>>From the Editor: 2010
was hard. Okay, maybe just the last nine months. I bet you can
relate. One thing that’s true of those of us in children’s ministry
is that we’re extremely passionate, visionary, idealistic, and, at
times, crazy. We say “yes” to too much. We overcommit. We work too
many hours. Yep, we’re crazy at times.
by Christine Yount Jones
>>Going Nowhere Fast: Without careful
planning — and evaluation — the growth of your ministry will
likely go nowhere fast. Chances are, you’ll stall out in the same
spot a year from now. Check out these expert tips to keep your
program on the move.
by Christiaan VandenHeuvel
>>Kids Pastor or Circus
Master: Stop being a ringleader! Take off your top hat
and let someone else tame your ministry’s time-sucking “lions” so
you can shepherd children. As dramatic as all
this sounds, I’m far from alone. Every children’s minister
eventually faces similar issues. So how can we keep the main
thing–shepherding young hearts–the main thing?
by Marty Martin
Ministry: Cradle to College: NextGen ministry embraces
this broadened perspective. Simply put, it’s ministry to multiple
age groups who are the next generation. It involves a strategic
plan for young people from cradle to college, with measurable goals
and clear objectives for each age. Discover the whys and hows of
running a ministry that works for the entire family
by Megan Lacefield
Kids LOVE these Sunday School resources!
>>Worth the Risk: More
powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single
bound. You may not feel like that describes you in your children’s
ministry, but the truth is that with every risk you take to lead
your ministry in innovation, you’re heroic! And in the last year,
you’ve been leading the way to reinvent your children’s ministry to
be even more effective in reaching children. Check out what else
our exclusive research reveals.