Posts Tagged "Prayer"

30 Ways to Get Connected with Your Kids

As workers in Children’s Ministry, the time we get with the kids in our program each week is very limited.  It is critical that we make the most of that time to build concrete and lasting relationships with the kids.

I am currently blessed to be able to volunteer in the Children’s Ministry at my local church.  On the weekends, I work with kindergarten and first graders.  During the Wednesday night Awana program, I work with three and four year olds.  Each of these opportunities gives me the chance to spend some small group time with a select group of kids as well as large group time with the entire class.

At our church, we are fast approaching the weekend when kids graduate to their new classrooms.  I will lose some of my “favorite” kids, and I will be faced with a sea of new faces intermixed with the ones I already know.  Given that change, it seems like an appropriate time to sit back and collect my thoughts on how to get connected with the kids in our classroom.  My experience has generally been with elementary age kids, and you will no doubt see the bent of that experience in the following list (for example, being goofy works well with younger kids, teenagers will think you’re just plain strange if you go too far over the top).  So, with that said, here is a list of 30 things I have found that are useful in getting connected with kids:

  1. Pray about connecting – Anything successful in Children’s ministry generally begins with prayer.  Ask God to give you deep and lasting connections with the kids in your group. Ask him to give you opportunities to invest in your kids.  Ask him to remind you frequently that you are there to invest in the lives of these kids and not just to herd them from one activity to the next.  Ask him to give you the wisdom to disciple your kids, and thank him for giving you the privilege of working with his children.
  2. Prepare to connect – Connection is not something that just happens!  You must be very intentional about it.  You’re doing that right now by reading this article.  Think about, and meditate on, ways to build connections.  Be creative!  Have fun!  Figure out what is going to work best with your personality.
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The Blog Patrol (May 12, 2009)

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Welcome to our post-Mother’s Day installment of the Blog Patrol! We’re changing things up a little bit this week. Since The Blog Patrol started, I have been posting it at around 6:30 EST on Tuesday afternoon. Starting this week, I will be posting it in the early hours of Tuesday morning. So, what does that mean for you? It just means no Tuesday entries in this week’s installment. We’ll pick that up next week. So, welcome to the one time only 6 day week of The Blog Patrol! [For those of you who notice such things – yes I realize the preponderance of blog series in the Patrol this week. It was not by design. There just happen to be a lot of good series out there this week. Same for the heavy weighting towards children’s ministry this week.]

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

Would You Be Willing to Die For Your Blog?

  • A happen to have this blog, and this article makes me realize how blessed I am that God allowed me to be born in a country where I can write freely about my Lord.

The 4 Jobs of a Small Group Leader (1 of 4)

  • This is the beginning of a new series from Coffee With Chris in which we look at what it means to be a small group leader in youth Ministry. In part 1 of this series, Chris looks at caring about being a small group leader.

Wednesday (May 6, 2009)

Building Faith Skills in Kids (2 of 5)

  • This second installment of the five part series from Jabberfrog looks at helping kids to memorize scripture.

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I believe…What I believe about sin

I Believe

Throughout the history of the Christian church, men have endeavored to record the core fundamental beliefs of their faith.  Through creeds, catechisms, and other writings, they have sought to summarize and memorialize their beliefs and convictions.  I am not a theologian…just a simple sinner saved by the grace of Almighty God.  That said, as Christians we are all members of a royal priesthood, and I believe that it is important to know what we believe and to be able to state it clearly for others.  As a father and a worker in Children’s Ministry, I have found that this is especially important in order to be able to answer questions raised by kids with clear, concise, and generally brief answers.

So, I decided a useful exercise would be to begin to record my Christian beliefs in short concise statements (I hope).  I do not intend for these to represent my own personal systematic theology or to cover all aspects of the Christian faith.  It is not my intent to expand on the why of my beliefs, but simply to list what my beliefs are.  I also don’t have a plan for how frequently I might put one of these entries together.  Instead they will represent my feeble attempt to respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit think a little more deeply about what I believe about selected doctrines and issues.  That said, I want these entries to represent what I believe and not just what “I feel.”  The heart is, after all, “deceitful above all things.”  So, I will endeavor to include scripture references wherever possible.  I think of it as a cheat sheet for what I believe.

So, that is WHAT I am doing.  The next logical question is, WHY am I recording them here on my blog.  There are actually three reasons,

  1. Why not?  I’ll already have them written down. 🙂
  2. I hope in some small way that they may help someone to clarify their own beliefs.
  3. I am hoping that the readers of this blog can help me out.  I am not a trained theologian.  I’ve never been to seminary.  The closest I’ve ever come to a class on Systematic Theology is that I own Wayne Grudem’s book.  I read my Bible, but I don’t consider myself a scholar.  If I miss something or misstate something, I hope that someone will point it out!

I’ve decided to start with my beliefs on the issue of sin.  There have been a lot in the news stories recently where people have been ridiculed, lambasted or otherwise ridiculed for their beliefs on particular sins (be that abortion, homosexuality, marriage, divorce, or anything else).  Rather than addressing each sin individually, it seemed like a good time to step back and examine my beliefs on sin in general.

Here’s what I believe:

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Ch. 9 – Embracing Biblical Methods: Types of Communication – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis)

Shepherding A Child's HeartIn this installment of our synopsis of Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding A Child’s Heart,” we will look at Chapter 9 – “Embracing Biblical Methods: Types of Communication.”

In the last chapter, Tedd Tripp addressed the need for rich, full communication with our kids.  In this chapter he looks at different types of communication.  He notes that as parents we often reduce our role to three things: rules, correction, and punishment and notes that most parents would admit that 80-90% of their communication falls into one of those three areas.  While he admits that rules, correction and punishment are necessary in every family, there are other types of communication, and we do our kids great harm when we can’t discern the appropriate type of communication for the moment.

He offers descriptions of the following eight types of communication (he does note that these are selected types of communication and there are more):

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The Blog Patrol (May 5, 2009)

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“The Blog Patrol” enters its second month of existence with this week’s post. I hope that everyone is finding it a useful summary of relevant blog articles. The response I’m getting is overwhelmingly positive, so I plan to continue “The Blog Patrol” indefinitely. There were two big conferences on Children’s Ministry this past week (Orange and Children Desiring God), which may explain the heavy Children’s Ministry content this week.

Wednesday (April 29, 2009)

Living a Life of Prayer

  • Terry Delaney provides insight into how to get your children to pray – both your own children and children you interact with in ministry.

Does God Love Everyone?

  • This article from Geoff Ashley looks at God’s love under the light of sovereign election.

#532. Arguing about why bad things happen to good people.

  • From Stuff Christians Like, this article looks at the age old question of why God allows suffering and what our response to it should be.

Your Child’s Profession of Faith

  • This article looks at Dennis Gundersen’s booklet “Your Child’s Profession of Faith” which deals with the issue of knowing whether or not your children are truly saved.

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