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I thought this new podcast idea would be a monthly thing…

… as it turns out, there might be enough material suggested to make it a weekly series.

In episode 2, I talk about how we encourage, equip and inspire our volunteer team by hosting our quarterly meetings. Have a listen and let me know what you think… remember: if you like it, subscribe via iTunes, leave a review and rate it!

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I’m back to podcasting after a long hiatus.

I tried to start one, way back… well, a long time ago (you might be able to find some of those episodes out there if you search). My plan way back then, was to simply post audio portions from workshops and classes I had taught at conferences. It was just to arduous of a task back then.

This first episode was suggested by Victor Oliva via my Facebook solicitation. Enjoy and if you like the podcast, be sure to subscribe with iTunes… leave a review and give a favorable rating.

 

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I was honored to be included in a podcast episode of the Kids Ministry Collective hosted by Tom Bump.

You can find out more about Tom Here. I got to give my honest thoughts about using visual, performance arts in KidMin settings. I joined the episode along with Jarred Massey – who is a dynamite Kids Pastor in Illinois – check out his site here

Get the Episode on iTunes

or, if you don’t uese iTunes… listen it Here:

 

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You can WATCH the interaction on YouTube:

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Check out These Deals!

Special Pricing during the week of the conference – These Deals END SOON!

Go to Jamie’s Online Bookstore Now!


Effective Altar Calls in KidMin

ONLY $10.00 for a limited time for the pdf eBook! ($15.00 regular price)

Jamie’s Revised and updated book from which his workshop of the same name is based. Learn some best practices for inviting children to respond to: salvation, your message, baptism in the Holy Spirit and more!


Tricky Messages For Kids

ONLY $15.00 for a limited time for the pdf eBook! ($20.00 regular price)

This PDF e-book all about gospel magic! It will give you step-by step instructions, graphics and even links to secret video clips of Jamie performing and demonstrating how each routine should be done.

Go to Jamie’s Online Bookstore Now!

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I have privilege of teaching 2 workshops, next week during the AGKidmin17 Conference. It’s not too late to register!

Here are my sessions:

Tricky Messages for Kids

You have the ability to take simple, biblical concepts and combine them with easy-to-learn methods of illusion and sleight of hand for a fun and incredible message! By adding a few easy and effective principles, Jamie will show you a number of gospel illusion routines that you can start using immediately! Wow your class or large group and make the kids’ experience unforgettable. You’ll come away with ideas for commercially made as well as make-it-yourself illusions.

Effective Altar Times in KidMin

Workshop Description #2: Kids need to respond to your message. Why not give them a time and a place to do it? Find out how to effectively present to children a call to prayer for salvation, for personal needs and commitments, and for the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Not only will I be teaching, but numerous other influential voices will be teaching over 100 workshop sessions… plus other special features and ways to connect with others — you don’t want to miss this!

I hope to see you and many other friends at the conference next week!

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Yes… I’m trying to sound smart.

The word “philosophy” conjures up images of intelligent, well-educated people having deep discussions to better understand the meaning of life. Let me be clear: I want to make sure the people in my church better understand ministry to children. So, I developed this philosophy of ministry to articulate why we do what we do:

Welcome to, our Children’s Ministry Program for ages birth – 5th grade.  Around her, we take children and ministering to them very seriously.  We know that children are the church of tomorrow, but they are also the church of today.  That’s what our Children’s Ministry is all about – training kids now!

The Children’s Ministries is set-up as one department, allowing us to develop and maintain a consistent flow of ministry with our church from ages birth – 5th grade.  Each level builds and prepares young people for the next step.   We want to teach the Word of God to every age group at their own level, while preparing them for the next class and a lifetime of service for our Lord.

By presenting the Word of God to children in an exciting way that they can understand, and by leading them into a relationship with Jesus, there can be a generation that grows up loving God with all their heart.

But, the Children’s Ministry Staff can’t accomplish this alone!  We want to champion YOU: THE PARENT… Each week in our E-newsletter, we will have important information that they have learned at church. Take time during the week to instill these concepts in your child.  And then take time to show them how to apply these ideas to everyday life.  You will not only grow closer as a family, but you will see your child become spiritually stronger!

This information is included in our parents’ information brochure and will grace the WWW on our church’s website. It’s also something that our entire children’s ministry team understands… we constantly keep it in front of them. If this helps you, use some of the content to create your own.

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When children walk into your ministry area, you should be the most exciting, most encouraging, most “want-to-be-around” person they encounter!

Here are a few things you can do to make a child’s day in your KidMin:

  • Smile at them and let your eyes light up when you see them
  • Look them in the eyes when you talk with them
  • Talk TO and WITH them… Not DOWN at them
  • Be super interested in any news they share with you (remember: it’s a big deal to have a loose or missing tooth, a new haircut, new shoes, a new stuffed animal, etc).
  • Notice and point out their shoes – trust me on this one
  • Shake their hand – they think this is very grown-up
  • Engage in any activity they are doing and have fun while doing it
  • Publicly “Catch” them behaving during class and compliment them
  • Always call any prizes you are going to give away: “Mine” and “My” as in: who is going to win “my candy bar?”
  • If they tell you sad news, pray with them… right then and there
  • Offer to thumb-wrestle any of them for a best 2 out of 3

The list is incomplete… obviously!

What would you add to it?

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1950s-1960s-college-woman-studying-surrounded-all-around-by-piles-of-booksIf you’re like me (and I know I am), you put a lot of emphasis on teaching kids the Word of God every week – and in some cases, several times or venues a week.

I was on staff at a church and had 4 Kids’ Church large groups on a weekend. Add to that a Sunday School hour, Wednesday night large groups (of which I’m involved) and Wednesday night small groups. We also have a myriad of classes and services for toddlers and preschoolers and even some teaching time for infants that our wonderful staff on directors and volunteers oversee and participate in.

THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF TEACHING GOING ON!

Let me encourage you this week as you plan for the upcoming Wednesday or Weekend and give you a pointer that I just know will give you the confidence and in some cases the “know-how”… and if there’s anything I’ve learned in the last few years: INFORMATION is POWERFUL when you APPLY IT.

Start preparing early in the week for the upcoming lesson or class time. In other words, if your ministry time was over the weekend, crack open that lesson book or materials on Monday… if your ministry time was on Wednesday; then make Thursday your day to start studying. You don’t have to plan your entire lesson on that day, but at least:

  • Read over the lesson
  • Know and memorize the key verse
  • Look up and read any supporting verses
  • And know the main point of the lesson.

Why should you do this? I’m glad you asked!

…When you start early in the week, it gives the Holy Spirit time to be your helper… instead of (gulp) having to work in spite of you. Think about it: all week long as you pray over the materials you’ve read, the Lord will reveal unique teaching ideas, stories you’ve heard or events in your life that you could work into your lesson. As the day of ministry gets closer and you are planning what that class time should look like, instead of saying, “Lord, what am I going to teach?” …you’ll be able to say “Lord, how do I fit all of these ideas into the lesson?”

Try it – I promise it will work. And as always, if you ever need a teaching idea, I’m just an e-mail away and I’m happy to brainstorm with you! I’d better let you go – some of you need to start studying!

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IMG_0119Back in June we began to pray about an opportunity to take on a Children’s Pastor position at a church. After talking it over as a family, lots of prayer and a visit to that church, I’m happy to announce that we are now the Children’s Ministry Pastor family at First Assembly Community Ministries in Lafayette, IN.

It’s an exciting time as we are just now evaluating the Children’s Ministry and dreaming about the future… along with unpacking a house and trying to get all of my resources to fit in my new office.

I’ll continue my series on “Making Children’s Church Better” as we engage in this new setting. So stay tuned!

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