Group Publishing
CMM0514
Subscribe Button

Christine has over 20 years of children's ministry experience. She's the author of 10 books and hundreds of articles related to children's ministry. It's no wonder she enjoys an almost-daily latte to keep her going! She is also the executive editor of Children's Ministry Magazine and serves as Group's children's ministry champion, responsible for research, development, and innovation in children's ministry resources. 

The 80/20 Gap

In our current childrensministry.com poll, we ask "What's the greatest gift you'd like to get for Christmas this year for your ministry?" The top answers? People! (in the form of more volunteers and paid staff)

So I thought I'd blog a bunch of recruiting ideas from our magazine archives, but instead ran across one of my all-time favorite articles we've done in the 20 years we've been creating CMMag. It's an article by Ann Murphy called "The 80/20 Gap."

In it, she writes, "What's the 80/20 Gap? It's the distance between the resources we define to be required to support an area of ministry (100%) and the actual resources we work with (80%). The 80/20 Gap is a fact of life in this world. For all of us, when time, volunteers, or funds fall short of our stated needs, God calls us to step out in bold ways."

I love this article and want to "gift" it to you as you, like all of us, live in that space where we have to rely on God: http://childrensministry.com/articles/the-8020-gap

 

Posted at 18:18

Drop Off or Drop Out?

I was a drop-off kid. There was something in my heart that longed to be in church, but my family was unchurched. So God bless my mom...she dropped me off or allowed me to walk to church, and eventually joined me there.

Over the last few years, I've heard of a trend that churches won't allow kids to attend church if they're not accompanied by a parent or a guardian of some sort. That's what inspired our current poll at www.childrensministry.com.

We asked people to respond to this statement: We allow kids without parents at church:

Always--40 people

Never--4 people

Only the first time--1 person

Other--2 people

Just makes me wonder where I'd be today if the folks at the churches I attended unchaperoned would've turned me away. And, yes, I know there are security concerns and it's a different world today. Surely we can figure out the ins and outs of the security issues to indeed "let the children come."

If you'd like to read more about this topic, go to "Drop Off or Drop Out?" by clicking on this link: http://childrensministry.com/articles/drop-off-or-drop-out

 

Posted at 18:55

KidMin Conversation, Part 2

Listen in on a conversation between Phillip Moody (our first KidMin Conference Registrant) and myself.

CYJ:  Wow! Thanks for your trust! When you say you need help moving your children's ministry to the next level, help me understand what that level will look like for you when you get there.

Phillip: For me/us it is completing (if we can or ever do) the place where volunteers are lining up to serve and stay committed.  Where the children's ministry is another "front door" for our guests to our church alongside the worship services.  Plus our church/children's ministry is growing.  I think it is time (or soon will be) to put on our big boy/girl pants, and continue to prepare the way for the growth.

CYJ: Oh my gosh, Phillip! I used the "put on your big girl pants" in our KidMin dreaming session, and our dreamers thought that was hilarious. Glad to see I'm not the only one who uses that for "don't be a victim and take charge"! So tell me what your dreams would be that we could create for you at KidMin to take you to the next level. What do you need most at our conference?

Phillip: I think pretty much any seminar you are considering, but if the schedule could have time to reflect.  I am into Spiritual Formation (or want to be into it more), but I'm not talking about that as such.  I wish for time or an experience that would allow individuals to soak in all the ideas they have been exposed to, then write/plan out three ideas that are realistic for the individual/team/and their church situation.  Before they get on the plane, they begin their planning before the chaos that greets them when they get back home off the plane.  And who knows maybe a spiritual exercise/activity could/should be a part of that.

CYJ: Yes! Yes! Phillip, we want to provide that time and processing! This is a God thing to hear this from you to keep pursuing that time for processing and a conference action plan. How can we bless you for being our #1 registrant? (Phillip and our team are working on that blessing!)

 I’m looking forward to meeting Phillip and all the wonderful children’s and family ministers at our first-ever KidMin Conference October 7-10, 2011, in Chicago. Want more info about our first-ever KidMin Conference? Our site will be live with tons of great info the first week of December. Hang on! Then go to www.childrensministry.com/kidmin 

Posted at 15:20

KidMin Conversation--Part 1

Listen in on a conversation between Phillip Moody (our first KidMin Conference Registrant) and myself.

CYJ:  Phillip, we just learned that you're our #1 registrant for our first-ever KidMin Conference! Thanks so much for jumping in so quickly! If you don't mind, I'd like to ask you some questions and post our conversation (or parts of it) in my blog. So are you willing to have a little email chat with me?

Phillip: Yes, that would be fun and good.

CYJ:  Great! So you're the first registrant (and not with a lot of info on the conference yet). Why did you sign up pretty much "sight unseen" for the KidMin Conference?

Phillip: This may sound lame, but I trust Group.  (Our church is 14 years old, and Group has been our lead curriculum material provider since we began.)  And I need such an experience that I know you all will create/provide that will help me help move our growing children's ministry to the next level.  (I have considered CPC conferences and others before, but this timing is just simply right.)

(Stay tuned. In my next blog, Phillip responds to this question: Wow! Thanks for your trust! When you say you need help moving your children's ministry to the next level, help me understand what that level will look like for you when you get there.)

Want more info about our first-ever KidMin Conference October 7-10, 2011, in Chicago? Our site will be live with tons of great info the first week of December. Hang on! Then go to www.childrensministry.com/kidmin 

Posted at 21:17

Thankful Kids, Thankful Families

Mom always said to “say thank you” and “don’t forget thank you notes.” Turns out, she knew what she was talking about (Go, Mom!) – studies show that people who have an “attitude of gratitude” are happier, healthier, and more successful. Wow! That’s a lot of gain for a simple “thank you.”

God wired us to be thankful people. We know that, in addition to teaching our children good manners,  we need to help our children develop an “attitude of gratitude,” and to appreciate the amazing gifts God has given us and continues to give us every day.

Mom knew that thankfulness – like so many other things – takes practice. And practice works best when we make it fun and creative for our children. Group has put together some fun, simple, low-cost ideas that any family can use to increase their “thankfulness factor.” Plus, we’re giving away free downloadable music to help add to a more thankful mood.

Please visit us at www.group.com/groupmusic today. And thank you in advance for  passing this link site along to families who might need more thankfulness in their lives!

Posted at 19:19

Archive

 
Copyright © 2014 by Group Publishing, Inc.