January 2011

What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry: Video Edition is ready for you!  Go to http://pajamaconference.com to register. If you’re already registered for the What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry: Video Edition, here’s how it works: Click on the “Speakers/Topics” link at the right. Click on the picture of the speaker/topic you want to watch. Click […]

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If the story of Samson as found in Judges 13-16 were made into a movie, it would probably be rated R.  Recently my senior pastor shared part of Samson’s story with our ministry staff and offered a challenge that is worth sharing with you. Judges 16:18-20 18 When Delilah saw that he had told her […]

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Preparing for Lent

Matt Guevara —  January 25, 2011 — Leave a comment

Despite growing up in a church context that did not acknowledge Lent, I participate in it every year.  I’ve found that the practice of giving something up has become a much needed act of sacrifice that has impacted my relationship with God, my family, and my team.  Lent is a powerful ritual and so often […]

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Getting to the Need

Articles —  January 25, 2011 — Leave a comment

In the last article in our January series highlighting Special Needs Ministry, Amy Fenton Lee and Cory Center staff writer Rhonda Haslett discuss how to engage in a positive dialogue with parents of children with special needs and decide how to implement a “buddy system” within your children’s ministry.  These are critical needs in the […]

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The Cory Center Podcast kicks off 2011 with a series on Team Building with Kids.  In this episode, Brodie Swanson – a Bethel Seminary graduate and Side by Side Coach, discusses how to transition team building from being just a game to a powerful learning tool in ministry.  Listen and learn the keys to the […]

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It’s A Little Big Planet

Matt Guevara —  January 21, 2011 — 1 Comment

Little Big Planet is a video game on the Playstation console that allows players to create and share their own game levels, as well as rate and play the game levels created by others. According to Mashable.com, LittleBigPlanet 2 works a little bit like a YouTube for games, if YouTube more prominently featured a Facebook-like activity […]

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Our friends over at Pajama Conference have been hard at work getting ready for some great Conferences that you can, get this, attend while in your PJ’s – because they are done online and are viewed right in your own home!  Get it, PJ’s….Pajama Conference???  Oh, never mind…. They have 3 such conferences coming up […]

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This video captures kids experimenting with vintage technology: floppy disk and diskettes, the original Gameboy, A-Track player, and the classic Fischer-Price record player.  It offers a unique look at the way kids think.  The video is in French, but includes English subtitles. Watching this video makes me think, “What kind of vintage technology are we […]

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Helping a family in crisis is difficult for even the most seasoned pastoral leader.  Several weeks ago, Pastor Rob Bugh from Wheaton Bible Church in Wheaton, IL  took some time to sit down with our ministry staff and talk about a pretty intense topic, “A Theology of Suffering.”  He mentioned four statements that need to […]

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Families and Sports

Matt Guevara —  January 17, 2011 — Leave a comment

Recently my children’s ministry team had the opportunity to take over the adult weekend services to speak on the topic, “Why We Teach Kids the Bible.”  We knew that this unique opportunity would allow us to speak to one of the biggest obstacles for families getting connected to the church: sports.  Check out the video […]

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