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The Nick Blevins Family Ministry Podcast is where you can hear from top leaders in children’s ministry, student ministry and family ministry. You’ll learn the principles and practices they use to lead families with the goal of helping you maximize the potential in your ministry. For more content and notes, head to nickblevins.com.

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The Nick Blevins Family Ministry Podcast is where you can hear from top leaders in children’s ministry, student ministry and family ministry. You’ll learn the principles and practices they use to lead families with the goal of helping you maximize the potential in your ministry. For more content and notes, head to nickblevins.com.

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One of the Best Podcasts I have listened to!

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Really enjoyed listening to Episode 145 with Dan Doerksen on Structure in ministry. It was one of the best podcast I have heard in a while. I have forwarded it to our lead pastor. Thanks for putting this together!

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One of the Best Podcasts I have listened to!

By Frank7384 - May 09 2019
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Really enjoyed listening to Episode 145 with Dan Doerksen on Structure in ministry. It was one of the best podcast I have heard in a while. I have forwarded it to our lead pastor. Thanks for putting this together!

Try hard

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Trying to hard.
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Rank #1: Episode 003: Volunteers: Stop Recruiting, Start Retaining With Christine Kreisher

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In this episode, I talk with Christine Kreisher, Discipleship Pastor at GT Church in Reading, PA. We talk about the book she co-authored, entitled The Volunteer Project: Stop Recruiting, Start Retaining. Christine would suggest we prioritize volunteer retainment over recruitment, and by doing that we can help do both well.

Christine Kreisher

Connect with Christine on Twitter | Facebook

GT Church

Links Mentioned in This Episode

StopRecruiting.com – Download resources from Christine

7 Practices of Effective Ministry (book)

Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week (book)

A sample Serve Spotlight Video (played in serve to highlight serving)

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Next Episode: Jim Wideman

In the next episode, we talk with Jim Wideman, a friend, mentor, and Children’s Ministry pioneer who has more wisdom and experience than you can imagine. We talk with Jim about an issue that affects everyone who serves on staff in a local church, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it!

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May 31 2016

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Rank #2: Episode 084: Alston Causey on Creating a Remarkable Volunteer Culture

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In this episode, I talk with Alston Causey, the UpStreet Director at Gwinnett Church, about what his church is doing to create a remarkable volunteer culture. Alston shares the huge role that vision plays in this, and why leading with the “why” is so important. He also walks through the practical things they do to be intentional about creating a great volunteer culture, and gives us an inside look at something new his team tried this year called the Remarkable Experiment.

Alston Causey

Connect with Alston on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Gwinnett UpStreet Facebook | Gwinnett UpStreet Instagram

Email: alston.causey@gwinnettchurch.org

Gwinnett Church

Links Mentioned in This Episode

7 Practices of Effective Ministry (book) – Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner, and Lane Jones walk through seven key things you can do to help your ministry win

Making Vision Stick (book) – Andy Stanley shares the three reasons why vision leaks, and the three things you can do to help vision stick

Volunteer Win Statements – Check out the win statements, or one-sentence job descriptions, for Gwinnett UpStreet production volunteers

Volunteer Survey – The volunteer survey the Gwinnett UpStreet team sent to all of their volunteer leaders to learn what would make serving in UpStreet a more remarkable experience

Creating an Irresistible Volunteer Culture

  1. Limit the span of care to a reasonable number
  2. Ask leaders to commit more to less things
  3. Hold very few meetings
  4. Pay their way to all camps and events
  5. Host a VIP room for them every Sunday
  6. Give them strategic Sundays off
  7. Shower them with free t-shirts and swag

Onboarding in UpStreet

Did you know that in the corporate world, 69% of people are more likely to stay for 3+ years if they have a good onboarding experience?
  1. Orientation—Vision and overview of Upstreet
  2. Interview–Get to know them on a personal level
  3. Training – Train them in the specific role, and have them shadow another leader
  4. Plug them in!

Action Items

  1. Examine your communication with volunteers and look at it through a “for vs. from” filter. Ask yourself: How much am I asking from them, and how much am I doing for them?
  2. Try doing the Remarkable Experiment for a month or a couple of months with your volunteers
  3. Send out a survey to your volunteers to help you learn what would make serving a remarkable experience for them
  4. Evaluate your win statements, or begin crafting a few for your different volunteer roles

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Next Episode: Bill Hegedus

In the next episode, I welcome my friend, Bill Hegedus, back to the podcast. Bill shared with us in Episode 018 about preteen ministry and partnering with parents.  This time, we have a great conversation about what he’s been up to this past since stepping into a new position, and how he’s changed how the church he now works for serves preteens and their families.

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Dec 19 2017

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Rank #3: Episode 083: A Deep Dive Into Preschool Ministry With Alison Leamon

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In this episode, I talk with Alison Leamon about preschool ministry. Alison walks through what preschool ministry looks like at her church – from programming, to volunteers and recruiting, to key events they do to partner with parents. She shares the vision and “why” behind what they do, and also shares practical tips on how to mobilize volunteers and help parents be intentional with the youngest members of our churches.

Alison Leamon

Connect with Alison on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Email: aleamon@prestontrail.org

Preston Trail Community Church

Links Mentioned in This Episode

First LookOrange’s preschool strategy and curriculum

Stop Recruiting, Start Retaining (book) – Christine Kreisher, Darren Kizer, and Steph Whitacre share four strategies that they believe are the secret sauce to retaining volunteers and creating an environment that they don’t feel like they have to be in, but that they want to be in

Episode 003: Volunteers: Stop Recruiting, Start Retaining With Christine Kreisher

Onboarding Process

  1. Phone interview
  2. Test drive
  3. In-classroom training
  4. Family Ministry orientation
  5. Regular training events (Ex: Orange Tour)

Parent Child Dedication Process

  1. Parent orientation (1 month out)
  2. Parents write letters to children
  3. Dedication program (Saturday morning message and celebration)

Action Items

  1. Consider moving to weekly volunteers
  2. Evaluate the Large Group/Small Group format of your preschool ministry
  3. Think through your Parent Child Dedication, and ask yourself: “What are we doing really well?” and “What could we do better?”

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Leave a rating and a comment in iTunes to let me know how this podcast is helping you and your ministry. Also, let me know how we can make it better!

Next Episode: Alston Causey

In the next episode, I interview Alston Causey – the UpStreet Director at Gwinnett Church. Alston and I have a great conversation about what their church is doing to create a remarkable volunteer experience. He walks through the practical things they do in order to be intentional about creating a great volunteer culture, and gives us an inside look at something new his team tried this year called the Remarkable Experiment. You won’t want to miss it!

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Dec 12 2017

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Rank #4: Episode 023: Carey Nieuwhof on Conversations That Will Help Grow Your Church

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In this episode, I interview Carey Nieuwhof. We talk about his new book, Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations to Help Your Church Grow, and unpack what every pastor wants from their family ministry staff.

Carey Nieuwhof

Connect with Carey on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

CareyNieuwhof.com

Connexus Church

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (book) – Michael Hyatt explains why you need a platform to succeed in delivering a message or product

Leading Change Without Losing It (book) – Carey Nieuwhof unpacks five strategies that help church leaders engineer change

Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow (book) – Check out Carey’s new book and team edition videos that talk about how to have honest conversations that are essential for church growth

High Impact Leader Kit – In a workbook and series of videos, Carey shares practical, proven strategies that help leaders focus on and accomplish their priorities

How to Best Serve Your Pastor

  1. Don’t assume the senior leader has as much autonomy as you think he does
  2. Be competent
  3. Think cross-organizationally
  4. Lead up
  5. Build trust and earn respect

Action Items

  1. Get Carey’s book, 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow
  2. Set aside time go through the team edition videos and have some honest conversations
  3. Know the average attendance of individuals at your church–track kids’ and students’ attendance
  4. Develop a strategy for driving engagement (see Carey’s post here)
  5. Establish a clear path for people who want to serve
  6. Recruit high capacity leaders
  7. Work through the High Impact Leader Kit and grow your own capacity as a leader

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Next Episode: Terrace Crawford

In the next episode, I interview Terrace Crawford, a veteran of youth ministry with tons of wisdom to offer. We talk about the importance of helping students serve and what that can look like in our churches.

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Oct 18 2016

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Rank #5: Episode 090: Equipping Parents to Lead Their Families in Faith With Dr. Michelle Anthony

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In this episode, I talk with the author of Spiritual Parenting, Dr. Michelle Anthony. We walk through some of the principles in her book, and then break down what family ministry looks like at her church. She shares the groups, events, resources, and other unique components of their plan for equipping parents to be the primary spiritual leaders in their kids’ lives.

Dr. Michelle Anthony

Connect with Dr. Anthony on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

MichelleAnthony.org

New Life Church

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family (book) – Dr. Michelle Anthony explores how to avoid the six dysfunctional parenting styles and lead your child into the abundant life Jesus has for them

Spiritual Parenting (book) – Dr. Michelle Anthony shares practical examples and biblical insight on the spiritual role of parenting

7 Family Ministry Essentials (book) – Dr. Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman explore the seven things that are essential for leaders who are equipping parents and coming alongside them as they lead their kids into a growing relationship with Jesus

RightNow Media – Equip your families with video content to help them grow. Check out the video series for Spiritual Parenting here.

HomeFrontMag.com – A resource for churches to share with parents to help them create fun, spiritually forming times in their homes

Episode 080: A Strategic Plan for Partnering With Parents With Phil Bell

Episode 086: Chris Sasser on The Parent Network

First Time Family Process

  1. A family registers with their basic information
  2. Families receive a card inviting them to the next parent orientation
  3. They receive a follow up email that introduces them to the ministry, welcomes them, and invites them to share about their family
  4. Parents complete the follow up intake form that asks them questions about the structure of their family and invites them to share any specialized needs

Elements of a Parent Orientation:

  1. Sit at small group tables based on the age of your kids
  2. Tables are led by a staff or key volunteer from that area of the family ministry
  3. Invite parents to answer: What is the most difficult thing about being the primary spiritual leader of your child? How can we as a church support you in this role?
  4. Transition to large group time where the vision of the ministry is shared
  5. Staff members are introduced
  6. Resources and programs are shared and explained

Equipping Parents Pathway

  1. Parent orientation
  2. Go through Spiritual Parenting study
  3. Engage with HomeFrontMag.com (A monthly plan for families)
  4. Receive take home resources each week that summarize that week and point to the next one
  5. Participate in quarterly family nights and other family events

Family Ministry Models

  1. Family friendly model where the church offers experiences and events the family can share in together
  2. Family centered model where families are together all the time and not separated by ages
  3. Family sensitive model where the church attempts to meet the needs of all families and champion social issues that families are facing
  4. Family empowered model where the main intent is to empower parents to be the spiritual leaders of their homes

Action Items

  1. Get Dr. Anthony’s books, check out her study on RightNow Media, and check out HomeFrontMag.com
  2. Ask: What is my pathway? How are we equipping parents? Then, have some conversations about what 4-5 steps you want to point new families to.
  3. Consider hosting a parent orientation to help parents understand the vision of your ministry and know that they are not alone

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Next Episode: Jana Magruder

In the next episode, I talk with Jana Magruder, author of Nothing Less. Nothing Less is a book based on research with Protestant parents, that asks the questions: What were the things that influenced your child’s faith the most? and What mattered most in helping them follow Jesus? Jana walks through the top indicators, and also shares a few surprising things that didn’t make the list and why.

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Feb 06 2018

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Rank #6: Episode 067: Kenny Conley – 5 Keys to a Good Start

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In this episode, I welcome back NextGen Pastor, Kenny Conley, to the podcast (Check out Episode 25 when Kenny talks about the NextGen and Family Ministry Model). This time, Kenny shares the five things to focus on during your first year in a NextGen role. Kenny just finished his first year at a new church in this NextGen role, and coming out of that, he has some great wisdom to share. Whether you lead in NextGen, or specifically in Children’s or Youth Ministry, the principles and practical advice he shares are really helpful.

Kenny Conley

Connect with Kenny on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

IAmNextGen.com

ChildrensMinistryOnline.com

MISSION Church

Mastermind Groups

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Links Mentioned in This Episode

Orange – Through Orange, get connected with a great community of NextGen/Family Pastors

You Lead Coaching – An initiative dedicated to coaching leaders via themed teaching, discussion groups, and projects within their own churches and organizations

I am NextGen FB Group – Connect with other NextGen leaders and share resources

Jim Wideman’s Infuse Program – A 6-month mentoring experience available to Children’s Pastors

The First Year (blogpost) – Kenny unpacks what the first year in a NextGen role should look like

Ministry Makeover Resource – Sign up to get Kenny’s resource (coming soon), about how to turn your ministry around

5 Things to Do in Your First Year

  1. Take time to learn the culture of your church. Listen and ask lots of questions.
  2. Get to know your staff, their perspectives on the ministry, and build trust with them
  3. Learn the role and find your rhythm
  4. Dive into a role when necessary
  5. Know where you’re going, and chart your future

Action Items

  1. Take the five things Kenny talked about and evaluate where you are in those areas
  2. Create a simple 3-step action plan to help you get better this month
  3. Ask: Are you still operating like you are new to the role? If you have been in the role for a while, consider expanding what you do in your role and leading more through other people.

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Next Episode: Rich Birch

In the next episode, I talk with Rich Birch from the unSeminary Podcast. We unpack the differences that exist between Family Ministry in churches that are less than 1,000, and over 1,000. Rich also walks through the unique challenges facing those trying to break through the 1,000 barrier. The principles he shares are really helpful whether you are in that stage or not, as you may be facing similar things when you are striving to grow during a different phase.

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Aug 22 2017

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Rank #7: Episode 101: Creating a Social Media Strategy for Your Ministry With Kevin Jennings

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In this episode, I talk with Kevin Jennings. Kevin is a marketing strategist who works with Orange and helps people communicate their message through social media and email marketing. He walks through a plan for how you can market well from scratch, highlighting mistakes we often make, what to focus on, and tools we can use.

Kevin Jennings

Connect with Kevin on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Call/Text: 615-455-3399

KBJ2.me

Orange

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Think Orange Podcast | ParentCue Podcast | Married People PodcastCarey Nieuwhof Podcast

Common Mistakes Churches Make in Their Social Media Strategy

  • Using social media to replace email, newsletters, bulletins, and handouts
  • “Screaming and yelling” (Look what we’re doing)
  • Providing boring content that is full of info
  • Promoting your ministry and events, but not the character or culture of the church and the people
  • Recruiting followers but not engaging them
  • Using bad designs and graphics

Tools for Your Digital Content and Social Media Strategy

Scheduling Tools for Your Social Media Strategy

Build or Re-create Your Social Media Strategy

  • Clarify your purpose and what the win is
  • Capture email addresses
  • Choose one primary platform and one secondary platform, and give each a purpose
  • Operate by the 60-20-20 rule (60% content is about others, 20% is get-to-know and behind-the scenes, 20% is to directly pitch or talk about what you are offering them)

The Five P’s of a Social Media Strategy

  1. Define the purpose
  2. Create a plan
  3. Build a process
  4. Choose people to be part of it
  5. Measure how it performs

Action Items

  1. Adpot the five P’s and use them to define your strategy
  2. Start collecting stories and begin telling them through your social media channels

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May 01 2018

51mins

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Rank #8: Episode 015: Gina McClain on Small Groups and Sticking With Your Church

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In this episode, I talk with Gina McClain, Pastor of Children’s Ministries at Faith Promise Church. Previously, Gina led children’s ministry at Life.Church. We talk about how to implement small groups for kids and what it takes to stick it out long-term in your current church.

Gina McClain

Connect with Gina on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Email: GinaM@faithpromise.org

Faith Promise Church

GinaMcClain.com

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Life.Church – Gina previously led Children’s Ministry at Life.Church

Guts and Glory of Small Groups – Check out Gina’s book for practical advice on implementing the small group model in your ministry

Fellowship One – An online check-in system for churches

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Read Angela Duckworth’s book all about having the willingness to do whatever it takes

5 Steps to Implementing Small Groups In Your Elementary Environment (blog posts) – Check out a series of blog posts I wrote that outline five steps to help you implement small groups in your ministry

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Next Episode: Jeremy Lee

In the next episode, I interview Jeremy Lee, founder of Parent Ministry (ministrytoparents.com). We talk about the incredibly important topic of partnering with parents and equipping them to lead their children well. Jeremy offers some extremely practical insights and ideas to help us partner with parents better.

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Aug 23 2016

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Rank #9: Episode 133: 5-Part Strategy for Partnering with Parents

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In this episode, I break down the 5-part strategy my church uses to partner with parents. I walk through these five steps, talk about what they look like practically – week to week, and month to month – for us. I also draw a roadmap, detailing how churches can begin to take steps toward partnering with parents, while not doing it all at once. The ultimate goal of parent partnership is to help parents take one step in leading their child spiritually. I hope that this 5-part strategy helps you do that.

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Links Mentioned in this Episode

A Strategy for Partnering with Parents Ministry Boost Course

5-Part Strategy for Partnering with Parents Notes

5-Part Strategy for Partnering with Parents PPT

Key Things to Acknowledge when Partnering with Parents

  1. Parents have the most influence in the life of their child
  2. Partnering with parents is critical
  3. Every parent is not in the same stage in their parenting or in their faith
  4. Partnering always feels like “extra” because it’s not “always coming” like Sunday is

5-Part Strategy for Partnering with Parents

  1. Communication
  2. Resources
  3. Events
  4. Small Group Leaders
  5. Community for Parents

Resources for Parents

Roadmap for Partnering with Parents

  1. Milemarker 1 – Communication & small group leaders
  2. Milemarker 2 – Transitions & resources
  3. Milemarker 3 – Milestone events
  4. Milemarker 4 – Small groups and classes for parents
  5. Milemarker 5 – Parent & marriage ministry

Milemarkers Based on Church Size

  • Under 200 – Milemarker 1
  • 200-400 – Milemarkers 1 & 2
  • 400-600 – Milemarkers 1, 2 & 3
  • 600-1500 – Milemarkers 1-4
  • Over 1500 – Milemarkers 1-5

Tim Keller – Church Size Culture Article

Free Resources from my site (including our kindergarten transition docs)

Ministry Boost Parent Child Dedication Webinar (replay)

Action Items

  1. Assess where you currently are in terms of partnering with parents
  2. Determine what milemarker you need to get to and map out steps to get there

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Jan 22 2019

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Rank #10: Episode 009: Kevin Monahan on Volunteer and Staff Development

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In this episode, I talk with Kevin Monahan. Kevin is the NextGen Pastor at 12Stone Church in Atlanta, GA. 12Stone is a large, multisite church averaging 15,000+ in attendance across 9 campuses. In fact, they launched 5 campuses in one day just a couple years ago! We talk about the challenges of managing multiple teams, multiple ministries, and how that can translate to leading teams of volunteers.

Kevin Monahan

Connect with Kevin on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Email: Kevin.Monahan@12Stone.com

12Stone Church

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Resources.12Stone.com – Free, downloadable resources for church leaders including job descriptions, trainings, and leadership development

DanReiland.com – 12Stone Lead Pastor Dan Reiland’s website all about developing church leaders

7 Coaching Conversations

12Stone Kids Weekend Review

12Stone Campus Staff Review

NickBlevins.com/Resources

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Next Episode: Kristen Ivy

In the next episode, I talk with Kristen Ivy, the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange and the Director of the Phase Project. The Phase Project was created to help equip leaders and parents to best understand and lead kids at each phase of their life. We talk about the project, the research, the resources they’ve created and how church leaders can pass that on to their families.

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Jul 12 2016

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Rank #11: Episode 105: Dan Scott on “Caught in Between: Engaging Your Preteens Before They Check Out”

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In this episode, I talk with Dan Scott about his new book Caught in Between: Engaging Your Preteens Before They Check Out. This book leans into the undeniable fact that preteens start to check out of elementary ministry in the last couple years, but are also not ready to be with eighth graders who are heading to high school. Dan talks about the needs of preteens and what it looks like to create a separate, unique environment for them that can help them get the most out of this important transitional phase. From vision and principles, to practical tips on how to go about engaging preteens in your church, this conversation and this book point to some critical questions for children’s and student pastors as they seek to have a maximum impact on the faith of the next generation.

Dan Scott

Connect with Dan on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Orange

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Links Mentioned in This Episode

Caught in Between

Episode 031: The Power of Story with Dan Scott

3 Questions Every Preteen Has

  1. Do I have friends?
  2. Who likes me?
  3. Who am I?

Questions to Ask When Engaging Preteens

  1. Do preteens have a space that is separate from the youngest elementary students?
  2. What does large group look like?
  3. How do small group leaders approach biblical content?
  4. Do preteens feel the responsibility of being the church of today?
  5. Do preteens know and feel that the church is the safest place to ask questions about faith?
  6. Is the content too activity-driven or too abstract?

Tips for Engaging Preteens in Your Church

  1. Create an experience for them to look forward to
  2. Recruit a team of volunteers that embraces this vision
  3. Lean into a unique small group experience
  4. Give preteens jobs and opportunities to serve
  5. Have events specific to preteens and their families

Keys to Remember When Introducing a Preteen Environment in Your Church

  1. Over-communicate
  2. Get the right people in the right room at the right time
  3. Facilitate conversations between children’s and student ministry leaders
  4. Know what your leadership needs to hear to come onboard and approach them with a plan
  5. Initiate focus groups and conversations with parents and preteens
  6. Network with other churches who are doing this and learn from them
  7. Implement your plan at a strategic time in the year

Action Items

  1. Get the book and read it
  2. Start something. Ask: What is one thing I could implement that would give preteens something unique and separate to look forward to?

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May 29 2018

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Rank #12: Episode 173: Encouraging Volunteers Q&A with Paula Dannielle

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In this episode, we hear from Paula Dannielle on the power of creating a strategy for encouraging volunteers and creating space to do this every week. This is the third part of a six-session series from an online event called Volunteer Bootcamp, hosted by Ministry Boost.

Paula Dannielle

Connect with Paula on Instagram, and Twitter.

Volunteer Bootcamp

Get access to the full Volunteer Bootcamp sessions and notes here.

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Volunteer Bootcamp Webinar

Ideas for Encouraging Volunteers

Idea One: Make sure they are seen

  • Each of them should be known by name
    • This may not be a staff member, but this could be a ministry lead, coach, etc.
  • Get personal
    • During huddles, take time to celebrate
    • Acknowledge prayer requests
    • Be sure they are greeted when they arrive and when they leave and at least once during their service hour
  • VALUE: People can feel invisible during the week with all the things we have to do; help them feel seen with something they don’t have to do, but they want to do.

Idea Two: Be sure they are known

  • Each of your volunteers should be confident that you know they have a life outside of volunteering each weekend
    • Leaders need to know they are connected to the vision of the church, regardless of their circumstances
    • Take into consideration the unique “family makeup” of each volunteer
      • Single parents
      • Parents with multiple kids
      • Parents of kids with special needs
      • Health challenges
  • VALUE: When volunteers know they are cared for outside of their time serving, they will feel encouraged and feel like part of a community and a team

Idea Three: Tell them/their Stories

  • Tell stories as far back and as recent as possible
  • Examples of ways to tell stories:
    • Storytelling wall with volunteers’ pictures on the wall
    • Stories of life transformation written on cards on the wall
    • Encourage stories with Communications Team; record these stories and share with people in the church
    • Use huddles
    • Use storyboards
    • Use social media – “Visual images paint 1,000 words”
    • Use names with stories
  • VALUE: Stories give inspiration and tangible results that their work is not in vain, and stories encourage volunteer

Action Items

  1. Do a 5 under 5 or What floats your boat
  2. Write a note each week in 2020
  3. Text 5 volunteers this week

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Dec 17 2019

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Rank #13: Episode 155: Student Ministry Programming – Behind the Scenes with Kyle Price

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In this episode I talk with Kyle Price about student programming at Mission Church. Kyle talks about his role as Creative Director there, the different teams he leads, and how they brainstorm programming and teaching. He shares about the creative team they have and how they involve students in that. Then we talk about the structure of Mission’s student programming, how they lead volunteers there, and what he’s doing to empower other leaders.

Kyle Price

Connect with Kyle on Instagram

Email: Kylep@missionaz.org

Mission Church

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Episode 067: Kennly Conley – 5 Keys to a Good Start

Episode 110: Ministry Hacks with Kenny Conley

Episode 139: Shane Sanchez on Student Ministry and the Junior/Senior Gap

Orange

Download Youth Ministry

Action Items

  1. Start a creative team – invite students to be a part of that.
  2. Get students serving in your ministry.
  3. Make a checklist.

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Jul 16 2019

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Rank #14: Episode 150: Volunteer Directors & Coaches with Jon Birkmire

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In this episode, I talk with Jon Birkmire about volunteer directors and coaches. We talk about what it looks like to structure your volunteer team for growth, how you help volunteers lead like staff, and the specific roles each of these leaders can have in preschool, elementary and student ministry.

Jon Birkmire

Connect with Jon on Facebook and Instagram

Anthem Church

Ministry Boost – FREE Webinars

Ministry Boost is hosting 3 FREE webinars this month. You can sign up here.

  • Leading Ministry With the Four Disciplines of Execution Model – June 13 at 2PM EST
  • Innovative Solutions to Solving Your Greatest Staffing Problems – June 20 at 2PM EST
  • Empower Volunteers to Lead Like Staff – June 27 at 2PM EST

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Orange

Building a Leadership Team for the Future – NextGen job descriptions for coaches and other leaders, org charts and more

GroupMe – A great tool for team text communication

Action Items

  1. Sign up for the webinars at ministryboost.org/webinars
  2. Get the downloads
  3. Draw your new structure
  4. Recruit one person

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Jun 11 2019

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Rank #15: Episode 117: Redefining Preschool Ministry with Erin English

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In this episode, I talk with Erin English about redefining preschool ministry. Erin walks through what preschool ministry looked like at her church in previous years, how they shifted their focus to be on relationships and the gospel, and how she helped her team and ministry make that transition.

Erin English

Connect with Erin on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Email: EEnglish@westsidefamilychurch.com

Westside Family Church

MINISTRY BOOST

Ministry Boost recently launched – an organization led by myself, Kenny Conley, and Kevin Monahan dedicated to helping you fast forward growth in your ministry through training and consulting for ministry leaders. We’ll also be offering coaching in partnership with YouLead Coaching.

Register for Erin’s coaching group, all about redefining preschool ministry & check out the other options here.

ORANGE TOUR

Be sure to check out the dates and locations at OrangeTour.org and get your tickets today!

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Preschoolministryleader.comChildrensministryonline.comYLCoaching.comEpisode 087: Erin English on Growing Your Volunteer Team & Making Goals in the New Year

Redefining Preschool Ministry at Westside

  1. Emphasis on small group relationships and the gospel
  2. Created a separate large group environment with a clubhouse set
  3. Hosted a Lead Small Training using Orange content
  4. Shared with volunteers about the preschool phase and the importance of relationships
  5. Previewed new large group time for leaders & cast the vision for them to be present during large group
  6. Picked best two SGLs and cleared out their classrooms
  7. Tried bare space with small groups for a month
  8. Cleared out all of the classrooms

Typical Preschool Morning at Westside

  1. Ten minutes of small group time
  2. Go to large group with host that introduces story and a song
  3. Leave large group and return to small groups for application activities

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Sep 04 2018

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Rank #16: Episode 110: Ministry Hacks with Kenny Conley

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In this episode, I welcome back NextGen Pastor, Kenny Conley, to the podcast (Check out Episode 25 & Episode 67 for our previous conversations). Kenny and I talk about 3 key ministry hacks to help you accomplish more in less time and improve the quality of the ministry you offer. We also talk about his new course, 33 Ministry Hacks (details and registration can be found here).

Kenny Conley

Connect with Kenny on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

IAmNextGen.com

ChildrensMinistryOnline.com

MISSION Church

Links Mentioned in This Episode

33 Ministry Hacks – A 6-week course designed to help ministry leaders leverage 21st-century tools. Registration closes Monday, July 16.

PreschoolMinistryLeader.com – A resource sight for preschool leaders

How to Camp Blog Post (blog post) – Hacks for developing a registration process that will help you have all registrations in a month before camp starts

CampBrain.com – Camp registration software

Ministry Hacks: How to Camp

  1. Go all digital
  2. Determine cost/kid
  3. Motivate parents to sign up early with artificial deadlines
  4. Begin with 1-day only sale, move to regular price, and have a late registration price
  5. Be prepared to give a firm “no”

Ministry Hacks: Volunteer Recruiting

  1. Have two monthly volunteer orientations
  2. Recruit to an orientation, not an application
  3. Email/text reminders to list of contacts
  4. Have an observation process in place that is run by coaches
  5. Train leaders in observation

Google Calendar – Invite people in your g-suite organization to choose appointment times

Calendly.com – An app for scheduling different types of appointments and inviting people to meetings

Action Items

  1. Check out 33 Ministry Hacks
  2. Evaluate your volunteer process–Consider adding a volunteer orientation or revamping your observation/training process
  3. Try Google or Calendly and see if one (or both) helps free up some of your time and keep your schedule straight

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Jul 03 2018

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Rank #17: Episode 063: Strategy for Partnering with Parents With Sherry Surratt

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In this episode, I talk with Sherry Surratt, the Executive Director of Family Strategy at Orange, about a year long strategy for partnering with parents. Sherry shares what a 12-month plan looks like practically for your ministry, and previews some of the things Orange is working on to help church leaders partner with parents even more effectively.

Sherry Surratt

Connect with Sherry on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Email: ssurratt@rethinkgroup.org

Orange

Southeast Christian Church

Links Mentioned in This Episode

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) – An organization that seeks to celebrate motherhood, connect moms, and equip, encourage, and mentor them. Hosting a MOPS group is a great way for a church to reach young families.

GoWeekly – A resource that helps church leaders connect with their small group leaders and partner with parents every week

  • Leader–>Parent: Events, kits, and things to talk about at the dinner table, in the car, or during other naturally occurring moments
  • Church–>Parent: The ParentCue connects parents to what their kids learned that week, complete with questions and discussion starters
  • Directly–>Parent: Parent Cue Blog, Parent Cue Podcast, and the Parent Cue App

Orange’s Social Media Plan for Leaders – Orange‘s weekly social media plans that help leader partner with parents. Posts correspond to the weekly teaching and cue the parent during natural moments like morning time, meal time, drive time, and bedtime.

Just a Phase – A project dedicated to helping parents understand and leverage each phase of their child’s life

Phase Guides (books) – Individual books that each focus on a different year and phase of a child’s life. These guides are designed to help parents make the most of each phase.

Levels of Partnership With Parents (article) – The different levels of engagement and partnership the church has with parents

Orange Conference 2018 – Orange’s annual conference for children, student, and family ministry leaders. Registration opens October 12.

Annual Family Wheel

  1. FallStart: Families are thinking new rhythm. Introduce families to small group leaders, consider having an open house event, and/or bring in Just a Phase materials to let parents know you’re there to help them through each age and stage.
  2. WinterRestart: Families are thinking about developing healthy habits. Provide small group opportunities.
  3. SpringFocus: Families are thinking: How can we finish well? Send encouragement through a weekend message and/or a handwritten note.
  4. SummerRecharge: Families are thinking: How can we spend the summer well? Create opportunities and environments that the family can experience together like a movie night, date night kits, a family challenge, or a list of free ideas for a family to do in your community.

Action Items

  1. Download the Annual Family Wheel, print it, and plot what you currently do to partner with parents on that wheel by season
  2. Evaluate what fits and what doesn’t fit
  3. Trim your current plan down and focus on one thing each season, or design your wheel from scratch and start with one thing

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Next Episode: Ricardo Miller

In the next episode, I talk with Children’s Pastor and Evangelist, Ricardo Miller. We have a great conversation about the top mistakes that ministry leaders make. Ricardo shares from the perspective of a children’s pastor, but the list and principles he walks through apply across the board to leaders in all areas of ministry.

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Jul 25 2017

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Rank #18: Episode 099: Reaching Millenial Parents with Michayla White

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In this episode, I talk with Interim Executive Director of INCM, Michayla White, about some research they have done involving millennial parents. Michayla breaks down some of the stereotypes surrounding this generation of parents and shares the results of a survey that leans into what matters most to them.

Michayla White

Connect with Michayla on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Email: Michayla.White@incm.org

INCM

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Pew Research – A foundation that seeks to help people and organizations make wise decisions with the support of data

Millennial Parents of Faith and What You Need to Know – A presentation to help educate leaders on millennial parents, who they are, and what matters most to them. Michayla shares the key findings of their survey in this presentation.

5 Things You Can Do to Reach Millennial Parents

  1. Value invitation and meet them in the their spaces
  2. Care about their marriages
  3. Prioritize safety and security in your environments
  4. Train volunteers to interact with parents
  5. Resource them and allow them to inspire you

INCM Resources

Children’s Pastors Conference – Register for CPC19 here

Kidmin.com – Resources for children’s ministry leaders

Children’s Ministry Certification

Online Events

Webinars

Action Items

  1. Review your preschool environment for safety and security
  2. Start a focus group of millenial parents

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Next Episode: Jim Murphy

In the next episode, I talk with Jim Murphy. Jim talks through how his church plans events and the project management system they use. He takes time to dive into the weeds and practical planning that goes into these events and shares a video about the project management tool they use.

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Apr 17 2018

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Rank #19: Episode 008: Amy Fenton on Recruiting Volunteers and VBS

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In this episode, I talk with Amy Fenton. Amy works for Orange, holding 3 roles in 1. She’s an Orange Specialist, serving church leaders who use their elementary curriculum. She leads their VBS team and she leads Live to Serve, an event Orange puts on for children’s ministry volunteers. We talk about all of that, but we also talk about a time when Amy stepped in to lead children’s ministry at a large church that had almost NO permanent volunteers.

Amy Fenton

Connect with Amy on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

WhatIsOrange.org

The Church at Brook Hills | The People’s Church

Links Mentioned in This Episode

LivetoServe.co – Get conference details and register your volunteers for 2016 dates

OrangeVBS.com and 252Basics.com – See how Orange writes its VBS curriculum so that it leads into regular summer programming

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Next Episode: Kevin Monahan

In the next episode, I talk with Kevin Monahan. Kevin is the NextGen Pastor at 12Stone Church in Atlanta, GA. 12Stone is a large, multisite church averaging 15,000+ in attendance across 9 campuses. In fact, they launched 5 campuses in one day just a couple years ago! We talk about the challenges of managing multiple teams, multiple ministries, and how that can translate to leading teams of volunteers.

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Jul 05 2016

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Rank #20: Episode 064: Top 10 Mistakes Children’s Ministry Leaders Make With Ricardo Miller

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In this episode, I talk with Children’s Pastor and Evangelist, Ricardo Miller. We have a great conversation about the top mistakes ministry leaders make. Ricardo shares from the perspective of a children’s pastor, but the list and principles he walks through apply across the board to leaders in all areas of ministry.

Ricardo Miller

Connect with Ricardo on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

RicardoMiller.com

Pathway of Life Church

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Top 10 Mistakes Ministry Leaders Make

  1. Not having a mentor
  2. Not attending conferences and seminars or being a part of a learning environment
  3. Not learning how to delegate
  4. Not learning how to build a team
  5. Not celebrating the victories of others
  6. Not taking a vacation
  7. Not giving back as much as you take
  8. Not learning how to empower parents to take the lead in their kids’ development
  9. Not saying “Thank you” enough
  10. Not being ourselves

Ideas for Training Volunteers

  1. Texts
  2. Conference calls (FreeConferenceCall.com)
  3. Weekly meetings
  4. Retreats
  5. Twice a year trainings
  6. Annual Conference

Action Items

  1. Look at the list of mistakes ministry leaders make, and pick the one that you’re making right now, or struggle with the most
  2. Choose one thing you can do this week to change that

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Next Episode: Tony Morgan

In the next episode, I interview Tony Morgan, founder of The Unstuck Group. This organization works with churches through coaching and consulting to help them get unstuck. Tony recently released a new book called The Unstuck Church that looks at the life cycle churches go through. We talk about this life cycle in terms of family ministry, how to figure out where your ministry is, and what you need to do to either maximize your current season or get out of it.

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Aug 01 2017

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