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Creating Clear Mission and Vision Statements for Your Children’s Ministry
As a ministry leader, you probably have big plans, grand ideas, multiple initiatives, and lofty goals that you want to accomplish. We all start there but isn’t it true that usually within a few years the shine and excitement have faded, and we are thrilled…
10 Scary Things That Today’s Kids Think
This article was written by Chuck Peters, Director of Lifeway Kids. My team and I have done a deep dive into research on Gen Z and Generation Alpha to help Kids and Student Ministry leaders better understand how we can best reach the next generation…
Creating a Children’s Ministry Assistant Job with Your Role in Mind
Ministries that are growing can encounter new challenges and opportunities. Throughout the history of God’s people, spiritual leaders have needed to expand their influence by raising up leaders to help maintain existing and new responsibilities. In Exodus 18, Jethro encouraged Moses to expand his leadership…

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Practical and easy-to-use downloadable guides and tools.

As leaders, our goal is to help children connect with God and understand that He is a safe place for all their questions, feelings, and thoughts. This Prayer Experience is designed to help you create four intentional experiences for children.

When your community experiences a traumatic event, you can help kids process feelings of fear and insecurity. This resource is designed to help you be prepared and provide you with shareable printouts for your volunteer team and parents.

This framework is an analyzation tool meant to help you update your policy guidelines that reflect changes in your ministry or to address areas of need or concern. Using a policy analysis framework can help make the process easier and more structured.

Resource Partners Directory

This directory provides a wide range of organizations that create useful resources for your ministry. You can browse our providers by filtering and searching by keywords. Each resource partner has been vetted by our team to ensure they align with our values.

Free Partner Resources

Our partners have generously made these available for you to use in your ministries.

Help Your Volunteers Belong Guide

This guide will help you formulate an intentional plan to build relationships with your volunteers and help foster a sense of belonging with fun volunteer game ideas.

5-Day Spiritual Practice Guide

This five-day plan will help you engage in spiritual practices along with the children in your life and ministry.

The Church, Young People, and Mental Health

Get better at helping the young people in your church deal with issues around mental health.

Membership Courses

Approachable online education that expands academic knowledge for children’s ministry leadership.

Outreach ministry is one of the most powerful ministries in the church, but it needs to be re-evaluated regularly or it won’t continue to be effective. This course will teach you a better approach to outreach. Your three instructors will walk you through foundational principles to strengthen your outreach strategy.

No matter what your role is in Children’s Ministry, leading can be challenging, intense, and at times, overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be that way! This course will teach you how to lead sustainably. Your instructor, Vance Martin, will guide you through key principles and skills that will help you thrive in your leadership.

Dig into transformational information about how children grow and develop with Dawn Rundman, an author, teacher, and specialist in the area of child development and how that impacts the discipleship of children. Learn how this practically applies to your ministry, and better equip your volunteers to serve the children you minister to!

Membership Online Events

Affordable, multi-session online experiences for you and your whole team.

Leading others well starts with knowing how to steward yourself. We’ll help you take a look in the mirror and assess your self-leadership skills!

5 Sessions | Bonus Resources | More

Equip your volunteer team with everything they need to know to start this new year of ministry off strong with ready-made, pre-packaged training.

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It can be challenging to figure out how to do outreach effectively. We want to share practical ways you can improve your outreach.

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Certifications

Advanced level children’s and family ministry certification- accredited by Bethel Seminary.

Develop your influence as a children’s ministry leader in your church and community.

  • 125 hours of training throughout the year
  • Bethel Seminary academic credit
  • Development in essential ministry topics
  • Earn a Formal Certificate

Develop your impact on family education in the church and family nurture in the home.

  • 125 hours of training throughout the year
  • Bethel Seminary academic credit
  • Development in essential ministry topics
  • Earn a Formal Certificate

Develop your capacity for effectively ministering to the wellbeing of children and families

  • 125 hours of training throughout the year
  • Bethel Seminary academic credit
  • Development in essential ministry topics
  • Earn a Formal Certificate
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