Genies are Evil!

Okay, I just had to post a funny thing that happened today. I have a mid-week small groups for kids program that totally rocks. It’s probably my favorite thing I do all week. Well, on Sunday nights, I have 6 boys in small group with me because their football schedule doesn’t allow them to come on Wednesday nights. The 7 of us meet in my office and we totally have a blast. What I really enjoy are the random comments that come out of these 4th and 5th grade boy’s mouths. Sometimes it is due to miss-communication and other times it is them talking before their brain has a chance to engage. Tonight there were two funny comments that would only come out of a kid’s mouth. Tonight’s lesson was about the book of Luke. I was explaining that Luke emphasizes how Jesus focused on the social outcasts such as poor people, Samaritans and even lepers. Immediately one kid questioned, “They had leopards in Israel?” Just a few minutes later, I was explaining how both Luke and Matthew have genealogies. Matthew’s goes back to Abraham and Luke’s goes back to Adam. I asked the boys, “do you know what a genealogy is?” The boy sitting to my immediate right shouted out, “Genies are Evil!” It was a good laugh that I really needed. Man, I love...

Read More

Where do you find children’s ministry prospects? (Seeking CM Employment Part 4)

Well, every time I’ve had to hire and fill a full-time children’s ministry position, God has opened up the door and provided just the right person… and usually in just the right time. The two children’s pastors I hired last year were already attending our church. The elementary coordinator I just hired I actually found on a website. So, let me share with you where I looked and what tools I used. I’ll wrap up this post with a personal opinion and kick it back to you for your thoughts. One site I particularly like is www.churchstaffing.com. The thing I like about this one is the volume of traffic this site gets. I posted the position (I think it cost about $200 for 2-3 months) I was hiring here and got close to 40 resumes within 6 weeks. In addition to the emails I got from prospects, I also had access to the resume database. Another great site is www.youthspecialties.com. It also has high volume. The only downside is that the majority of people who post for a children’s ministry job also posted for every other job available and for me that’s a turnoff (I know, I’m a idealist snob). This is; however, where I found my elementary coordinator. Other decent sites include www.churchjobs.net, www.ministrysearch.com as well as www.kidology.org. There are others that you can find with a simple google search....

Read More

Asking the right questions (Seeking CM Employment Part 3)

When I was interviewing for the church that brought me down to Texas, they sent me a list of questions to answer. It was an incredible survey that did two things. For one, it asked me the right questions to better communicate who I was and what my vision/mission/strategy was for Children’s Ministry. On the other side, it gave those asking the questions a good thorough look into who I was. Recently, as I was in the hiring process, I used this survey to get more information about a candidate I was interviewing. All I can say is amazing! I learned more about this person than I would have in several hours in conversations. As a result of the survery, I was able to conduct an interview that followed up on answers from the survey. So, if you’re looking to hire someone in ministry, this survey may serve you well. If you’re seeking employment in Children’s Ministry, take the time to respond to the survey. It may help prepare you for interviews and formulate way’s you will communicate your history/vision/mission/strategy. Children’s Ministry Survey Rank these areas of ministry (1-10) with number 1 being you don’t like it and 10 being you like it a lot. In addition, fill free to add a comments to explain. Speaking or Teaching in front of kids Developing children’s leaders One-on-one time with kids...

Read More

How many kids can you fit in your office?

Now my office did just get a total new makeover this summer (thanks to the flooding that came with the spring rain), so I decided to go with the “living room” look as opposed to the “office” look. It’s a small office and when meeting with kids, staff or family, the couch and chairs are much more effective. Back to the point…. This last Saturday was an interesting night. Two of my 6 volunteers that I was expecting did not show up. We’re already running short (we’ve only been doing Saturday nights for 3 weeks and still developing our permanent volunteer team). I’ve really be struggling to discover what I can do on Saturday nights since it is a smaller and different crowd than what we have on Sundays. At the very last minute, I decided that we would take a field trip. My office is about 50 yards away from the new elementary rooms, so I decided to let all the kids come to my office for a piece of candy… all at once. Now, my office is not very big at all. I decided that it would be interesting to see if I could fit all the kids in at once. Yeah, I got 39 kids in there. I think I could have gotten one more, but that’s all I had at the moment. It was a...

Read More

Making your resume count (Seeking CM Employment Part 2)

Here’s my second installment of my series on getting a job in Children’s Ministry. As I said before, I just hired an Elementary Director and have just gone through the process of posting the job, reviewing resumes, interviewing, making an offer and all the things in-between. It was about 3 years ago that I went through this process as well, so it this part is still fresh on my mind as well. In this post I’m going to talk about the resume. For most job applicants, this is what will determine what will stop the process immediately or get you to the next level, which for me was an email or a phone conversation. Of the 40-50 resumes that I received, I only read half of them completely. First of all, a quick scan of the resume would tell me if you had appropriate experience. If the experience looked like it was lacking, I would look for anything that stood out, something that would impress me. Perhaps the candidate didn’t have all the experience I was looking for, but they had done something that demonstrated that they had the “stuff” I was looking for. If I didn’t see something that wowed me, then I’d close that resume and file it. If a resume did look like they had appropriate skills and experience, I’d begin looking closer and investigating the...

Read More

Posting your resume/inquiring of a job (Seeking CM Employment Part 1)

Welcome to my pet peeves. Desperately seek any job available I am a Children’s Pastor who absolutely loves kids and those who minister to kids. When I’m looking to fill staff positions, I’m going to look for others that have a passion and calling for kids. As I searched resumes on a variety of church job opportunity websites, I was amazed at how many people posted across 2,3,4 or even more job categories. I generally stayed away from those who were willing to be a Children’s Pastor, Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor or even Music Pastor…really, whatever you have available. Ultimately, this just makes you look desperate, not well rounded. I understand the desire to get your foot in the ministry door and being willing to do anything, but don’t be afraid of waiting for the job that best “fits” you. As an employer, I want someone who fits just right and not someone who “can” do the job, but probably shouldn’t. The proof is in the pudding When inquiring of a position and sending your resume to the search team, be sure that your resume displays experiences, training our skills to help you meet the expectations of the posted job. For example, if I was looking to hire a ventriloquist (I’m not sure why I ever would), your resume should show that you’ve had some if not significant experience working...

Read More

Looking for a job?

Sorry if this title was misleading, I’m not hiring… anymore. I actually just filled a vacancy on my staff this last week. Almost 2 months ago I let go of my Elementary Coordinator and I had been looking to fill that full time position. During those 8 weeks, I received over 40 resumes. Interestingly enough, but the person I hired I actually found before I even posted for the position. In the past 18 months I have hired 3 full time people and 4 part time people. In this process I have learned a lot about resume’s, interviews and other job seeking tactics. This next week I will share my thoughts on this topic. I am sure that I am biased by my own preferences, but I do have a few ideas that others should find helpful. At least I’ll tell you what made some resumes stand out where others went to the bottom of the...

Read More

My mom made me write this.

Last Wednesday I had to come down on a few 5th grade boys… totally out of control. I had to talk to the dad of one in particular. Then this Wednesday, this is what I got from him. Yeah, I’m sure mom prompted him to write it, but how does your heart not melt when a kid hand’s you one of...

Read More

Having fun with signs…

Since we put these new signs out two weeks ago, I’ve wanted to post pictures here. Then I was thinking I should definitely link this to Matt McKee at Remix of Children’s Ministry as a shout out to Sign Wednesday… or is it Thursday??? About 7 weeks ago my churchdecided to add another venue at my campus. We needed another big room which would seat 400-600 more people. That place just happened to be where my 3rd-5th grade had church. It certainly wasn’t one of those “Kids always get the shaft” deals, but more of a “taking one for the team” opportunities. Quite frankly, we’re out of seats, but we’re still growing. What did that mean for CT Kids? Well, we were given an area of our facility that isn’t used as much. It’s the newest section of our building which consisted of two large rooms. This was a great opportunity for the kids. We got a full remodel, new lights, new carpet, new chairs, new everything. I’ll post pictures of our new space sometime soon. The only downside is that the area is on the other side of our auditorium… meaning that it is separated from the rest of the kids and the only way to get to it is to walk outside… around the auditorium. So far, this hasn’t been a big deal… but it hasn’t rained yet....

Read More

I heart my new web apps (part 2)

Okay, here is my favorite web app of all time right now. It it literally changing the way I prepare for church and even has some great application for personally use. The program is called Folder Share and it free. I think it used to be called file taxi or something, but Microsoft bought them out and they seem to be running the show (don’t let that scare you off yet, the application is really cool). Folder Share is about replicating data to folders on different machines. I was first introduced to this idea of data replication when we first went to the multi-site model here at Cross Timbers. Rather than have one server stored at one campus with all the files on it (and everyone on the other campuses would have to connect remotely to it), the IT director installed a server on every campus and every server has the same directory structure and set-up. The IT team then installed some kind of replication engine that synced all the files from every server to each other. Now, when I go to work, I only access files on my local server. However, when I make any changes, my local server sends those changes to the other servers in the background. That way fellow staff members can access what I’ve modified or created. Folder Share is the same thing but...

Read More

Recent Comments