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Fundraisers for missions seem to always be a source of frustration for many overworked children’s pastors. Yet, they are important to have a successful missions program. Today, I’ll give you some tips on fundraisers and some fundraising ideas. Effective fundraisers normally follow certain principles.

First, if you want the children to have a heart for missions, you need to choose a fundraiser they can participate in. How does it help a child to know that giving to missions is important if you do all the work and the giving?

Second, you want a fundraiser that isn’t more work than it’s worth. For each fundraiser, consider the profits you’ll make. You don’t want to spend days and months of hard work on a fundraiser that will only net you ten dollars. Decide wisely. Only expend a lot of time and energy on fundraisers that promise greater profit.

Third, plan your fundraiser carefully. Sometimes choosing the right date of the fundraiser can increase your profits greatly. For instance, if you have a bake sale on Mother’s Day, you’re more likely to raise money than if you have on in the middle of summer.

Here are some ideas for fundraisers that have worked for me:

Carwashes: Carwashes can be very effective if they’re done in the right way. First, go to WalMart or a fast food store, and ask if you can have the fundraiser there. Most places will agree readily and let you use their water. Some WalMarts will even match the funds you earn. You’ll have a lot more traffic then you would at the church. Also, make pre-carwash tickets on the computer, and sell them before the carwash. Many people in your church and community will by the tickets and forget about having their cars washed.

Cake and Pie Auction: Have kids help their parents bake pies and cakes for the auction. Then auction them off to the highest bidder.

Art Sale: Have the children do craft and art projects. Sell them after church for whatever the children can get for them. It’s amazing what a grandparent will pay for a drawing of a duck by their seven year old grandchild.

A-Thon: Bowl-a-thons, rock-a-thons, skate-a-thons, and just about any other kind of a-thon work well if the children are enthused about them.

Restaurants: Some restaurants have fundraising programs where they will give you a share of the profits for whatever they make on a certain night. That night is the perfect time for your church to have fellowship at that very restaurant. We church people love to eat. Why not make money for missions while we’re doing it?

These are just a few ideas for fundraisers. If you’ve had a successful fundraiser, please leave a comment and share it with us. Happy fundraising.

World Missions Babies

It’s never too early to teach children about missions, especially when the boy in this video is my adorable grandson, Asher.

A Children’s Pastor Is An Evangelist

Every children’s pastor should be an evangelist. It’s great to minister to the children in your church, but what have you done to develop a children’s ministry that reaches out to unsaved children? Here’s a few ideas to make sure you are acting, not only as a pastor, but as an evangelist.

Altar Calls:

Altar calls in children’s church are an important way to give children an opportunity to respond to the message. Unfortunately some children’s pastors have decided end having altar calls. Here’s a link to an article by Jerry Moyer called Why I Still Have Altar Calls? It’s worth reading.

Salvation Sundays:

No matter how you decide to do it, you should have Sundays periodically that emphasis salvation. Advertise these Sunday’s to the children in your ministry as a day to invite their friends. Create excitement and have a special theme and special activities that only happen on these Sundays. Give a salvation message. Then do follow-up for the visitors who attended.

Outreach Events:

Some children’s pastors are also ending outreach events because they are costly and time-consuming. They’ve decided to focus on the children in the church. But Jesus didn’t focus on the people inside the church. He carried His message to everyone who would listen.

There are some children who will never come to your church on a Sunday morning. Some of them have circumstances, like unsaved parents who don’t think it’s important, that keep them from coming. But they will come to your special outreach events every time you have them. If your goal is only to get more children to come to your church, outreach events are not that effective. But if your goal is to share the Gospel to children who would otherwise never hear it, outreach events are worth the time and money spent.

Here’s some outreach events you could have:

Park Ministry

Sidewalk Sunday School

Kid’s Crusades

Vacation Bible School

Block Parties

Halleluiah Costume Carnival (Halloween)

Easter Egg Hunt or Party

Sport’s Ministries

School Bible Clubs

Missions:

Having a good missions program in your children’s ministry is vital for evangelism in the church. Outreach and evangelism aren’t only for our neighborhood. We should be reaching the world for Christ.

Here’s some links to help you with your missions program:

Missions In Children’s Minsitry

Developing a Children’s Ministry Missions Program

Fundraisers

Here’s a couple of ministries your children’s ministry could support:

Missionary Family In Thailand

Operation Kid Passion (Works with Operation Compassion)

Teach Children How To Share The Gospel

This will be the most effective thing you ever do as an evangelist. The children under you can reach children you will never be able to minister to. Give them the tools to share the Gospel. Teach them how. Practice with them. Then release them into ministry.

Operation Kid Passion

Revival Fire For Kids is parnering with Kids Power Company and North Cleveland (TN) Church of God, in an effort to help with disaster relief for the people of Haiti. Operation KidPassion is the name of this relief effort. It is an outreach in which students are encouraged to get involved personally. They do this by filling a one-gallon size Ziploc bags with basic items that kids who have been orphaned and homeless due to the Earthquake need desperately.

Here’s some items you can fill the Ziploc bags with:

  • Small Bible
  • Socks
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sweats
  • Socks
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Comb
  • Brush
  • Lotion
  • Chapstick
  • Germ X
  • Sandals
  • Gum
  • Candy
  • Blankets
  • Underwear
  • First Aid Kit
  • Beef Jerky
  • Bottle Water
  • Anti-bacterial Wipes

This immediate need is great! Hundreds of thousands of people and orphan children are living on the street! Please encourage your kids to quickly get involved! We are also partnering with Operation Compassion to get all the items shipped to Haiti ASAP. Please collect your bags no later than Sunday, January 24th. Our friends who are Kids Ministry leaders across the country, please encourage the kids in your church to get involved. For more information about Operation Kidpassion contact Chris Quinn at cquin@nccog.org.

You can send the bags to:

 Daystar Church
200 Daystar Drive
Cullman, AL 35057

God bless you and thank you for partnering with us to touch those in such great need.

Update on Haiti

Subject: updated info from Church of God world missions….

Dr. Elysee Joseph, Overseer of the Church of God in Haiti, has died.

He and his driver met veteran missionaries Lovell and Virginia Cary, and Lloyd Frazier at the airport in Port-au-Prince to welcome them to Haiti for the National Convention.  As they were traveling to a hotel, a 20 foot wall, due to the earthquake, fell on their vehicle. 

The overseer was killed. He is survived by his wife, and children. The Carys and Brother Frazier are safe and are now in the Dominican Republic recovering from their injuries.

Please continue to pray and intercede for our people’s safety and provisions through this devastation that has interrupted there lives.

Although this ministry is interdenominational, I am a member of the Church of God. I pray God comforts the overseerers family as well as all of the families of people who have died in this devastating earthquake. I don’t know how many ministers, missionaries, and servants of God have died, but I know God holds them in the palm of his hand.