Posts Tagged "Community"

Dad in the Middle, Kidmin1124 and A Very Good God

top-100-cmblogs I first started blogging a little over two years ago, and I started earnestly blogging (meaning more than once a month or so) about a year-and-a-half ago.  I also started this past June as a collaborative blogging effort written entirely from the perspective of children’s ministry volunteers and bi-vocational children’s ministers.  In addition to being a contributor to that blog, I also serve as its editor.  In the time I have been blogging, I have really enjoyed working on both Dad in the Middle and Kidmin1124 (well, most of the time).  At other times, I have actually felt like throwing in the towel.  I regularly question and reevaluate the usefulness of the blogs and the amount of time they consume.  Through it all though, I have felt God’s presence.

I can’t count the number of times I have relayed the story of how I started Dad in the Middle and how I was totally caught off guard and surprised when people actually started to read it and give me feedback on it.  Recently, though, I have started to feel some conviction about my continued expressions of shock at the reception to these blogs.  I started to wonder it, rather than humility, it was really a slight against My God.  Why should I continue to be surprised that he can work through broken vessels like me to reach people with his message?  My surprise was/is genuine, but as I continue to express to people my utter amazement that people would actually visit and read the blog, am I essentially saying “my God isn’t capable of working through something like this and it must be some fluke?”  So, am I amazed that God chooses to work through Dad in the Middle and Kidmin1124?  Yes, of course I am – in the same way that I am amazed daily by his grace, and in the same way I am floored by the realization that he died on a cross because of me and for me.  Am I shocked that he can work through me?  Absolutely not – if he can work through a donkey in the Old Testament, He can work through me today.  Some might argue that there really isn’t much difference (ask my wife). 🙂

So, my hope is that I can adhere to the words of Paul when he wrote:

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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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