Hey folks! We're switching things up at Help! I'm A Children's Pastor. It's been long enough that we're doing a Reboot! Listen and be introduced to our new co-host Pastor John Steinklauber to the show. John's a brand new Children's Pastor though he's not new to ministry. Listen to the show for all the details. Send in your comments and questions for Ep 38! Suggested Books: Getting Things Done by David Allen Helping Our Children Grow in Faith: How the Church Can Nurture the Spiritual Development of Kids by Robert J. Keeley Resources: FontSquirrel.com - 100% free commercial fonts MailChimp.com - Free mailing lists BlueHost.com - Cheap website and blog hosting
Parents are not a problem in Children's Ministry... but some parents cause problems for us as pastors and leaders. This episode covers some hard-learned tips and lessons on how to handle irate, angry or just misinformed parents. Check out ParryGripp on YouTube!
Practical tips for attracting and keeping volunteers in your children's ministry. A focus on praying in volunteers over Suggested Books: On Being A Servant of God by Warren W. Wiersbe, Getting Things Done by David Allen, The Eric Trap by Jim Wideman
This episode we're offering suggestions to Pastor and Ministers who are staring a children's ministry in a new church and to those who are tasked with starting a children's ministry from scratch. Basically answering the queston, "How to start the children's ministry on the 'right foot'?" Plus your emails, questions and suggestions. Resources: Getting Things Done by David Allen | Kindle Check out Mat Lee's video/short film Rescue Movie
This episode I'd like to share a sermon I did for big church last year. I hope the message ministers to you.
This episode we look at how to build a children's sermon and service from the ground up. Whether you're using curriculum or starting from scratch it can be difficult to keep your kid's attention while preaching a children's sermon. The tips in this podcast will help you from start to finish. Resources: Ireland Photos Work Flowy avs4you.com Muddy River Media FreeCountdowns.net Free-Loops.com
How do we respond when a gifted volunteer says goodbye? We also talk about how to handle reporting suspected child abuse, board members and "stupid good guys". Also go listen to my audio journal to hear about my awesome Sunday experience where my daughter acted as my assistant for Sunday service.
Stage presence is one of the most important things a person speaking to children can have. It is equal parts entertainment, education and discipline. This week we look at stage presence and offer practical tips on how to improve your communication skills. We also look at several things not to do while on stage. Links Mentioned: Cheap audio/video editing suite - http://www.avs4you.com Countdowns - http://www.muddyrivermedia.org Free Countdowns - http://www.freecountdowns.net/main.html Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org Call us: 209-5NLCast Follow James on Twitter Friend James on Facebook
Since our last show I've gotten a few questions on how to create countdowns, how to edit videos and audio clips and sound effects, so I hijacked this episode to share some of the resources I use for animated full-motion backgrounds, animated clip art, game sounds, background tracks and more. I share free software and other resources as well. Links Mentioned: Adobe Audition - Audio editing software. Sony Vegas - Video editing software. Audacity - Free audio editor for PC. (Tutorial) Windows Live Movie Maker - Free video editing software for the PC. (Tutorial) Animation Factory - The best and cheapest source for motion backgrounds, animated clip art, PowerPoint backgrounds. Free Sound effects - freesound.org Great Sound effects, not free - soundsnap.com NewGrounds' Audio Portal - An excellent resource for driving music to go behind a game or countdown. High Voltage Kids Ministry - Game music, altar music, video countdowns, curriculum Countdown Creator - Quickly and easily merge music, backgrounds and text to create custom video countdowns. Email us: email@example.com Call us: 209-5NLCast Follow James on Twitter Friend James on Facebook
Games don't have to be wasted time. This week we discuss the role stage games play in a children's service, how they can be used to teach, and how to use them effectively.
Practical tips and steps to take when seeking a part or full-time children's ministry position. Mentioned Sites and Resources: My Spanish Missions Trip Experience CMConnect.org Kidology.org The Very Last Room - Christmas Story - If you'd like a copy of the story and the slide show, request it or make a $5 donation to the show.
How to communicate to Parents, Children, Ministry Leaders, Volunteers and your Pastor. We cover bulletins, fliers, newsletters, email lists, Facebook, and more. The Very Last Room - Christmas Story - If you'd like a copy of the story and the slide show, request it or make a $5 donation to the show.
How do you respond to parents who's children do nothing wrong? Show Links: Rod Puppet Made From Office Supplies Children's Ministry Monthly Episode 2 - Discipline PodcastKid.com - A great podcast for children 3-12 by James Kennison and his daughter. The Very Last Room - Christmas Story - If you'd like a copy of the story and the slide show, request it or make a $5 donation to the show.
This month we're clearing out the in-box answering your submitted questions about volunteers, delegation, administration, outreach ideas, moving to a new ministry position and positions for youth to help in kids church. Links & Resources: The Very Last Room - Original Christmas story. Imagine if your family were to take the last room in Bethlehem, just before Jesus' family came up. PodcastKid.com - Podcast for kids. Moral in every show. By Pastor James and his 5 year old daughter, Jenna. Subscribe in iTunes. Blog Entry: How Can I Get Volunteers From A Small Congregation How To: "Usher" Offering Machines What I've Learned After Three Weeks In A New Position Discipline Mini-Casts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
Tips and lessons on improving your children's church order of service.