So, this seems too good to be true, but if there’s a catch I haven’t found it yet. Crossway is giving away free access to their online ESV Study Bible to celebrate their 75th anniversary, and you can get it free anytime this month. I have been using this online Study Bible since I bought the paper version years ago, and the ESV has become my favored translation for reading, studying and teaching. I have the paper version and the version to go with my iPad Bible study app (Olive Tree), but I still find myself frequently using this online version as well. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity. To get your free copy, go to http://www.crossway.org/web-apps/esv-study-bible-online-1671-regkey/.
Problems of being in a ministry of one:
- No Support
- No one to bounce things off of / feeback
- Age Groups
- Take care of yourself spiritually
- Talk to other people doing the same thing (local groups)
- Create a team with other peopl
Fighting the Loneliness
- Find people
- Local people
Group’s Kidmin Conference starts this afternoon. At noon today, I will start the long trek down to the conference center (8 miles) and begin a weekend full of networking, refreshing and friends. I am, in case you couldn’t guess, excited about it and wanted to take a second to thank Group for making it possible.
I am planning on blogging the sessions I attend starting this afternoon, and I wanted to give you a preview of where I am planning on being. Things do change sometimes, so this is no guarantee. I identified multiple workshops for each session that I would like to attend, so there is a possibility that I might switch when I get there. That said, here is what you’re likely to see me writing about here over the next several days:
Some things bring out the worst of us and some things bring out the best of us in working with kids,
If kids are arrows, then they need to be sharpened, straightened, aimed and released.
Three ways to celebrate family:
1. Value One Another
As a culture we don’t value individuals
Description: Today’s world is becoming more vocal and outspoken in its attack on the values of God. Do we ignore the rising “popularity” of homosexuality, sexual activity, and declining morals? How do we deal with these things without offending the parents or introducing topics to “innocent” children before they’re “ready”? Discover answers to all those questions.
Description: Learn how to get people of all ages sharing the stories of how they’ve seen God at work. Take a look at two practical methods for creating opportunities for intergenerational storytelling. Experience two more fantastic intergenerational activities you can add to your ministry tool kit. Grapple with the typical barriers to intergenerational faith communities and arrive at solutions that’ll suit your ministry. Investigate the unique blessings of intergenerational service and missions.
Barriers to Becoming Intergenerational in Outlook and Practice
- Lack of exposure to the older generation
People encourage over working. In the corporate world people get a raise or a promotion for overwork. In children’s ministry, maybe you get a window.
You always drift to the place of least resistance.
In life you change when you learn enough you want to or hurt enough to have to.
When you drift apart to your furthest spot, that’s when bad things happen.