Tuesday, December 21, 2010

New Blog

Yup. It's true.  I have a new blog.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Kid Ministry Time Fillers

At Fourth Avenue we often have some extra time at the end of our children's church and need to fill the time with an activity or two until the parents come to get the kids. 

Here's what I am curious about:
1. What do other children's ministers find to be a useful way to spend that time?
2. Where do you gather ideas for what to do?
3. What sort of burdens do you feel as you try to fill the time? (Do you feel the need to review the lesson, use the time for "holy" activities, etc.)

Thanks for commenting!



Tuesday, October 05, 2010

You Have Come To...

-Mount Zion
-The City of the Living God
-The Heavenly Jerusalem
-Innumerable angels in festal gathering
-The assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven
-God, the judge of all
-The spirits of the righteous made perfect
-To Jesus, mediator of a new covenant

What an incredible gathering.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Rules Without Relationship

After the D6 conference, I received an open invitation by Lantz Howard to guest blog about my experience.  The opportunity was open to anyone so I decided to write about Dr. Kevin Leman's talk on how parents can get their kids to understand parental authority and ultimately the authority God has in their lives. 

Check out the blog post here!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What do you look for?

I am curious.  What are the most important things families look for when it comes to being a part of a church?  It is very easy for me to assume that certain things are important but I want to hear it from you.  Fill me in!  Thanks!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Out of the Overflow

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
       he leads me beside quiet waters,
 he restores my soul.
       He guides me in paths of righteousness
       for his name's sake.
 Even though I walk
       through the darkest valley,
       I will fear no evil,
       for you are with me;
       your rod and your staff,
       they comfort me.
 You prepare a table before me
       in the presence of my enemies.
       You anoint my head with oil;
       my cup overflows.
 Surely goodness and love will follow me
       all the days of my life,
       and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

When I was a kid, the church we went to had a huge tapestry in the foyer.  Depicted on it was a pasture with nearly a hundred shades of green. Etched around the edges was this psalm of David.  Passing by this every Sunday morning, evening and Wednesday night numbed me to it's beauty and the power it's words have for life.  I can't say that I have ever heard a sermon preached on it. I don't think it was ever one of my required memory verses. I have recently come back to this neglected verse and it has become a source of strength for me.

God is always doing one better.  It is not enough for God that he provides physical nourishment with green pastures - he restores my soul. The journey he is taking me on wanders deeper than beside quiet waters - he guides me in paths of righteousness. The darkest evils are ignored when we realize his presence is greater, his rod and staff mightier and his comfort so assuring that we can feast at his table right in front of our enemies. When God anoints with oil...


Abiding in him, love and goodness follow.

This is where I want to serve from.  What would happen in my family if I lived in the 23rd Psalm. How would the ministry God has given me be affected if it is out of the overflow of what he is doing in my life? If I were walking in paths of righteousness for HIS namesake instead of mine, what would look different?

The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want ... but to follow.



Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ministry Philosophy

I recently finished reading Collaborate: Family + Church.  I decided to revise my personaly ministry philosophy to incorporate some of it's concepts as well as other things I have been thinking about.  I would love to hear your own personal ministry philosophy as well!

Personal Ministry Philosophy

My goal in ministry is to bring children, families and volunteers into closer relationship with God by engaging them in His story as we journey together in a faith-filled community. The basis for every decision I make in life comes back to my calling to share the love of God with those around me. My hope is that at every opportunity I will encourage others into a greater lifelong journey of discipleship.

Bringing people closer to God has to begin with His story. When we first introduce someone to who God is, a story must be shared. God’s story is revealed in His word. His desire to be in relationship with people, their rejection of him and His relentless pursuit to draw them near is His story. When we understand God’s story, finding our place in it leaves us breathless at His love. As we challenge people to journey deeper into His story through study of His word, we find that ministering to people is about responding to His love through discipleship. Not simply accepting Jesus but, more importantly, following Jesus (Luke 9:23).

Participating in God’s story is not something that can be taught. We must be invited into it through a relationship. By design, the best place for the invitation and the response to occur is in the context of a family. In families, we have the ability to live our discipleship in ways that are transparent and authentic. As parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, foster siblings, neighbors and others walk the journey they show those close to them, especially children, what it means to serve a risen savior. For some parents this journey and the twists and turns it reveals are quite intentional. For others any sort of spiritual growth is happenstance. Ministry to families means joining them on their journey and helping to share tools which will better equip them to walk and plant seed on the good soil (Luke 8:1-15).

Every generation of children is different. As God has revealed himself throughout history, he has made himself known in ways that were real and made sense to people. Ministers are given the privilege of partnering with God to accomplish this. The challenges of reaching children in an age where their hearts are saturated with media and conflicting messages are huge. Many parents feel they cannot compete. My responsibility as a minister is to help parents see that the Gospel is more real than anything their children encounter on a daily basis. By living according to this truth in ways that are authentic, parents will have a voice which speaks louder than IPods or internet.

As I am invited to participate in the spiritual journey of families I join the countless others who have walked with them before. These communities are made up of those in church settings, home settings, and less recognizable places where God’s presence can be felt. The potential for multiple generations, all with different gifts and abilities to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24) is a lasting assurance of the legacy which can be inherited when faith communities journey together.

Interacting with children and families in a community of openness and grace models for them what participation in Kingdom living looks like. Ministering with them in ways that are fresh and experiential reaches them on a level that goes much deeper than the head. In turn, children and families see that journeying with Christ is more than knowing the Bible, it is knowing God. Realizing His love for them calls them to be part of His mission to be extensions of His grace to others.