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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. 

Who Are We?

We're redesigning Children's Ministry Magazine. You'll see our amazing updated look in your May/June 2010 issue! RoseAnne (our art director) has wowed all of us--as usual!

One thing that we always consider in a redesign is our tagline--who we are. So, our current tagline is "The leading resource for those who serve children in the church."

What do you think of it? Is it accurate? Would you say it in a different way?

Help us shape the new and improved Children's Ministry Magazine!

Posted at 20:33

Great Valentine's Day Ideas!

This Sunday is Valentine's Day! Are you poised to let all your volunteers, staff, and kids know how much you love them? Let them know how much God loves them too! It's the perfect day to fill their love tank.

So we just asked amazing children's ministers what they're doing for Valentine's Day. Go to our facebook fan page to check it out (and become a fan if you haven't yet).

Mary Smith is hanging valentine pockets with kids' names on them throughout her children's wing.

Kimberly Rockett is giving all her teachers Sweethearts.

Randy Dulin is putting them to work. lol

Angela Moore is throwing a party!

There's more, lots more. Click here and check it out and tell others your great ideas!

http://tinyurl.com/ybo4qe9

Posted at 18:59

God at Work in You

I'm reading in Genesis (in the God Sightings Bible), and something captured my attention.

In Genesis 24, when the servant went to find Isaac a wife, he did exactly what Abraham said. And when he found Rebekah and knew that God had led him, verse 26 says, "The man fell down to the ground and worshiped the Lord."

Interesting...I've always found that curious, but I feel like I understand it more now. Someone shared with me recently that God had led her to do an outrageous thing and as she obeyed, God did a work in her. I think God had done a work in this servant's heart as he traveled (who knows how long?). God had built into him along the way all he would need to accomplish the task. I'm sure he had observed Abraham's faith in God for decades. Now the God of Abraham became very personal to the servant. He waited and trusted and hoped that this God was real. And when Rebekah did exactly what he had asked God to have her do, he fell to the ground and worshiped.

What about us? I believe God is passionately involved in whatever mission he has called us to. Yet more than anything, he's at work IN US. He's building our faith, nurturing our hope. He's building our intimacy with him along the way.

That's exciting to me. It really isn't always about the destination, but about the journey. So while I feel God calling me to something that I think is near impossible and all I can do is see the multitude of obstacles, God persistently and gently calls to me. It makes the doing of the impossible that much more possible because I know that my loving God wants to do a work of healing in me.

Posted at 16:17

Sensing God's Presence

God is up to something at my kids' school. It's very cool!

My daughter asked me if we'd ever do an article about her school. I said "probably not, but why?" "Because I can really sense God's presence at our school," she said. I told her that a lot of schools and churches could probably say the same thing, but I asked her to elaborate.

That my daughter was celebrating the nearness of God was so amazing to me! We may not write an article about it in the magazine, but I've certainly written this blog about it!

Posted at 22:14

Take the Sting Out of Curriculum!

Two years ago, we started asking children's ministers, "What's the biggest thing you struggle with?" "Getting volunteers," they said!

Then we took a hard look at curriculum. "Maybe all our creativity is making it hard for volunteers," we thought. So we created an initial concept (that would become Buzz curriculum), but it didn't look anything like Buzz does now. We talked to children's ministers across the country and asked them to help us shape it. And, God bless 'em! Children's ministers have lots of great opinions.

We went back to the drawing board several times...until we reached a version of Buzz that people said YES! YES! That's exactly what we need! It truly is "if it's in the lesson, it's in the box"!!!!

It was an amazing process...a huge learning experience...and something that I'm so grateful I got to be a part of. Recently, Becki Manni, our senior editor, sent me this email from someone who's using Buzz: "I have been thrilled with this curriculum!  It is wonderful.  I run the children's department and we had been using Faithweaver for most of their lives.  It was time for something drastic!  This was the answer.  It is fun, engaging and most of all it hits on our top priorities:  Bible and Prayer!  I am also the parent of a 5 and a 3 year old.  For the first time they are getting it - they are able tell me what they learned - we actually do the homework (sorry we didn't do the Faithweaver stuff).  Our children are really thriving with this curriculum - keep up the great work!"

God is so good! We asked him to show us how to serve the church with their biggest need...and God faithfully answered! So if you struggle to get volunteers because they say they're too busy, they don't have time to prepare or collect supplies, or they're not a teacher, you have to check out Buzz...Go to group.com/buzz. I think you'll be amazed!

Posted at 23:13

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