3 ways pastors should engage the abortion issue

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With a string of videos coming out of the past few weeks showing Planned Parenthood for what it is. These things are unavoidable for us and the kids we minister to. We have to understand how to logically understand these events so we engage rather shut down. My friend Scott Klusendorf writes the following argument in his book The Case for Life

The SLED Defense of Life

Philosophically, there is no morally significant difference between the embryo you once were and the adult you are today. As Stephen Schwarz points out using the acronym SLED, differences of size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency are not relevant in the way that abortion advocates need them to be.

Size: Yes, embryos are smaller than newborns and adults, but why is that relevant? Do we really want to say that large people are more valuable than small ones? Men are generally larger than women, but that doesn’t mean that they deserve more rights. Size doesn’t equal value.

Level of development: True, embryos and fetuses are less developed than you and I. But again, why is this relevant? Four year-old girls are less developed than 14 year-old ones. Should older children have more rights than their younger siblings? Some people say that self-awareness makes one valuable. But if that is true, newborns do not qualify as valuable human beings. Six-week old infants lack the immediate capacity for performing human mental functions, as do the reversibly comatose, the sleeping, and those with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Environment: Where you are has no bearing on who you are. Does your value change when you cross the street or roll over in bed? If not, how can a journey of eight inches down the birth-canal suddenly change the essential nature of the unborn from non-valuable tissue mass to valuable human being? If the unborn are not already human and valuable, merely changing their location can’t make them so.

Degree of Dependency: If viability bestows human value, then all those who depend on insulin or kidney medication are not valuable and we may kill them. Conjoined twins who share blood type and bodily systems also have no right to life.

In short, it’s far more reasonable to argue that although humans differ immensely with respect to talents, accomplishments, and degrees of development, they are nonetheless equal (and valuable) because they share a common human nature. Humans have value simply because of the kind of thing they are, not because of some acquired property they may gain or lose during their lifetimes.

Armed with that understanding what must we do with what we know to be true? What must we do?

Video of Gabriel speaking to Zachariah

Looking for a video bumper to lead into the story of Gabriel telling Zachariah his wife would have a baby? Look no further. Check out this video that our team made for this weeks Bible story. So appreciate Lori (who shot and edited it) Tim who was Gabriel and Matt who was Zachariah stuck in traffic. As a parent and a Pastor of families it is so moving to see people who take what they are given make it their own and make it better. Love the team we have and their passion to distil gospel truth to the kids of our church. Awesome job guys this video is just to fun.

Free Bible Lesson Ephesians

The Book of the Church

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Key Point –What is the church and what is my place in the church
Memory Verse – Ephesians. 4:16 “Under His direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly…” (NLT)

Children’s Sermon – Bible Story – Tell the story of the first church – Acts 2 –
The Church Helps me Grow
The Church Helps me Know
Know Others
Know God more

Object Lesson – Have a plant show the kids how healthy the plant is explained to the kids the components that make a healthy plant – it has good soil, water, sun, fertilizer ect..  If we are missing any of these components the plant will die. When we are healthy we have attend church we worship, we read our bibles and we love others. Coming to church helps us to be a healthy Christian.

Skit – Lonely Boy, Have a skit where there is a boy who is very sad and very lonely. A group of kids come up to the boy and invite him to kids church he doesn’t want to go because no one cares about him. They say ok and leave. He continues to talk about how he feels so alone, the kids come back and ask if he wants to go to get some ice cream he says that he doesn’t want to because he doesn’t know anyone. He leaves sad because no one wants to be his friend.

Skit – Mr. Know  it all – He comes out and knows everything about everything. You ask him how many feet are in a yard he knows, you ask how far the earth is from the sun he know, you ask how much the human head weighs he knows. The MC asks how he knows so much and he says that he reads books and goes to school. The MC then asks what was the name of God’s Son? Name two disciples. What are the two things the church helps us do? How many books of the Bible are there? Mr. Know it all is flustered he doesn’t know any of that and tells the MC that he doesn’t know that stuff he has never even heard about it. MC explains that just like we learn about planets and measurements at school and from school books we learn more about Jesus at church and by reading the Bible. The more we read the more we go the more we know.

Object Lesson – We all come together in one place to meet with God. We come to church to worship God. Have two people tied together with rope or wearing a large shirt show how they don’t accomplish anything when they are going in different directions. But when they are united like the early church was united they accomplish much.

Object Lesson – Every part does something else we need each other – Think of trying to walk with no feet – Think of picking something up without any thumbs. We all need each other we all make up the church. Some people are seen a lot some are not seen as much.

Manly things I like about Group’s Kidmin Conference

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I remember the day it first dawned on me that being a man in children’s ministry was like being a rainbow unicorn in real life. I was at a Kids ministry conference at Willow Creek 15 years ago and I had to use the bathroom. Every bathroom but one, in the whole church had been converted to a women’s bathroom. It was at that painful moment, the realization came to me. I am not the average kids pastor. I have since found that I am not as rare as I felt in that moment in the halls of Willow Creek Community Church. The past 15 years we have seen more men see the value of ministry to kids, this is very heartening. So as a man what do I appreciate most about Group’s Kidmin conference (other than their very short lines for the men’s room?)

1. Their attention to ministry to whole person. – From opportunities to network to prayer/ministry rooms for pastors who need ministry. Group goes out of their way to minister to minsters. There are plenty of practical breakouts and how to’s but if we are not whole and we are not healthy in our relationship with God and others how we do ministry doesn’t really matter.

2. Humor – I love to laugh. Every year they have “The Skit Guys.” It’s rare that you go to a conference where the artists on stage tap into the inner Jr. High boy in every man. Believe me ladies there is a Jr. High boy in every man. They are hilarious and they are guys. From their Jr. High boy antics to serious vignettes I always leave refreshed and challenged.

3. Options – I don’t know if this is a guy thing but I love lots of options. I love learning in breakouts, in hall ways and after everything is over in restaurants. Group does a fantastic job of connecting people and creating intentional places to meet people like you on purpose (connect groups) or on accident (zorbe chairs).

This will be my third Kidmin Conference. I hope you join me. I would love to hang out talk Family Ministry, baseball or just stare off into space and say nothing because guys like that.

3 Reason why your Kids ministry needs a YouTube Channel.

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After a couple of years of discussion we launched a YouTube channel for our kids ministry and I think you should do it too.

Kids and young adults age 13-24 are consuming less hours of traditional TV broadcast content, and watching more online content, from sites like YouTube. In fact, 96% of that age group consume online video via social media sites for an average of 11 hours per week. In contrast, only 81% of 13-24 year olds tune into the TV to watch scheduled programmes, and then only for around 8 hours per week. (http://www.reelseo.com/13-24-watching-more-youtube-than-tv/)

The stats are showing a growing trend in teens and kids in the consumption of online media. Kids are moving away from TV as an entertainment device and using it for content delivery instead. They are watching YouTube far more than they are watching TV. How do we know this? YouTube put out a Kids App this year aimed at being more kid friendly. Why did they do that? Internal demographics show the growth of YouTube superstars are appealing to kids younger and younger.

What does this mean for us in ministering to kids? Don’t try to get them to come to your site go to where they are.