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)

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.

Did You Give Your Kids Porn for Christmas?

Did You Give Your Kids Porn for Christmas?

Woah, hold on! Should this even be a question for any decent parent? You are correct, but many parents are giving their kids access to porn without knowing it. In fact, according to a 2010 survey from CovenantEyes, 93% of boys and 62% of girls will be exposed to internet pornography during childhood (those numbers are rising, by the way, not declining).

Do you know how many devices can now connect to the internet? Here is a list of current devices that kids can use to access the internet:

  • Desktops
  • Laptops
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Smart TVs
  • TV Appliances
  • E-Readers
  • Video game consoles

If your kids received one of these devices for Christmas, then you will probably want to consider two things:

Three Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Speaking

One Thing You Probably Didn't Know About Speaking

Have you ever wondered why your message didn’t hit home for your audience? You had great content, but the message wasn’t quite the home run you were looking for.

Here are some important speaking statistics that we need to know when preparing and presenting our messages. These statistics* break down how your audience understands your message:

•    55% facial expression
•    38% tone
•    7% content

The Teaching Methods of Jesus

The Teaching Methods of Jesus

Jesus Christ was the Master Teacher.  He used a wide variety of teaching methods, which each had their own advantage when teaching to different audiences.

Do you use different teaching methods when you teach? Take a look at these seven great teaching methods that Jesus used.

1. Parables. Jesus spoke often using parables, which are stories that illustrate an important truth. He would often use the life situations of the people He spoke to in order to create a story that would have a big impact on them. The main distinction with parables is that the summary of the story should demonstrate the important truth that needs to be shared. For examples, see Luke 10 and 15.

2. Object Lessons. Jesus used object lessons all the time. Sometimes he would use actual objects, and sometimes he would act out the object lesson. The main goal with an object lesson is to share an important truth visually. For examples of different types of object lessons, see Matt 19, Mark 12, John 4, and John 13.