Got questions about family ministry?

Join us for a twitter conversation August 13th

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So I had this random idea a couple of days ago to help push the family ministry conversation forward. I thought. What if we held a live twitter conversation with some of the sharpest minds in family ministry out there? And what if you in the Youth Pastor, Kids Pastor, Family ministry joined in with your thoughts and questions? So here is what we are going to do Tomorrow August 13th at 3pm EST we are going to hold a #asknextgen conversation on twitter.

Here is where you come in. We need you to engage and ask questions. You can chime in with your own questions, you can ask follow-up questions to questions asked by others. This is your opportunity to ask some of the brightest minds in family ministry a question you have always wanted. All you need to do is search out the hashtag #asknextgen and you will find the conversation. When you ask your question make sure you include the hashtag #asknextgen or you question or comment might be missed.

Looking for a way to make sure you don’t miss any of the action on Thursday? Use Tweetchat.com all you do is enter #asknextgen when prompted followed by your user name and password for twitter and you will be able to monitor the conversation, tweet, or respond to tweets all from one browser window.

So who will be on the #asknextgen panel?

A Family Ministry Manifesto.

Why ministry to families matters now more than ever

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In two weeks my position at my church will change. I will move from the campus pastor role and will be the Pastor of Families for all our campuses. A few people have wondered if I view this as a demotion. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have enjoyed and learned much from 4 years as a campus pastor, much of which I will use in my new role. Having been a children’s pastor for 14 years and now being able to broaden my influence to families is a privilege indeed. I believe family ministry matters more than anything else the church can do and here is why.

1. A society is as strong as the families that comprise it. Aristotle wrote that the family is nature’s established association for the supply of mankind’s everyday wants. John Paul II further develops this idea.

John Paul II said the following of the link between family and society.

“The family has vital and organic links with society, since it is its foundation and nourishes it continually through its role of service to life: it is from the family that citizens come to birth and it is within the family that they find the first school of the social virtues that are the animating principle of the existence and development of society itself”

Aristotle saw the value of family without being able to see the purpose of family. The purpose of families is to show a watching world the covenant keeping love of Christ through the sacrificial love of husbands and wives for one another. It also through families that the world sees our need for a perfect father through imperfect ones.

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.