New Opportunity!

New Opportunity!

Are you – or is someone you know – looking for a new opportunity in Children’s Ministry? We just might have it for you!

logo2Grace Community Church is a dynamic, growing church in Arlington, VA. It strives to be “a church for people who don’t go to church”. With strong and stable leadership, they are now looking to hire their first Children’s Pastor.

Is that you?

To find out more, or to apply for this position, click here.

5 Traps That Can Catch The KidMin Leader

5 Traps That Can Catch The KidMin Leader

As I stood there in front of a couple hundred elementary age kids, my mind was racing. I was in the middle of telling the story for large group time, but realized just as I started that several of the props required for the story weren’t on stage. These were pretty big – and necessary!Continue Reading

6 Secrets For Successful Children’s Ministry

6 Secrets For Successful Children’s Ministry

OK, maybe these aren’t really secrets. Actually, they should be very obvious. But too many churches don’t seem to know these “secrets”, or they just don’t put them in to practice. My experience and observations tell me that, if your ministry knows and practices these 6 “secrets”, then your ministry will probably be pretty successful.Continue Reading

Connect With Kids With High Expectations

Connect With Kids With High Expectations

This is the seventh of a series on how we can CONNECT with kids in our ministries. The “C” is Clarify the Goal. The “O” is Offer Relationships. The “N” is Never let the situation mean more than the relationship. The second “N” is Never let the relationship mean more than God’s truth. The “E” is Examine yourself in light of God’sContinue Reading

Connecting With Kids Like Jesus Did

Connecting With Kids Like Jesus Did

This is the sixth of a series on how we can CONNECT with kids in our ministries. The “C” is Clarify the Goal. The “O” is Offer Relationships. The “N” is Never let the situation mean more than the relationship. The second “N” is Never let the relationship mean more than God’s truth. The “E” is Examine yourself in light of God’sContinue Reading

Connecting With Kids Through Authenticity

Connecting With Kids Through Authenticity

This is the fifth of a series on how we can CONNECT with kids in our ministries. The “C” is Clarify the Goal. The “O” is Offer Relationships. The “N” is Never let the situation mean more than the relationship. The second “N” is Never let the relationship mean more than God’s truth. E…Examine yourself in the light of God’s Word.Continue Reading

The Importance of God’s Truth In Connecting With Kids

The Importance of God’s Truth In Connecting With Kids

This is the fourth of a series on how we can CONNECT with kids in our ministries. The “C” is Clarify the Goal.   The “O” is Offer Relationships.   The “N” is Never let the situation mean more than the relationship.   N…Never let the relationship mean more than God’s truth.   OK, another long point.  The first “N”Continue Reading

Connecting With Kids When It’s Hard

Connecting With Kids When It’s Hard

This is the third of a series on how we can CONNECT with kids in our ministries. The “C” is Clarify the Goal. The “O” is Offer Relationships. N…Never let the situation mean more than the relationship. OK, that’s kind of a long point. But here’s what I mean: in Children’s Ministry you will inevitably find yourself in “challenging”Continue Reading

Connecting With Kids Through Relationships

Connecting With Kids Through Relationships

This is the second of a series on how we can CONNECT with kids in our ministries. The “C” is Clarify the Goal. The second way we CONNECT with kids is: O…Offer Relationships. Ministry happens best through relationships…period. As leaders, it is our responsibility to offer relationships with kids in order to CONNECT with them. This takes time. This takes effort. ThisContinue Reading

How To Connect With Kids

How To Connect With Kids

One of the most important skills for children’s ministry is knowing how to CONNECT with kids. After all, isn’t that the key to making an impact in their lives? If we don’t CONNECT, we’re not going to make a difference.  So how do we CONNECT? There are seven ways that we can do so…here’s the first: C is for ClarifyContinue Reading

7 Ways To Develop Your KidMin Team

7 Ways To Develop Your KidMin Team

We’ve talked a little about personal & corporate development in our last couple of posts (see here and here). Today I want to share a few thoughts about developing your team. It’s ridiculous to think this topic could be covered in a blog post, but here is an outline of how I’ve approached team development as I’ve ledContinue ReadingContinue Reading

A Great KidMin Leader Is . . .

A Great KidMin Leader Is . . .

A great KidMin leader is . . . 1. Someone worth following. Leadership of others starts with leadership of self. When we lead ourselves well, we become leaders worth following. So great KidMin leaders are those who lead themselves well by: committing to personal growth protecting their character maintaining priorities building quality relationships leading byContinue ReadingContinue Reading

5 Ways To Lead Well At Christmas

5 Ways To Lead Well At Christmas

Christmas can be a wonderful time of year . . . or it can be a complete nightmare. How do we, as ministry leaders, maximize the season while leading well? Here are 5 ideas: 1. Focus on people, not program.  Christmas can be a heavily programmed time of year. Depending on your church, you mayContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Five Ways to Bless Volunteers at Christmas

Five Ways to Bless Volunteers at Christmas

Children’s Ministry thrives because of many reasons, not the least of which is our volunteers. A mark of any good Children’s Ministry leader is how we care for our volunteers. We must find ways to serve them and bless them throughout the year, but Christmas is an especially opportune time to do this. 1. GiveContinue Reading

Rules For KidMin

Rules For KidMin

Many of you know that I (Greg Baird) partner with Kidz Blitz to present Kidz Blitz LIVE and FX LIVE in the Western United States. One of the benefits of this partnership is being able to work with people like Roger Fields, founder of Kidz Blitz. Here’s a recent post from Roger which I thoughtContinue Reading

Investing Your Time Wisely

Investing Your Time Wisely

Time. One of the most important resource you possess.  How you invest it is critical, because unlike most other resources, you cannot recoup it once it’s gone. And yes, I said “invest” instead of “spend”, because every second is an investment. Is time investment a challenge to you sometimes?  For most, it is.  For leaders, itContinue ReadingContinue Reading

I Quit!

I Quit!

Mary walked up to me and said the most terrifying words a Children’s Pastor can hear: I quit!” Being in my first ministry position, I had no idea what to say or do.  I’m pretty sure I mumbled something like… OK…well good luck in the future.” What?  Really, Greg?  That’s the best response I couldContinue ReadingContinue Reading

The Secret To KidMin Leadership Success

The Secret To KidMin Leadership Success

So it is in Children’s Ministry (or any other ministry or organization, for that matter). Stated another way, you and your children’s ministry will only rise to the level that you and your team can take it.  Seems obvious, doesn’t it? So why do we spend our time on less important tasks instead of developing ourContinue Reading

What I Learned About Vision Alignment From The Playground

What I Learned About Vision Alignment From The Playground

When my boys were little one of the favorite events for all of us were “playground dates”.  If you’re a parent, you know exactly what these are.  For the kids, a great time of fun.  For parents, a few moments of sanity! As a Dad, my “vision” for this time was to get a HappyContinue Reading

14 Great Leadership Books – Something For Everyone!

14 Great Leadership Books – Something For Everyone!

There are literally thousands of books on leadership available. Where do you start? I thought I’d share a list of some of the favorite books I’ve read for leading effectively. None of these are “Children’s Ministry” books, but all of them have incredible applications to Children’s Ministry: •   Developing the Leader Within You & DevelopingContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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