25 Lessons in 25 Years – Lesson 6: “It’s URGENT”

Have you ever received a voice message or text that had that phrase in the message...”It’s urgent”? It certainly gets your attention. The interesting thing is we all interpret urgency differently. If my cable provider suddenly stopped my TV service during the Super Bowl or College Football’s National Championship, well that might not mean much to some people, but to me...it is a matter of URGENCY! Our kids have funny interpretations of what is urgent as well. It could be anything from the … [Read more...]

25 Lessons in 25 Years – Lesson 5: Choose Your Allies Carefully

I remember an episode of the show “The Office” in which the character Dwight asked his co-worker and rival, Jim, if he wanted to “form an alliance.” Dwight’s request was driven by office politics, not friendship. Typically, when we think of alliances we think of politics or shrewdness, but that is not the central idea behind my thoughts today. There is an interesting story in 2 Chronicles about King Jehoshaphat that speaks directly to the title of today’s lesson in the series “25 Lessons in … [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 4: Take Time to Think

In part 4 of this series I want to share a valuable lesson that is actually a discipline that I am still trying to master…the discipline of intentional thinking. Because of the busyness of life and ministry I can tell you this, if you are not taking time for intentional thinking then it is probably not happening. If that is the case, there are probably brilliant ideas lingering in your mind just waiting for the opportunity to be released. Years ago I read a book written by John Maxwell … [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...]

25 Lessons in 25 Years – Lesson 2: Submission to Authority is Underrated

Today we continue a series I started several weeks ago called “25 Lessons in 25 Years.” Today's lesson is this…submission to authority is underrated. I know the word “submission” is not a popular word in today’s pop culture and for some people it carries negative connotations. But I know this to be true, submission to authority brings blessing. I have heard some say that there is no clear Biblical support for the principle of submitting to authority. I have also heard some say the … [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...]

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...]

25 Lessons in 25 Years – Lesson 1: The Unexpressed Thought

Today I am beginning a series called 25 Lessons in 25 Years that I will post on Fridays. Simply put, these are ministry and life lessons I learned the hard way. I am sure your experiences have brought similar learnings, but my hope and prayer in sharing these simple lessons is to give you an “edge” so you can learn new and different things and share your learnings with me. That's life…live and learn! Put 10 people in a room with one topic and you will have 10 different opinions. Which, by the … [Read more...]