3 Strategies Family Ministry Leaders Should Adopt During the COVID Crisis.

When the COVID crisis first hit, it felt surreal and like an awful dream. We realized that in a moment, everything can change. The question for us is, how will we respond, and what are we willing to change?

In my previous post, I share things we need to avoid as family ministry leaders during the COVID crisis. This post is aimed to evaluate the things we should adopt in our kids and youth ministries.

When this hit, I had several conversations with our team. I told them we need to be equipping parents, providing content, and making our interactions as personal as possible. 

Start by empowering and equipping parents.

During this crisis, we have an opportunity to evaluate what really matters. We have the time and are forced by law and nature to rethink how the church is done. The past two decades of the church have looked different than the church has looked historically. Events have been the driving force of the church. I have heard many church leaders refer to Sunday as the “Superbowl.” I understand what they mean, but I’m not sure attendance to events is the most significant driver of discipleship in adults and certainly not for kids.

In this season, every parent is effectively homeschooling their own kids. They have a lot on their plates and are out of their comfort zone. I have heard lots of people say, “We should not give parents more things to do. I understand what they are saying; I just disagree with the approach. Parents don’t need a pass on the spiritual formation of their kids; they need a plan.

For our church, we believe that family worship is the best way for parents to disciple their kids. Our plan is this: Read one chapter of the Bible and explain it to the best of your ability, Sign one Hymn, and Pray. This should only take ten minutes. Below is a link to download a family worship guide that we create for our parents.

I had a conversation with my friend Jenny Funderburk Smith a fellow blogger and kids pastor. I wanted to see how other church tackles these three crucial components to reaching kids in general but are so vital during mass quarantine. I asked her what do you empower parents to lead their kids at home in a time when families are literally stuck at home.

She responded by saying that she asked the question, “What would I do differently if I could go back before the COVID crisis began?” She said that she realized that we had not done a good job of preparing our parents to lead worship from home. We talk about it a lot, but we haven’t been doing it.

She challenges her parents, saying, “It is not an accident that you have all this time, sports, school, and church are all gone. It’s not an accident that God has given us this time lets really use it to build a habit of family worship.”

I couldn’t agree more. All our excesses have been forcibly removed, we must invest the time we have to grow deeper with our kids create new habits and rhythms we are going to need going forward. Our family does this with in conjunction with our Pastor’s Bible reading plan and the help of Joel Beeke’s Family Worship Bible Guide. Jenny uses her pastor’s sermons as the basis for the content for their church’s family worship. How you do family worship isn’t as important as actually doing it.

Top blog posts from samluce.com this year

As we wrap up 2013 I just want to thank you who stop by my blog I appreciate you and I started this blog as a tool to help kids pastors and leaders by being to others what I wish I had when I started. I hope this blog is that to you. Happy New Year.

I thought I would share a few of the blog posts you guys visited most often this year.

Free Bible Lessons: Proverbs “The Book of Wisdom
Top 50 Family Ministry Blogs
4 reasons NOT to Homeschool your kids.
4 reasons NOT to send your kids to Christian School.
2 fantastic ideas families can use for advent
Why you should read old books.
Self-esteem is ruining your kids
How to make an Easter egg hunt a family event.
Free Easter Curriculum: God To The Rescue
Why my kids never asked Jesus into their hearts.

Christmas Giveaway Day 2: The Rizers

Day two should be a partridge in a pear tree or something like that but luck for you the pet shop was close so instead I am giving away a Rizers CD. I Stinking love the Rizers. They take their name from the shortened version of the word memorizers. Their music is scripture put to song when I was growing up this was done in hideous fashion, the rizers rock it like you would not believe. We do a few of their songs in our worship service at Uptown the kids LOVE it!

To get this CD in your hot little hands tweet the following: (If you are not on twitter leave a comment)

@samluce is giving away a free copy of The Rizers CD http://www.therizers.com over at samluce.com http://samluce.com/?p=4378 #kidmin

Below is  a review I did a few months back.

I listen to A LOT of kids music. I have some I like more than others. One of the things I remember about kids music when I was a kid was that quite a bit of it was scripture based. There is so much good christian worship/music out there for kids but I started thinking the other day that there isn’t a large amount of really cool scripture based worship songs. Using music to teach theology has been something the church has used for hundreds of years.

Enter the Rizers – not only in their music bible based but their music is very current your kids will love it. Actually you will love it. I think I listen to it more than my boys. With catchy music and no miss lyrics buying the Rizers for your kids is a no brainier.

I loved the whole CD they do a great job picking scriptures that go along with some of the things kids struggle with most, fear, loving others, and many more. You can buy the whole album on amazon for just 7.99.

Don’t believe me? Listen to a few full length samples yourself.

Give Away Tuesday: The Lads Curriculum

I did a review of the Lads New curriculum here. Check it out here.

I will be giving away two sets of their new curriculum. To enter tweet the following:

@samluce is giving away a free copy of @theladsband new curriculum over at samluce.com http://samluce.com/?p=3866 #kidmin #cmconnect

If you are not on twitter than just leave a comment. The contest runs through Friday. Good luck!