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JenningsDavid has served kids around the world for the majority of his life.  From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him.  Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.
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5 Things You Can Do to Encourage Kids’ Motivation in Children’s Ministry

I’ll admit it. I was a reward junkie. When I taught my kids, I loved giving out prizes and other small goodies. It felt it gave me an advantage--I could encourage good behavior with cheap candy and threaten to take away toys when kids misbehaved. This give-and-take reward system was something I was raised on when I was a kid in church, and naturally, I did it with my own Sunday school kids…
Posted at 11:36

3 Truths About Lying

It’s true—kids lie. A recent study by the Social Cognitive Development Lab at Brock University shows that lying starts as early as the age of 2 in some kids, and that the amount of lying peaks around the ages of 4 and 10. The study suggested that lying can be a good sign, and that it means a child is thinking deeper and more creatively…
Posted at 13:31

5 Ways to Help Parents Pass On Faith to Kids

The truth is that you should just be one part of parents’ plans to strengthen their kids in the area of God and faith. Many churches are turning their children’s ministry into family ministries, and I can see why. We should make it our goal to help parents be strong leaders of faith in their households. With that in mind, here are five steps you can take to help parents take the lead role in their kids’ spiritual lives…
Posted at 12:12

5 Reasons Why Laughter Is the Best Medicine

How many times do you laugh each day? I think we could all use a little more laughter in our lives. Sure, sometimes humor can be distorted. People use it to hurt others and some go dark and perverse with it, but comedy can still be good, clean fun. Sometimes things can get you down. Life is full of stress, grief, and heartache. But oftentimes, it’s better to laugh than cry. Laughter really is the best medicine, and here are some reasons why…
Posted at 13:58

7 Do’s and Don’ts to Get Men in Your Ministry

One problem we often hear about is that children’s ministries lack male volunteers. If your ministry could use a little extra testosterone, here are a few tips and tricks to try, as well as some things to stay away from…
Posted at 13:53

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