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Ministry to children can often feel lonely, but we hope this site will be a place that will encourage you and equip you for a lifetime of investing in the next generation. You are part of God’s covenant community and your investment in the little ones really does matter to God.

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What Will your Summer Festival Look Like?

While the world cheers on the 2021 Olympians, inspire your VBS Athletes to go the distance with Joshua, the great champion of the Bible who points us to Jesus! A few years ago, there was a terrible rumor going around.  VBS is becoming extinct!  Churches are just not doing it any longer. I am so thankful that rumor was not true and that churches everywhere are more excited than ever to host a VBS-style summer ministry in 2021.  It is time to regather and there are so many reasons why your ministry should be deciding now what your summer “festival” [...]

Have you Heard about Children’s Ministry Certification?

Have you ever felt lonely in Children's Ministry? Have you ever felt like you have the heart and desire for ministering to children but are still growing in the skills? I worked in Children's Ministry for 9 years before joining the CDM team. I remember many times being so hungry to learn from others, to connect with others, and to share ideas with others. One of the many things I love about the certification program at CDM is the opportunity it allows to connect with others all over the country (and even the world) who are doing ministry just like you. Certification [...]

Focusing on the Future of the Church – Which way will we go?

Leadership Training Retreat 2021 Focusing on the Future of the Church – Which way will we go? Have you ever felt lonely in your role in children’s ministry?  Have you ever wondered where to go for training and tools to equip you in this important task?  Although at CDM we want to connect you to resources that will equip you throughout the year, we have 1 very special opportunity for connection and training this spring.  April 20th – 22nd will be our 5th annual Leadership Training Retreat.   This retreat is an opportunity to gather with other leaders in children’s ministry [...]

You Are My Friends Article

You Are My Friends Article Article by Sue Jakes I remember when I first began teaching high school students thirty years ago. I was told never to smile before Christmas and to make sure they knew who was boss. I was quite young then, so there was “some” wisdom in those words. However, now as I teach our high school class at church, I see a need to be much more honest and real with these young people. Jesus is the Master teacher and we can always learn from him as we seek to teach his children. Jesus says, “My command [...]

E 22 Teaching Redemptively with Sue Jakes

How do you teach redemptively? Join Sue Jakes, CDM’s Children’s Ministry Coordinator, as she shares how teaching redemptively is more caught than taught and about way more than instruction or reading a Bible story.

E 21 Scripture Memory with Sarah Merrick

How do you make memorizing Scripture fun? Join Sarah Merrick, Perimeter Church's Director of Kids Discipleship, as she shares about their Scripture memory program called "Got Truth," that challenges children and their families to hide God's Word in their hearts. The program is one that has greatly impacted my own kids!

E 20 Classroom Management with Ashley Belknap

In my 30 years of working with children, Ashley Belknap completely transformed how I think about classroom management and I can't wait to share it with you! She describes a response to a difficult child that is more loving, biblical and keeps the real goal in mind.





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