“So, what are you doing?” This is the question our senior pastor asked me when he saw me at the office paper cutter with a stack of a few hundred magazine pages. “Well, rather than keeping all my ministry magazines, I pulled all my favorite articles and am trimming them up to put in a binder of ministry ideas.”
“I think you’re the only person I know who would do that.”
“You wouldn’t be the first one to tell me something like that.” 🙂
Honestly, I’m loving having all my favorite ministry ideas all in one place rather than scattered throughout magazines on various bookshelves. Seems a little over-the-top, but I think there are plenty of KidMins out there that would appreciate having one too! Here are the categories I came up with. Maybe you’ll feel inspired to create a binder of all those articles you’ve had lying around too 🙂
- Thoughts on KidMin: These are more general articles on the big ideas of children’s ministry – hospital visits to helping kids transition, small church challenges to making a great first impression with your ministry.
- Statistics: Children’s Ministry magazines puts out a few pages worth of statistics meant to keep children’s ministers up on current issues in the lives of children and families today. I find them valuable in guiding some aspects of my ministry, so wanted to save them.
- Family Ministry: Involving parents is essential and many of the articles under this section are helpful in doing that.
- Nursery Ideas: I think so many of our church nurseries have simply become babysitting services. There’s so much that we can be doing to establish a strong biblical foundation in their hearts and minds at this age, though!
- Pre-K/Kindergarten Ideas: Oh, what fun it can be to help these little ones explore the world around them and the God that made them!
- Early Elementary Ideas: This section has ideas for crafts, lesson plans, service projects, and more that help draw children in the lower elementary grades closer to God.
- Upper Elementary Ideas: I’ve found some of the articles that I’ve included in here to be particularly helpful in helping preteens transition from children’s ministry into youth ministry.
- Special Needs: Though I’m certified as an elementary teacher, I’m also a certified special education teacher, so exploring how to minister to children with special needs has been a particularly meaningful journey for me this year.
- Outreach: Teaching children to serve while they are young helps to establish a spirit of service in them for the long run. Creative outreach makes it all the more fun!
- Technology: I’m certainly still growing in this area. I’ve found quite a few articles that can help me figure out how to incorporate technology in ministry, though, and I look forward to seeing how I can better serve the digital natives of this generation.
- Lesson Plan Ideas: These are mostly holiday ideas, but they’re still good ones!
- Kids Night Ideas: I’ve had a blast with our kids nights (especially the Barefoot Olympics on Friday!) and am always on the hunt for more good ideas.
- Products and Resources: These are mostly advertisements from magazines, catalogs, or mailings. I throw quite a few away, but some of them are worth exploring further.
What other categories would you add for your “Ministy Ideas” binder?