The Opportunity in Front of You

There is a story, said to be true, about a farmer who lived in Africa and through a visitor became tremendously excited about looking for diamonds. Diamonds were already discovered in abundance on the African continent and this farmer got so excited about the idea of millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds that he sold his farm to head out to the diamond line. He wandered all over the continent, as the years slipped by, constantly searching for diamonds and wealth, which he never found. … [Read more...]

PODCAST – Episode 12

Welcome back to another episode of More Than Puppets. What processes do you have for reporting and dealing with child abuse in your children’s ministry? In this podcast, we talk about having the “what if” discussions and the processes needed as a required mandated reporter. We also take some time to answer a few of your email questions. Do you have a “what was I thinking” dumb thing that you have done or said? Come on, we all do! If so, please email us at steve@morethanpuppets.com. We would … [Read more...]

“Raising Spiritually Healthy Kids” – Part 2

Here is another step in our journey of raising spiritually healthy kids: Be Authentic We don’t want to create the allusion that we never make mistakes or that we know it all. Be honest about temptations or mistakes you’ve made and what you’ve learned from them. The more open you are with them, the more open they will be with you. Of course, you must use discretion and discernment when sharing your mistakes or temptations. But if we as parents never discuss our difficulties, no mater how … [Read more...]

I Can Predict Your Future

I don't know who will win the Super Bowl, who will win the next presidential election or even what I will have for lunch today. But I can predict your future. No, I have not been a part of a traveling carnival and I will not be starring in my own reality TV show. I will, however, share my “secret” technique for predicting your future. Here it is: You reap what you sow. Ok maybe this is nothing new to you so consider it a friendly reminder of a truth we all know but sometimes … [Read more...]

PODCAST – Episode 11

Can you fire a volunteer? The answer to that question is YES YOU CAN! Today we talk about how to fire a volunteer and when you might need to do that. This is sometimes a necessary thing to do for that person’s growth and the health of the children’s ministry you lead. Also, do you have Jr. High, High School and College students serving in your ministry? We couldn’t do Kid Min without them! They are a huge asset to us, very committed and we see this as a great opportunity to build into our next … [Read more...]

“Raising Spiritually Healthy Kids” – Part 1

Of anything I could ever ask for or want, my wife and I want our kids to be spiritually healthy. We all know the importance of raising spiritually healthy kids so it is not necessary to spend a lot of time making a case for those efforts. What I would like to do is offer several simple steps that will help us along this journey. This is not an exhaustive compilation of “what to do,” it is just four ideas that I thought might be helpful. The first thought is…Be AWARE. Teachable moments … [Read more...]

I Wish I Hadn’t Said That

You probably have never done this, but there have been a few occasions where “I wish I hadn’t said that.” It always seems to happen the same way. Here’s the scenario. I’m exhausted from being up late the night before the event or service. The next morning I receive a phone call from the volunteer who I was counting on to either bring a crucial component or be a part of the presentation. Guess what, something came up and they can’t be there. Well that's just GREAT! I rush into the church … [Read more...]

PODCAST – Episode 10

As Kid Ministry leaders, we have so many things we need to do because children’s ministry is so much more than puppets and our daily tasks. But how do we get everything done? Are you bringing people around you or doing it alone? Join us in this podcast as we talk about three ways we can get things done. We appreciate what you do because you are making a difference every day. Our hope is that we can offer things that will help you and we gain in the process. See you next time on More Than … [Read more...]

I Have an Agenda

Many parents are intimidated by the fact that the Bible says parents are the primary people responsible for the discipleship of their kids. They think, “I’m not a pastor. I didn’t go to seminary. I’m just a mom or dad.” Well, I’ve decided to begin a grass roots campaign at my church that will generate some confidence for our parents in becoming the disciplining agent of their kids. It doesn't happen all at once. Think like this…Crawl – Walk – Run. What is a “crawl” step our parents can … [Read more...]

PODCAST – Episode 9

Kids Min depends completely on volunteers and without them we couldn’t do what we do. How do we keep them committed? Today we talk about ways we keep volunteers focused, keep the vision in front of them, help them feel a part of the ministry, give them ownership and responsibilities and so much more. Also, should church be fun? What is the first question most parents ask their kids when they pick them up from your ministry? We have found it is “did you have fun today?” Fun or enjoyment is not … [Read more...]