May 27, 2016

Are You a Positive Leader?

Would the people you lead say you're a positive leader?  One of the qualities of a good leader is optimism.  I recently read a story about Walt Disney.  The year was 1928.  Walt had just finished up some business meetings and was sitting in Union Station in New York City, preparing to board a train back to California.

Before boarding the train, he sent a telegram to his brother that read: "Don't worry, everything okay, will give details when I arrive."

What the telegram didn't say was that Walt had just lost everything.  He had went to New York to negotiate a contract for his cartoons.  But on arrival, he found that his distributor had hired away most of his animators to start a new studio and produce the cartoons without Walt.

Instead of giving up...with no contract....no animators...no promises...he got right back to work and created Mickey Mouse.  From Walt's optimism, we can learn 3 things.

#1 - Face your circumstances with a positive attitude.  It's easy to be positive when things are going great.  A positive leader remains positive even in the midst of adversity.

#2 - Focus on what you have instead of what you don't have.  Notice how Walt immediately begin focusing on what he could do.  Instead of focusing on what had been taken from him, he turned his attention to what could not be taken from him...his creativity, passion and skills.

#3 - Find positive words to stay instead of negative words.  This is reflected in the telegram Walt send to his brother.  Positive leaders lead with positive words.

Are you a positive leader?

May 26, 2016

3 Keys to Giving First-Time Families a Great Experience (free conference notes & PowerPoint)

A few days ago, I shared a session at the Resolved Children's Ministry Conference called "3 Keys to Offering First-Time Families a Great Experience."

The session focused on how to help guest families have a great experience on their first visit.  This is normally the deciding factor in whether guests return or not.

If you'd like the notes and PowerPoint from the session, they are available at the links below.

Conference Notes
PowerPoint File

May 25, 2016

Believer's Baptism for Kids Curriculum Giveaway ($99 value)

All About Baptism For Kids is a one-session class that helps kids understand baptism.  The class answers questions like...
  • What is baptism?
  • Why should I be baptized?
  • When should I be baptized?
It is designed for kids and their parents to attend together and provides follow-up tools that parents can use to help prepare their children for baptism.  The class has helped hundreds of kids and parents follow Jesus in baptism and is a great resource for ministries that want to see families take that step.  This comprehensive curriculum includes...
  • Introduction and instructional video
  • Teacher/Facilitator script with binder
  • 10 student booklets (full color with 12 pages)
  • 10 parent booklets (full color with 14 pages)
  • 10 pre-class activity pages (full color)
  • Class handout files that are editable and ready to print
  • Teaching videos on DVD and in data file format
  • Media presentation for PowerPoint and ProPresenter
  • Ready-to-go media files you can place in other presentation software such as Media Shout, Keynote, etc.
  • Promotional posters that are editable and ready to print
  • Baptism certificate templates you can edit for your ministry
This resource is designed to accompany the Starting Line Class curriculum.  It is recommended you take kids through the Starting Line Class (or another faith commitment curriculum) before you take them through this class.

We're going to giveaway a kit to one of our readers.  If you'd like to enter the giveaway, you can email me at daleh@cftoday.org.  We'll announce the winner right here next Wednesday, June 1.  

You can also order this resource at www.resources4kidmin.com.  Below is more information and samples from the curriculum.








May 24, 2016

Children's Ministry Tool Kit for Pastors

Recently we created a tool kit for our campus pastors to help them more effectively connect with and support the children's ministry directors at their campuses.  

The tool kit includes...
  • Children's Ministry philosophy.
  • How to know if your children's ministry is healthy. 
  • 10 ways pastors can support their children's director.
  • 13 ministry questions pastors should ask their children's ministry director on a regular basis. 
  • What pastors should look for when they are in the children's ministry area.
 ...and more

We'd like to make this tool available to you free-of-charge.  You can download it directly at this link. This would be a great tool to share with your pastor or the person you report to in your ministry.

May 23, 2016

Equip Your Volunteers to Make a Significant Impact (Free Training Tool)

We just finished up our spring volunteer training session at all our campuses.  The theme was "B141" and the purpose was to equip our volunteers to make a significant impact in the life of a child. 

We shared 7 keys to moving beyond just serving to leaving a legacy in the life of the kids we minister to. 

And now we'd like to make that training available for you and your team.  Below are the teaching notes, volunteer handout and the accompanying PowerPoint. 

Feel free to share this with your volunteers.  You are welcome to replace our logo with yours in the documents.

Volunteer Handout file
Teaching Notes 
PowerPoint file

May 20, 2016

Free Online Children's Ministry Conference - Join Us Tuesday

Join us this coming Tuesday, May 24th, for a free online children's ministry conference.  I'll be speaking on one of the most critical aspects of growing a children's ministry...first-time guest experiences. 

Here's the full-schedule:
  • Dale Hudson – 3 Keys to Offering First-Time Families a Great Experience (7:00 pm EST)
  • Sandy Knowles – More than Gifts:  Appreciating Your Volunteers (7:30 pm EST)
  • Kim Batson – Ministering to Kids with ADHD (8:00 pm EST)
There will be a live Q & A at the end of each session.  I look forward to connecting with you.

You can register here