Sector 5 – Day 3: Self-Worth

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Hey guys, here is the teaching outline and video testimony for Day 3 of our summer event Sector 5. Hope it gives you some great ideas. Key Verse: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV) Day 3: Key Dimension – Self-worth Truth – You are God’s Masterpiece. God created you the way you are for a reason. The enemy is trying to steal my Self-worth Bible Story - Gideon Application … [Read more...]

Sector 5 – Day 2: Faith

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Here is the teaching outline and video testimony for Day 2 of our Summer event Sector 5. Key Verse: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV) Day 2: Key Dimension - Faith Truth – I believe God’s Word. I know God loves me and He sent His son Jesus to die for me. (We shared the plan of salvation on day 2) The enemy is trying to steal my Faith and make me doubt. Bible Story – The two … [Read more...]

Sector 5 – Day 1: Security

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I thought I would share with you guys the lessons we taught the kids each day at our Summer event called Sector 5. My previous post explains the event so I’ll simply give you the big picture of what we taught. One of the cool things we did was show a video testimony each day that featured one of our elementary age kids. It was a pretty simply concept but was incredibly effective. The kids loved them! I’ll attach the corresponding video testimony with each days lesson...check it … [Read more...]

Saddleback Summer Event – Sector 5: The Back-story

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Our Summer event this year was called Sector 5. The teaching is based from John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (NIV) There are dimensions that God provided for our kids lives that the enemy is trying to steal. Dimensions like...Security, Faith, Self Worth, Hope and Purpose. So we addressed each of these dimensions and communicated to the kids that God intends for them to have these functioning in their … [Read more...]

Making Learning Fun!

How can we make learning fun? How can we help children understand concepts on their own? These questions have floated around in my mind for many years. My goal has been to help children learn Biblical concepts in an educational and fun way! The reason I feel so passionate about this subject is because I believe that the message of salvation is the most important concept people will ever hear. How can we as ministers help children truly understand this concept? One day I happened upon … [Read more...]

Strategies for Easter—Part 4

Here we go with more thoughts on Easter. As you read these thoughts, keep in mind these are just my thoughts. They are not based on scripture and they are totally debatable. I just want to share with you some ideas that have been forged in the fire of experience. So here we go with thought number 4.   Your Weekend Service at Easter Should, In Some Way, Reflect a Typical Weekend Service The big idea here is not to make your services or weekend experience SO special and different … [Read more...]

Strategies for Easter—Part 3

More Easter thoughts with part 3 of “A Strategy for Easter.” Don’t Try To Do Everything On One Day The reality is this…you only have so much energy to work with. You have to be smart about how you spend that energy. It is possible to “over plan” your services. Yes, we should have really cool activities going on for our kids, and yes, it should be special. But if you and your volunteers are stressed over the five object lessons, two egg hunts, a dunking booth, dramatic presentation and a … [Read more...]

A Strategy for Easter—Part 1

Easter is right around the corner. We’ll be celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord with our church family and the people from the community who only show up at Easter and Christmas. And you know they will be there. To them, they are “doing their religious thing” so they’ll show up and feel like saints because they actually went to church. Regardless of why they are there, the big deal is…they are there. We have a great opportunity to reach out to these people and show them the … [Read more...]

Great Minds Don’t Think Alike

I have come across some sayings that don’t make much sense when you really think about it. Here’s one: “No one goes there anymore…it’s too crowded.” Ok, then how is it crowded if no one goes there? Here’s another one: “Be still my beating heart.” Umm, I’m not a medical professional, but I think that’s a bad thing. Check this one out: “Great minds think alike.” We have all heard this saying and I’m not going to spend a great deal of time dissecting the phrase. We get it. But it does raise the … [Read more...]

Resource Spotlight – “Minute To Win It”

Last week I talked about how we can utilize games in our children’s services to communicate truth, set atmosphere and tear down walls of resistance with the kids. This week, I want to spotlight a great resource for games. I’m sure many of you have already taken advantage of this great resource, but just in case here it is…“Minute to Win It.” It’s as if someone at NBC said, “Hey, lets help out the children’s ministry leaders by developing a great resource for their services.” Well, I seriously … [Read more...]