A new blog feature we are going to be adding is called "How I Minister." This will be a question and answer time with kidmin leaders in our network and those throughout the country. It is a time to meet people we may not know real well and be exposed to leaders who minister in churches like our own. The first person we are going to showcase is Philip Hahn. Philip is the children's ministry leader in Waukesha and has been in ministry for many years.
How I Minister
Church and city you are currently serving at
Bridge Church in Waukesha, WI
Age group you serve
Birth through 5th grade
Curriculum you use
Nursery: writing our own for now. Preschool: Lil K. Elementary: Writing our own, Elevate, KidMo, KIDS Church Disciplemakers, High Voltage, Royal Rangers, Mpact
One phrase that describes your ministry style
Using variety to teach a daily pursuit of Jesus
Tell us about your background and how you became what you are today
Second generation children's pastor who grew up in children's ministry. Saved at 4, called at 7, never looked back. Want to see kids seeking God on their own outside church. Plus, this is the only ministry where I can do drama, music, magic, puppets, preaching, and video all at the same time.
Tell us about a typical weekend service
Nursery: Story time and lots of love. Preschool: large group/small group with a few worship songs and crafts. Very interactive. Elementary: Large group variety show with videos, puppets, costume characters, object lessons, altar calls, games, Bible bucks, toy store, and gaming room. Adults: very modern, casual, and comfortable for people in EVERY stage of their pursuit of Christ from curious drug addicts to people going into full time ministry. Everyone truly FEELS welcome to be themselves here, but most of them are truly making forward progress toward Jesus.
Tell us about your weekday ministry opportunities
Nursery, Rainbows preschool, Royal Rangers K-12th grade, Mpact K-5th grade, Youth group large group/small group, Adult Bible study, Adult recovery classes
What apps, gadgets or tools can't you live without in ministry?
ProPresenter, Planning Center (check ins, people, services), Apple :-)
What's your best ministry advice?
Don't do it alone! Spend time with other children's pastors running the same race you are.
Tell us about an interesting, unusual circumstance you face in ministry
I have more volunteers in kids church than jobs to assign them. The challenge is 20 out of 30 of them are teens who need training to do anything of significance. Scheduling that many people in a way they feel valued and needed is challenging. We are desperate for volunteers in other areas though so don't get the impression I've got the recruiting thing mastered.
Tell us about your ministry team and how you rely on them
I run programs through coordinators who I work very closely with. My nursery, preschool, Rangers, and Mpact coordinators are my executive team and I pour into equipping them for their ministry. I coordinate Kids Church and try to give everyone opportunity to try and learn everything. There's no job I do that I haven't taught others to do as well. That way, I can leave them in charge without me if ever I need to be out of Kids Church.
How do you keep track of your time and manage your ministry?
The planner from Stephen Covey's book The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People.
What do you do to be refreshed or renewed?
Read my Bible and pray every day, periodically get away to be alone to focus only on Jesus without distraction. Also go shooting, watch Doctor Who, and Make things in my workshop for FCF (Frontier Camping Fellowship – Royal Rangers )* note this was added for clarity of what FCF stands for in a previous post I had the used the word Christian instead of Camping. This was not Philip's addition but mine - Mark Kilcoyne
What are you reading right now? or what do you recommend?
Starting "I Blew It!" by Brian Dollar. Highly recommend "7 habits of highly effective people" by Stephen Covey
What is the best ministry advice you have ever received?
Read your Bible and pray every day.
What ministry problem are you trying to find a solution?
Can't seem to find people willing to sit at a check in desk all service to greet visitors. Can't figure out why.
Who else would you like to see answer these questions?
What would you like to ask them?
Will you be my friend?