CM TeleSummit – Praise and Worship That Rocks – Yancy

cmtelesummit Here is my next installment of notes from the CMTelesummit.

  • Been around children’s ministry her entire life.
  • Praise and Worship
  • What is the purpose of worship leaders?
    • Worship is communication
      • Communication with God
      • As leaders, worship time is also communication to kids or families
      • Everything we do communicates something to our audience
  • “Leading Worship is more about your leadership ability than your musical ability.”
Read More

100 Questions For Talking to Kids

image Here is another synopsis of an article which I published over on Ministry-to-Children.com.  The article titled TALKING TO KIDS: 100 QUESTIONS TO START A CONVERSATION was published on May 17, 2010.

Brief Synopsis

I love talking to kids!  I really do.  It just comes naturally, but I know that is not the case for all people.  In this article I offer a list of 100 conversation starters in a variety of categories that you can use to start talking to kids.

Read More

The Play That Doesn’t Work

imageI’m way behind in updating this site for articles I publish over on the Ministry-to-Children.com site. So, here is another synopsis of an article which I published over on Ministry-to-Children.com.  The article titled HERE’S AN EASY WAY TO TEACH BIBLE STORIES TO CHILDREN was published on May 10, 2010.

Brief Synopsis

This article goes over a technique that allows you to retell any Bible story over and over again while the kids in your class have a great time learning it. 

Read More

The Importance of Storytelling With Children

Time for another Ministry-to-Children.com article synopsis. My article published today on Ministry-to-Children.com is titled Is Storytelling Really That Important?.

Brief Synopsis

This article was prompted by story time each night with my almost three-year-old son. It examines the importance of storytelling to kids particularly when it comes to teaching them about the Bible. The Bible is, after all, the greatest story ever told. Part of conveying a sense of excitement about the Bible lies in helping kids to understand their part in God’s story!

Read More

#53 – If It’s Too Comfortable, You’re Not Doing Something Right! (Tips For Large Group Teaching)

Welcome to a continuing series of tips on working with large groups of children. I hope that you will find these tips useful and be able to implement them in your dealings with large groups of kids. If you do, please leave a comment and let us know. For a complete list of posts in this series, please see the index page. So, without further introduction, here is today’s installment.

In this series, we’ve been through a ton of tips for improving and expanding your large group experience.  Some may seem very natural to you, and some of these ideas may make you very uncomfortable.  All of us are better at some things than others and find certain ideas more intimidating than others.  So, while it’s important to find the things that we are good at, it’s equally important to stretch ourselves and try things that are not in our comfort zone.

In order to take over the large group teaching portion of our lesson, I had to give up doing small groups on a regular basis.  Small groups were something that I loved and something I thought I was quite good at.  It came naturally to me.  I love talking to kids one-on-one and finding out what is going on in their lives.  I love building on the large group lesson and helping kids figure out specific ways to apply it to their own lives.  I had become very comfortable in the position of small group leader.  So, as cool as I thought doing the large group teaching would be, I was a little bit apprehensive to give up something I was so comfortable with.

In the end, it was that level of comfort that actually led me to swallow the bullet and start teaching the large group.  It was listening to a song by Matthew West called “The Motions” that finally convinced me that I needed to step out of my comfort zone.  The lyrics to the chorus of that song are:

Read More

#52 – Seek Feedback (Tips For Large Group Teaching)

Welcome to a continuing series of tips on working with large groups of children. I hope that you will find these tips useful and be able to implement them in your dealings with large groups of kids. If you do, please leave a comment and let us know. For a complete list of posts in this series, please see the index page. So, without further introduction, here is today’s installment.

If we’re doing Children’s Ministry the right way, we invest a lot of time preparing in preparing the actual lesson, a lot of time praying about the lesson and the kids in our ministry and a lot of time practicing what we are going to do for our lesson each week.  All of these are admirable uses of time, but how foolish would it be to spend all that time getting ready and never ask anyone how it turned out?  Take advantage of volunteers in your ministry and other people in your church.  Ask them what they thought of the lesson.  Ask them for input on things that you are doing well and things that you could do better.  Ask them for any ideas they have to improve the children’s ministry.  Involve them in planning and decision making.  If you don’t have a team of other people who you can seek input from, ask a trusted friend to come into your room and observe on a regular basis.  Then, meet with that person and give them permission to speak the truth and evaluate what you are doing.  Talk to other large group leaders and ask them to evaluate how you are doing.  No matter how hard you try or how much you plan, there is always room for improvement, and an unbiased opinion is invaluable in that process.

Read More