Being An Intentionally Kind Leader

Marvae EikanasLeadership

While leading, how are you intentionally showing kindness to those in your care? It’s been several years since I had the joy of overseeing the children’s ministry in my church. While I miss the kids tremendously (they keep you young), and connecting with parents and others who are passionate about God and children, I’m thrilled with the new opportunities God … Read More

Fresh Starts – What A Blessing!

Marvae EikanasLeadership

Ever have one of those days were one thing after another goes wrong? I know I have! That’s one of the many reasons why I am so thankful for new days! A fresh start is a blessing! The start of a new year is also an opportunity for a fresh start, not only for your ministry, but also personally. Why … Read More

The Icing on the Cake!

Marvae EikanasVolunteers

Making Your Volunteer Meetings Memorable As someone who works with kids in some capacity, have you noticed that if you want kids to learn you must make the experience fun? Kids are not the only ones who learn best when the experience is enjoyable! Adults also benefit from a fun-filled learning experience! Of course fun just for the sake of … Read More

“Cleaning Up” Your Vision

Marvae EikanasLeadership

As I pack away the holidays, I like to take my time. I like to savor the process! Most engage in spring cleaning, but I like to do my deep cleaning as I strip my house of Christmas. To me, it’s the perfect time to imagine my home in fresh and beautiful ways. The interruption of the merry season enables … Read More

How to Rock the New School Year!

Marvae EikanasMinistry

Every year there’s a huge push as the new school year comes round. And each year that seems to happen quicker, and quicker – at least that’s how it seems! While parents are frantically freshening up their children’s wardrobes, scheduling eye exams, and purchasing the many items needed to set their child up for another great year of learning, it’s … Read More

A Valuable Lesson

Marvae EikanasTeaching

I learned a valuable lesson. In high school I attempted to learn French. I say attempted because languages don’t come easy to me and even with a couple of years of French under my belt it still never really sunk in. Years later I was surprised to discover that more of the French had taken hold than I had previously … Read More

The Secret to Inspiring Your Volunteers

Marvae EikanasVolunteers

Your children’s ministry depends on volunteers. It takes enthusiastic teachers and volunteers to share God’s love and reach children for Christ. Motivating and inspiring your staff, teachers, and volunteers starts with you, the leader. How can you lead in a way that inspires your team to serve and communicate God’s love in ways that truly make a difference? It all … Read More

Overcoming the Challenges of Irregular Attendance

Marvae EikanasVolunteers

These days, there seems to be a common theme: children’s ministers are perplexed by the fact that people aren’t attending church regularly. The inconsistency in attendance makes it hard to feel like you are making a difference in the lives of children, not to mention how it creates problems for scheduling teachers and volunteers. Pinpointing why attendance is so inconsistent … Read More

Maintaining Your Balance in Ministry – What Deserves Your Focus?

Marvae EikanasLeadership

Ministry is not for wimps! There will always be challenges – the need for more volunteers, better facilities, more resources, or solutions to problems with parents and/or children. If you let them, the challenges can overshadow how God is diligently working in your ministry. No matter how things feel, God is still in charge, eager to pour out His love, … Read More