Insurgent Movie Review for Kids

Insurgent Movie Review for Kids

Is the second installment of the Divergent series, Insurgent, an appropriate movie for kids?

Insurgent is the continued story of Tris, Four, and the entire city of a futuristic Chicago that has been divided into five factions according to the personalities of the people.

In the first movie of the series, we see a violent power struggle take place for rulership of the factions. Because Tris is a Divergent (one of the people who don’t fit into just one faction) the Erudite rulers try to kill her and others like her. Long story short, she saves many people from killing others while having their minds controlled, then she leaves the city with several loved ones.

In this second installment of the Divergent series, Tris and company are figuring out how to fight against Jeanine (the president) and the Erudite rulers in order to stop the continued tyranny and murder being committed. Jeanine has found a Box that she needs open with a message from the Founders, which can only be opened by a Divergent. She believes this will restore order and publicly justify the need to eliminate all Divergents.

Sounds like a fight scene or two might be in order, right?

How to Explain Communion to Children

How to Explain Communion to Children

Have you ever wondered how to explain communion to your children? The fact that a big plate passes in front of them with small amounts of food that they aren’t allowed to eat can be very confusing.

While we can all recognize that 1) there are minor variances in beliefs about communion among similar denominations, and 2) no one truly comprehends the full meaning of communion, explaining the basic reasons why Christians take communion to children can be very simple.

Here are 5 things you need to know about how to explain communion to children:

When to Change Your Children’s Ministry Curriculum

When to Change Your Children's Ministry Curriculum

How do you know when you should change your children’s ministry curriculum? Changing curriculum can be good from time to time, especially if there is a better option available to meet your church’s needs.

Here are some questions you can use to evaluate when you should change your children’s ministry curriculum:

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