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How to Pastor a PK

I grew up as a pastor's kid (PK). There were good things and bad things about that, but one thing I've learned is that there are three ways people treat PKs differently than they would treat other children.

Bible Stories for Elementary Age: How Children Learn God’s Word

As children grow, their attention spans and understanding levels change. So it’s important for Sunday school teachers and children’s ministry workers to adapt lessons accordingly. Find out how to teach Bible stories for elementary age, from toddlers to tweens.

You Can’t Just Put Kids in Church

For some reason, we expect kids in church to “get out” of the service the same experience that adults get out of it. But children are not adults, and we shouldn't expect them to be.

Church Is Boring: How to Respond to Children’s Complaints

To be brutally honest, sometimes my kids think church is boring. But sometimes so do I. And that's OK. If we're never bored, if we are constantly entertained and distracted, how will we ever find time to “be still and know that He is God” (Psalm 46:10)?

Trunk or Treat Ideas for Church: 27 Creative Harvest Event Themes

Are you brainstorming trunk or treat ideas for church? Whether you’re a trunk or treat newbie or a seasoned veteran, check out this long list of themes.

7 Surprises for New Children’s Ministry Leaders

As a new children's ministry leader, director or pastor, you may think you have everything under control and know what to expect. Nothing could be farther from the truth. You've got some big surprises ahead of you. Here are 7 surprises for new children's ministry leaders.

Where to Donate Toys: 5 Places Sure to Put Them to Good Use

As the Christmas season approaches, it’s time to give back and reach out. If your church or children’s ministry conducts an annual toy drive, you’ll need to know where to donate toys.

Faith Games for Children: 12 Fun Indoor Activities to Try

Check out these 12 active indoor faith games for children. The activities are sure to teach, challenge, inspire, and lead kids into a deeper relationship with their Savior, Jesus.

3 Tough Questions Kids Ask About God (and How to Answer Them)

How would you answer tough questions kids ask about God? Sometimes in children’s ministry, kids ask hard questions. So today I’d like to tackle three tough questions kids ask about God. Hopefully these will help guide you the next time a child asks a stumper.

Bible Verses to Memorize: 52 Scriptures for Children to Learn

Download this printable list of 52 easy but powerful Bible verses to memorize. For children, learning God's Word can be rewarding and fun!

Be a Better Children’s Ministry Leader: 18 Foolproof Strategies

Are you satisfied with how you lead your ministry? Starting today, you can take steps to be a better children's ministry leader. Here are a bunch of ideas—in no particular order—to help you lead better.

Go to Hell: Is That Our Unspoken Attitude Toward Kids?

Sometimes I feel as if children's ministry programs are failing our core mission, essentially telling kids to go to hell. Let me explain...

6 Ways to Integrate a Special Needs Ministry at Your Church

The families of those with special needs feel supported, knowing their loved ones feel comfortable and confident in their environment, and are valued members of the church family. The church is called to special needs ministry.

Trunk or Treat Games for Church: 12 Fun Activities to Try This Fall

Fun, festive activities such as carnivals, hayrides, and Trunk or Treat nights lead to lots of smiles and great memories. Plus, they’re a nonthreatening way to introduce people to your church. Discover a bushel of Trunk or Treat games for church that you can try this fall.

9 Ways You Can Encourage Families to Make a Return Visit

Based on my church shopping experience, I have decided to make a list of ways to encourage new families to make a return visit to church.

Children’s Ministry Leadership Lessons: 5 Must-Know Insights

Take a look at these children's ministry leadership lessons. I'll bet a few just might surprise you!

Teaching the Bible to Kids

There are many ways that parents can learn teaching the bible to kids and help them understand key lessons that can enhance their lives at any age.

Can You Recognize the Behaviors of a Traumatized Child ?

A trauma-informed church understands how a crisis affects children. Do you recognize traumatized child behaviors?

10 Psalms for Children to Learn About in Sunday School and Church

Because the psalms don’t provide the typical story-style teaching of Scripture, children’s ministry lessons often overlook them. But Psalms is still an important Bible book for kids to know about.

Largest Children’s Ministries: Tips From America’s Top KidMin Programs

Here's an inside look at what some leaders from the largest children's ministries in America are doing and saying.

Articles for Children's Ministry Leaders