Tank Tops and Flip Flops and the art of Contentment.

Today we got a little over 2 feet of snow today. I kept thinking as I shoveled snow, that would give a man over the age of 37 a heart attack, how nice it would be to able to walk to my car to go to work wearing a tank top and flip flops. I just returned from Nashville last week and even though the grass was not greener over there you could at least see the grass.

We are living in a society that is so isolated by technology and so mobile and moving to another state is nothing for us now, many of our parents generation have never been out of the sate they were born in. I think opportunity and isolation breed discontentment. In moving as much as we did growing up I learned that contentment is not something we have outside of the will/leading/guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 19:23
The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

pillippians 4:10-14
10I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Would I love to live somewhere where I could wear flip flops and a tank top, Yes. (both of which would not look good on me, have you seen a skinny person wear tank tops and flip flops? Not good.) Would I be content? No. Contentment for me comes from showing up everyday to the post God has for me. Being loyal to the call. I will go where he wants me to go and do what he wants me to do no matter where that is. Because I have a suspicion that many people are going to be surprised one day by God’s definition of success.

So wherever you may be in the world find the place God has for you and stay there until God says move.

If you could go to any church? Would you go to yours?

Kidmin road trip overview Part 4
Sunday – Drove into Nashville and attended service at Pete Wilson’s church CrossPoint Church.
Got to meet Jenni Catron and Pat Rowland – Great people.
What I loved about CrossPoint
  • People were friendly –
  • Service had a great flow you can tell thought went into making the experience seamless.
  • Musicians were amazing. (Being in Music City USA helps I’m sure)
  • Great kids spaces –
  • Innovative and flexible as they lease space not own.
  • Loved hearing Pat’s passion for next generation ministries.
[Take away from the stop – The best compliment I can give a church is to say that I would attend that church if I lived there. Let me tell you if I lived in Nashville I would go to Crosspoint in a New York minute. How about you. Is the church you attend or work in the type of church you would attend if you have a choice? If not what are you going to do about it this week?]

Children's Ministry 101: Building a Team

One of the biggest mistakes I made when I was just starting out was trying to do to much myself. I have learned that if you want to build something that lasts and if you want to last you MUST build a team.

Here are the basics in my mind of building a team:

  • Identify those who already have a dog in the fight.
  • Connect with those people, listen to them
  • Start speaking vision
  • Out of those people start spending time with those most loyal to you
  • In building a team look for places you can solve problems fast. It will give you the capital you need to take on the bigger problems
  • Speak Vision some more
  • Start handing off responsibility and authority to those most loyal to you and the vision.
  • Inspect and coach those who you lead
  • Pray early and often

(Rinse and Repeat)

Kidmin road trip overview Part 3

Saturday – Hanging out in Nashville
Kenny and I were going to visit Gina and Faith Promise Church but our plans changed. We ended up Going all over Nashville for the Day.
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  • Got to spend the day with Craig Gyergo a great kids pastor from Memphis – Really got to drill down and hear his heart. Had some fantastic conversations ranging from theology to ministry practice. Craig is a great guy very glad I got to know him better.
  • Saturday night – we went to World Outreach Church we got to see Jim’s team in action. It was great to see so many people involved in ministering to and reaching the next generation. Great bunch of everyday folks doing great things for God. They truly believe that every Christian is a minister.
  • Went out with brother Jim after church. Love spending time with brother Jim. I always learn something. That night I learned – Leadership is about giving what you have to others not trying to be a superstar. Build His kingdom not yours

Are you supposed to be a Children's Pastor?

Tony Kummer has a segment on his ministry-to-children.com blog that he calls the children’s ministry thinktank. He asks 5 different children’s ministry leaders a question and posts their response. He just posted everyones response it is worth the read and very interesting to see how different kid’s pastors view calling.

Here is my response to Tony’s first question:

Does God call some people called to Children’s Ministry?
I believe he does. Actually I believe on of the things that preserves a kid’s pastor is that unshakable sense of calling. I know that many time I have felt like quitting the one thing that keeps me from doing so is remember the moment I was called into the ministry. Every person I know that has made it for the long hall have one thing in common they can tell you the exact moment they were called into ministry.

I learned something and perhaps you can to.  Head on over and see what everyone else had to say.

Here are a couple of  posts I did a while back on the same topic

Are you called? Kids Ministry 101
and
Do you have vision? Kids Ministry 101