Articles by Melody Pfeffer

Staying ‘Plugged-In’ to the Influence of Media on Your Kids

Music, magazines, TV shows, movies, video games… And then there’s social media: Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, etc. The list never ends with the types of media that our kids are bombarded with on a daily basis. According to a recent CNN.com report, kids spend an average of 9 hours a day with some kind…

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Love Your Enemies – Even Those Bullies

“Bullying is an unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance…” This definition was taken directly from the web-site www.stopbullying.gov. As a children’s ministry leader who is in the trenches every week with older elementary kids, and who has had her own two boys bullied in school, I…

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Finding God’s Power: Two “Electrifying” Object Lessons Teaching Samson’s Gift Was From God

Samson gained his strength from God and so can we! But like Samson, if we sin, we can also become powerless. I have always loved the story of Samson. How he was born with his own amazing strength, but when he used God’s power on top of his physical strength, Samson could do amazing things.…

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Avoiding Technology Overload In The Classroom

Technology is everywhere. Youth wake up with it in the morning with their phone alarms, use laptops in school, talk/text/IM all day on their phones, and then they wind down at night by using it to read or play games on their iPads. So, when is technology too much in ministry? Technology is a must…

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Making The Bible Fun for Older Kids

The end of the school year is closing in and my first thought as a pre-teen leader is, “What’s going to happen to my 6th graders that move up to youth ministry? Will they continue to come to church and stay engaged and active? Will they come grudgingly, dragged by their parents? Will they drop…

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