An Incredible Resource To Help Kids Memorize The Bible

Let me introduce you to the hottest new resource in the Kidmin YOU-KNOW-VERSE!!!

JumpStart3 meets an immediate need in the Christian world by combining modern music with lyrics straight from the Bible!  Their goal is to create an exciting and innovative way for kids to memorize and hide God’s word in their hearts.

I met Jeff, the founder of JumpStart3, last year at CPC San Diego.  Jeff has been an accomplished music producer for the last 25 years and has earned many #1s, awards, and accolades.  His desire is to take all of his knowledge and gifts and get kids turned on to GOD’S WORD!

This is NOT your momma’s scripture memory songs.  Forget the idea you have of mediocre melodies, average vocals, and sub-par music production.  These songs are done in the style of Radio Disney and modern dance pop.  Your kids will BEG to listen to this!

Guess what?  You can get one of JumpStart 3’s music tracks for FREE!  All you have to do is visit their website and sign up for their “NEW Music Club.”  They will send you a free music track just for signing up.  They already have 4 Volumes of music released, with MUCH more to come!

Their songs are being used in churches, schools, and minivans around the world!  When we started, we intended to create songs that helped their own kids memorize Bible verses.  Once these songs got in the hands of the kids themselves, they began singing them as worship songs.  Even more exciting, they started sharing them with their unchurched friends!

Not only do they have incredible music, but they have now produced lyric videos, soundtracks, and more for you to use these songs directly in your Kids Ministry.  So, check out JumpStart3 today!  You will NOT be disappointed!!!

IMPORTANT INFO:  This week, you can get a major discount on their Ministry Resource Kits on my High Voltage Kids Ministry website!  They are regularly priced at $149.99 – you only pay $100 (limited time)!

Killing The Invisible Gorilla

OK, now before the folks at PETA start picketing my blog – let me explain.

Ever heard the expression “monkey on my back”?  It refers to a problem or irritation that just won’t seem to go away.  A looming deadline, a staffing issue, a recurring problem.  These “monkeys” can be irritating.

However, I am not talking about those little “monkeys” in this blog.  Have you ever woke up with such heaviness, such a weight bearing down on you it’s like a 900 lb gorilla sitting on your chest?  You know that you have something huge to face today – a huge interview, a confrontational conversation, a major report or writing project.  It is such a BIG DEAL that you almost have to give yourself a pep talk just to get out of bed and face the day.

Those “invisible gorillas” can steal your joy, distract your thinking, and zap your motivation.  The obvious answer to kill this gorilla is prayer.  When I hit my knees and “cast my cares upon Him” (Psalm 55:22), I feel that load lift.  God will take the weight of that “invisible gorilla” and replace it with His comfort and peace.  After all, Jesus promised us “my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30).

Another secret weapon I have for killing those “invisible gorillas” is music.  There’s something liberating and joyous about music that gets me fired up.  I have one song in particular that has been a “gorilla killer” for many years.  It is Donnie McClurkin’s “Just A Little Talk With Jesus” (click on the link to find it i-Tunes).  Although I am definitely a ROCKER at heart, this black gospel song just gets me revved up – and the invisible gorilla just disappears as I remember that God is in control!!!

What about you?  What do you do to kill the invisible 900 lb gorilla sitting on your chest?  What song do you play that just instantly changes the mood and gets you motivated to slay the gorilla?  Share your comments below.

“Developing A Heart Of Worship In Kids” pt. 1


“We usually do sets of 3 songs, 2 fast and one slower.  We’d like to have extended worship occasionally but how best can we handle that when some of the kids are not mature enough spiritually for more than a few minutes of worship?”  submitted by Dorrie Champagne – Agawam, Massachusetts

Worship is an important part of the Christian life.  It is a time of devoted focus toward God, expressing our love to Him.  In order to develop a heart of worship in children who are new in the faith (or young in age), there are some practical steps you should take.

1)  Understand each child’s journey into worship

As Children’s Leader, we need to take the children on that Sunday’s journey to the place of worship.  Understand that every child is coming from different places into kids church.  This includes the personal atmosphere that each child brings in with them.  Some kids are coming out of Sunday School or small groups where they have heard a lesson, played games, done crafts, ate snacks.  Other kids are coming from a home where there is major stress, may have witnessed an argument that morning, didn’t have breakfast, had too much breakfast, didn’t get enough sleep, don’t feel well, etc.  Be sensitive to each child’s journey, and do your best to help them along the way.

2)  Teach regularly about worship.

Explain the reason for worship – “to show and express our love to God.”  As often as possible, teach on the meaning, the methods, and results of worship.  Why do we raise our hands?  Why do we close our eyes?  Is there a “perfect” way to worship.  We tell our kids “It is not so important HOW you worship, but it is important THAT you worship!”

3)  Make sure you and your leaders actively demonstrate worship.

When you are actively engaged in worship, the kids see this, and it sends a strong message to them that worship is important.  If you or your leaders are not actively engaged in worship, this sends the opposite message.

Kids will imitate what they see.  Actively engaging in worship for kids often starts here, but it needs to move to the arena of inner purpose.  Kids are great at reading the group acceptance of worship.  Many kids lift their hands and go through the motions only because that is the accepted thing to do.  Do not be blind to this social reason for worship.  Let it begin here, but help them move to making it personal.  It’s not about imitation and duplication.  It is about adoration.

MORE TO COME in pt. 2…