Monday, August 30, 2021

5+ Exciting New Features of the Kids' Assembly Workbooks

2021/2022 Assembly Workbooks

Have you seen the new assembly workbooks for the "Exercise Faith" and "Strengthen Your Faith" Assemblies? Young and old, we all want to pay close attention to the assembly program so that we can get the most out of it. Last year, we were excited to release new, full-color designs of our assembly notebooks. Now we are excited to tell you about even more new features! As always, these circuit assembly workbooks are designed to be a helpful aid, not a distraction.

Be sure to let us know what you think! Comment below.

New Features in 5 New Sections

In addition to the fun activities to help your child follow along with each talk, we now have 5 new sections that we are sure you will love!

  1. Activities to do during the musical prelude;
  2. Activities to do during lunch and the afternoon musical interlude;
  3. Family Worship section - for review after the assembly;
  4. Achievements and grading;
  5. Screen-free fun.

Let us tell you more about some of our favorite new features and some returning features from last year. 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Our Gift to Pioneers Everywhere: Free 2021/2022 Pocket Planners

The new service year is almost here and our 2021-2022 Ministry pocket planners are ready! You've probably already read about them on our website (click here).
2021/2022 Pocket planners

Features:

  • There is a total of 16 months, running from September 2021 to December 2022.
  • Each month has spaces to include your service report for each day.
  • Space is provided for each day of the month to record placements of literature, video viewings, return visits as well as recording your hours in the ministry and Bible studies.
  • Many more great features.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

“Powerful By Faith” Convention Activity Books for kids and youths - 2 months in the making!

Secular “ready-made” Bible activities will invariably have unscriptural details. By contrast, the 2021 “Powerful by Faith” activity workbooks by Ministry Ideaz were designed from the ground up. And with 53 talks and parts on the convention program, making a variety of activities and puzzles for a variety of age groups was a monumental task. 

Before we even started with the graphics work, nearly 200 hours of brainstorming, research and planning were done using tools that included the Insight books and JW Library app. The final product is the result of 11 helpers from 3 continents to come up with scripturally accurate activities that are in line with each talk being given. With the COVID-19 pandemic and ‘shelter in places’ orders in place, this entire concept and planning phase was done collaboratively using tools such as ‘Zoom’ and ‘realtime Google Document Collaboration.’ Eventually, we had 128 pages in rough text of how the activities will be. 

After the research, concept and planning were finished, it took another 200+ hours to do the graphics design work and 30+ hours to proofread everything for accuracy. Real live parents and kids fielded the product before it was finally approved for printing.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Press Release: Ministry Ideaz Recognized with 2020 Bizrate Insights Circle of Excellence

The Bizrate Insights Circle of Excellence® recognizes those online retailers within the Bizrate Insights North America Network who have demonstrated outstanding performance, as rated by their customers, throughout a one year period. Winners continuously obtained feedback from their customers throughout the award year and received ratings that are statistically significantly above the Bizrate Insights North America Network average. The ratings are from direct feedback, collected at the point-of-sale and after the delivery of goods, from customers concerning eight key satisfaction indicators:

Point-of-Sale Metrics

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Product Selection
  • Checkout
  • Ease of Finding Products

Post-Order Fulfillment Metrics

  • Repurchase Intent
  • Product Met Expectations
  • On-time Delivery of Order
  • Customer Support Assistance
Bizrate Circle of Excellence Thanks to you we did it again!

Early this year, the winners of the 2020 Bizrate Insights Circle of Excellence were announced. This is the fifth year that Ministry Ideaz has had the privilege of being recognized for this award. We are immensely grateful for all our customers and we will endeavor to continue making your shopping experience positive.

About Ministry Ideaz: As a family-owned and operated business, Ministry Ideaz sells products for Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide. Ministry Ideaz strives to always provide top-quality products and, as a result, maintains a highly positive customer service record. The company maintains an unwavering commitment to customer service. They provide customer assistance both by telephone and by email.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Build Your Encouragement Recipient List

As loyal publishers, we understand that the preaching work still needs to be accomplished in these troubled last days, as we strive to display love of neighbor. We adapted sending Bible-based letters to our co-workers and neighbors, who may be troubled, coping with depression or some other illness. On the other hand, we understand that our priority is our spiritual family (Gal. 6:10). And thanks to our bi-weekly meetings on zoom and service opportunities, we now know them better than ever. What else can we do for them?

Prepare your “Encouragement Mailing List”

In our “Expressing Love in a Handwritten Letter” blog, we recommended making a list of recipients. Here are some examples of people you might agree should be included:

  • Our dear elders and other publishers who willingly offer to serve in a Disaster Relief Committee. They may still be on the front line in many countries where new spikes of Covid-19 have been registered. We understand the sacrifices they’ve made, and they need encouragement for that.
  • Pioneers who have been creative all this time to fully accomplish their work - setting a fine example of adapting to new circumstances. Help them combat “zoom fatigue” by expressing your support for their diligent efforts.
  • Those who suffer a chronic illness. This winter is cold not only because of the weather but because of physical distancing. Although we may not be able to visit these dear friends in person, we can confirm we love them with a little note to warm their hearts.
  • Single parents, someone who has recently divorced, someone who remains loyal after a relative left the truth…. the list may grow longer as you try to recall. Various circumstances can make the friends feel blue. 
But you can help! By dedicating just a couple hours a week to our “internal ministry” you can accomplish a lot of good.

Friday, February 19, 2021

5 Reasons Why Family Games Are So Important

You may be asking yourself, “So, what’s so great about card games?” Or, “Aren’t card games the dull thing you do when you don’t know what else to do?”
 

Hopefully, this post will help answer the above questions and provide you with some great reasons to start playing. Here are our top 5 reasons for using card games to start the Table Age Revolution:

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Seven reasons printed publications are here to stay

The Value of Using a Printed Book Over Digital

In the past few months during the pandemic, much to our relief, every release from the organization has been uploaded to the JW website and JW Library app. We've seen beautiful reports that show all the money saved, much of which has been used by the Disaster Relief Committees around the world. Even though we received direction to stop using the Kingdom Halls for meetings, you've never stopped preparing for every single meeting, and you've maintained your spiritual routine consisting, mainly, of reading.

Theocratic books aren't all that we consume. For entertainment, you've no doubt read a complete book or two in the past few months, especially if you are an avid book reader. However, if you started working or studying remotely, you have read more on your tablet or computer than ever before.

What other reasons do we have to consume e-books?

Here we list a few, but maybe you have some others in mind:

  • Convenience. Most of the titles are easy to find by writing on the search tool and then downloading to our preferred platform.
  • Space savings. Having an e-library saves a lot of space. And less cluttered bookshelves to clean!
  • Cost savings. On average, a digital book could cost 10% less than a printed edition (School Library Journal, 2018). 
  • Environmental considerations. Less consumption of paper means fewer trees cut.

So does that mean old-fashioned books are out? Is there any reason to keeping reading printed books?

Yes! Here are 7 benefits scientists have acknowledged after much research: