschool child, and is extremely inviting to the fifth grader who doesn’t appreciate attending anything with the word ‘children’ in the title!”

Face it, music can do a lot in our in our ministries, but the key here is that it has to be relevant. Simply put, you have to play the right music to the right crowd. For example, when you are plugged into playing relevant Children’s Ministry music, using the song “This Little Light of Mine” in the third grade class makes as much sense as playing hard rock music in the nursery.

So once you get the idea of relevant children’s ministry music, where do you get the actual music? Here are some of my latest favorites and the websites to locate them:

Elementary Musicproduct-red-ipod-mock2 Preschool Music

Are you ready to make big changes in your Children’s Ministry? Need some help doing it? Contact me, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , to discuss a Dynamic Children’s Ministry Coaching Session or host a Dynamic Children’s Ministry Workshop at your church.

Want to quote the above information on your website, ezine, etc? No problem, but you MUST include: Dynamic Children's Ministry is Helping Churches Reach Today's Families. To learn more about creating safe and exciting environments where all children are taught relevant, engaging, and Biblically-sound truths about Jesus visit: www.DynamicChildrensMinistry.com.

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