One thing is certain in ministry and that is change. Change is not always bad. Whether you are transitioning into a new ministry, implementing new vision, or just changing the way you do programming; change can solidify growth within yourself and your team. Mitch Royer joins the podcast to discuss best practices and practical solutions for managing and maximizing change in your ministry.
Amy Fenton Lee joins our podcast to discuss how to make the Gospel accessible to children with special needs. Chuck and Amy discuss what the term inclusion really means. We know there are children in our ministry with a wide range of abilities and learning styles. How can we create environments and programming to help these kids develop a faith of their own?
Amy Fenton Lee has written extensively on the subject of special needs inclusion in the church and blogs at www.TheInclusiveChurch.com. Amy grew up in the church as a “PK” (Preacher’s kid) and has since served as a volunteer leader in virtually every type of children’s and preschool ministry environment. Amy lives in Atlanta with her husband and son. She is the author of the book “Leading a Special Needs Ministry”, available at Lifeway.com and other major retail outlets.
Heidi Hensley joins the podcast, from our ETCH Family Ministry Conference, to help us think through several tough topics that kids ministry leaders will face. Some of those tough topics include:
– how to have tough conversations with volunteers
– how to deal with homosexuality and/or gender-related issues
– how to handle situations where mandated reporting is required
– how to assess whether its time to transition to a new position or if you are just facing a tough season
John Murchison is our special guest on today’s podcast as we discuss how more and more churches are joining the missional movement, intentionally focusing on people over programs and on reaching those not already attending the church. Chuck and John discuss how a program-driven ministry like children’s ministry can thrive in a missional church, and how kids are an asset, not a hindrance, to the missional movement.
Dr. Shelly Melia joins the podcast to discuss ministry to preteens. This specific age group often presents several dilemmas for kids ministry leaders. Chuck and Dr. Melia discuss a few characteristics of preteens today. Is there a preferred strategy when it comes to ministering to preteens? What are the pros and cons to bumping preteens up to high school or keeping them in kids ministry? Regardless of the decision you make, its important to remember whatever you choose on one end of the spectrum will impact the other end of the spectrum. This is a systemic issue that we must address.
Today, Heidi Hensley joins the Kids Ministry 101 podcast to talk about strategy for family ministry. There are many spiritual markers that dot the timeline during the 18 years a child is in the family’s immediate care. Chuck and Heidi discuss how to be intentional about applying a Gospel-centered approach for those critical times from birth to high school graduation.
On today’s episode, David Francis, Lifeway’s Director of Sunday School, shares five tips for retaining workers with preschoolers and children.
As a Minister of Education who championed kids ministry, David developed a system that fully staffed a rotation of 3 Sunday School hours without relying on what some would call “bonus teaching hour” workers. This episode provides powerful insights into working with your adults to create a culture that rewards serving over sitting.
What does it take to move people? How do you get members in your church to move from sitting and soaking to experiencing life with Jesus? Stephanie Chase, Minister to Kids at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, TX joins the podcast to discuss & discover primary catalysts to get people moving and how to implement these key strategies in your life and ministry.
On today’s episode we wrap up an important conversation with Kimberlee Norris and Gregory Love of MinistrySafe.com. Kimberlee and Gregory are subject matter experts providing legal counsel and training related to child sexual abuse. In addition to MinistrySafe.com, they also have developed seminary-level training modules through MinistrySafeInstitute.com.
Here are today’s episode highlights:
- The biggest hurdle that the Church must overcome is that this type of issue does not happen here.
- Sexual abuse does not skip any spiritual paradigm…it does happen in a Christian, evangelical context.
- What if something happens in your ministry? What is your first step of response?
- When in doubt, report any suspicion.
- Do not let the sun set on any suspicion, as many states have time limits on when reports must be made.
- Is there a safe away to include youth in children’s ministry?
- What are some general things we need to be watching for to ensure the safety of our kids?
- Who are gatekeepers and what role do they play in child abuse cases?
When it comes to keeping our kids safe, especially in today’s realities, it is simply not enough to have good intentions. Today, we begin a two-part conversation with Gregory Love and Kimberlee Norris from MinistrySafe.com. Gregory and Kimberlee are both legal experts dealing specifically with child sexual abuse and crisis litigation & response. You can find additional info through their certified training program, MinistrySafe Institute, and at their law firm, LoveNorris.com.
- The type of fence you build around your ministry is based upon what you want to keep out.
- 90% of kids who are sexually abused are abused by someone they trust.
- We need to recognize check-in systems and background checks are important, but simply aren’t enough.
- How does your volunteer interview and application process mitigate the risks you face?
- What blindspots do you need to address in your ministry?