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.
Stewardship. Leaders should attend training conferences because we are not just volunteers or leaders we are stewards. When you realize that you are a steward of the time and influence God has given you it changes how you use your time. It’s not your own. I love how the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism draws this point out so vividly. It says What is our only comfort in life and death? The answer is “That we are not our own but belong body and soul to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ. When we realize that we are not owners but stewards it changes events like these from have to, to want to.
If you are not growing. If you are not pushing yourself spiritually or academically then you are being a poor steward. The trap that is so easy to fall into I have many times is thinking that your ministry is yours. You do what you do for the glory of God. You occupy until He returns. You are a steward of the gifts, talents and abilities you have been given. You do not possess talent you are a steward of the gifts God has entrusted to you.
So go to conferences, read books, go back to school, have lunch with someone who is a mentor to you. Steward the gift don’t deceive yourself into thinking that you are owed something because you own it.
Kids are the best critics because they haven’t learned the subtle art of not offending others with brutal honesty. When you are boring they will call you on it. I remember one time I thought the lesson was going well. The kids were a bit non-responsive I figured they were tired…until one of the kids I was teaching stood up cupped his mouth with his hands and said “This is boring!” Ouch. It’s moments like that has forced me as someone who has communicated to kids for the past 18 years to always be looking for creative ways to communicate to kids. To give them truth in ways they aren’t always expecting. The keep the “This is boring” kids on the edge of their seats.
One of the ways we have done that over the years is called the “Self-Interview.” Basically you write a script and play both parts. The kids love this because they are on to your game they feel that they know something you don’t. They feel like they have insider info and pay closer attention.