If you have been doing kids ministry you know that finding good kids worship music is not an easy thing to do. So when Bob from God’s Kids Worship contacted me and ask if I would review their worship CD’s for them I agreed.
Here is what I liked:
I liked that there were quite a few songs that are strait out of scripture. One of the things I think is missing in kids worship is worship songs for kids based on scripture. We all remember lyrics to songs much easier than we do other forms of literature. Think about it, can you recite more lines from Vanilla Ice songs or from Robert Frost poems. I like that God’s Kids Worship songs uses scripture based songs.
I liked that they connected the worship songs to a curriculum. Integrity also has done this with their worship songs as well. I think it offers a very neat option. It also points out a weakness that many curriculum have in that they don’t think through all the elements of the service. In kids ministry we tend to think of things in blocks of programing. Worship, small group, large group but thinking about the service more holistically is a good thing in my book.
I also liked that they used songs that our adults are singing in big church. It’s a win/win every time parents and kids are on the same page.
What I didn’t like:
This may be more of a style thing but all the songs were recorded as more of a background track where kids are singing the songs but there is no adult lead voice on the CD’s. This may totally be a plus for some of you but for us in our kids ministry I find a strong adult vocal gives us more flexibility with our worship leaders. The lead adult vocal I find helps to center the focus more even if worship leader we have isn’t the strongest.
If you are looking for a modern kids worship option there aren’t to many out there. You need to check out God’s Kids Worship for yourself.
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Here is a video that our media guy Matt Daughtry and his team put together. It was for our vision night that took place this week. So excited for what God has in store for Redeemer.tv. I am so blessed to be apart of such a great church. I am so proud to be in a church that values transformed lives and creating environments where that can take place. To be part of a church that really values family and ministering to them for me as a kids pastor is priceless.
Another mistake I made early on was caring more about fun that safety. I think this is why kids love teenagers because they care about fun and what makes things fun? Danger. Every year for camp we played a game called “Anything for Money.” The goal of the game was to create a yearly camp tradition and bond campers around a common experience. It accomplished it’s goal every year, the problem came when we tried to out do the previous year. I became more concerned with out doing the year before that we lost sight of the original goal and what was fun turned into something else one year.
Let me be clear, no one got hurt but in wanting to outdo my self I potentially put campers in a situation that didn’t have their best interests in mind. The final “anything for money” involved peanut butter in the armpits of a large sweaty man and buggers in a sandwich. My job was to care for the safety of kids I lost site of that and learned a valuable lesson. If kids don’t feel safe they won’t come and if parents don’t feel their kids will be safe they won’t send them. So for me the most important thing you can do is provide a safe environment for kids.
I know many of you out there are thinking that most things that are fun are fun because they involve some risk. I am a fun person and love having fun but if you have to choose between fun and safe, I say pick safe. Again this is why every kids ministry needs teenagers they are fun and have no concept of safety. Every kids ministry also needs parents who used to be fun until someone lost an eye then they learned fun with guidelines is even more fun than fun alone.
One of the mistakes I made when I first started was not involving parents. I started doing kids ministry full-time when I was 22 years old. I was fresh out of college I had helped in kids ministry for years but leading something is a whole other animal.
When I took over the kids ministry I had lots of people quit not because they were angry but more because during transitions times that’s what happens. I had been helping my friend Mike with the youth group and was spending lots of time with the teens pouring into them and building relationships. When people started quitting I didn’t pray about who God wanted to fill those slots I just started asking my friends and teens from the youth ministry.
It took me a few years and actually one incident for God to get my attention. I remember it like it was yesterday I was teaching up front and the teens had just finished a skit and being from NY “busting chops” is an everyday occurrence. One of the kids who was very good at mocking others said something to me and I responded back and got him so good he didn’t have a come back, which was rare for this kid. You know what he did in response? He was wearing a costume so while still on stage he mooned me (thank God he had his pants on under his costume) At that moment I realized that I needed to raise the level of maturity in my volunteers.
I prayed and I felt God speak to me about parents and how to get them involved ever since that day parents have been a huge part of what we do. We still have lots of teens helping but the are in rolls that play to their strengths more. I wish I would have engaged with parents from the start, I think I would have been further down the road today. I am thankful for every volunteer we have kids need the unique perspective that teens, parents, and seniors bring. Our god is a multi-generational God I think our ministries should reflect that.