engage logoNext week this time I will be on my way to Mechanicsburg, PA for the Engage Children’s Conference. This is my third year going, and I am more excited than ever to get the chance to speak to children’s ministry and youth ministry workers and leaders about the need for ministering to kids from modern families.  This year, the five workshop track I am leading is called (wait for it…):

A Generation in Crisis – Ministering to Children from Modern Families

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Are we concerned enough with recycling our hearts?

You are not a “Justa…..” anything.

You’re job is big, but spend less time building a program and more time listening to how God is speaking to them and through them.

About Cynthia Crane: As a veteran children’s minister, Cynthia attends and serves at Beachpoint Church in Fountain Valley, California. She offers insight and ideas for how to reach kids in meaningful and energetic ways in conferences and camps across the country.

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“It’s not the mountain we conquer ourselves but ourselves.” – Sir Edmond Hillary

Session 4

You Have Been ENABLED

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God gives us victory. The Bible doesn’t say God gave us victory. It’s not about what He did. It’s about what He’s doing.

Victory is success achieved against opposition.

If you want to claim the victory, you have to claim the struggle.

The struggle you are going through isn’t because God is punishing you, it’s because He is preparing you.

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What Do We Know?

Stats on Modern Families.

Changing the Culture: The Master's Plan

Speak Their Language

  • Eliminate phrases like (that's so gay; your “real” mom/dad; your “real” kids; gave her up for adoption)
  • Eliminate “”Give this your mom or ad.”
  • Careful what you offer and how you advertise it

Go to them


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What Is a Crisis?

Radical chane of status in a person’s life. Unusual instability.

Important to determine the tipping point that makes a situation a crisis

Crisis: A time of danger, a time of opportunity

Death of a Spouse

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A New Definition of Family

Wayne —  September 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

If we are going to minister to kids from non-traditional homes and minister to their families, we have to understand what a family is. It seems like an easy thing – to define the word family. It seems easy, that is, until you try to do it. Seriously though, take five minutes away from reading the rest of this article and write down your own definition of the word “family.” It is just one word afterall.

One recent report on the status family concluded the following:

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