The 12th Man

In the game of American football (I realize I just lost 85% of you), there is a phenomenon called the "12th man.” You see there are 11 men on the field of play during the game – not less, not more, always 11. The “12th man” is the radical fan in the stands who is on his or her feet cheering for their team no matter what the score or the circumstances on the field. When you are on the field of play, the energy from the fans in the stand can literally change the momentum of the game. That is why … [Read more...]

Spiritual Tools To Take Home!

Children are our number one priority and focus.  Of course!  That makes total sense since we are Saddleback Kids, the Children’s Ministry of Saddleback Church.  But at the end of the day we cannot overlook the primary disciplers of the children—parents (or other loving adults).  After all, it is the moms, the dads, the grandparents and more who spend the most teachable time with the children in our ministry.  At most, we get 3 hours a week, if they attend weekend services and are in a Kids Small … [Read more...]

Hope

What is driving you today? Is it hope or despair? Our hope comes from God so let hope drive your faith. … [Read more...]

It is Not Just an Ordinary Day

It is not just an ordinary day. Today, what you do will make a difference. Everything, big and small, noticed or unnoticed, will contribute to the mission. It will make a difference. Every high five, every hug, every table cleaned, every chair pulled out of a trailer, every tablecloth folded, every lesson planned and every lesson taught. The games we play, the cards we print, the props we gather, the corners we sit in trying to write a lesson, the conflicts we settle, the calls we make, the … [Read more...]

I’m Sorry, But It Was Funny! 

I am standing in front of the Children’s Ministry Center at Saddleback after one of the Easter services. There were some kids running around the outdoor baptismal pool just about 20 feet away. This is a common scene at Saddleback. We have a waterfall and a small stream close to the baptismal pool and, as you can imagine, kids love to play in and around the water features. Well, I turned my back to talk to someone and I heard a loud splash. That can only mean one thing…one of those kids fell … [Read more...]

I Don’t Know How to Pray, No One Ever Taught Me How

Recently I saw the movie “Gravity” starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. I am a NASA freak so I will see anything connected to NASA or space. However, I was skeptical of “Gravity” after seeing the previews. My initial feeling was to skip this one because in the preview Sandra Bullock's character cried while in the middle of a mission in space. We all know astronauts don’t cry! Well, my wife and son Matt wanted to see the movie so we went. While I recognize I am not a movie critic, I … [Read more...]

NO, I WILL NOT GROW UP

Throughout my life I have been told these words off and on...”Steve, you need to grow up and act like an adult.” I get it, I am an adult. I have a wonderful wife, two great sons, a large ministry with many responsibilities and they are all counting on me. Yes, I get it. There comes a time, as the apostle Paul said, to “put away childish things.” BUT, that does not mean I have to “grow up.” Recently, I feel like there has been a traffic jam in my head. Too many things going on at once, too … [Read more...]

PODCAST 22 – Connecting with Families through Child Dedication

We have Crystal Hansen, our Nursery-3 year old program and child dedication staff member, joining us today as we try to connect young families to our church through child dedications. We have included some ideas, resources and information about how we do child dedication. Let us know how you do your child dedications by commenting on the blog or emailing us at steve@morethanpuppets.com. Resources: Child Dedication Handbook, Presentation and Booklet Child Dedication Class and Service … [Read more...]

Did I Sign Up For This? – Part 4

In the last part of this series, Amy Kendall, Saddleback Kids Disabilities Ministry Coordinator, will talk about classroom management when dealing with children who need a little extra help. Having a child in your classroom who has a disability or behavioral issues can be tough to deal with. I am sure you are thinking at times, “I didn’t sign up to do this.” It can be both a blessing and a curse to have children come in all shapes and sizes. Below is a behavior management plan we have in … [Read more...]

Did I Sign Up For This? – Part 3

In the third installment of this series, Amy Kendall, Saddleback Kids Disabilities Ministry Coordinator, will talk about the things we can do for these kids so they are successful in our classroom settings. It is our desire (and I am sure yours as well) that no child leaves our classrooms not knowing the Good News of Christ so sometimes we need to look at the best ways possible to teach this to children. So now we have figured out what SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) looks like. But what do … [Read more...]