My 1000th Post and thoughts on #kidmin Community

After 4 years of blogging I finally hit my 1000th post. Ha! A full year after my good friend Kenny.

I just want to thank all of you who have joined me in the conversation. I am really looking forward to the next few years. I say this all the time. I started blogging to help kids pastors who are just starting out and what has happened is I ended learning more from all of you.

I look back at those 4 years and I think of how much God has done in me. I think of all of the friends I have made that I would never have known any other way. I am so grateful to be part of such a life giving community. I talk to youth pastors, production people, and worship guys and they are all jealous of community that we have created in #kidmin. They wish they had something similar. It still blows me away that I have made lifelong friends over Al Gore’s internets, crazy!

So 1000 posts later thank you all for have you have helped me grow as a leader and how you have helped our church be more effective in reaching people far from Christ. It is so great to see kidmin leaders from all over the country working together to advance the Gospel.

Acts 4:32-33
32And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.
33And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.

Thanks for all you do you are more of a blessing than you will ever know. Let’s keep working together and building the church. Looking forward to the next 1000 posts maybe I’ll beat Kenny even with his 1 year head start.

Need a Christ Centered Easter Curriculum?

Well, I am really excited to let everyone in the Kidmin community that in a couple of weeks we are going to be making  available a Easter Curriculum that Dan Scott, Gina Mcclain, Jonathan Cliff and I worked on together for our churches.

A few months ago we came up with this idea to write our own curriculum for easter and to do it collaboratively so that no one church would have to do all the work, but we all could benefit from working together. Doing this project together was a wonderful experience. It is so amazing to me that you can get so many churches together to write a curriculum that does not focus on denominational differences but elevates Christ. I went into this project with huge amounts of respect for each leader and the church they represent. As we wind down that respect has only increased. I am so honored to work along side these brilliant kids people to help in a small way to build the kingdom of God together.

Not being someone who likes to go negative on my blog, when we all got together we had some general and some specific frustrations with the curriculum that is out there. Because of this we thought that instead of just saying what we don’t like about what exists what if we created something that is more along the lines of what we are looking for and then blog about why we did what we did.

Is the curriculum we did the best thing ever? Nope. Is it for every church. I hope so but don’t think so. We do want to begin unpacking why we did what we did on all of our blogs offering our own perspective on the parts of the project we worked on. In unpacking why we did what we did and then making what we did available to you for this Easter or for future Easters, our hope is that it mets a need you have in your church and in the lives of the families you minister to.

I do want to offer this disclaimer that there was not one specific curriculum that we are thinking of when we start tackling some of the Elephant in the room issues with curriculum. There is a systemic problem in my opinion and I believe the sooner we adress those issues the sooner Christ will be elevated and our kids will be better for it.

Lastly I am really looking forward to getting some feedback from you guys. So make sure you chime in our kids deserve it and Christ expectes it. Thanks so much for all you guys do to help extend the Kingdom of God where you are. You are amazing.