Albert Tate – God is enough
Jonah – God was enough but not really – Jonah stopped and listened and moved but failed to trust – God was something but not enough.
God said go. So he went but not to where he was called to go.
Jonah saying me overboard is not about saving anyone it was about Jonah controlling things. He was saying I would rather die than do what God wanted him to do.
When people leave we freak out because our identity is tied to their presence.
Jonah gave up on God but God never gave up on Jonah. Jonah tried to end things on his terms but God said I’m sovereign.
Chapter 2 in Jonah is about how rude God is because he has a grace that interrupts us. He sovereignly over-rights our story.
Michelle Anthony – Spiritually parenting families
Our role becomes not to do ministry programs for families but to do redemptive ministry to with, and through families.
6 dysfunctional parenting styles
1. double minded
2. I can’t say no
4. micro managing
We have to pursue Christ we get abundant life. When we go after the abundant life we get dysfunction.
Abundant life is a great byproduct but a horrible pursuit.
We have to be disciple makers. Programs don’t fix this.
renew your mind – we need to get people in the Word of God.
Take an honest look at your past – If everything is fun and rah rah you miss opportunities to deal with pain redemptively.
Allow ourselves to mourn –
Walk in step towards the new life that God has called us to. – We need to celebrate steps not perfection.
Spiritually healthy parent –
Free Family Ministry Training
I love the generosity of D6. Next week they will be doing a free online conference that you can attend online. It will give you the ability to grow personally or invest in your team. The importance of ministry to families has never been greater. If you are a lead pastor, youth or kids pastor gather your team get some popcorn and enjoy.
Register for free right now. Thank me later.
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Go! Curriculum Review
Go! is a new player in the kids curriculum scene. (Go! will release fully this August.) They have what looks like a great mix of what you would expect from a “Large Group/Small Group” curriculum and fresh ideas. Here is how they describe themselves.
GO! lessons, you’ll probably notice that every section of the lesson is designed to help kids engage with God through their minds, hearts or hands. Some sections are designed to help kids learn about God and His Word. Some sections are designed to help kids experience, reflect on and respond to the love and grace of their Savior. And some sections are designed to equip kids to live their faith in the real world. A well-rounded approach to children’s spiritual formation should have elements of each of these. One of the wonderful things about the GO! curriculum is that it can so easily be adapted to fit the needs and time restraints of your ministry. As you make additions or substructions, though, be sure to keep in mind the balanced approach that’s inherent in the lessons and important in the spiritual development of the kids in your ministry.
Love the idea of heart, mind and active engagement of kids.
What I liked –
Devotions – Devotions for your leaders to help them grow and connect personally to what they are going to teach either in small group or large group.
I am honored to be presenting again at Group’s Kidmin Conference. I would love for you to join me. I will be speaking about Gospel Centered Ministry to kids.
Gospel-Centered Ministry: IDEAS
Session 1: Communicating Truth to Today’s Kids
Session 2: What the Gospel Demands
Explore what kids need to know, why good theology matters, and practical tools to communicate to kids in any size group—from large group to small groups to one-on-one. Dive deep into creating a better understanding that the gospel is for us and the parents we serve. The goal of the gospel in our lives and ministry is to paint a picture of Jesus that is irresistibly beautiful not as simply useful.
I love Goup’s conference. Of all the conferences out there they are by far the most effective at intentionally creating opportunities for those attending to connect. I hope that while you are there you track me down. I would love to hear what God is doing in your church.