Easter Object Lessons

Easter Object Lessons

Looking for some great children’s object lessons for Easter? When you are teaching your kids about Easter, there are some pretty big topics that you will need to explain to them. One of the best ways to help them learn about these topics in a concrete way is through the use of object lessons. Here are three Easter object lessons that are engaging and easy to do, along with some of my favorite Easter resources!

1. The Egg is Gone. For this object lesson, you will need two eggs and a bowl. Take an egg and gently poke a few holes in the side of it, so that the yoke can come out of the egg (you may need to blow it out). Just make sure the egg doesn’t crack. When presenting this egg to the kids, make sure they can’t see any holes in the egg. Tell your kids the story about Jesus and His resurrection from the tomb. When explaining how Jesus wasn’t found in the grave, pull out the eggs for the object lesson. As you crack the whole egg, explain how May and Mary Magdalene thought they were going to find Jesus in the tomb. Then, crack the empty egg, sharing how they were surprised that Jesus wasn’t there, because He has risen! If timed well, your kids will be amazed that you cracked open an “empty” egg.

Jupiter Ascending Movie Review for Kids

Jupiter Ascending Movie Review for Kids

Is Jupiter Ascending an appropriate movie for kids? If you’re not sure whether or not to take your children to Jupiter Ascending, then hopefully this movie review will help.

Jupiter Ascending is a sci-fi movie revolving around two main characters, Jupiter (Mila Kunis) and Caine (Channing Tatum). Jupiter has grown up cleaning bathrooms for a living, but finds out suddenly that she is the sole heir to the territories of Queen Abrasax (one of the most powerful rulers in the universe), including the earth. Now, Jupiter has three of the queen’s children out to get her, each vying for her territories. The story revolves around her dangerous interactions with the three rulers and how Caine fights through various battles in order to keep Jupiter safe.

The story naturally creates an exciting, action-packed movie. But should you take your kids to see Jupiter Ascending?

5 Essential Skills for Ministry Leaders

5 Essential Skills for Ministry Leaders
What are the most essential skills for ministry leaders to have?

Regarding leadership in the business world, Harold Geneen said, “The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication.”

Not only are these skills important for the business world, but ministry leaders should be first and foremost in the conversation of displaying these skills in their leadership positions. By the way, there is a sixth skill every ministry leader needs to have mastered! (see below)

With these things in mind, we look at the 5 essential skills for ministry leaders:

Enter to Win a VBS Children’s Curriculum! ($170 value)

Win VBS Curriculum

Hey friends, this week I’m giving away a What’s in the Bible VBS curriculum set for FREE! This curriculum costs $170 new, but I’d love to give it away to you and your church. There are two different ways to enter the contest! Simply follow these two steps:

1. Like the KidminTools Facebook Page (one entry)

2. Share this Facebook status (one entry)

Oh, and make sure you leave a comment on the Facebook status to let me know you’ve entered the contest!

That’s it! I can’t wait to give the VBS curriculum set away. I’ll cover shipping for you as well, so no worries about that (within continental US). Just make sure you enter the contest in the next few days, because the winner will be announced early next week!

By the way… I’ll also give away the Volume 10 Church edition set of What’s in the Bible curriculum! Just enter the contest above and I’ll give it away to a second winner.

Best of luck to you, and God bless you and your ministry!

Children’s Ministry Conferences in 2015

Children's Ministry Conferences in 2015

Are you looking for a children’s ministry conference to go to in 2015? The conference year is already kicking off, with CPC East taking place this week. If you haven’t already picked a conference to go to, here’s a list of some of the best ones out there:

January 2015:

Jan 21-24: CPC East (Chattanooga, TN)

February 2015:

Feb 6: Children’s Ministry EXPO (St. Louis, MO)

Feb 16-19: CPC West (Ontario, CA)

Feb 20-21: Renewal Conference (Elk Grove, CA)

Feb 28: Teamworks Conference (Rockford, IL)

March 2015:

Mar 5-7: Bass Conference (Castro Valley, CA)

Mar 6: Children’s Ministry EXPO (Tulsa, OK)

Mar 19-21: Northwest Ministry Conference (Redmond, WA)

Mar 27-28: Children’s Ministry Servants Conference (Gardena, CA)

My Top Reads of 2014

My Top Reads of 2014

I read books regularly because I believe ministry leaders need to set the bar high. If we don’t set the bar high, how can we expect our ministry teams and volunteers to grow?

Between reading leadership books, business books, theology books, ministry books, and various books for seminary, I have read a lot this year (probably closer to 100 books, and most of them were good reads at varying levels). Here are my top reads from this year, in no particular order:

1. Teaching to Change Lives by Howard Hendricks

2. Helping Parents Make Disciples by Everett Worthington, Jr. and Kirby Worthington

3. Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath

4. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Children’s Games From Around the World Book

3DChildrens_Games_From_Around_the_WorldIt’s finally here! The NEW eBook Children’s Games From Around the World is available to everyone for FREE for a limited time!

This book is packed full of game ideas for children. Each chapter contains:

  • A game from a different country of origin
  • Easy-to-use game instructions
  • Exciting game adaptions
  • Interesting fun facts about each country

Want to play a game from Luxembourg or the Philippines? How about playing Kameshi Ne Mpuku from the Democratic Republic of Congo? Kids of any age will love the exciting games in Children’s Games From Around the World!

Interested in getting this FREE book? Simply sign up for the KidminTools newsletter using the sign-up box on the right, and I’ll send it to you.

Hurry, this offer is only available for a limited time, so download your copy today!

“Steven’s compilation of these fabulous games makes learning about other cultures fun, active and engaging!” -Kathie R. Phillips, Director of Children’s Ministry and KidMin Blogger

My Top Posts of 2014

My Top Posts of 2014

Before I reveal the list of my most popular posts from 2014, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who is on the front lines serving in children’s ministry. The entire purpose of KidminTools is to equip you better for ministry to children. Thank you for your faithfulness!

Here are my most popular posts from 2014, decided solely by YOU, the ministry partners and readers of KidminTools:

#1 post of 2014: ALS Ice Bucket Donations Are Funding Abortions

#2 post of 2014: Object Lessons About Resisting Temptation

#3 post of 2014: The HUGE List of Children’s Ministry Curriculum Providers

#4 post of 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review

#5 post of 2014: Is Minecraft Safe for Children?

#6 post of 2014: Did You Give Your Kids Porn For Christmas? (this one has gone “viral” since being posted a few days ago!)

#7 post of 2014: The Biggest Kidmin Mistake You Will Ever Make

#8 post of 2014: 50 Great iPad Apps for Ministry

#9 post of 2014: Is Noah the Movie Appropriate for Children?

#10 post of 2014: How Ministry Leaders Can Use Text Messaging for Parent Communication

What subjects would you like to see written about in 2015? Share one idea in the comments below! I will give away a free gift randomly to one of the commenters!

My 12 Favorite Apps from 2014

My 12 Favorite Apps from 2014

There are so many useful apps on the market, but when it comes to the best of the best, these are absolutely my favorite apps from 2014.

Asana: My new favorite task management system for teams. Take a look at my previous review to learn more about its many great features.

Buffer: This is a handy app for when I want to quickly schedule and share a great link through my social media. I actually use the Firefox plug-in to quickly create a tweet to be sent out through Buffer. Very user-friendly.

ChurchSnaps: This is one of the apps that I did consulting for this year, and it’s going to be a great app for children’s ministry leaders. ChurchSnaps provides a great way to collect pictures privately and safely from your ministry events. You get to choose who can add pictures to an album and who can view those pictures, so it’s a safe and easy way to let your team upload their pictures and only let specific people see the pics.