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Elevate Is Going Digital!

Treasure Quest Set

Digital, Downloadable Curriculum

Recently we started re-visiting some of our favorite Elevate series here at Fellowship Church, transforming them into a downloadable digital format and including a ton of new elements never before available in Elevate! I think you are going to be excited to see what we have done to make each series even more fun and exciting for the kids in your ministry. If you currently use Elevate this will freshen up each series when you perform them again. If you don’t use Elevate yet, please take a look at the elements below, then check out our website at You will see that we provide elements that no other curriculum on the market provides.

Here’s what we added:

MediaShout® and ProPresenter® Files – All you have to do is download the MediaShout® and ProPresenter®  file. All the audio and video elements for the lesson are already in the Media Shout or ProPresenter program, ready for your media person to hit the space bar to advance each individual element as the script calls for it. Simple!

Higher Resolution Video – Because these downloadable video elements don’t have to be compressed onto a DVD, the quality is much closer to HD.

Updated Teacher and Co-Teacher Scripts – We’ve gone back and tweaked the scripts to add even more application and fun! If you have used the series before, I think you will readily agree! Here is an example from our Elevate series, Treasure Quest: TQ_L2_Teacher_CoTeacher_Digital_Media_Script

Drumrolls and Winner Songs – We’ve added a competition element to the lesson and given you a fun way to let your kids celebrate when their team wins. Each team is given a song with motions to that song. Then, every time you announce a winner, the song of the winning team plays, preceded by a six second drumroll. Here is an example:

Countdown Video – A countdown video announces the hour is about to begin.

Environmental Music – You can play this music in your hallways in order to get families excited about the themed series you are in.


Video Training Tips – Specific training tips given by myself and the FC Kids team for the leaders of your children’s hour.

New Opening Games – Fun alternatives to the great activities Elevate already offers.

Elevate Copyright – All print outs, posters and artwork will contain the Elevate Logo, rather than the Fellowship Church logo.

Teacher and Co-Teacher Training Video – This is the new element I am most excited about! Here’s why…

I have found that the very best way to train someone is not to tell them how to do something, nor to have them read what I want them to do. I have found the best way to train someone is to show them what to do! That is why Elevate, with its many weekly video training components, is so successful. However, looking back, I was always sad that our video training was missing the Teacher and Co-Teacher element of the program. This element, in the past, only had a script and therefore left A LOT open to interpretation. With this new format we have taken the time to film the Teacher and Co-Teacher element.

Now you, or your teachers, will know exactly what to do each week in front of the kids.

This has made such a huge difference for us at Fellowship, as our teachers now feel much more confident in their presentation, and they can learn their script in much less time. Here is an example of what the weekly Teacher and Co-Teacher Training Video looks like:

Digital Series Now Available

Having made these changes we have made Elevate even better than before and we are excited to be releasing each series as we complete them here at Fellowship Church. Here is the order of the next several series we will be doing:

THEY (Tough. Honest. Encouraging. Yielded) – Available NOW

Berry Blast Theme Park – Available NOW

Treasure Quest – Available NOW

Heroes Of Mega City – Available NOW

Adventures In Science – Available NOW

Winter Extreme – Available NOW

Allaso Ranch – Available Summer 2016

Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop of Wonders – Available Fall 2016

Ten Hut – Available Winter 2016

All Elevate series are still available in the traditional DVD Base Pack format. Contact us to find out how you can upgrade to the digital Base Pack version if you have already purchased the series!

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Join Me At C3 Conference 2015!

C3 Conference

It’s almost time for my favorite conference of the year – C3 Conference 2015! C3 Conference is for everyone and I wanted to extend a special invite to you! By watching the video below, you will learn about a FREE Children’s Ministry resource we will provide you at the C3 Conference at Fellowship Church this year.

C3 Conference

At C3 you will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend breakouts by myself and the Children’s Staff of Fellowship Church.
  • Meet the Elevate Staff and see Elevate in action.
  • Connect with Children’s Ministers from around the world.
  • Be inspired by the Worship and Creativity of Fellowship Church.
  • Learn from speakers Ed Young, Steven Furtick, Mark Batterson, At Boshoff, David Hughes, Brad White and Chris McGregor.
  • Get a hotel discount when you book your accomodations through the conference website.

Register now on and come connect with me and the FC Kids Staff at Fellowship Church! I look forward to seeing you in person February 11-12 at C3 Conference 2015!

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C3 2011

What do: Ed Young, Brian Houston, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Kong Hee, Steven Furtick, Judah Smith, Gary Clark, Joyce Meyer, Dr. Robi and Shannon OʼDell have in common? All of them took C3 2011 by storm, raining down an incredible three days of teaching, inspirational messages and next level leadership development at Fellowship Church.

To those of you who were able to come, we hope your experience was as awesome as the teaching. To those of you who werenʼt, you can still be blessed! For $49.00 you can get every moment of every great message. Go to for your own personal C3 2011 DVD set.

If you couldnʼt make it this year, be sure to make plans for next year by signing up now for C3 2012 at The lineup is unbelievable. Not very often do you get this kind of teaching all in one place. Take my word for it, you will be blessed… see you there!

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Teachings From Professor Playtime's Christmas Shop Of Wonders

Curious about what our new Christmas series will be teaching? Below is the scope and sequence for Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop Of Wonders as well as for the Elevate Jr. series of the same name. Each week is a stand alone Christmas lesson, so you can do as many as you’d like and in any order you would like!


Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop Of Wonders

Lesson 1

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that even though we will face difficulties, we can still have courage because God has a plan for us.
  • Main Point: I Can Have Courage Because God Has A Plan!
  • Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of Mary. (Luke 1:26 – 38)
  • Bible Verse: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

Lesson 2

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that we should encourage other people with our words and actions.
  • Main Point: I Will Encourage Others!
  • Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of Elizabeth. (Luke 1:39-56)
  • Bible Verse: “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)

Lesson 3

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that we should stick with and help people who are following God’s plan.
  • Main Point: I Will Be Loyal To People Who Are Loyal To God!
  • Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of Joseph. (Matthew 1:18-25)
  • Bible Verse: “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” Proverbs 17:17 NLT

Lesson 4

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that Christmas is a time for joy and that the good news of Jesus’ birth should be shared with other people.
  • Main Point: I Can Have Joy And Share It With Others!
  • Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of the shepherds. (Luke 2:8-20)
  • Bible Verse: “Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.” Psalm 145:7 (NLT)

Lesson 5

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that when we wait, we should do so patiently.
  • Main Point: I Will Be Patient!
  • Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of Simeon. (Luke 2:25–35)
  • Bible Verse: “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.” Proverbs 16:32 (NLT)

Lesson 6

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that we should focus on Jesus instead of ourselves. Selfishness only causes problems.
  • Main Point: Christmas is About Jesus; It Is Not About Me!
  • Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of Herod. (Matthew 2:1–18)
  • Bible Verse: “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (NLT)

Lesson 7

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that we should honor Jesus by always giving our best.
  • Main Point: I Will Honor Jesus By Giving My Best!
  • Bible Story: Christmas through the eyes of the Wise Men. (Matthew 2:1–18)
  • Bible Verse: “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.” Proverbs 3:9 (NLT)

Lesson 8

  • Lesson Goal: The children will learn that the reason Jesus was born was so He could take the punishment for our sins so we could be forgiven.
  • Main Point: Jesus Is The Greatest Gift!
  • Bible Story: Jesus’ gift to us is Salvation. God’s promise of Salvation and the Gospel story (Various parts of the Gospels)
  • Bible Verse: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NLT)


Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop Of Wonders Jr.

Series Verse: “… the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.” 1 John 4:14b (NLT)

Lesson 1

  • Main Point – I Will Be Brave
  • Bible Story – Mary (Luke 1:26 – 38)

Lesson 2

  • Main Point – I Will Say Kind Words
  • Bible Story – Elizabeth (Luke 1:39 – 56)

Lesson 3

  • Main Point – I Will Obey
  • Bible Story – Joseph (Matthew 1:18 – 25)

Lesson 4

  • Main Point – I Will Share Joy
  • Bible Story – Angels and Shepherds (Luke 2: 8 – 20)

Lesson 5

  • Main Point – I Will Be Patient
  • Bible Story – Simeon (Luke 2: 25 – 35)

Lesson 6

  • Main Point – I Will Share My Things
  • Bible Story – Wise Men (Matthew 2:1 – 12)

Lesson 7

  • Main Point – Jesus Is The Greatest Gift
  • Bible Story – Jesus (birth to resurrection)

Lesson 8

  • Main Point – I Will Tell Others About Jesus
  • Bible Story – Anna (Luke 2:36-38)
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Children's Ministry – The Fun Factor

When it comes to teaching children, you have to capture their eyes and ears so that the Holy Spirit can capture their hearts. To do that, you need to make sure they are having fun. Fun is the currency of a child. If they think something is fun, they will want to do it. If they don’t, then they will not want to do it. It’s that simple. Just ask any kid if he or she would rather go to the doctor or Disney World. You’ll get your answer quickly. So it stands to reason that if you want a child engaged, attentive, and involved in your ministry, you need to make sure they are having fun.

I don’t believe that having fun in church means “making fun” of the Bible or the applications of the Bible to our lives. I just believe that having fun while learning is the best way to create an experience that can increase the retention of knowledge and encourage the children to return.

So, if you want to make a church experience meaningful for kids, make it fun.

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C3 Kids West Starts Today!

Hey everyone, here we are in Sunny San Diego for C3 Kids West! If you
can’t be here (sorry) then be sure to follow along on Twitter under
the tag #c3kidsWC. All our “twitterers” will give you minute by minute

If you couldn’t make C3 Kids Dallas either, make plans now to attend
C3 Kids East Coast in October. Dates and location will be announced
next week!

It’s all about volunteers…

Fellowship Church staff & volunteers enjoying San Diego before C3 West & C3 Kids Conferences

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C3 Kids Tomorrow – You Need To Be Here!

If you can get to Grapevine, TX by 1:00 tomorrow, you need to! We are hard at work putting together the C3 Kids Conference, including the Make Our Staff Your Staff displays. These displays will show you how we do and how we use many different things in FC Kids.

Each display will have elements that you will get on a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM to use at your church. Below I'm giving you a sneak peak of a few of the displays. Remember, these are still in progress!


Mike Johnson & some of the FC Kids Staff check out a display for C3 Kids Children's Ministry Conference

 Children's Baptism

C3 Kids Conference "Make Our Staff Your Staff" light box display How to Make a Light Box


C3 Kids Conference "Make Our Staff Your Staff" preschool check-in terminal display

How to Build Preschool Check-in Terminals 

C3 Kids Conference "Make Our Staff Your Staff" children's baptism display

Children's Baptism

Cassandra finishes the First Time Guest display for C3 Kids Conference "Make Our Staff Your Staff"

First Time Visitor Program

C3 Kids Conference "Make Our Staff Your Staff" display for Father Son Retreat

Father Son Retreat

C3 Kids Conference "Make Our Staff Your Staff" Parent Child Dedication DisplayParent Child Dedication

C3 Kids Conference "Make Our Staff Your Staff" audio and costumes displays Sights & Sounds in Your Ministry and Costumes

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C3 Kids 2010 – Make FC Kids Staff Your Staff

C3 Kids is just around the corner!



At this year’s C3 Kids Conference, the focus is on volunteers. You won’t want to miss any of the sessions where we will unpack what it takes to attract, equip, and keep those who are essential to every vibrant children’s ministry.   


In addition, when you come to this year’s conference we will make FC Kids Staff your staff! We’ll do this by making available to you everything we have developed in our children’s ministry over the past year. We are going to give you our programs, designs, plans, and art to take home to use at your church!


Finally, for my blog readers, e-mail me ( and I will hook you up with a great rate!

Come and join us for C3 Kids, we would love to have the opportunity to serve you.

See you next month!

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Elevate Year 4 Map – Can You Guess It?


Development on Elevate Year 4 is well under way. The first series has been approved and is being written right now!

Above is the second rendition (but still not the final) of the Year 4 map. By looking at the above map can you guess what the 7 series are? Take a look at the last map I posted (the first rendition) because 2 of the themes were guessed correctly…hmmm, I wonder which ones? Don't forget that the prize will go to whoever can guess the 7 themes correctly first, so give it a guess!