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This is CDM’s GROW Children’s Ministry with Purpose Podcast.  CDM’s mission is to strengthen the Church through connection.  Through this podcast, want to connect you with our Children’s Ministry Team and other leaders. We also want to connect you with resources to help grow your ministry to children. You are not alone. We want to help you remember that you are a part of God’s covenant community and your investment in the little ones really does matter to God.

Enjoy Each Episode of Our Podcast & Share Them With the Parents, Teachers, & Leaders of Your Church!

How do you cast a vision that communicates both the importance of your church’s ministry to children and the importance of the covenant in teaching the little ones? Join Sue Jakes, CDM’s Children’s Ministry Coordinator, as she shares some foundational things to consider.


Leading, assisting and including parents in the discipleship of their children requires a plan and some consistent practices in your church’s children’s ministry. On this episode, Sue Jakes, CDM’s Children’s Ministry Coordinator, talks about the importance of partnering with parents–because discipling children isn’t something you can do alone.


Is your church an inviting place? How do you make every child feel welcome, accepted, and even wanted?  Join Lisa Updike, a member of CDM’s Children’s Ministry Team, as she shares about outreach and how you can make all the children in your community and their families feel welcome at your church.

Can music be more than fun? Does the music we sing really make a difference? Join Lisa Updike again, as she shares about the importance of music in teaching the little ones to focus on God.

Do you struggle to get volunteers? Does every member of your church know they are an essential part of your church’s ministry to children?  When the right foundation is laid and the vision of your ministry is clearly communicated, recruiting team members, teachers and helpers can be a much easier task.

How important is curriculum, and what elements are necessary for a curriculum to have so that we can easily point the little ones to Jesus? Join Anna Johnson, a member of CDM’s Children’s Ministry Team, as she talks about curriculum and navigating the many overwhelming choices so that you can choose a curriculum that is purposeful!

Children’s Ministry Curriculum Comparison Chart

What is the heart of your ministry to children? How important is compassion in your interactions with children? Join Sherry Kendrick, another member of CDM’s Childrens’ Ministry Team, to talk about how God’s love fuels our motivation to lead and teach children.

How does your church overcome the obstacles many families face to be a part of community? Join John Kwasny, another member of CDM’s Children’s Ministry Team, as he shares about engaging families with disabilities, because the gospel really is good news for every child.

VBS can be a great opportunity to reach out into your community, to develop your student leaders, and to connect the many generations of your church, but should everyone do VBS? Lisa Updike joins us to share a vision for VBS that follows the leadership of your church and can make VBS the best week of the year!


How do you teach the children in your church to be a part of corporate worship? Join Becky Sinclair, another member of CDM’s Children’s Ministry Team, as she shares about training children to worship because a true disciple of Jesus loves God and longs to worship Him.