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Thank You Gift for Volunteer: Handmade Presents to Show Appreciation

Are you looking for a great way to tell volunteers just how much you appreciate them? Have you run out of ideas for a thank you gift for volunteer?

Memory Verse Games: 10 Fun Bible Activities for Groups of Children

Bible memory verse games are a great way to engage young learners while helping them hide Scripture in their hearts. Enjoy these fun games with groups of children!

Why We Should All Work in the Church Nursery

The church nursery always seems to be a touchy subject, but I'd like to offer my two cents: We should all work in the nursery. And it's not an obligation...it's a joy.

Sunday School Lesson on Prayer: Accept God’s Invitation to Chat!

Use this Sunday school lesson on prayer with kids of all ages. It’s from the popular book Kids’ Travel Guide to the Lord’s Prayer.

Six Personal Leadership Habits That Will Ignite Your Ministry

How are your leadership habits? All of us involved in spiritual formation want to lead people well, but sometimes we forget that leading others begins by leading ourselves.

When Kids Make Early Decisions for Christ

When it comes to Jesus and kids, how can we help our children make decisions for Christ that are genuine? How do we explain the gospel in age-appropriate language and help them be excited to go public with their faith?

The Slippery Slope of Families Attending Church Less

There is a trend happening in churches. Families are attending church less frequently.  In most cases, families that used to attend twice a month are now attending church once a month. Families that used to come once a month are now only showing up at Christmas and Easter.

5 Signs You Might Be an Insecure Leader

Insecurity runs through leadership in epic proportions. Here's how to know if it's affecting you.

Mary and Joseph Travel to Bethlehem: A Free Bible Lesson for Kids

In this creative Christmas lesson, Mary and Joseph Travel to Bethlehem, children learn about the important journey that occurred before Jesus was born. Children will learn that God had important plans for Jesus' earthly parents. And he has important plans for us, too!

Christmas Family Night: Host a Happy Holiday Happening

People love fun Christmas events. Here's how to host a Christmas family night that will make it a holiday to remember!

12 Community Service Projects Kids Can Do in Small Groups

Don't just talk about serving others, use these 12 ideas to have kids serving and reaching the community.

Memories Instead of Gifts: A High-Value Approach to Christmas

As parents, we want to give our kids great gifts at Christmas. But what if we focused on making memories instead of gifts galore?

Christmas Eve Traditions: 16 Fun Ways to Celebrate Jesus’ Birth

Christmas Eve traditions lead to treasured memories while helping children learn and cherish the Christmas story. Here's a gift-bag full of Christmas Eve traditions and activities for families.

DIY Christmas Decorations for Kidmin: 3 Deck the Halls Ideas

What happens when you combine Christmas, a VBS decorator, and children’s ministry spaces? You get amazingly creative, super-affordable DIY Christmas decorations to delight kids of all ages.

That’s What Christmas Is All About Charlie Brown: The Season’s Meaning

Anyone who's watched the classic Peanuts story A Charlie Brown Christmas has heard about the birth of Jesus, our Savior. As Linus concludes after reciting Luke 2, "That's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown."

Christmas Party Games: 15 Holiday Hits for Children’s Ministry

Christmas brings many reasons to celebrate. If you need new ideas for children's Christmas party games, we have you covered!

Children’s Christmas Service Ideas to Use in Your Church

God gave Jesus at Christmas because of love. And because we love you, here are more than 100 children’s Christmas service ideas.

Christmas Object Lesson: Explore 5 Colors of the Season

Use this Christmas object lesson to teach children about the real meaning of the season. All you need are ornaments or decorations in the various colors.

Children Led Christmas Service: Pull It Off With Just One Practice

Christmas is a great opportunity to include kids in the broader church. To ease the workload and stress, try a children led Christmas service with just one practice!

Christmas Illustrations: 5 Ideas for Your Children’s Message

Christmas is such a great time to share God's Word with kids and families. Use the special season to share important Christmas illustrations with young listeners.

‘Redeeming Love’ Movie Releases—But Should Christians Go See It?

The film, “Redeeming Love,” based on the Christian novel of the same name, released today in theaters. Author Francine Rivers says her story demonstrates “the pursuing love that God shows to His people,” but Christian author Phylicia Masonheimer believes it could be "enormous stumbling block" for some.

Jackie Hill Perry: Why We Have the Wrong Idea About God’s...

Jackie Hill Perry joins the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast to share why the holiness of God is far more beautiful than we often think it is.

Articles for Children's Ministry Leaders