Had the privilege of doing a guest blog post at Lifeway kids. They have a great blog with a great group of writer. They were kind enough to allow me to do a guest post for them. I wrote my post about the the 8 tech tools that should be on every kids pastor’s wish list for Santa this year. Check it out
Group me seems like it’s almost made for kidmin. It’s an amazing tool that is web based but has a fully functioning iPhone and Adroid app. Basicly you create a group of users who all have cell phones a unique number is assigned to that group and every time you text that number it is broadcast out to the group. What makes it better than a mass text sender is because you are sending the text to a unique number every member of the group who texts that number sends a message to everyone and creates an ongoing text conversation.
“A huge part of GroupMe’s success depends on the fact that it doesn’t require an app at all, or even a phone capable of running apps. All you need is a phone capable of sending text messages.
You also have the ability to do a conference call by one person initiation the call it rings everyone else in the group. It’s a very slick system that has worked well for me everytime I have used it.
Possible kidmin uses?
Reminder texts – send reminder texts to teams serving on a certain sunday
Parent update texts – Send a text with info parents need to get. With the conversation style updates many parents may have their questions answered by questions others ask.
Camp updates – Great for keeping parents in the loop when you are away at camp
Keep event chaperons on the same page – You are at an amusement park and you want all your aldult workers to know you have changed the location of a meet up or a kid goes missing.
Project management – You are working on a project sometimes having group texting or conference calling would be a huge help.
Boss alarm system – keep your co-workers in the loop when your boss leaves or returns from lunch, or update everyone on his or her mood.
The uses for this little tool are endless with the text feature, conference call feature and being free you can’t go wrong. Set up your account today.
This book was one of the best parenting books I have read in a while. It’s so cool how when God is speaking something to you he goes out of his way to do it in 5.1 Dolby surround sound. So often I grip a little walkie talkie and try to scan for God’s frequency and feel like I get nothing then from out of nowhere in Dolby 5.1 surround sound God blasts me with truth that I really need to hear.
One of those things God has been speaking to me about is living a Gospel centered life. I really believe this is something God is work in me so he can work somethings out of me to help me be the father my kids need and the leader those I have influence over need.
In Spiritual Parenting, Dr. Anthony talks about raising your kids not to be “good kids” but to raise your kids to have a faith that is real, legitimate and personal. A faith that is Gospel centered. I love her philosophy of parenting (pg. 25)
“At it’s core, then Spiritual Parenting is not merely a book of ‘how to parent.’ It’s fare more than that. It’s a book about how to view your role as a spiritually minded parent, the God-given role that is yours alone. Essentially, it asks the question, ‘What is my end goal in raising each of the children God has entrusted to me, and then how will I parent them with that end in mind?'”
I also love how she teaches her kids not to do chores or work around the house but to do what she calls “Acts of service” in doing acts of service she is teaching her kids to be Independent through interdependence. So much of our culture screams for independence but there is a powerful understanding of family and of the kingdom of God that happens in the life of a child when they learn that the goal is not independence but Christ centered interdependence.
One of the things my wife will like most about me reading Spiritual Parenting is how Dr. Anthony teaches her kids responsibility is by planting a garden and having your kids help and through their involvement in planing sowing and reaping you teach your kids about responsibility, consequences and the fruit of hard work. There are many spiritual conversations that can happen in the garden. I just try and find them elsewhere because I hate gardening.
Lastly I want to touch on her chapter about story. She leads off with this Quote:
At the hear of our Christian faith is a story….Unless the story is know, understood, owned and lived we and our children will not have Christian faith.
John H. Westerhoff
I couldn’t agree more. It is so huge that we learn to tell the story of Christ in a compelling way and we live the story of Christ in a compelling way. That to me is what Spiritual Parenting is all about telling the Redemptive story of the Gospel in a compelling way and doing our best do demonstrate it in our homes in front of our kids every day.
(Disclaimer – I received a free copy of Spiritual Parenting from David C Cook for review purposes.)
Over the past couple of years I have been thinking about how we can use significant events to create a spiritual growth plan for kids and parents. One of the ideas I had for this was have fun family focused events that have a clear message and a clear call for salvation so parents can have an opportunity to walk their kids across the line of faith in a corporate setting.
The first activity we did was a Pine Car Derby. I thought this would be a perfect activity for two reasons. 1. It would require them to do something at home before the event. 2. It would be a fun event at the church were families could mix together and connect as well as cheer on the car they created.
The first thing I did was create a devotional that connected with my message at the end of the event. Parents were told to make the car and do the devotional with their kids. The parents were told to bring the finished car to the church to race them against other families. We provided the track, cotton candy, popcorn, water, juice. We also had crafts for younger kids, as well as a person and place to have a family photo done.
The event went really well. I was really happy to see people who had been part of our church for a while as well as many newer families attend the event, most of all I am grateful for one little boy who crossed the line of faith. Really that’s what it’s all about this whole night was fun but it was really for that boy that accepted Christ for the first time. We already have another one planed. Can’t Wait!
I have decided to make all the fliers devotionals and message available to customize for your church should you decide to do a family event. To download them click on the link below. If you download this family event packet and need help or have questions about how I did the event feel free to email me samuelluce(at)gmail.com
To reward or not to reward. It’s the age old question in children’s ministry. I am one of those people who can see value in both but if you force me to take a side I will usually side with rewards because I know when used properly they work.
At Redeemer we use an online Bible Bucks reward system, and another kids pastor I recently met uses the same system. Christiaan VandenHeuvel is a Children’s pastor at Cornerstone Fellowship. He has served there since 2001 and has been in kids ministry for the past two decades. Christiaan was recently named by Children’s Ministry Magazine as one of the 20 to watch for the next 20 years. Christiaan and I were at a Kid’s pastor get together a few months back and I was impressed by his passion for Christ and desire to see kids come to Christ. Also he has an amazing sense of humor he would do just fine in New York.
If you want to find out more about Christiaan Check him out.
You can find out more about the online Bible Bucks site I run and we both use at Mybiblebucks.com
Now go make yourself a hot beverage of your choice and nestle in as Christiaan and I discuss Rewards for Ten Minutes. (The media player can be found below my related links)