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Back to School

Over the last week, and in the coming week, I’ll see hundreds of “first-day-of-school” pictures. That’s awesome. I’ve been working with many of your kids for years, and it’s been exciting watching them grow along with you, not just emotionally, physically, and mentally, but spiritually. And that’s the most important aspect when they head back to school. You see, we don’t want them to have a “Sunday Gospel.” That’s a really convenient thing to have. That’s easy. That’s the idea that you can learn whatever you want on Sunday, and live however you want from Monday through Saturday. No. We want them to see a life-changing Gospel. The kind that pushes them to live more like Christ every day of the week. And that’s what makes back to school important. Here are three specific ways that we work with your kids every week to make sure they’re ready to live their lives for Christ seven days a week, and how you can build on that message. Continue reading

Election Years and Parenting

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but it seems like the 2016 election year has gotten a little heated. In fact, saying it’s gotten “a little heated” is like saying that the Civil War was just a “minor misunderstanding.” If you haven’t seen the name-calling, the mud-slinging, and the overall horrifying lack of humanity that candidates are bringing to the table this year, I wish I knew how you missed it. By the way, I’m not endorsing any candidates here. If you want to know who I’m voting for, find me and ask. Or kick me an e-mail, text, or phone call. If you want advice on how to vote, I’m glad to give it, but that’s not the point of this post. Either way, I am sure I am not the only kids’ pastor to overhear the kids’ opinions on the subjects. It’s something that’s in desperate need of addressing. First, remember that your kids hear you…and repeat you. I definitely know where some parents stand…and why! Remember, your kids are sponges. They absorb all that information and all those life lessons that you give them, but then they also are full of whatever you put in them. You can’t put toilet water into a sponge and expect drinking water to come out. So, remember that when you’re talking with your kids, and also remember that there are a few opportunities you’re going to get when discussing politics.

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Pokemon Go, Cultural Trends, and Christ

This week, it seems like my Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of only a few things:

  • All Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter
  • Presidential Election
  • Pictures of Pokemon

There’s nothing wrong with people posting about these topics (although sometimes there can be  problems with the content). In fact, it gives us a great way to put our finger on the pulse of our area. What matters to people right now? What is consuming the thoughts of people? Jesus didn’t shy away from teaching using object lessons and parables that people could relate to. Why should we? Continue reading

Common Parenting Problems: Part 2

Last week, I talked some about some very common, but preventable parenting problems. This week, I’d like to follow up with a couple more. Again, keep in mind that these don’t come from parenting experience. These come from an outside-in look from kids’ ministry leaders that see how these things can affect your kids. Continue reading

Common Parenting Problems: Part 1

I’ve only been a parent for a little over a year now. Please keep in mind, this article doesn’t come at all from my experience as a parent. That would be like me writing about how to repair a Formula 1 race car. Sure, I’ve worked on cars, but I’ve got zero expertise in that area. Instead,  this article is coming from my experience working with kids as a children’s pastor. A lot of times, this helps because it’s often easier to see problems from the outside looking in. So what are some of the most dangerous parenting mistakes that your children’s leaders see? Take a look at these three, and then join up next week to see three more! Continue reading

Avoiding Quicksand in Ministry

I ran across a meme the other day that joked about how the poster assumed that, based on their childhood movies, quicksand would be a much bigger problem in their adult life. Seriously though, that stuff was everywhere in 80’s and 90’s movies. In churches, we have plenty of our own “quicksand” areas. These are areas in which people just seem to be moving forward only to drop off and completely disappear. This happens often in our generational ministries. Kids drop off in between kids’ and student ministries, between student ministry and college ministry, and between college ministry and young adult ministry. So how do we successfully guide people across these “quicksand” areas? Continue reading

Investing in the Next Generation

One of the most important things that we teach student leaders, kids’ leaders, and anyone that is involved at all with any younger generations is that they need to invest. Investing is a term that imparts the idea of giving something with the expectation of being able to use that investment in the future. So how do we get and use that investment? Continue reading

Stuff Kids’ Leaders Say

One of the most awesome things about KidMin leaders is that they can, on the fly, construct sentences that no one should ever have to construct. If you get the privilege of working with kids in any role (teacher, pastor, leader, parent, etc.), you know that they can make you say some crazy stuff. Well, I got a text today from a KidMin leader that I’ve worked with for a number of years who is a teacher, and she sent me great one. I had a blog all ready to go for today, but just thought that maybe people out there would like a glimpse into some things that actually get said in kids’ ministries and schools all over the country. Yup, these are actually from my personal stash of “weird things that got said” and is added to from time to time by my leaders. Got any you want to add? Continue reading

Non-Negotiables of Kids Ministry

A few days ago, I was working on my home office a little bit. I was finally able to finish up my favorite part of any office…the encouragement wall. Everyone that works with kids has one. It’s the wall full of notes, pictures, cards, and drawings from kids that we’ve affected. So that got me thinking about what every kid that is represented on that wall had in common. We made sure that for every kid on that wall, three things were present in that ministry. Every kids’ ministry has different strengths and weaknesses, but these three are non-negotiables. Continue reading

Forgive and Forget: A Dangerous Idea

A while back, I had the privilege of working with some kids on the story of Joseph and his brothers. Our application was that if Joseph can forgive, we can as well. After all, Joseph’s brothers seriously contemplated killing him, and only one managed to talk the others out of it. So, they settled on the “kinder” route of selling him into slavery. Fantastic. I’m sure Joseph really felt that was a better idea. Anyway, long story short, God uses Joseph to save Israel and he forgives his brothers. But, knowing these kids like I do, I wanted to go a little deeper. Continue reading

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