Host a Random Acts of Kindness Party at Your Church

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One of the most important lessons you can teach your kids is how to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  While mission trips and service projects are common among youth groups, you might have a hard time finding organizations that will let you use your younger kids help serve the community.  That’s when it’s time to take it into your own hands and throw a Random Acts of Kindness Party at your church.

A Random Acts of Kindness Party is like no other party you have ever been to.  Instead of staying at the church, you organize parents to help carpool your kids to different areas around the community, where they get to bless people and organizations with Random Acts of Kindness.   This will take a lot of planning on your end, but the end results will have a huge impact on your students.

Before you invite the students to the party, you have to plan out what activities you want the kids to do.  A lot of projects are going to require donations and that means the students need a list of items to bring with them to the party.  Once you have that all settle out, make sure you have enough vans to take all your students (this is a great way to have kids invite their friends, so make sure you get as many parents on board before hand).   Once everything is set in place, you’re ready to send out the invites.  Continue reading

Top 5 Signs that your Church Does Not Value Children’s Ministry

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For many Children’s Pastors, the feeling of isolation and a lack of support can be overwhelming.  For these pastors, they feel as though they are the only ones who see the importance of reaching the children of their church and feel like other ministries are receiving feasts while the scramble to pick up the crumbs from under the table.  Yet, there are just as many pastors who feel like they are completely supported by their church and smile every time they step foot onto church grounds.  As a pastor who has worked on both sides of the fence, I have put together my top 5 signs that you are at a church that values Children’s Ministry and a few tips to change the culture if you are not.

Language

When the leadership of the church talks about your programs, is it referred to as childcare?  The language that is used to describe your ministry is a peek into the brains of the leadership.  On Sunday mornings, we provide a church service, just like the adult service, it’s not simply childcare.   Don’t just listen to what people say, also take a look at the language used online and on and literature your church prints up.   If you are unhappy with what you found, speak with your leadership team.  I suggest expressing the importance of reinforcing what goals you have for your ministry and how the language used helps raise the importance level of children’s ministry at the family level.  Continue reading