Nov 30, 2020

The Most Important Thing You Do in Children's Ministry

There are a lot of aspects in children's ministry.  No shortage of opportunities for programs, events, activities, lessons, trips, curriculum and on and on and on we could go.

But here is a question that must be answered.  What is the most important thing you can do in children's ministry?  

If you could only choose to do one thing, what would it be?  If you had to put your entire budget into one thing, what would it be?  If one thing dominated your calendar, what would it be?

I believe it comes down to one thing.  One thing that should be the most important thing you do in children's ministry.

That one thing is found in Matthew 28:16-20.  It's was the last charge Jesus gave the disciples before He ascended back to His Father. 

Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

The last big job that Jesus gave the disciples was to reach people with the Gospel and disciple them.  And that is our most important job as well. 

Sharing the Gospel with kids and families and seeing them come to faith in Christ for their salvation.  That's it.  That's the most important thing we do.  

We've got to keep the main thing the main thing.  If we are not careful, the many things we do in children's ministry can cause us to put the main thing on the shelf. 
We must constantly remind ourselves that we only have a short window of time to reach kids and families before they get older and their hearts get callous toward the Gospel.  

If you are going to make reaching kids and families with the Gospel your most important thing, then that should be reflected in your programming, budget and overall strategy.  

Do you have a clear plan that you follow to reach kids and families with the Gospel?  Is it a top priority in your ministry?  There is nothing more important.  

One great tool I have used to reach kids and their families with the Gospel is a class called Starting Point. Starting Point is a one-session class where you clearly share the Gospel with kids and their parents.  When a child indicates they are interested in responding to the Gospel, then they are invited to this class with their parents attending with them.  

The power of the Gospel, never ceases to amaze me.  Get kids and parents in this class and you will see so many of them accept Jesus into their life.  

In one year, I saw over 430 kids come to Christ after hearing the Gospel presentation in Starting Point. And dozens and dozens of parents came to Christ as well. 

Starting Point gives you a clear strategy and pathway to lead kids and parents to Christ.  It has everything you need for the class including teacher's notes, media, student booklet, parent booklet, videos and graphics for your soft ware presentation.  

And I've got some more good news for you.  The Starting Point class curriculum is part of our year-end sale.  It retails for $69 but is on sale now until Dec. 15th for only $39. 

You can order it at this link.  It's available as an instant download.  You can also see lesson samples, videos, class materials and more at the link.

The whole purpose of this resource is to help you reach more kids and families than you ever have before. 

The Gospel. It is the most important thing you do in children's ministry.  

Believing with you that 2021 will be your best year ever as you share the Gospel and disciple kids and families. 

Nov 27, 2020

Children's Ministry Resources Sale Starts Today

It's time to get ready for 2021.  Do you need some new tools in your ministry tool belt for the coming year?  

I've got you covered with some great tools that can help you reach and disciple more kids and families than you ever have in the past.  

You can click over to this site to see the discounted resources. When you click on a category, you will be able to see all the great sale prices.  

These resources have been proven to work in a local church setting.  I saw tremendous growth in the ministries I led as I developed these resources. 

2020 has been a rough year for sure.  But I am believing with you that 2021 will be your best ministry year ever!  

Click here to see the tools you can get at big discounts.  The sale runs today (Nov. 27) through Dec.15.

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or want more information - my email is dale@buildingchildrensministry.com. 

Your Fan, 

Dale Hudson

Nov 26, 2020

Thankful for You

Happy Thanksgiving!  I appreciate so much the opportunity to partner with you in ministry.  

I am reminded this Thanksgiving of all the time, resources and energy you put into reaching the next generation. 

Your labor is making a big difference.  Thanks be to God for how He is using your life to reach and disciple the next generation. You won't realize the full extent of it until you get to heaven.

If you haven't heard this in awhile, let me say this. 

"Thank you for serving and making a difference."

Blessings to you and yours on this day of Thanksgiving.

Nov 25, 2020

The Impact of Behind the Scenes Teams

Much of children's ministry happens behind the scenes.  

Faithful people who love God and have a heart for reaching the next generation.  

They put together small group materials when no one is there to applaud them.  They run copy after copy after copy of the lesson for those who will be teaching and leading groups on Sunday.  

They serve not for the income (volunteers don't get paid) but for the outcome. 

What they do is sometimes taken for granted.  Everyone gets used to the class materials being ready and forget that someone gave of their time to put it together.  

It may seem like the people teaching the lesson are the most needed.  But that is simply not the case.  Without the behind-the-scenes people, it would be a struggle when the weekend rolls around. 

They wiped down the toys in the preschool rooms so the children would be in a safe environment.  No one saw them doing this...no one except Jesus.  They laid out the name tags that the greeters would pick up and wear.  No one say them doing this...no one except Jesus.  They took the "missed you" cards to the post office.  There was no one there cheering them on.  They baked brownies for the other volunteers to have on Sunday.  There was no one in the kitchen while they were doing this...no one except Jesus. 

You see the big things are made possible by the little acts of service that happen behind the scenes.  The big things are made possible not just because of the person in front of the camera, but the person behind the camera as well.  Without the person behind the camera there is no in front of the camera.    

Since it is football season, I was thinking this morning about the dynamics of a football team.  Of course, the quarterback is in the spotlight.  He is at the center of all the attention.  Everything revolves around him.  He is often one of the people who talks at the press conference following the game.  

And then there is the center.  The person who hikes the ball to the quarterback.  He does his job, not worried about who will get the "praise" for the victory.  You never see him being interviewed after the game or giving a speech to all the players and reporters following the game.  

But without the center faithfully hiking the ball to the quarterback, there is no play.  The center who hikes the ball is critical for success.  If he messes up, the play is not going to go anywhere. 

If you are one of the "behind the scenes" people in your children's ministry, let me encourage you today. 

Keep serving for the cause not for the applause.  

The applause for the "behind the scenes people" may not always be there.  You may feel at times that no one cares about what you do.  You may not have heard the words "thank you" in a long time.  

Keep hiking the ball...even when no one pats you on the back.  Keep hiking the ball...even though the spotlight may never be turned your way.  Keep hiking the ball...even though others will get the glory for the great play.  

Be encouraged today.  Your "behind the scenes" work is what makes the "up front" ministry possible.  God keeps great records and great will be your reward in heaven. You are making a huge impact.  And the full extent of it will be known in heaven, when Jesus says to you, "Well done good and faithful servant."

Just a reminder that our big sale on resources starts this Friday, Nov. 27 and run through Dec.15.  Lots of great resources are being discounted by 30-50%.  These are resources that have been proven to work in a local church setting.  Go to www.buildingchildrensministry.com to get great deals on cutting-edge, effective resources...at an amazing price.

Blessings.  

Dale

Nov 24, 2020

Children's Ministry Resources - Big Sale Starting Friday

2021 is just around the corner and now is the time to set your ministry up for success in the coming year. 

I am offering big savings on resources that can help you effectively reach and disciple kids and families in your community.

These resources are not just  "pie in the sky" ideas, but rather resources that have been tested and used with great success in local churches.  

Here are a few of the resources and the discount that will be available from Nov. 27 through Dec. 15.  

You can click on any of the resource titles below to see pictures and get more information.

10 Trends You Need to Know If You Want to Grow (seminar) $19 - reduced to $10 

Worship Album  $39 - reduced to $29

Elementary Curriculum - $79 -  reduced to $49 

Baptism Class - $69 - reduced to $39

Connect 12 Elementary Curriculum (1 year) - $700 - reduced to $500

Bible Presentation Class and Celebration - $29 - reuduced to $19

CSI (Easter lesson) - $29 - reduced to $19

Elementary Graduation Celebration Class - $29 - reduced to $19

Milestone Package - $199 - reduced to $129

Glow-in-the-Dark Lesson - $19 - reduced to $10

If Disney Ran Your Children's Ministry Book - $15 - reduced to $12 

If Disney Ran Your Children's Ministry Seminar - $19 to reduced to $12

Lead Well Book - $19 - reduced to $15

Live Online Training - $99 - reduced to $50

Parent & Child Dedication Class - $49 - reduced to $29

Starting Point Salvation Class - $69 - reduced to $29

The Broken Figurine Video - $12 - reduced to $5

Christmas Lesson - $29 -reduced to $15

The Formula for Building Great Volunteer Teams Book - $12 - reduced to $10

and much more.

These prices will begin on November 27 and run through December 15. 

Make an investment in your ministry and watch what God does.