Go Fish Guys

Great music for kids that won't drive parents bonkers! This is the byline for a music group known as the Go Fish Guys. In the age of PowerPoint and video screens, many of today’s kids have never even seen a hymnal. But as Go Fish members Jamie Statema and Jason Folkmann know, the Truth is [...]

Do You Fact Check What You Teach?

Our audience is children, right? How will they know if we get something wrong, biblically or culturally? I’ve found that it is incredibly easy to teach kids stuff. Dish in a little wonder, mystery and intrigue, and some culturally relevant observations or connections and you’ve got them right where you want them! C’mon... Disney, Nickelodeon [...]

The Power Of Summer Bible Camp

The students I work with cannot wait till “Bible Camp” (as they call it). It’s a week of hanging out with their friends, having fun, and learning more about God. To the students, what better way to spend a week of your summer than at Bible Camp! As an adult, I couldn’t agree more, and [...]

Has Easter Gotten Boring?

Before I was a pastor I worked for the Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company out of Oklahoma City. The job was great because I got to talk and connect with people everyday (something that I love doing). What I didn’t love was filling the same shelves with the same product everyday. For example, a typical [...]

The Need to Resource Families

Family ministry seems to be the hot topic in children’s ministry right now (as well as in youth ministry) and rightfully so. After all, aren’t children and youth with their families exponentially more than in a kidmin or stumin environment at your church? Yep. Families have an enormous influence, for better or worse, on their [...]

It’s Not Your Birthday

It’s not your birthday. Shocker, I know! But although the Christmas holiday tends to revolve around the expectation of gift-giving (more like gift-receiving), it’s really not your birthday. If I remember right, it’s Jesus’ birthday. While I’m sure He doesn’t mind sharing His birthday with everyone, I’m sure He would mind if in our efforts [...]