Posts Tagged "What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry"

What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Effectiveness by Dan Scott

image image It’s time for another installment of my take on the chapters from the book What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry.  Today, we tackle the chapter from Dan Scott.  Dan chose the word “Effectiveness” for what matters now in children’s ministry.

He starts with a quote from Peter Drucker:

“Knowledge work is not defined by its quantity… knowledge work is defined by its results.”

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What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Space by Rev. Sean Miller

image image It’s been awhile since I last reviewed a chapter from the book What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry, and it seemed like the perfect time to get back to it.  For those who might not recall, this book compiled answers from a variety of experts to the question, “What matters now in children’s ministry?”  The one word answers were followed by an approximately 300 word long explanation.  In the book, Rev. Sean Miller chose the Word “Space.”  He writes:

Physical space matters. We have all seen children run up and down the halls of a church pointing out their spaces to parents, giving spur-of-the-moment tours to their friends, like they own the place… because they do. Physical space gives children ownership in their family of faith.

See, kids don’t view your children’s ministry space as the possession of the church, or the children’s pastor or anyone in particular.  They think of it as theirs, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.  As Rev. Miller explains:

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What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Community by Liz Perraud

image image It’s time for another summary of a chapter from the book What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry.  For her contribution, Liz Perraud chose the word “Community.” Liz Perraud really sums up the essence of children’s ministry with her introductory paragraph:

All the Bible stories, catchy songs, classroom creativity, and fun snacks don’t mean a thing without healthy Christ-centered relationships that connect our children to one another, to adults who care about them and to the God who loves them. 

What we do should be all about relationships because God is all about relationships.  As ministers to children, we must focus on:

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What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Memories by Sarah Killelea

image image In the book What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry, Sarah Killelea chose the word “Memories” as what matters most.  She explains that so much of her early impression of church is based on memories.  She writes:

When I reflect on my early images of God, my feelings toward the church, and my childhood prayers, it’s the memories I held that shaped each of those.

Did I like going to church? Were they nice to me? What was the funny skit about? Did I feel included?

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What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Redemption by Sam Luce

image image It’s been a while since I did an installment from the book What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry, and this one is long overdue.  In the book Sam Luce chose the Word “Redemption” as What Matters Now.

Sam starts with a great summary of the importance of redemption:

One of the greatest messages we can give to every family we come in contact with is the message of redemption. In kids’ ministry, today, we deal with more broken hearts and broken families than ever before. I believe every family needs to experience the power of redemption.

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