Have you ever been personally transformed by the Bible lesson you prepared for KidMin? Spending time with God’s Word before presenting it to children is an important aspect of biblical leadership. In this episode, David is joined by Tara Thomas, EGM’s Mobilization Coordinator and a former Children’s Ministry Director. Tara shares about the challenges we face trying to prepare our hearts before Sunday morning and the importance of weighing the “urgent” against the “important.”
4:34 – Spiritual transformation in the life of a child starts with spiritual transformation in our own lives
5:16 – Weighing the urgent against the important
8:20 – Scheduling time to sit before the Lord before we lead on Sunday
9:49 – It benefits children to watch their leaders be transformed by God’s Word
14:06 – Discipleship is about more than teaching
14:51 – Encouragement for the discouraged
If we only do one thing in children’s ministry, it must be helping boys and girls connect God’s Word to their real life. Even if we have a super creative Bible lesson, a fun craft and the best snack prepared, we haven’t done our jobs if the children leave church unsure about real-life Bible application. We want to help them answer the question, “So What?” This episode of “Better Children’s Ministry” is about how to do that.
2:00 – What is the “So What” issue?
5:40 – “So What?” is not just a struggle in the KidMin world
8:42 – Knowing the real lives of the kids we serve
12:48 – “Talk About Them”
17:45 – Getting the right answers isn’t the goal
18:40 – Encouragement for the discouraged
Is there a kid in your church who might be more difficult to love than others? When you see them coming, do you cringe inwardly? In this episode, David and Daniel discuss the importance of ministering to boys and girls with a Gospel mindset.
2:18 – The sister of Attila the Hun
7:44 – We can be hopeful that God will use and transform troubled children
10:02 - Misbehavior can be addressed differently in church than in school
12:35 – Practical tips for managing a misbehaving child
14:20 – When spiritual transformation is our goal, motive matters
18:06 – Approaching misbehaving children with a Gospel mindset
20:02 – Ministering to misbehavior requires more people
22:00 – Encouragement for the discouraged
There is often a temptation in ministry to judge our success by big numbers and big programming that creates a lot of “buzz” around activities. Daniel reminisces about the best KidMin buzz he ever generated and how to refocus our ministry on the real lives of boys and girls.
1:50 – What’s “the buzz?”
4:38 – The KidMin “machine”
8:10 – Going Mach-8 with your hair on fire
10:00 – Making taco salads in garbage cans
16:28 – Big outreach and relational discipleship isn’t an either/or situation
20:19 – Children are attracted to genuine relationships, transformational teaching and a sense of belonging.
27:04 – Encouragement for the discouraged
Yep, you know the one. Why is it so difficult to find people to serve in children's ministry? Daniel Watts, EGM's President, talks to David about casting vision for KidMin and helping others realize their calling to serve boys and girls.
1:54 – Daniel Watts introduces himself
4:00 – Children’s ministry in a bathroom, under some trees and peeking through windows
5:25 – The Caspers
6:54 – Why do KidMin volunteers back out of their commitment so often?
10:48 – Seeing KidMin as a calling
17:00 – Casting vision for children’s ministry
18:07 – Re-recruiting ourselves
20:50 – Helping our church members realize their calling
26:58 – Mr. Pebbles
28:14 – The spiritual significance of the 2-year-olds class
31:33 – Encouragement for the discouraged
Welcome to Better Children’s Ministry! Here's an overview of what this podcast is all about.
2:10 – What Jesus thinks about ministry to children
4:08 – What makes this KidMin podcast different?
6:16 – What does Jonah and the big whale have to do with the real life of a five-year-old?
6:48 – The format of each show
9:50 – Who got into children’s ministry because they love paperwork and budgets? Beuller?
11:15 – Decades of KidMin experience around the world
12:53 – How to stay connected to EGM