You stop by the church offices and find yourself in what you think is the children’s minister’s office. Here are the top 10 ways you can tell:

  1. There are a dozen or more empty coffee cups in the trash can.

  2. You consistently see postal workers entering carrying boxes labeled with the Oriental Trading logo.

  3. Simply put…toys.

  4. A Bible lying on the desk is opened to Deuteronomy 6:6-7.

  5. Artwork on the wall is hand-drawn by talented five to seven year-old artists.

  6. Different sizes of EvangeCubes are strategically placed all around.

  7. You think someone is in there with you, then you realize it’s just a puppet.

  8. Yancy or the Go Fish Guys’ latest music is playing softly in the background.

  9. There’s at least one children’s ministry book or magazine on the desk.

  10. It’s the room all kids want to come to when they are visiting the church offices.

What other things could you add to this list? Leave your thoughts below!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.


  1. yup, almost all of them. Expect number 1 instead of in the trash I have multiple coffee mugs, and travel cups on my desk and around the office and number 8′ the music is only playing softly if there is someone else in the office talking to me, otherwise it’s turned up.