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Looking for inspiration and equipping just for you, ministry leader? Check out our library of discipleship and leadership articles to give you room to breathe and room to grow in ministry. From reflections to advice you can trust, this collection is here to encourage you as you serve the kids and families you love.

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Holy Spirit, Kids!

We believe God is love. Love is communal – it is something experienced between persons. God in his very being is love, and we know God is communal in his mysterious and wonderful 3-in-1 way. So how and when should we introduce kids to the Holy Spirit?

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Activating the Voice of God

What do we understand about the prophetic? Does God really speak to everyone? What are activations? Drawing on his latest book, prophetic minister, pastor and speaker Matt Holman offers his insights into hearing the voice of God.

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A Conversation with Joanna Adeyinka-Burford: Author, Actress and TV Presenter

Meet Joanna Adeyinka-Burford, the British actress and TV presenter behind an exciting new book—an interactive devotional journal designed for kids aged 7-11! In a candid chat with Natalie Frisk, Joanna shares her influences, inspirations, and personal faith journey that sparked the creation of this delightful resource.

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A Conversation With Aimee Reid: Author, Teacher, and Storyteller

Aimee Reid is an accomplished author whose journey from teaching to motherhood sparked her passion for writing children’s books. Natalie Frisk caught up with her to explore why she thinks books are so important to kids’ spiritual journeys, her hopes for their adventures, and how her stories can light up ministries everywhere.

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Revealing God's Story: The Power of Biblical Art for Kids

We all have stories that shape us. We carry them with us as we grow, and they have the power to affect how we see ourselves and the world in which we live. As kidmin leaders, we have the privilege of introducing kids to the most important story of all: the story of God's great love for us. But how we present that story matters, and the images we choose are as important as the words we use.

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Game-ifying Your Teaching Time in KidMin (And Why It’s Effective)

All kids love games! But digital natives, in particular, consider games to be the preferred way to learn. Discover how you can use gamification in a positive and productive way in your ministry, and give kids ownership over their spiritual learning and development.

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10 Ways to Create Accessible Sunday School Environments

With the heart of a children’s ministry leader, we always want to include and encourage every kid in our ministry. And yet, we know that sometimes there are barriers that need to be overcome to envelop all kids into a joy-filled environment. Here's 10 ideas to help you make your Sunday School more inclusive.

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The Church-and-Home Connection

Struggling to bridge the gap? Spark connection between church and home with these 8 ideas for creating an integrated and supportive network which helps families thrive in their faith.

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Keeping Young People in the Faith: A Surprising Discovery

I was wrong. Embarrassingly so. I had been working with leaders in training at a Christian camp every summer for twenty years, and I thought I knew what made Christian young people tick. And I gave the wrong answer to the most basic question of all.

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Learning to Wait in the Dark

When we find ourselves in a time of waiting, it can feel like we're waiting in the dark, unable to see the path ahead, fumbling around trying to make sense of the surroundings. But what if the darkness is not really darkness at all but the shadow of the Lord? What does it mean to wait in the dark with the Lord? And what can we learn while we're there?

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Camp Connection: How Christian Camps Transform Young Lives

Partnering with Christian camps offers an opportunity to bring a fresh, dynamic dimension to your children's ministry, building a future where faith is not just learned but lived with joy and enthusiasm. In this article, explore the ways camps help kids experience Christianity as a thrilling, everyday adventure, then find practical ways to partner with Christian camps and learn how you can take the next step.

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8 Ideas for a Kid-Friendly Extravaganza on a Budget!

Planning a shindig for the kids that won't break the bank? As children’s ministry leaders, we know that sometimes you’ve got a small budget that you need to stretch. We've got your back with a carnival of kid-fun ideas, packed with joy and variety on a budget! From treasure hunts to DIY crafts to scientific wonders, these activities are not just budget-friendly but also promise oodles of laughter and excitement as you seek to build community in your ministry. So, lace up your planning shoes, and let's dive into a world where joy knows no budget constraints!

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Praise Packs: 13 Things to Include in Worship Activity Bags for Kids

All-age or family services offer a unique opportunity to engage kids in a worship setting. Here's some ideas for how to not just occupy kids, but help them engage and participate in the service, teaching them that 'big church' is for them too.

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My RaiseUpFaith Story: Trusting the Captain

It's been a voyage of discovery through stormy waters and foggy skies as God teaches us to trust Him to steer the ship, and raises up faith right within the hearts and lives of the employees of the so-named organization.

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"Courage, Dear Heart", Easter is Coming

As a children’s ministry leader, the word Easter can induce some panic, for we know that Easter Sunday is one of the highest attendance dates in our calendar year. We know what that means prep-wise. We know what that means volunteer-wise. We know what that means sanity-wise! So let's get prepared.

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My RaiseUpFaith Story: Finding Joy In Tidying

I love tidying. It's what I do best. So why have I been surprised by the tidy up God has been doing in me?

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Take a Tour

Get the most out of RaiseUpFaith! Check out our How To Library here.

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Using Content

Curriculums and Lessons explained.

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Creating Content

Discover how easy it is to build your own, bespoke lessons.

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Using Your Free Sampler Account

Tips on how to make the most of your Free Sampler Account.

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Leading Up: Too Bashful, Too Bold

Effectively communicating ministry needs without overselling or underselling the need.

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The "Real" Sin of Halloween

What would it look like if we taught our kids that when Jesus told us to love our neighbors he meant to actually love our neighbors? What if we modelled loving our neighbors – our actual, physical, right-next-door neighbors – to our kids on a 365-day basis? How would our kids’ world change? How would our neighbors’ world change?

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10 Fall Fest Games

Fall season is here, which means Fall Fest season is here too. Here are 10 Fall Fest games/activities kids love! Happy Fall, Y’all!

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When Things Go Toxic

Dear Children’s Ministry Leader, we know some of you are not thriving. We know you are struggling in your role or your confidence. You have questions about what God is up to and how to avoid burnout. We are listening and we want you to know we love you and we are with you.

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The Future of the Church: It Matters

Where will the future leadership of the Church come from? At what point do we develop leaders? We know that you see the future of the Church differently than those who serve adults. So how do you point to the future with one hand and raise your other in praise as you lead little ones to follow Jesus?

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Mission and Values

What does it mean for an organization, a church, a brand to live into its mission and values? Why do we think it matters that you know who we are, where we say we are going, and what matters to us?

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Time To Update

The digital world is here to stay; it's the world that today's parents have grown up in. This excerpt from Brittany Nelson's book, Time to Update: 7 Areas to Integrate Digital Discipleship Into Your Children's Ministry, explains the concept of 'digital discipleship' - what it is, why it is important, and how we can be intentional about it.

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Key Practices for Strengthening Your Relationship with The Bible

What role does The Bible play in your life? Is it where you want it to be? What are some hindrances or myths we may be believing that prevent us from having the relationship with Scripture that we want to? What are some practical steps we can take to strengthen our relationship with Scripture?

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From Fine to Fun: Rediscovering the Joy of Childhood

As we disciple children in the way of Jesus, how can we curiously invite joy into the mix?

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For the Love of Our Kids

Hey Children’s Ministry Leader! Here's an article to share with the parents and caregivers of the kids you get to love and serve. You are welcome to share it through your channels to encourage and support your families!

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We Can Be Heroes (of Faith)

What might happen if, when teaching our kids about Bible heroes, we talked first about their faith? What difference could it make to our kids' own faith journeys?

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Cultivating Biblical Imagination in Kids

Wonder invites questions. Wonder stirs curiosity. When we invite that sense of wonder into our teaching, we harness a powerful learning tool that fuels creativity and innovation.

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The Story of Quilts, Quilting Bees, and The Hive

What happens when two quilting bees learn that their quilts share a pattern or a theme or a color scheme? Do they begin to stitch them together for a single purpose? This is the story of how RaiseUpFaith and CTA are partnering to create The Children's Ministry Hive.

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New Feature - Team Builder

Team Builder has arrived! Find out here how this fab new feature works for you and your team, and leaves you time for a chair spin!

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Welcome to RaiseUpFaith!

New here? Let's get to know each other!

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Reimagining How We Teach (About Women In) The Bible

By teaching 'stories of women in the Bible', do we risk putting these stories into a separate category marked 'special interest'? Perhaps there's another way - one that involves us reimagining how we teach the Bible altogether.

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Equipping Parents To Lead Their Kids Spiritually

Whose job is it to lead kids spiritually? How can the church do so if the kids aren’t there? And how can the parents be expected to lead their kids spiritually if they themselves are struggling to walk as disciples?

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Leading Up: Ability and Likability

Competence gets you in the room, character keeps you in the room.

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20 Bible Verses to Grow Kids' Faith

Here at RaiseUpFaith we believe that pointing kids to Jesus, and God’s great big story, will help them navigate through life. We believe the promises of Scripture are really powerful, and helping kids learn key Bible verses can help ground them in different seasons of life. And God’s promises are not only for them, but also for their family, their church, their community, and the wider world. Sometimes I wonder if we focus on scripture memorization over scripture internalization, though. I think what we really want is for kids to understand who God says He is, and who God says we are, as His children. The scriptural foundations of our faith, and our knowledge of these truths, are the scaffolding of relationship with Jesus, and discipleship with each other.

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Working Towards Inclusion in Kids' Ministry

What does inclusion look like in kids' ministry? How can we love everyone well? What practical steps can we take?

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It Begins With Death: Sharing The Truth Of Easter

'He is risen.' 'He is risen, indeed.' When I hear this exchange, my heart skips a little. I’m excited, and appreciative, and joyful, and so many other things all at once. But what does it mean to my child?

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5 Reasons to NOT Run VBS (Holiday Club) at Your Church This Summer

So. Easter has been celebrated. And it’s a long way ‘til Christmas. It’s time for churches everywhere to put their feet up and enjoy a few months of relative quiet. Unless, of course, you look at the calendar and note the great expanse known as the summer break looming. If you do, you might just find yourself asking a big question: Do I run a VBS this year?

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Balance - Finding and Maintaining It

There is something about ministry that can leave us feeling like there are fewer hours from one week to the next: events, midweeks, meetings, discipleship, programs, curriculum, and Sundays... And just when you think you’ve got a rhythm figured out, you find your week upended and wonder how you’re chasing the clock again.

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Practically Preschool

When you hear the word “preschoolers,” what immediately comes to mind? Do you feel passion or panic?

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Creating Space for Children to Listen

In Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby he teaches that “God is always at work around you”. As Christ followers we can be assured of God’s presence. He is at work, and he is present. In John 5:17 Jesus says, “my Father is always working, and so am I”. He is at work around us regardless of our age. Our job is to be on the lookout for his work and to be listening for him. As we are discipling world changers it’s important for us to keep that truth at the forefront of our minds.

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Theological Guideposts for Biblical Literacy: Boundaries, Borders, and Bears (Oh My!)

I was recently on a very long walk with my daughter. Not two-blocks-with-the-dog-instead-of-one long; rather, it was 25 kms each day, for 5 days. When they aren’t sure which way to go, remind them what the way markers look like so that they may find their way back to Jesus.

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Statement of Faith

Our delight is to equip you with what you need, and free you up to lavish God’s love on the community you serve.

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Wells, Fences and The Jesus Water

If you’re involved in kids ministry, I hope that the main reason you got involved is because, at some point in your life, you were shown the Jesus well. You tasted it for yourself, and you saw that it was good. Do we trust our young people to recognise the well? Do we trust Jesus to be life-giving enough?

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Defining Identity

To dive deeper into this conversation, and unpack some of the tough questions with Christie, we invite you to watch her recent interview with Keith Ferrin, story teller, author, and speaker, and friend of the KidMin community.

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Where Sunday School Failed Me

God wants us to be good little girls and boys. That’s what I thought. And though it might have been there in the subtext, what wasn’t actually said was: “because Jesus…” Jesus loves us so incredibly deeply, he wants us to follow him and his way, and he wants the very best for us. That’s what’ll make it good.

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Leading Up: Come with Solutions, Not Problems

Overwhelm with excellence by approaching your leaders with proposals, not with problems.

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A Walk to Remember

Friend, we know you well enough to let you know that the seeds you are scattering are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, imagination, unity, grace... Come on a walk with me along Scottish Borders as we consider what it means to pay attention to the ground beneath our feet as we till the soil.

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We Rode an Elephant

When we swim in the waters of children's ministry for long enough, it can seem like we need to get bigger and better with every season. More glitz, more glam. But at the end of the day, children will want to be in our ministries for two large reasons: our willingness to be present with them and our willingness to show them Jesus.

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Generosity and Gratitude

Hey Leader! We see you!! We see you getting ready on Sundays and every day in between. We see the planning and preparation that goes into Christmas that likely started weeks ago. We see you loving those kids, embracing their grownups, and walking with families, as family.

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Centering like Jesus

Children centered on Jesus when He showed up because He centered on them. When we center on others and draw them into His light, they will center on Him. And when we center on children, we look like Jesus.

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Knowing who I am because of who He is

The gift within God’s plan to redeem His kids back to Himself, the Church–the body of Christ–is that we get glimpses of what God is like by showing up for each other, looking like Jesus. Through Jesus, God’s own image knit into us is put on full display for the world to know Him.

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Defining Jesus-Centered

As the team at RaiseUpFaith prepares to attend MegaCon, a Kids Ministry conference in Nashville this October, we are focusing on their theme, Jesus Period. Not Jesus and, or Jesus but; Jesus period. This idea has a way of refining how we think about what we do, and centering us on our why: Jesus. Jesus is our what, our why, our who, and He knows our how and our when.

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How a Simple Search Will Help You Find Time

This article follows the journey we have been on together, leading up to fall, to get back into healthy rhythms. From Sabbath to seasonal planning, this practical piece will help you fill your toolbox on RaiseUpFaith while building time back into your week!

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New Rhythms, Healthy Margins and Pie

For so many of us, new rhythms begin in the fall. It is an opportunity to make some decisions about what gets added to the calendar, and maybe also what doesn’t. As our lives fill up with the possibility of events, midweek programs, and the many activities our personal lives include, it can be difficult to discern how to make it all fit (and if it all should).

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The Rhythms of Sabbath

There are so many demands pulling at our days as we head back to school, back into schedules (and managing schedules for our kids), back into the rhythms of routine. And there is only one habit that can bring order to my chaos in the changing winds of a season without exception: observing Sabbath.

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Meet the Newest Team Members

RaiseUpFaith has crossed the pond, and is ecstatic to introduce its newest team members! With the addition of the full OneStory curriculum to the platform, we are also adding to the family to serve the RaiseUpFaith community better. Please help us welcome Christie, Natalie, and Christine!

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BIG One Story news!

One small step for RaiseUpFaith. One giant story for humankind!

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'How to' Library

To help you get the most out of RaiseUpFaith we've put together this handy 'How to use RaiseUpFaith' guide.

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The Future of Church? It’s Peachy!

It is no secret that the number of children and young people attending church is declining rapidly. How can we effectively grow our children’s and youth work? Let's find out!

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Teaching Children to Pray

This article suggests ways we can all journey towards a vibrant prayer life that combines talking and listening to Almighty God.

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9 Tips For Building Children's Ministry Volunteer Teams

There is one universal issue that all churches face: How do we find, grow and cultivate a team of volunteers who can lead effective Children’s Ministry?

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Junk Media & Your Kids Digital Diet

It is not just the food our kids eat that effects their health; it is also the content they consume. As parents and kids’ workers, knowing your cyber super-foods from your streaming string cheese is key to effectively communicating the gospel in the digital age.

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How to: Encourage discussion with Young People

Three top tools for encouraging discussion and engagement with young people

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Encouraging Encounter with God Through Children’s Ministry

Ever heard an adult say to a child, 'You’re too young to really follow Jesus – wait till you’re older'? Or perhaps you heard something similar growing up? NEWSFLASH: Children CAN encounter God! We wholeheartedly believe this.

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Communicating with God's littlest children: Sharing God's big story with our churches children's groups

Sharing a message can be a bit nerve-racking at the best of times. But sharing it to a roomful of four-year-olds? That’s in a whole other league!

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