unlikely pen pals

how do you engage different generations in Gospel-centered conversation? let’s face it many seasoned adults and preteens don’t cross paths much in the church building. that is why we began our secret prayer partner ministry. each fall we pair up our 5th-grade smasH (students ministering and serving Him) kids with an adult prayer partner in the church. the adult receives a picture and an “about…

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“i thank my God” wall (from the archives)

each year i struggle with how to show my sunday and wednesday investors (volunteers) how much they are appreciated by the kids, the parents, and me.  so for the past two years i have started having a “thank you” wall.  here is how it works: in a very visible hallway/lobby i place envelopes on the wall with the name and class of every investor, greeter,…

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certification in children’s ministry (updated with more ways to get info)

2019 will bring a new, challenging, and exciting role to my ministry plate – that of online instructor for a children’s ministry certification program through beadisciple.com. how exciting that i get to create a six week online class on one of my favorite subjects? one of my great joys comes from getting to know other ministry leaders and talking through practical strategies that will impact…

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