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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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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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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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I’ve always loved the The Adventure Bible. It is the most popular bible for elementary kids in my church context and its the Bible my own two grade school children bring to church each week. Yet I have never explored the treasure trove of resources on AdventureBible.com! Things that made me say, “Yes!” Everything you […]

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What to Read…

Jesse Smith —  May 1, 2013 — Leave a comment

This month, Cory Center would like to fill your summer reading list by sharing some great reads. As I sat down to share with you, I found book after book floating through my mind…so many that I can’t figure out which one to recommend. So, I’l tell you how I came across so many great […]

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Keith Ferrin, author of Like Ice Cream, is an amazing speaker and dad.  I was introduced to Keith a few years ago when he visited a local children’s ministry network that my church hosted.  I learned quickly that Keith loves God’s Word and he inspired me to do the same. Like Ice Cream: The Scoop […]

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I remember studying Deuteronomy 6:4-9 in college and grad school.  The message of this passage is forged into my memory: weave faith into the life of your family.  So when I had the chance to read and review Timothy Smith’s new book 52 Creative Family Time Experiences: Fun Ways to Bring Faith Home, I was […]

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Children’s Bibles are abundant in the United States.  We are spoiled for options.  According to Christianbook.com there are 903 listings under the heading “Children’s Bible.”  There are colored Bibles, story Bibles, Bibles for different ages, Bibles with special artwork, Bibles with cartoon characters on the cover, and a host of other options.  Yet in this […]

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Just a little Monday fun.  Check out these videos by actor and comedian Tyler Torti.  Watching these will add a little laughter to your Monday and you might get a good idea to use in your children’s and family ministry.  Enjoy!  

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Once upon a time there was a man named Phil Vischer. He started with a great idea and God blessed him and the company, Big Ideas. You remember Bob & Larry, right? Phil is their dad, at least for a time. (You can see what happened on Phil’s site or read about what he learned […]

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