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Hey, Look…

Jesse Smith —  December 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

Part of our Advent tradition is for me to take each of my sons out for a shopping date. It lets us spend time together, talk to them about the season (and talk about the greed), see what they want, and help them find gifts for others. I also gain a number of illustrations and […]

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Remember to Remember

Kyle Bostock —  December 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

I love the Christmas season.  Not because of the presents or the hype or even Santa, but because it is an incredible time to remember.  Remembering is a lost art in our culture.  And while the world tries it’s best to distract us, it is important to intentionally set aside times in our calendars to […]

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A recent study by the AASA and Americans for the Arts looked at how employers and school superintendents look at the word “creativity.”  According to Daniel Pink, “in schools, problems are almost always clearly defined, confined to a single discipline, and have one right answer.”  In the workplace, something flips.  “Problems are usually poorly designed, […]

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Become a Creative

Jesse Smith —  October 8, 2013 — Leave a comment

Children’s Ministry needs gifted administrators. Children’s Ministry needs gifted creatives. It’s not often that someone is gifted in both of these. My gifting soars in administration…but tanks when it comes to creativity. Enter Pinterest. If you’re like me, you need pinterest. Just type in what your looking for and not only can you find ideas […]

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One of the most helpful tools to learn and grow in leadership and creativity is to follow a wide array of blogs.  Thankfully this is a lot easier that going to each blog to read the latest news.  Using Google Reader, I subscribe to the RSS feed of over 100 blogs and connect my Google […]

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Several months ago I came across a resource called Move, a tool to evaluate and cultivate ministry health.  Every fall, I’m thinking about the launch of a new ministry year and my desire is to start off that ministry year with energy and enthusiasm.  But I’ve never take time to evaluate the health of the […]

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Volunteer Scheduling

Jesse Smith —  September 2, 2013 — Leave a comment

Children’s Ministry is one of the most volunteer intensive ministries of a church, no matter the church size. Between the standard nursery and sunday school programs and any additional flavors your church may add, like VBS, Awana, children’s church, and so on the percentage of your volunteers verses a typical Sunday attendance can approach 30% […]

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Information is Key

Jesse Smith —  June 13, 2013 — 1 Comment

No matter what size your ministry may be, there is a solid chance that you will have someone who has special needs at some point. It can seem like a tricky topic because there is so much information available – but at the same time there is so many different types of needs. It’s easy to feel […]

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This month at the Cory Center for Children’s Ministry, we are highlighting special needs ministry so I wanted to scour YouTube for free video resources about special needs ministry. Watch and learn!

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This month at the Cory Center for Children’s Ministry, we are highlighting special needs ministry so I wanted to review the newly released book by Amy Fenton Lee, Leading A Special Needs Ministry: A Practical Guide to Including Children and Loving Families. Amy Fenton Lee contributed some guest articles to the Cory Center for Children’s Ministry […]

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