Generosity at Christmas

There’s no cartoon this morning. As this post comes out, I am getting ready for our church elementary large group. We’ll be talking about generosity. You may say, “But wait! It’s Christmas! Why are you talking about generosity?” Continue reading “Generosity at Christmas”

The dark side of playground slides

Cartoon of a man stuck in a playground slide. A woman takes a picture of him. He says, "Just help me out of her and stop posing pictures of me!
Copyright © 2017 Kidzmatter & Kevin Spear

The hardest thing about being a substitute teacher is playground duty. It’s not because the kids are that bad, not that the weather is so horrible. It’s because as a teacher, you’re supposed to be watching the kids, not playing on the equipment.

Otherwise, one may end up like this poor guy. Tube slides are something that came along after my playground days. I can just imagine how terrifying it would be for a grown man to get caught in one of those things. Perhaps I should find out…

I drew this for Kidzmatter Magazine.

A Clean, Janitor-Free Dream

Cartoon of two women having coffee. One says, "I have a dream. One day, our children's ministry will skip a whole day without calling for janitor backup."
Copyright ©2017 Kevin Spear & Kidzmatter Magazine

True story: I was a church janitor once. Actually, I was a teen church janitor for over two years. When your grandfather is the pastor and your father is the Maintenance Supervisor you get those kinds of perks. I have maintenance supervisor in italics because it was a small church, Dad was a volunteer and he had the job because no one else was available on a Saturday morning and Grandpa trusted him with the keys. (My brother and I must be the only church janitors in modern history that never had an impressive set of keys.) Continue reading “A Clean, Janitor-Free Dream”

A Year-Long Strategy for Parents of Elementary Kids | Sketch Notes

My day at The Orange Conference began with a great talk by Mike Clear (Twitter: @mclear). 

My big takeaway was to lead by being strategic and use the rhythms of the seasons to help parents and kids connect.

Sketch note page 1 on a year-long strategy for parents of elementary kids
Sketch note page 2 on a year-long strategy for parents of elementary kids
Sketch note page 3 on a year-long strategy for parents of elementary kids

Sketch Notes from The Orange Conference Coming Up

I am on my way to the 2017 Orange Conference. I have been there once before and I can’t wait to meet up with thousands of people that share my passion for children’s ministry.

For the next couple of days, I will be sharing my sketch notes from the conference. Here is a taste from the last conference I attended. These sketch notes were from a conference held by Amy Fenton Lee with theinclusivechurch.com.

Stay tuned for more sketch notes!

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Kevin Spear's Sketchnotes from 2014: Strategies to Win Every Child, by Amy Fenton Lee, Page 1