Category Archives: Ministry Resources

Coronavirus in Children’s Ministry

Coronavirus is a concern all across the world. Because of this, I wanted to give you some information concerning the Coronavirus in children’s ministry.

First, don’t allow fear to grip your heart. God has this under control even if we don’t understand. The Bible is full of instances where God tells us not to fear. One such passage is in Psalm 91:1-4. 

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler. And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
While we don’t allow ourselves to fear, we do need to take common sense measures.

If your church is having services:

  • Disinfect children’s areas with Clorox type wipes or disinfectant spray.
  • Have hand sanitizer at the door of every children’s room. Sanitize going in and going out.
  • During restroom breaks, teach your students how to properly wash their hand while singing Jesus Loves Me.
  • Do not allow any child with a fever, coughs, or congestion to attend.

If your church is not having services:

  • Keep in contact with your students via phone calls.
  • Use Facebook to give your student short messages or object lessons.
  • Send suggestions for children’s Bible studies or family activities to parents.
  • Keep parents informed.

No matter what your church has decided, teach your students the power of prayer over fear.

Free Easter Curriculum

I am giving away free downloadable Easter curriculum with 3 drama based lessons to anyone who signs up for my newsletter by March 1st. This is regularly a $15 curriculum. Within 24 hours of you signing up for Revival Fire for Kids newsletter, you will receive a code to purchase Journey to Easter for absolutely free, and you’ll receive updates about Revival Fire for Kids through informative email newsletters.

Before you sign up, here’s a little about the curriculum.

Journey to Easter CoverJourney to Easter

3 Complete Downloadable Children Lessons for Easter

3 complete downloadable lessons include:

3 memory verse puppet skits, 3 memory verse activities, 4 games, 3 Bible story skits, 8 object lessons, 1 Life Application Story, 3 messages, 2 crafts, 1 activity, PPT power point slides for 3 lessons, and other materials.

To sign up, click this link. It’s that easy.

How to Convert DVDs into Digital Clips You Can Use

For years, children’s pastors used DVDs to get movies and kidmin music. They were inexpensive, about $10 for an entire DVD of five to twenty clips, but it took time to load them in a DVD player or even in a computer. Those days have gone for most of us. With the price of video projectors and presentation software at an all time low, most children’s pastors have decide to download digital copies of the music and short movie clips they need.

The only problem with that is that one song costs anywhere between $12 – $20, and the DVDs we once used are now worthless. It doesn’t have to be that way. Most companies still sell their music and movies on DVDs for the old school ministers, and it is easy to convert.

There are many ways to convert DVDs into digital format, but best way is to buy an inexpensive video converter software for your computer. It only takes a couple of minutes to convert most video files. I use AVI for my PC Windows computer. Here’s the link where you can download it. The ffmpegX for Mac has very high ratings. Here is the link. There’s also a free converter software I haven’t used that is for Mac and Windows and has high ratings called Handbrake, but I’ve never used it. Here’s the link.

Here is a YouTube Video on how to use Handbrake.

 

10 Great Leadership Books For Children’s Ministry

Stack of vintage books isolated on whiteThere are some wonderful resources out there about leadership in children’s ministry. While I don’t agree with everything in every book listed here, (I agree with most of it), they are guaranteed to challenge you. Here are 10 of my favorites.

 

1. Children’s Ministry Leadership: The You Can Do It Guide  by Jim Wideman

Practical, hands-on manual for developing an effective children’s ministry. I highly recommend this book especially for new children’s pastors.

2. Children’s Ministry Volunteers That Stick by Jim Wideman

The best book on recruiting and training volunteers ever written.

3. Leadership Essentials For Children’s Ministry  by Craig Jutila

Leadership principles for building a team using the acronym PATH: Passion, Attitude, Teamwork, Honor.

4. The Growing Leader: Healthy Essentials For Children’s Ministry by Craig Jutila

Leadership principles for building a team using the acronym DIVE: Discerning, Influential, Vulnerable, and Exalting.

5. Children’s Ministry In The 21st Century by Craig Jutila, Pat Verbal, and Jim Wideman

Great practical advise on children’s ministry for this generation.

6. Think Orange by Reggie Joiner

This book explains the orange style of family ministry.

7.  Redefining Children’s Ministry In the 21st Century by Becky Fischer

A book about how to help children move in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This is a must for pentecostal children’s pastors.

8. The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe

This is a great book to help you understand the Homelander Generation, the generation now in our children’s ministries. Here’s a link to some blog posts about ministering to the Homelander Generation.

9. Fast Forward MBA In Project Management by Eric Verzuh

Effective children’s pastors need to learn and understand the basics of project management of the will eventually crash and burn. But if you haven’t learned the basics of time management yet, I strongly recommend you read and apply this next book first.

10. Beat The Clock: Successful Strategies For Effective Time Management by Jim Wideman

Time Management 101.

Free Resources

If you have not yet received your free resources but you have filled out the form, please resend the forms. I received a couple of forms where the email addresses were typed wrong. Also if you have not sent forms yet for free resources, you have until midnight on Sunday. Here are the links for more info and forms:

The Great Race children’s anointing service

Children’s Ministry Handbook

Please allow 24 hours for a response.