Five Simple Rehearsal Ground Rules

Here are five basic rehearsal ground rules for rehearsals. Be on time. This common courtesy is important. When you’re punctual, it helps the rest of the group feel like they are important. It also helps rehearsal go smoothly from the … Continued

You Need Circles, Not Just Rows

Where is the circle time in your student ministry? Students need opportunities for spiritual development, mission and community. Though some of this can happen sitting in rows, listening to leaders, much of this action happens in circles. We must give … Continued

Six Ways To Overcome Fear

If you’re alive – you have some fear. Fear isn’t something you try to tackle once and for all – it’s part of living. Some fear helps us – it’s why we don’t stand too close to the edge of … Continued

5 Ways To Live! (Instruction from 1 Peter)

A few instructions on how to live from 1 Peter chapter 1: Live with Great Expectation (1:3) Because by his great mercy, we have been born again and we have a priceless inheritance, beyond the reach of change or decay. We … Continued

Five Areas Worship Leaders Can Show Honor

Honor is an important mix of respect and integrity. A person can honor someone else by respecting them in word and action. Honor is also about keeping one’s word – honoring what has been said and making it happen. When someone … Continued

The Importance of Scripture Memory in Children’s Ministry

I heard a story about a young mother who skeptically examined a new educational toy. “Isn’t it rather complicated for a small boy?” she asked the sales clerk. “It’s designed to adjust the child to live in today’s world, ma’am,” … Continued

Two Ways To Stretch Your Team: High Standards + Assurance

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It takes some inward “umph” for a person to truly pursue something. Students, children or even employees can probably be moved toward accomplishing something based on a request from someone in authority or the reward being offered (paycheck, graduation, lack … Continued

Where have you failed lately?

I recently read a story of a woman who recalled dinner times when she was younger. Regularly, her dad would ask the kids, “Where have you failed this week?” The question prompted some conversation but more importantly set a tone … Continued

Seven Ways To Help Engage Parents In Your Student Ministry

Trust and partnership are crucial ingredients as we seek to minister to students and their families. Here are seven ideas for helping to make sure you’re on the same page with parents – whether they are actively involved in the … Continued

What Vision Is Not

What is your vision for ministry? I recently heard what vision is not. Vision Is Not A Goal Goals are narrow and statistical. Vision is broad and warm in comparison. Vision Is Not A Dream Dreams are broad and inspirational. … Continued

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