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...]

25 Lessons in 25 Years – Lesson 3: Leave Well

Transition is a natural part of ministry. Some are fortunate enough to spend their entire ministry in one location, with one church. But the reality is, if you are in ministry for very long, you will probably have to make a transition at some point. And all too often those transitions do not go well. I would be willing to bet that you know someone who had a bad experience in a ministry transition. In fact, some of you reading this blog have experienced that personally. Whether you leave by … [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...]

PODCAST #20 – Navigate Change

We hope you are having a great week. We just came back from CPC in Orlando and we will chat about a few of the things we learned and experienced while we were at the conference. While there, I spoke with many people who had questions about change—“I want to change and how do I do it?” Navigating change in church and children’s ministry is huge. Many may ask why would you want to fix and change something that is not broken. We will give you some steps in facilitating change in your … [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...]

Did I Sign Up For This? – Part 2

In the second part of this series, Amy Kendall, Saddleback Kids Disabilities Ministry Coordinator, discusses each area specifically and how it is present in the children we serve in Children’s Ministry. In the last blog, we talked about SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) children and some of the areas it touches on. More and more often we are seeing kids like this in our ministry and more often than naught people have mislabeled them as either ADD, ADHD or being behavioral kids. This week we … [Read more...]

PODCAST 19 – The Relationship Between Kid Ministry and Student Ministry in Your Church

How do we close the gap and have a seamless relationship between kid and student ministries? Kurt Johnston joins us as our guest for this episode as we discuss how kid ministry and youth ministry can co-exist in your church. Are you willing to ask the Youth Ministry leader what you can do that will help them succeed?   Make it a priority and strive to partner together to have Kid Ministry and Youth Ministry co-exist in your church. It can be done! Simply Youth … [Read more...]

Did I Sign Up For This? – Part 1

Today we begin a new four part series called “Did I Sign Up For This?” Amy Kendall, Saddleback Kids Disabilities Ministry Coordinator, will give us a better understanding on how to work with those who simply need a little extra grace. Kids come in all shapes, sizes and personalities. Some kids are just easy to love and some kids are what we call at Saddleback, EGR kids (Extra Grace Required). There is another category of kids that often gets looked at as behavioral kids. When you look at it a … [Read more...]

The Balance of Action and Faith

Usually on Wednesday you would see the MTP podcast, but not today. Actually, we did record this week’s episode, but to be honest, I was still so bothered by the horrific display of evil in Newtown, Connecticut that I couldn't stay mentally focused on what we were doing. That episode felt out of place to me because I was so off track. My heart hurts so badly for those families and at the same time I feel angry, angry at the enemy. So I want to change gears a little bit. In the next several MTP … [Read more...]