Dealing with children’s behavior is one of the most challenging parts of serving in children’s ministry. Jenny Funderburke Smith, Minister to Children at West Bradenton Baptist Church, drops by the podcast to discuss the purpose of discipline in kids’ ministry as discipleship and helps us identify practical ways to structure the ministry and classroom environments to develop a positive culture of behavior.
According to statistics, we are the most addicted, in-debt, depressed, obese population in U.S. history. We go to great lengths to avoid, deny, medicate or suppress emotions. Our country is full of adults who never learned how to navigate their emotions in a constructive way. What would it look like to raise a generation of emotionally and spiritually healthy children? David Thomas, LMSW, stops by the podcast to discuss the emotional development of children.
A long-time friend of LifeWay Kids, Kelli McAnally, stops by the podcast to help us discover ways to help parents stay connected to your ministry through family fun fellowships, including ideas like: Daddy/Daughter Date Nights, snack and chat trivia, Build-A-Nativity, and church scavenger hunts!
Though, we ultimately want every child to meet Jesus and our dream is to see all children respond to the Gospel in our services, we should also focus on creating memorable experiences that families and children want to come back to. When families find something that draws them back each week, then they stand a much better chance of getting plugged in to the life of the church and building lasting relationships that will last a lifetime. Randy Helms, Children’s Pastor at Mountain West Church in Stone Mountain, GA joins the podcast to discuss how to create a Christ-centered children and student ministry that will attract families and keep them coming back week after week.
Dr. Shelly Melia, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Ministry and director for the Master of Arts degrees in children’s ministry at Dallas Baptist University joins the podcast to talk about how families are approaching church differently than generations before them. This conversation gives us insight into the mindset of young parents and discover ways to engage them.
Parenting in the digital age is an ever-changing adventure. From trying to keep up with the newest trends to effective responses when things go wrong, the right thing to do can be hard to know. Jason Gibson, Director of the Babb Center in Hendersonville, TN, joins the podcast to discuss a series of strategies that can be immediately implemented as you lead and equip parents, students, and/or kids in your ministry areas.
[This new episode of the Kids Ministry 101 Podcast comes directly from #ETCH17 that happened last week! Mark Jones stops by our podcast studio to talk about how Bible Drill revolutionized Wednesday nights at his church.]
Wednesdays were boring and full of mischievous kids that were running off teachers faster than they could be recruited. After starting Bible Drill, Quail Springs has grown three times larger and their workers are doing a great job. Chuck and Mark discuss the church’s vision and all the secrets to their success.
If don’t already know, registration for ETCH 2018 is open! Visit www.etchconference.com for pricing & details! The first 50 churches to register for #ETCH18 will receive a free CSB Study Bible and 1 free ticket to a VBS Preview event of their choice! Don’t delay, register today!
Bill Emeott, lead kids ministry specialist at LifeWay, joins the podcast to talk about what age a child can believe and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Bill helps us think about 4 stages that kids walk through on their journey toward God.
Today’s podcast welcomes some of the leadership of the NextGen team at Houston’s First Baptist. Chuck sits down with their team to discuss how they work together in their individual areas to do what’s best for the families in their church. What does family ministry look like in your specifc age group ministry? What challenges have you encountered working together for the common goal?