Although working with kids is never boring, we can lose our passion and motivation in kid’s ministry. Here are a few great resources to help you find renewed passion, motivation and maybe even a few ideas. (And the best part? It’s all free!)
AGTV Did you know that AGTV has an entire channel devoted to ministry to students? This channel is packed with great videos from BGMC, Girls Ministries, Royal Rangers and interviews with children’s leaders!
Orange Even if you don’t use the Orange curriculum, they still have a lot to offer. They have a leaders’ blog, parents’ blog and tons of great articles to add fresh perspective to working with families within the context of church.
Children’s Ministry Group Publishing offers several great resources for training leaders, teaching and planning children’s lessons. Plus, they offer several free downloadable lessons and activities to get you started.
You might have noticed things look a little different around the website. (You can read this great post from Pastor Tom to gain some insight into our reasoning for the change.) Since things look a little different, we thought it might be a good idea to give you a quick tour of all the new website has to offer.
Home Page is the first thing you see when you make your way to the website. We have a scrolling banner highlighting upcoming events and important information. Along the side, we have links to our latest videos, the RedCulture portion of the site and a link to Sunstream’s brand new website. Plus, we have a calendar highlighting upcoming events and the latest from our Twitter feed. Along the bottom, you’ll see some links we think you might find helpful. Across the top, you’ll see About Us, Departments, Resources, ISOM, Calendar and Media. These six tabs will help you to navigate the website.
About Us gives a basic overview of our staff, our history, what we believe and our contact information. These pages are intended to help those interested in our network find information quickly and to help those in our network learn more about our staff, history and beliefs.
Departments gives information about the different ministries and supports available to our churches and leaders. This is where you can find information about Children’s Ministries, Girls Ministries, Royal Rangers, Red Culture, Chi Alpha, Women’s Ministries, Men’s Ministries, Discipleship Ministries, US Missions, World Missions, Music and Sunstream. We have resources available for those just starting out in these ministries all the way up to those looking for advanced training with more to come.
Resources gives pastors quick information about credentials and renewals and finance. The downloads tab will be a place to find any downloadable resources we offer on the website.
ISOM gives you opportunity to learn more about the Iowa School of Ministry, download information and (eventually) register online.
Calendar stores all of our information about upcoming events.
Media provides information about or blogs, photos, podcasts and videos. This is a great way to stay connected and interact with what’s happening around IMN.
We are so excited about everything our new website has to offer. If you’re having trouble finding something on the website, please call Ashley at (515)276.5493.
We’d like to thank Disciple Portal for their design and support as we make this transition. For more information about Disciple Portal, click here.
The Iowa Ministry Network Girls Ministries and Royal Rangers Ministries will both be hosting training events for leaders. Plan now to take advantage of these incredible leadership development opportunities.
On Saturday, October 8th, Iowa Girls Ministries will host a training for all Girls Ministries leaders at Berean Assembly of God in Des Moines. The day will consist of two parts: training and planning. From 9:00AM – 1:00PM leaders will work through the Girls Clubs Leader Training Guide, which outlines the basics for effective ministry to girls through Girls Clubs. From 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM, leaders will plan events for the 2012 Girls Ministries calendar.
The cost for the morning session is $25 and includes the Leaders Guide, test and lunch. The cost for the afternoon session is $10.00 and includes lunch.
Also, don’t forget: it’s time to charter your clubs for the 2011-2012 academic year. You can download a charter form by clicking here.
The 2011 Iowa Royal Rangers Leaders Conference will be October 7-8, at Sunstream Retreat Center. Training opportunities include Ranger Basics, Ranger Essentials and CPR/First Aid. There will be information about TracClub, merit revisions, mentoring, chartering, 2012 Camporama, sharing wins, new leaders, 2012 plans and using the national Royal Rangers website. The training materials presented will benefit leaders with all levels of experience.
The training will be held in the brand new conference building. For a map to Sunstream, click here. Women are welcome to attend this event. The $35 fee includes lodging and two meals (Saturday breakfast and lunch). Bring a sleeping bag or bedding for a mattress.
If you’re a girl, you’ll understand that one of the most exciting and fun things you can do on a Friday night is sleep on the floor of your church fellowship hall surrounded by friends (old and new) and and leaders who care about you. Although anyone who grew up in church can tell you there are few places on earth scarier than an empty church at night, a dark, uninhabited church can also make for one of the best places to play Hide and Seek, Underground Church and maybe even Truth or Dare. Sleepovers like this can create an environment perfect for building long-term friendships, making great memories and forming deep spiritual roots.
National Girls Ministries understands that these sleepovers are not only great opportunities to gather girls in your church, but also to reach out to girls in the community. Each spring, they release a sleepover planning guide complete with games, snack ideas and great devotionals.
The 2011 Sleepover theme is Themba Safari to correspond with this year’s Coins for Kids project. Pronounced TIM-BA, it’s the Zulu word for hope. These packets are available for download here or can be obtained by contacting the National Girls Ministries Department (417)862-2781. Traditionally, the sleepover is held the fourth Friday of September, but it could be hosted any weekend that works with your church calendar.
This event is perfect for churches big and small – all it takes is a handfull of girls and a couple of ladies to make the night a success. It can be a great event for churches who don’t already offer ministry specifically for girls. And, if you’re thinking of starting something like Mpact Girls Clubs, this could be a great launch event.
by Carol Pilcher
Open doors of faith and hope in young girls’ lives with powerful ministry that meets girls where they are. Girls encounter many difficult situations as they grow up, but by intentionally fostering relationships between girls and leaders you can create a safe place for girls to discuss issues they face and get godly counsel. Through Girls Clubs each girl can hear that God loves them and wants a relationship with her.
In other places of the world imagine 10- and 11- year-olds taking care of young siblings because their mother is too sick to help. Imagine a place where everyone is touched by HIV/AIDS.
This, too, is girls ministries. Through this year’s Coins for Kids missions project, Girls Ministries are providing cooking kitchens for families in South Africa who are in dire need of sanitary food and water preparation spaces.
These are called A Place of Joy South African Cooking Centers.
Each kitchen will have a stove, refrigerator, and cookware. The families will also experience support from local churches in their community. This will be a safe place for children to get a hot meal, ministry, tutoring, activities and counseling. Each child can hear that God loves her and wants a relationship with her.
To inspire your girls to raise money for this important project and to provide an opportunity for girls to invite friends to a fun event (with a clear gospel message), consider hosting a sleepover this year. For more information or to download this free sleepover resource, visit here.
Whether in our own churches or in a far away country Girls Ministries is there to help each girl. Her heart…her world…his purpose.