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    Using a puppet or live character to help teach the verse to children is in no way a new concept. My first experience was seeing Willie George trying to get Uugene to learn a verse. I would cackle my head off at his mistakes. It’s rare not to see a traveling kids evangelist use a puppet or live character helping with verses or main points of the lesson. Why is it so popular? Because it works.

    I was emailed recently about a puppet character I had performed while speaking for the AG Southern Missouri Kids Camp in 2012 called “Super Star”. He was a hit with the kids and the adult leaders. The email was from a pastor who wanted to start a similar thing in their own service and wanted to know if I had any advice. I realized that I had never written anything on the subject. Below are the results of answering that question. [click to continue…]

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    EP 37 – Reboot!

    by James on October 25, 2012

    Hey folks! We’re switching things up at Help! I’m A Children’s Pastor. It’s been long enough that we’re doing a Reboot! Listen and be introduced to our new co-host Pastor John Steinklauber to the show. John’s a brand new Children’s Pastor though he’s not new to ministry. Listen to the show for all the details. Send in your comments and questions for Ep 38!

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    EP 36 – Dealing With Problem Parents

    by James on June 27, 2012

    Parents are not a problem in Children’s Ministry… but some parents cause problems for us as pastors and leaders. This episode covers some hard-learned tips and lessons on how to handle irate, angry or just misinformed parents.

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    Newspaper Box Podium – Coming Soon

    by James on June 23, 2012

    A few years back I had an idea for a custom podium that would match my city theme. I always thought the traditional newspaper box would work well and so I built one and used it for years. I wanted to share my design in the hopes that others would be able to build it and enjoy it as much as I did so I’m in the process of creating a model and measured drawings in Google Sketchup.

    Coming soon!

    Till then, enjoy a few photos (after the jump) and let me know what you think. [click to continue…]

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    EP 35 – How To Find and Keep Volunteers

    by James on June 11, 2012

    Practical tips for attracting and keeping volunteers in your children’s ministry. A focus on praying in volunteers over

    Suggested Books: On Being A Servant of God by Warren W. Wiersbe, Getting Things Done by David Allen, The Eric Trap by Jim Wideman

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    Back in November I posted some photos of a custom check-in kiosk I was building for my children’s ministry. I’ve had quite a few requests for the plans. Unfortunately all I can find 6 months later are the print outs of the measured drawings I used for reference while building in the garage. I’ve photographed them and converted them into a PDF file you can easily download and print yourself. Keep in mind that these measurements may not be 100% accurate. They do not take into account the width 3/4″ MDF I used for instance. That being said, if you hand this to any sort of woodworker or handy man, he’ll be able to make sense of it.

    If you end up using these all I ask in return is a photo of your finished product.

    Measured Drawings of Custom Check-in Kiosk (PDF)

     

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    EP 34 – Starting From Scratch

    by James on April 12, 2012

    This episode we’re offering suggestions to Pastor and Ministers who are staring a children’s ministry in a new church and to those who are tasked with starting a children’s ministry from scratch. Basically answering the queston, “How to start the children’s ministry on the ‘right foot’?”

    Plus your emails, questions and suggestions.

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    Ever had an object lesson blow up in your face? Or fall flat? Ever had a child barf right at the wrong time? What about those parents who’s kids do no wrong and the excuses they give? We’ve all got a story to tell.

    I’m sure you’ve never had anything at all ever in the world go wrong in your only slightly less than perfect experience in ministry to children… but I’d still like to see if there is anyone else out there who has had wonderfully horrible things happen at the worst possible times.

    I’d like the next episode of Help! I’m A Children’s Pastor to give you an audience!

    Not only will we laugh our faces off, I’ll bet we’ll each find something we can relate to as well. So email, record or call in your best (or worst) story. Try to keep it as short as you can, but don’t sacrifice the content.

    Send your stories via email, phone or audio:

    helpimacp@gmail.com or call 209-5NLCast

    Got a Kidmin personality you’d like to hear from? Let them know! Shoot um a link!

    Looking forward to this. Thanks for your support.

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    I’ve talked before about how I use games in my children’s church. Almost without exception they work double duty as fun and an object lesson. This means that I create the games right along with the rest of my service and then share that information with the volunteer leading the game. [click to continue…]

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    We Were Wrong About Pokémon

    by James on January 29, 2012

    Ten years go there was a movement among Children’s ministers to educate children and parents about the horrors of a cartoon-card game-toy combo called Pokémon. Many a children’s service was sprinkled references to these “pocket monsters” and how the game would act as a gateway to other games such as Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons. The way some of my peers went on and on about it you’d think Pokémon was more of a threat to their children’s salvation than Satan himself. [click to continue…]

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