Found an interesting blog post today through Twitter – a post which was designed to start a conversation about fitting in a Sabbath or a day of rest into one’s life as a Children’s Pastor.Continue
Added by Amber Smith on June 30, 2011 at 11:27pm — No Comments
My wife and kids were driving home from Grandma's house when they looked out the window and saw their first live tornado! 81 Mile/per hour winds!!! It moved away from them so they were okay. They prayed and God kept them safe. That was close.
Added by Bob Griffith on June 30, 2011 at 11:12pm — No Comments
This week in SojournKids, we studied Matthew 13:1-23. We learned that:
Added by Jared Kennedy on June 30, 2011 at 10:02pm — No Comments
Having trouble getting people to “step up to the plate” to serve in the church? Let’s get something really clear….they rarely do! So we need to find another way to engage people in ministry. God didn’t wait for people to come (or even make general pulpit announcements)…God called people to come. By name. Moses, Mary, Gideon, Samuel, Noah, Jonah, Isaiah, Esther, Paul, the disciples. For each one God said, “Come…follow me.” Burning bushes, Jesus Christ, still small voices in the night, angels,…Continue
I am reading another great book by Roger Connors and Tom Smith where they talk about accountable and non-accountable behavior and thinking, and what each looks like.
‘Below that line’ is the all to familiar blame game or victim cycle. People who get stuck in the blame game begin feeling victimized by circumstances…Continue
Added by Todd McKeever on June 30, 2011 at 2:27pm — No Comments
2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
1 Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. 2 Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer.
Again the Apostle Paul asks for prayer. I don’t believe we can pray for our…Continue
Added by Jason Martin on June 30, 2011 at 1:02pm — No Comments
Here’s a “Jak and the Scarlet Thread” review from a mom of five kids. Not sure how she found the time to read the pre-release copy, but I’m glad she did!
“Finally a fantasy book I can feel good about my children reading! …actually causes the reader, kids included, to consider what it was really like when Bible ‘stories’ happened and then go on to a deeper understanding of the theological implications. Brilliant.”
Added by Nathan Anderson on June 30, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
So many of you were very kind to give me lot’s of great ideas for camp. The ideas you all send me help spark my imagination and bring me different ideas… and sometimes the idea you bring to the table is exactly what I need.
So, here’s what I’ve settled on using.…Continue
Added by Kenny Conley on June 30, 2011 at 12:36pm — No Comments
So much of what we do in children's ministry is geared to "outreach" . . . we want "unchurched" kids to come to our events, but often rely on the children in our ministries bringing their friends and on "word of mouth" for families to hear about an event and decide to send their children to our church. But what are we doing to actually, really reach out to those who are not part of a church in our communities?
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They say that Disney is the “Happiest Place on Earth.” That may be true, but I think that summer camp comes pretty close. I think though that when you add in the life-impact that so many kids experience, Disney doesn’t have anything on camp.
So, I’m extra excited because I get to go to camp twice. That’s right. I’m the Camp Pastor for two Pre-Teen camps for Camp Zephyr in Sandia, TX. I…Continue
Added by Kenny Conley on June 30, 2011 at 10:31am — No Comments
OK I’ve heard this a couple of times, so I’m thinking that many of you (maybe most of you) feel this way --> "I'm not interested any video game. We’re actually trying to steer our kids away from video games." To which I replied, “I understand, but that’s why we built BIG Bible Town - because you need to be able to steer kids and parents to a viable Christian alternative, a state-of-the-art game that actually opens the Bible, reads it to kids, lets them do fun game tasks…Continue
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Tonight we had our first meeting with a group that I am very excited about. Over the past few years my passion for ministry has shifted very much from me being the one to have my hand on everything to me being in charge of developing leaders to run the ministry. This heart change began when I had my babies and had to be on maternity leave. (By the way during maternity leave #1 we moved campuses… like a week after my child was born! That was a wake-up call for a control freak) As we have…Continue
Added by Jenny Funderburke on June 29, 2011 at 11:46pm — No Comments
I had a really fun meeting this week with our Student Ministries Pastor.
We schedule once a month meeting over coffee or smoothies (I like Strawberry myself) and talk about issues relevant to both of us. Our plan is to share leadership ideas and solutions to ministry problems we both face.
It has been great so far as we have now met for three months and I have learned a lot from him. We have done some dreaming and strategy but this week was really…Continue
Added by Bob Griffith on June 29, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments
We have been using the Egypt Files VBS for our Summer kids midweek program. Really like it.
My kids love going to the program and I love the creation teaching that provides a balanced teaching that helps kids answer questions people have about evolution as it relates to the Bible. We really don't talk that much about evolution and how it eats away at the foundation of the Bible. I love that kids get some answers from this and seem to really have fun doing it.
Added by Bob Griffith on June 29, 2011 at 11:25pm — No Comments
Today is officially the first day of summer vacation for kids, which means it is also officially Kids Camp or VBS season! As a result, thought it would be appropriate to post a submission I wrote for “kidZvillage e-newZ” on the importance of having a strategic follow up plan to your Kids Camp or VBS.
During my summers, I travel to various churches and camps to host…Continue
Added by Amber Smith on June 29, 2011 at 3:32pm — No Comments
It’s not uncommon for scenarios like this to play…Continue
So, Brother Jim sent me a box of books to give away. I’m leaving for Camp on Tuesday, so I want to get them out in the mail to you on Thursday. So, I’ll be scanning the #kidmin hashtag looking for your tweets. The first 2 people to tweet this message gets a copy of the book:
“Check out the newest leadership book for #kidmin!…Continue
Added by Kenny Conley on June 29, 2011 at 11:45am — No Comments
We all have various "events" in our children's ministry throughout the year. Some of us make use of VBS, camp, sports events, family events, holiday events and other opportunities, but we all plan for at least one event in our calendar year. I'm all for events . . . and more than one in a year . . . but, if we are only providing these events to provide an event . . . we have wasted an opportunity.
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Added by Lynda Freeman on June 29, 2011 at 10:19am — No Comments
In case you missed it, Illuminate is a new conference specifically targeted to volunteers. We’re bringing the best in Kidmin to local communities for an affordable but powerful conference. Read more about our plans…Continue
Added by Kenny Conley on June 29, 2011 at 10:09am — No Comments