Small Changes, Big Results

Some churches will go to great lengths to make visitors feel comfortable like renovating the children’s ministry wing or adding new ministry programs; but is that necessary?  Being friendly and welcoming doesn’t mean taking out a loan.  It might just mean moving through a paradigm shift and looking with fresh direction at your ministry.  Knowing what visitors look for as well as what they experience when they pull into your parking lot is a great place to begin.  Though some would argue a welcoming church begins well before the parking lot, for the purposes of our research, that’s where we’ll begin. Read the entire...

Bethel’s Global Influence

Bethel’s Global Influence Article by Cory Center Contributor Rhonda Haslett You may not realize this, but the Cory Center (which hosts this blog and provides free resources to leaders in children’s and family ministry) is a project of Bethel Seminary.  You can read more about how the Cory Center and Bethel are linked here. Why do people take the time to pack up for a day’s journey to a conference?  They want to learn and grow.  They want to find out what’s going on outside of their small ministry bubble.  Often it is this exposure to the “outside world” that leads to inspiration and education and greater impact for their own ministries.  As balanced and cutting edge as the Bethel Seminary’s Masters of Children’s and Family Ministries program is, Bethel’s leaders are always seeking growth and expansion of influence.  Bethel has been researching how to bring deeper impact by exposing its leaders to other environments and ministry settings from all over the world.  Bethel is positioning itself for a greater global influence! Bethel has been globally influential for years with students from other countries enrolled in their academic programs.   But in an all new emphasis to increase its ability to impact international ministry to children, Bethel Seminary’s M.A. in Children’s and Family Ministries has joined the Global Alliance for Holistic Child Development (HCD) programs.  The HCD Global Alliance is a voluntary group of seminaries, Bible schools, and other Christian academic institutions working together with researchers, trainers, practitioners, and other Christian leaders to create a global movement of academic programs in holistic child development. Denise Muir Kjesbo, Ph.D., professor and...

20 to Watch

Today I got the November/December edition of Children’s Ministry Magazine in the mail and after opening it, I realized that my picture was actually inside the magazine. Children’s Ministry Magazine compiled a list of “20 to Watch” – leaders in children’s ministry to look out for that will shape the future of our field. Read...