If you are in next generation ministry you have 40 hours a year to influence the life of a child if you are a parent you have roughly 3000 hours. How will you spend those precious hours?
That stat has created a revolution in ministry to families that didn’t exist 20 years ago. The implications of that stat should force parents and leaders to do a couple of things.
Malachi – Book of Obedience
Obedience = Blessing/ Disobedience = pain
Key Point – Obedience = Blessing/ Disobedience = pain
Memory Verse –Deuteronomy 11:26-27 26“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: 27“the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord…. 28“and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God
Meet Pastor Monica Bullock. She’s a children’s pastor who loves kids crusades and themed lessons. Each week, she and a team of fearless volunteers jump and down with kids just to tell them, “Jesus loves you!”
Object Lesson: The Fruit of Love
Kids understand love but it doesn’t hurt to show them what God says about this important virtue. With this object lesson, your children will see the difference between regular love and love as a fruit of the spirit.
INCM has a rich 35 year history of training Children’s Pastors through encouraging Main sessions, engaging breakouts and an expansive resource center. What I love about INCM and CPC is they are a non-profit ministry that exists to serve those who serve others. They don’t say this is how you should do it but rather see many ways it’s done and do whats best for you and your church.
I recently released my list of books I read in 2013. One of the questions I received most often is how did you read 44 books last year. So I thought I would blog my answer since it’s a bit lengthy. Hopefully something I do will resonate with you and help you read more this year than you did last.
Here are a few of my tricks.
Start with a goal – Doing anything more is always something everyone wants to do. You will never stretch beyond what you currently do if you don’t set a goal that is both realistic and challenging. If you read 3 books last year set a goal to read six or one book a month.