Our Good Friday Family Experience

Each year our church has a beautiful Good Friday service. Last year we really wanted to encourage families to come so we had a light supper and an Easter egg hunt beforehand. It was fun and well-attended, but we did not feel that it truly fit with the purpose of the night. This year we wanted to do something more meaningful. Our pastor envisioned...

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Creating Safe Kidmin Environments in Established Churches

Today when a church builds children’s ministry space, one of the highest priorities is safety and security. You will see hallways that have very limited access. You will see rooms that are designed with good sight lines and limited access. You will see the ability to lockdown in the case of an emergency. For those of us (which actually probably...

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What Christmas Morning Will Look Like at Our Church

I know lots of churches are making all kinds of different choices regarding having Sunday morning services on Christmas morning. I have zero desire to debate the topic, but rather just want to share what we are doing. One service for all generations – West Bradenton Baptist is definitely a multi-generational church. We literally have great-grandparents...

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Personal Qualities Every Leader Needs: FUN!

Why do so many leaders look so grumpy?  Yes, we bear alot of responsibility and yes, we have a whole lot on our plates.  But some of us have allowed all of that to steal our joy and make us pretty much no fun to be around. Here are some things to remember to up your fun level:›   Don’t take yourself too seriously.  You are the leader and you are...

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Personal Qualities Every Leader Needs: Level-Headedness

I remember my first kidmin “emergency”.  It was during college and I was a summer children’s ministry intern at my home church in Chattanooga.  One VBS morning I walked in early with a student ministry helper when we heard a “help” down the hall.  A volunteer walked out with blood pouring down her face from her scalp....

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