What’s the Deal with Elementary?

It’s easy to lean in one direction or another when it comes to prioritizing age groups. Preschool is so foundational. It’s when kids are creating their very first impressions of God, church and the Bible. High School is the final stage before they venture off into adulthood. It’s when we have to shore up everything we’ve been working towards. Middle School is a MASSIVE transition. Elementary is so formative. Which one is most important? I don’t know. All I know is that every age is important. Every age has its critical moments. Elementary though, it’s a big one. Probably...

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How Small Groups Work in Preschool

If you are not already using weekly volunteers in preschool, I hope my last post convinced you to make it your top priority. Today, I want to show you how we do small groups in preschool. Yes, it’s different from elementary school or student ministry, but it actually works for preschoolers, toddlers, and babies. There are many different ways to approach forming small groups in your preschool environments at church and degrees to which you can logistically make this happen. At my church, we have opted to “major” on the relational connection with leaders and “minor” on the logistical connection created...

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Why Weekly Volunteers in Preschool Matter

Recruiting weekly volunteers does not come naturally. Think about it for a second. When churches get started, they usually only offer one service. Asking a volunteer to serve every week means that they don’t get to attend church. Asking volunteers to serve once or twice a month is a pretty realistic ask. Churches grow and they add more services. Interestingly, many ministry leaders don’t grow their serving commitment. They lead ministries with 2-3 services, yet only ask volunteers to serve once or twice monthly. Many leaders do make the shift and they begin to transition volunteers to weekly commitment....

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Weekly Small Groups in Preschool

Sometimes people ask me what I do for my job. Me: I oversee the children’s ministries at our church. Them: Oh so you are in charge of the nursery? Me: 😐 This question has always rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it is just me, but when I think of the “nursery,” it has nothing to do with what I do for a living. When I think of the nursery, I think of: A few very old ladies who were paid by the church to keep a handful of children alive for hours on a rotational basis every Sunday morning, Sunday...

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Culture Shift

This week we talked all about building a healthy small group culture. We talked about this transition, which can actually take years. However, there are a few things you should know as you begin to build a new culture of your own. Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast It’s a funny saying, but an idea worth taking to heart. Peter Drucker coined the phrase, but Mark Fields, the president at Ford, made it famous. We have said a lot of things about creating small groups for kids. Practical things. Logistics. How-To Guides. Tips Strategy. All of this is necessary. But...

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