Archive for the ‘Organizing Your CE Ministry’ Category


Classroom Management with a Purpose by Dan Boulton

Handling and preventing misbehavior in class is always near the top of any list of concerns that teachers have. Addressing these issues requires a measure of practice, patience, persistence and planning.

Why is it important to maintain good classroom discipline? Read the rest of this entry »


How to Recruit Teachers and Leaders by J. Dan Boulton

The recruitment of teachers and leaders for the ministry of Christian education in a church is a common topic among volunteer leaders, pastors and Christian education professionals. One can hardly find a Christian education conference where recruiting is not taught and debated. In fact, based on GCP’s research, recruiting is the primary, ongoing challenge that church leaders face.

The purpose of this article is to provide basic information to help address this important issue. Read the rest of this entry »


Planning CE with Flexibility by Tim McCracken

Planning and managing a growing children’s ministry can at times feel like herding cats. Just when you think you have a handle on it a new opportunity pops up or what you thought would be easy suddenly develops into a run away stray.

So what do you do when the cats are going in several directions at once and you want to cry out like those old commercials, “Calgon, take me away!”?

The first piece of advice I would give you is to have a clear vision for your children’s ministry that is lined up with your churches overall vision. Meet with your pastor and get a clear understanding of his vision for your congregation and form your vision with that in mind. Read the rest of this entry »


Organizing a Christian Education Ministry by Robert Edmiston

I’m writing this from a desk piled high with “stuff.” So it might puzzle you that I’m discussing organization. But I know where I want to go and have a fairly good idea of what I want to do to get there. That is true personally and it’s true in ministry.

The first step is also the most fundamental ingredient: Have a vision

A vision might grow out of that which is thrust upon us. For example, we have adopted our grandson. That wasn’t part of any long-range plan but because of the circumstances it was obvious what we ought to do.

A vision might also be part of a dream that we want to see become a reality. Read the rest of this entry »


Learning Styles

For more than 35 years, Great Commission Publications has served the church and provided support for children’s ministry leaders.

Children’s ministry is centered on discipling the next generation—preparing them as lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.

Equipping teachers and educating adults are goals that GCP helps you meet as you establish a well-rounded Christian education. We want teachers to excel in the classroom as they instruct children. A helpful way to begin a quest for excellence is by understanding the 4 different learning styles that will be present in your classroom. Read the rest of this entry »