Free Gospel at Center Webinar

In the past several years the word Gospel has become a common term used in church names, book titles, and curriculums. We use the term Gospel but if we don’t understand what we mean by that term the word Gospel alone can become a catchphrase or a catch-all. One of the reasons a few friends of mine started the blog GospelAtCenter.com is because we have a strong belief that the gospel is not something we add to our programming but it is the heart of what we do. It not peripheral but central. The Gospel is the good news of what God has done for us in Christ but that message must not be limited to an Easter altar call. The message of the Bible of God’s redeeming love for mankind should inform shape and transform what we teach how we teach and ultimately why we teach.

Thursday, September 20th we will be hosting a free webinar. We want to invite you to join us in discussing the practical and theological implications of centering your ministry on the gospel. What it means to look at everything we do from volunteer recruitment and leadership development to Bible story delivery through the lens of the Gospel.

Danielle, Jenny, and I will be sharing some of the most important steps we have taken to help lead Gospel-centered ministries, but we also want to answer some of your questions about Gospel-centered kids ministry. The links are provided below and it is all free. Gather your team, share this information with your ministry friends, and let’s focus on what matter most in ministry as we begin this new church year.

Signup for the link to our free Webinar.

Submit a question for the webinar here.

As part of the Children’s and Family Ministry Network, you will have an opportunity to connect with ministry leaders in your area. We’ll worship together, experience an encouraging message, and—perhaps most importantly—build relationships with one another. Get ready to become part of this supportive community of ministry leaders.

FAMILY MINISTRY 2.0

Come hear fellow ministry leaders as they use story to speak about recently discovered ideas, patterns, practices, and philosophies in this area. Make room to dream as you continue to build a healthy and biblical family ministry.

As veterans who continue to explore and discover new ideas, these leaders are disciplined readers, observers of culture, gifted writers, and excellent communicators. There will be time and space for you to share your story as we gather in community to learn and share together.

Date: October 25, 2018
Time: (10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.)
Event: David C. Cook Network Event - Nashville
Topic: Family Ministry 2.0
Sponsor: David C. Cook
Venue: Clearview Baptist Church
Location: 537 Franklin Road
Franklin, TN 37069
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

As part of the Children’s and Family Ministry Network, you will have an opportunity to connect with ministry leaders in your area. We’ll worship together, experience an encouraging message, and—perhaps most importantly—build relationships with one another. Get ready to become part of this supportive community of ministry leaders.

FAMILY MINISTRY 2.0

Come hear fellow ministry leaders as they use story to speak about recently discovered ideas, patterns, practices, and philosophies in this area. Make room to dream as you continue to build a healthy and biblical family ministry.

As veterans who continue to explore and discover new ideas, these leaders are disciplined readers, observers of culture, gifted writers, and excellent communicators. There will be time and space for you to share your story as we gather in community to learn and share together.

 

Date: October 18, 2018
Time: (10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.)
Event: David C. Cook Network Event
Topic: Family Ministry 2.0
Sponsor: David C. Cook
Venue: McLean Bible Church
Location: 12440 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

You have volunteers that need to be trained for Fall Launch, we can help!

Gather your volunteers together, and we’ll take it from there! By joining the Fall Launch Party, you’re giving your volunteers an opportunity to be trained by dynamic and expert leaders in 5 key areas!

-Vision for the Importance of Children’s Ministry
-Spiritual Formation for Kids
-Teaching Kids the Bible
-Managing Behavior
-Building Relationships with Parents

***Every leader who registers for the Fall Launch party gets the replays and debrief resources to use whenever it works for their team – so even if you can’t join us for the live event on August 25th, you’re still able to use this great training for your team!***

Learn more! –> https://incm.org/fall-launch-training-party-2018/

Date: August 25, 2018
Time: (10:00am-04:00PM)
Event: CPC Webinar.
Topic: Why Kids Ministry Matters.
Sponsor: INCM
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Summer Reads

Summer is a great time to grab a book and sit in a hammock and unwind or lie on a beach and get some free vitamin D while getting lost in a great book. This summer was busy at work, so I took the summer off from seminary to focus on some of our most impactful events of the year in kids and youth ministry as well as spend time with family enjoying each other. So a break from seminary means I can catch up on some books that I have gotten behind on. So if you are looking for a new book here are a few I am reading this summer.

 

The Deep Things of God – Fred Sanders
I started this book about three years ago I got about half way in then started Seminary. Such a challenging book as I realized that much of my understanding of God is so often how I perceive him rather than how he reveals himself to me. The background of the gospel is rooted in the Trinity.

 

All that Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Connor
I have been on a O’Connor kick as of late to see what the fuss is all about. My thoughts so far. 1. She is a massively gifted writer.  2. She is a bit eccentric. 3. She connects her thoughts about God in her writing in unique and very interesting ways.

 

 

Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
I am reading this over the summer with my oldest son. Why we are reading this together? 1. Schools don’t assign classics anymore 2. Stowe was a devout christian with a clearly Christian worldview. 3. I find the fact that Lincoln credited this work as the impetus for the Civil war fascinating.

 

The Hardest Peace – Kara Trippet
I just finished this book. It was both beautiful and challenging. To read of Kara’s peace and God’s grace in the midst of life’s most challenging moments was humbling and difficult. Humbling because of her great faith and difficult because it brough up lots of fears I thought I had dealt with in the midst of my wifes battle with Cancer. Kara’s faith was rooted in a person not a feeling. This book was beautiful.

 

Confessions – St. Augustine translated by Sarah Ruden
This is my second time through Confessions and like most classics once you finished reading it for the first time you are prepared read it again for the first time. Sarah’s translation is extremely accurate and super accessible. I am grateful for the parts she has illumined that I missed the first time through and am also grateful that many more will read Augustine’s masterpiece because of the accessibility of this translation.

 

Love Thy Body – Nancy Pearcey
This fall we will be doing a sermon series in our youth ministry talking about what the bible has to say about many of the topics Pearcey covers in this book. So I will be reading this book to have the proper framework needed for that series.

 

 

Prince Caspian – C.S. Lewis
Just started this book with my oldest daughter. When my kids turn 8 I start reading them the Narnia series. I think I enjoy more than they do. Every time through I see new aspects of Lewis’ genius.

 

 

What books are you reading this summer?