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Prayer + having arrows shot at my head

leavesToday I’ve got two links for you to check out. The first is my most recent contribution to truminstry.com. It’s called Teaching Kids to Prayand here’s a preview:

The question for many children’s ministers is how to teach prayer in ways that will help kids develop a lifelong habit. We want our students to pray consistently and authentically. Through using Tru, I’ve seen our students grow noticeably in the ways that they pray. Here are 3 things we’ve done that have increased our kids’ willingness to pray in new ways.

If you want to read more, simply head on over to Tru Ministry and check it out!

On another note, we’ve started creating quick videos with tips and information for our volunteers. We just finished our first one, and it’s about all the reasons that we’re thankful for our leaders. As teased in the title, there’s some slapstick involved, and it was a blast to make with some of our students. We put it up on youtube, and you can check it out by going here. Enjoy!

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We Need You

we need youWhile we were in the hospital with our new son, a post I wrote went up at Tru Ministry. It’s called We Need You, and here’s a preview:

Effective ministry often involves unlocking the talents and gifts of your congregation. There are a lot of tools that help ministers accomplish this. We as leaders tend to focus on things like leader training, recruiting and volunteer appreciation to help us find and keep our helpers. All of these things are important, but there’s a key element to finding and retaining volunteer leaders that is often overlooked, and it’s this: leaders simply need to know they are needed.

I’d love it if you went to Tru Ministry and read the rest. Leave a comment while you’re there!

Link to We Need You

KidzMatter

Innovate Kids has teamed up with Kidzmatter!

logoIf you’ve swung by the KidzMatter website in the last week or so, you’ve noticed that it’s been re-designed, with contributions from a lot of great children’s ministry bloggers. I’m really excited that content from Innovate Kids is going to be a part of the Kidzmatter site, but I’m even more amped to be able to access content from some of the other brilliant children’s ministry leaders who are contributing.

If you haven’t checked out the new site yet, swing by and do it now! There’s a lot of great stuff being added there every day, and there’s also the opportunity to sign up to receive K! Magazine. Read around and interact with the stuff that’s there!

Family Pastor

What families need from you (their children’s pastor)

Family PastorYesterday a blog post I wrote went up at Truministry. It’s called, What families need from a children’s pastor, and you can check it out here. If the title doesn’t exactly draw you in, maybe a preview will help!

Children’s and family ministry leaders share a similar vision: We want parents to be spiritual leaders in their homes.

After all, parents have the best and most frequent opportunities to lead their kids’ faith development. This doesn’t mean that your role as a minister to children is ancillary, however. Ideally, you get to come alongside parents and play a vital role that only you can play.

Even the best parents can’t do it alone, so here’s what all your families need from you as a leader.

To read the rest, go check it out at truministry, and while you’re there check out some of the other great blog posts from other contributors. Enjoy!

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On loving without “Ifs”

LovenoifsLast week a post I wrote went up at TruMinistry. It’s called Love Without “Ifs”, and it came out of my recent interest in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Here’s a sample:

As ministers to children, we are called to invite kids to experience the love of God that’s entirely based upon who God is, and not what we deserve. This differentiation between the fleeting love of the world and the endless love of God is exceptionally important for our students to understand. In fact, I’d argue that they need to understand it now more than any other time in history.

You can read the rest at Tru Ministry, and don’t forget to leave a comment!

Challengesahead

At Tru Ministry – Dealing with Challenging Volunteers

ChallengesaheadYou know you have at least one. When you close your eyes and hear the words “challenging volunteer”, a face probably pops into your mind. In fact, I believe that this is the case for every children’s and youth minister. Dealing with a body of volunteers means inevitably working with people who are difficult for you.

Over at Truministry.com, I took a stab at dealing effectively with difficult volunteers. Here’s a preview:

Doing ministry with a sizable group of volunteers means there will always be a few that will be difficult to work with. And that’s a good thing, because the body of Christ is a diverse group. We are called to labor alongside all types of folks, not just those whose personalities match our own. Nonetheless, working with imperfect people does require intentional action. As leaders, our goal should be to shape our diversity into a unified vision. As I’ve learned (mostly the hard way), some guidelines really help differentiate between people who don’t fit in your ministry, and people who simply need some cajoling.

You can read the rest at Tru Ministry. Make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts and ideas!

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How you can keep up with The Gathering from your couch

The Gathering SMTI love The Gathering. It’s a great children’s and family ministry conference. There are always great speakers and break out sessions, it’s a smaller group so it’s easy to mingle, and Costa Mesa is a great place to hang out for a couple of days. If you’re going this year, I’m happy and super-excited to hear what God does over the next couple of days!

For those of us observing from afar this year, all is not lost! They’ve put together a great social media team to help spread the news about what’s happening, being discussed and making an impact. This year, you can follow along with Amy Dolan, Lindsey Whitney and Greg Baird. If you’re on twitter you can keep up by following the #TG13 hashtag.

I’m looking forward to hearing and seeing what happens this week (even if it makes me a little sad to be at home). Keep up with those fine folks and enjoy too!

What about you? Is there anyone else tweeting/blogging about the Gathering that we should keep up with? Please share!

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Some Links to Good Stuff

RemoteHappy Friday! Today I thought I’d share some of the cool stuff that floating around the internet this week. There’s always more good stuff out there than we could ever go through, but that’s why it’s so fun to try and weed through it all to find the best ideas! Here are some that I think you’d enjoy.

First, in a bit of shameless self-promotion, there’s an article I wrote up at Truminstry. It’s all about ministry change, and it’s called Ministry Change: Fast Forward or Frame by Frame? Check it out and let me know your thoughts.

Staying in the world of children’s ministry, Sam Luce has a great post about the importance of relying on the power of the gospel, especially as a young leader. I thought it was pretty sweet, it’s called Young Leader: Gospel.

One of my favorite theological bloggers at Patheos is Scot McKnight. His Jesus Creed blog wanders all over the spectrum of social science, ecclesiology and theology. Recently he wrote a post called Relational Ministry 101: Person. It’s a quick one, but it’s one that really got my mind going. It may do the same for you.

It doesn’t matter what field of work you’re in, I love the manifesto from workisnotajob.

And finally, if you work with kids, you want to try this sometime.

Enjoy, and let me know what I should be checking out!