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Today’s article is a guest post from Jenny Funderburke. Find out more about Jenny, including where to find her blog, at the end of the article.

imageHave you ever had one of those Sundays where the volunteers just weren’t there? We all have! That’s a fact of life in kidmin. Here are three simple things to do when it is one of those Sundays:

1. Do as much beforehand as you can. Our default is to become overwhelmed and let that paralyze us. We choose, consciously or not, to do nothing until we absolutely have to. As volunteers call before Sunday, go ahead and have your team fill as many of these as possible. This may involve moving people in from other areas that you oversee. Contact parents who are faithful attenders. Plugging in as many holes as you can beforehand will help reduce stress on Sunday morning.

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Confirming A Calling

Guest Writer —  December 28, 2010
At Kidmin1124, we like to share our experience and thoughts on children’s ministry, but we also like to hear from others in the field of children’s ministry.  Today’s article was written by Brandon Maddux. Brandon is a young man pursuing a career in children’s ministry. At only 18, I was first struck by Brandon’s maturity and secondly by his passion to learn about what he loves – children’s ministry. In his continued pursuit of growth, Brandon started a podcast called Children’s Ministry Live. In this podcast he interviews many of the experts in the field of children’s ministry to pick their brains and learn from their experience. I have no doubt that the rest of us will be learning from Brandon in the very near future, and the following article is a good example of that.

In sixth grade, I was up at a winter camp, and the pastor was speaking about God’s calling on our lives. Many of my friends were saying they felt called to be Pastors, Worship Leaders, etc. I didn’t feel called to anything, and I was upset at God. We left that service to walk back to our cabin, and on the way back I really think God placed the thought in my head that I should be a Children’s Pastor.

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Love & Ministry

Guest Writer —  September 1, 2010

Happily married for 7 years, Kelly and Amy Dolan live and volunteer in the suburbs of Chicago. They like to tweet (@KellyDolan, @adolan) and blog (, and enjoy lazy Friday nights together.

My husband Kelly and I met while working on staff at Willow Creek Church. It was a fairy tale match made in heaven: he noticed me teaching the children with all of my passion and talent, and immediately knew I was the one for him. Not really. We were set up on a blind date by a friend! But, either way, it worked out and almost seven years later – we’re happier than ever to be married.

For the first 5 years that Kelly and I knew each other, we worked in full time ministry together: he in student ministry and me in children’s ministry. And even though we didn’t work on the same team – our offices were just down the hall from each other, and we had plenty in common for the experience to be both great and at times, challenging.

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