Better Children's Ministry

Better Children's Ministry

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Better Children’s Ministry is a weekly podcast from Every Generation Ministries for anyone who wants to see children in their church transformed by the love of Jesus. facebook.com/EveryGenerationMinistries instagram.com/EveryGenerationMinistries twitter.com/egmworld


31 Days of Prayer: Nurturing Families
Jan 14 • 23 min
On January 1st, we kicked off the “31 Days of Prayer for Children.” EGM is spending the month of January praying for boys and girls around the world in a specific way each day. On this episode of “Better Children’s Ministry,” Kelli talks with Quinton…
31 Days of Prayer: Health and Wholeness
Jan 7 • 16 min
On January 1st, we kicked off the “31 Days of Prayer for Children.” EGM is spending the month of January praying for boys and girls around the world in a specific way each day. On this episode of “Better Children’s Ministry,” Daniel and Kelli talk about…
Entering 2019 with Thanks
Dec 31, 2018 • 17 min
So here we are approaching the new year. As we were thinking about what to discuss for this episode, we were thinking about what would bring us all into 2019 in the right frame of mind. So on this episode of Better Children’s Ministry, Daniel and Kelli…
“Welcome Them” - Our Year-End Celebration
Dec 24, 2018 • 15 min
Every year at EGM, the staff gets together and we pray and discuss what will be the focus of our year-end celebration. What will be the message in our annual Christmas card. What does God wants us to share about Him in light of our ministry to boys and…
A Call to Ministry is a Call to Prayer
Dec 17, 2018 • 23 min
When we serve in children’s ministry, we are leaders. And when God calls us into ministry as a leader, He also calls us into prayer. God invites us into an ongoing, intimate conversation with Him as we serve the boys and girls in our churches. He provides…
A Leader in Church and at Home
Dec 10, 2018 • 16 min
During this hectic holiday season, God’s call on our lives to minister to children can feel overwhelming. Balancing our responsibilities at home with our families and at church with our service can become very challenging. In this episode of Better…
Wisdom of Proverbs in Children’s Ministry
Dec 3, 2018 • 16 min
We know that the holiday season can be particularly busy and stressful for children’s ministry leaders. Because of the spiritual significance behind Thanksgiving and Christmas, our churches are often celebrating with additional services and programs.…
Volunteer Appreciation
Nov 26, 2018 • 18 min
One of our goals through this podcast is to pour encouragement into our listeners with the hope that you can pour into those around you as well. We are especially praying for you during this hectic holiday season; we know things tend to get a little…
Teaching Bible Truth to Children
Nov 19, 2018 • 25 min
“Truth” is one of the five principles found in Deuteronomy 6 that we use at EGM when we work with churches to disciple children. Each of them — Relationship, Experience, Truth, Discussion and Response – works to provide children with opportunities to…
Ministry in Small Groups
Nov 12, 2018 • 21 min
When our goal in children’s ministry is life transformation, it becomes increasingly important to ensure every child has a discipleship relationship. One of the most practical ways we can facilitate relational ministry is in a small group setting. On this…
Support From Senior Pastors
Nov 5, 2018 • 28 min
Many children’s ministry leaders express a desire to have a better relationship with their senior pastors and senior leadership. On this episode of “Better Children’s Ministry,” Kelli Johnson and Tara Thomas talk with Jed Manimtim, Executive Pastor at…
The Privilege of Serving in the Nursery
Oct 29, 2018 • 15 min
There is a special honor that comes with ministering to boys and girls who aren’t quite old enough to hear and respond to a Bible lesson – at least not in ways we can see. We are talking about infants and children in the church nursery. Jesus himself…
Help When We Are Afraid
Oct 22, 2018 • 26 min
It’s October, which means that a lot of kids in our churches will probably be trick-or-treating and dressing up in costumes. Around the time of Halloween and our fall celebrations, the topic of fear, or being afraid, comes up a lot. There’s a lot of…
Helping Children Respond to God
Oct 15, 2018 • 17 min
Every Generation Ministries believes every child can experience the transformed life Jesus intends for them. That is why we help churches give children opportunities to respond to God in their real lives. The Word of God is intended to impact every single…
Bible Curriculum that Transforms
Oct 9, 2018 • 18 min
The real-life experiences of children in the U.S. vary greatly. The life of a child in a rural southern town is not the same as the life of a child in a major northeastern city. How do we use the children’s ministry curriculum we have most effectively to…
Having Fun is Serious Business
Oct 1, 2018 • 15 min
A big part of help children experience the transformed life Jesus intends for them is creating an environment at church where children want to be, and that means helping children have FUN. Although we don’t want the whole point of church to be about…
Discipleship & Evangelism
Sep 24, 2018 • 16 min
Every Generation Ministries believes every child can experience the transformed life Jesus intends for them. That is why we help churches around the world disciple children using five principles from Deuteronomy 6. We talk about discipleship a lot on this…
Partnering with Parents
Sep 17, 2018 • 18 min
Sometimes discipleship looks like a birthday party. As a church family, we can partner with parents by simply being present in the life of their child. On this episode of Better Children’s Ministry, David Jesse talks with Tara Thomas about what role the…
Developing Teen Leaders
Sep 10, 2018 • 13 min
Looking for volunteers? Check the youth group! Many churches have eager, excited teens who want to serve their church, and children’s ministry is often a natural fit. In this episode of “Better Children’s Ministry,” Tara Thomas talks with David Jesse…
Too Young to Follow Jesus?
Sep 3, 2018 • 17 min
It seems like there’s an undertone in many churches that children’s ministry is “pre-ministry.” The idea is that we’re serving people who are not yet old enough to have true faith in God, or maybe make a meaningful contribution to the life of the church.…
Passionate & Committed Volunteers
Aug 27, 2018 • 22 min
A big responsibility within children’s ministry is equipping and encouraging those who are directly discipling boys and girls. On this episode of “Better Children’s Ministry,” David Jesse talks with Krysten Norkaitis, EGM’s Leadership Developer, about…
Creativity in KidMin
Aug 20, 2018 • 20 min
“Creativity” can be a scary word for some of us. Many people don’t feel equipped to teach children because they don’t feel like they’re creative people. On this episode of “Better Children’s Ministry,” Krysten Norkaitis chats with David Jesse about what…
Welcoming Special Needs Kids
Aug 13, 2018 • 21 min
As VBS season continues, David Jesse sat down with Tara Thomas to talk about her experience this year. Her church designed a VBS program with differently-abled children in mind. In this episode, David and Tara talk about the inherent value of every person…
Experiencing Bible Truth
Aug 6, 2018 • 22 min
Experiential teaching – helping children experience the feelings associated with a Bible truth – is not a method invented by EGM. In fact, it is modeled by Jesus himself and takes its cues from Deuteronomy 6. In this episode of “Better Children’s…
Talk About Them
Jul 30, 2018 • 22 min
“So in a lot of children’s ministry work, there’s Bible stories told, Bible communicated, then there’s some questions and if the kids can get the right answers, then the kids are happy, the teacher’s happy, the parents are happy….but underneath the…
Praying With Them
Jul 23, 2018 • 22 min
As we disciple children, as we model our Savior, as we try to live out the life that he would have lived, as we model Christ and help children become more like Christ, praying has to be a big part of that. In this episode of “Better Children’s Ministry,”…
Preparing Our Hearts to Serve
Jul 16, 2018 • 17 min
Have you ever been personally transformed by the Bible lesson you prepared for KidMin? Spending time with God’s Word before presenting it to children is an important aspect of biblical leadership. In this episode, David is joined by Tara Thomas, EGM’s…
So What?
Jul 9, 2018 • 24 min
If we only do one thing in children’s ministry, it must be helping boys and girls connect God’s Word to their real life. Even if we have a super creative Bible lesson, a fun craft and the best snack prepared, we haven’t done our jobs if the children leave…
Ministering to Misbehavers
Jun 27, 2018 • 25 min
Is there a kid in your church who might be more difficult to love than others? When you see them coming, do you cringe inwardly? In this episode, David and Daniel discuss the importance of ministering to boys and girls with a Gospel mindset. Highlights:…
The Buzz
Jun 27, 2018 • 29 min
There is often a temptation in ministry to judge our success by big numbers and big programming that creates a lot of “buzz” around activities. Daniel reminisces about the best KidMin buzz he ever generated and how to refocus our ministry on the real…
The Dreaded Saturday Night Text
Jun 26, 2018 • 33 min
Yep, you know the one. Why is it so difficult to find people to serve in children’s ministry? Daniel Watts, EGM’s President, talks to David about casting vision for KidMin and helping others realize their calling to serve boys and girls. Highlights: 1:54…
Introduction
Jun 26, 2018 • 15 min
Welcome to Better Children’s Ministry! Here’s an overview of what this podcast is all about. Highlights: 2:10 – What Jesus thinks about ministry to children 4:08 – What makes this KidMin podcast different? 6:16 – What does Jonah and the big whale have to…