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Time Out? What About Time In?

Time Out? What About Time In?

Any book, speech. seminar or DVD on discipline talks about giving children Time Outs for misbehavior. Most of us agree that a Time Out administered in ...
Where Have All the College Kids Gone?

Where Have All the College Kids Gone?

Last year high-school-senior Andrew ushered, played the guitar and served as a LIT in your church Awana club. This year Andrew has disappeared. Well ...
Men – 12 Ways to a Be Role Model

Men – 12 Ways to a Be Role Model

We hear and read a lot about needing men in children’s ministry. We need good men to be good role models for kids – especially those kids who come fro ...
And Even More Family Dinner Ideas

And Even More Family Dinner Ideas

Last week I wrote about the difference family dinners can make in a child’s life and listed 13 ways to make dinners even more appealing and fun. Here ...
What? I’m Supposed to do a Large Group Lesson?

What? I’m Supposed to do a Large Group Lesson?

What? Director Joe wants ME to do a Large Group Lesson?  You don’t say it out loud, of course, but you think it. Just as the leaders’ meeting was co ...
5 Things Toxic Leaders Say

5 Things Toxic Leaders Say

You’ve had that boss. Maybe you’ve been that boss. The one who said something that made you feel horrible. Words are powerful. Our words represent ho ...
Charles Spurgeon on Children’s Ministry

Charles Spurgeon on Children’s Ministry

One of our most popular posts on the Life Threads blog so far was this one – quoting Charles Spurgeon and his thoughts on Children’s Ministry. A lot ...
7 Practices of Healthy KidMin Teams

7 Practices of Healthy KidMin Teams

Your team is everything. But it only takes a few wrong words, ill-timed accusations, or misplaced assumptions to kill an otherwise healthy team. Many ...
Tween Talk

Tween Talk

Sometimes parents think their tweens would rather be with their friends than their dads and moms, but more than a third of tweens (5th-8th graders) wi ...
Leading with Empathy: Four Tips

Leading with Empathy: Four Tips

Empathetic leaders are rare. But they’re irreplaceable. Empathy is the ability to feel hurt, take another’s perspective, and connect with them. An em ...
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