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FINISH STRONG - 11-23-17

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It's Thanksgiving and we have a lot to be thankful for.  I know that I do.  Being thankful is such an important element of ministry and kids ministry.   Today I have 5 things that I am thinking about Thanksgiving that relate to ministry.

Quote

1. “It’s one thing to be grateful. It’s another to give thanks. Gratitude is what you feel. Thanksgiving is what you do.” –Tim Keller

I really like this quote.   As a leader and a children's leader, I think it is important that we show thanks not only to God but to those with whom we work.  Thanksgiving is more than a feeling it is an action.  It is with word and deed we thank those with whom we work.

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I was pretty surprised and amazed the other day.  I showed a picture of Bob and Larry from Veggietales to my Discovery Ranger boys on our club night and they had no idea who they were.   So this is probably new to a lot of people.  It is the Thankfulness Song from "Madame Blueberry."  It is an entire lesson on Thanksgiving.  This one minute song is appropriate for today.  I would suggest anyone who has not seen "Madame Blueberry" check it out.  It is one of my favorite Veggietales episodes.  

 

 SCRIPTURE

3.  Psalm 28:7 "The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him."

 

JUST THE FACTS

4.  Thanksgiving can be a fabulous time to bring our families together to give thanks.  It can also be lost in the eating lots of food and watching endless hours of football.   It is important to remember the origins of Thanksgiving.  David Barton of Wall Builders has a short article that reminds us of our first Thanksgiving.   https://wallbuilders.com/celebrating-thanksgiving-america/

 

PARTING THOUGHT

I am so thankful this year and I just want to say how thankful I have been to serve under the leadership of many men and women of God.  I am particularly thankful this Thanksgiving for the ministry of our District Superintendent Larry Liebe.  After 40 years serving in our district office, he has announced his retirement to start in June.  He has been a great leader and knows how to show thanks to those with whom he works.  Thank you, Larry, for your leadership and example.

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TWO TOOLS TUESDAY - 11-21-17

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Periodically on Tuesday, I will be posting two tools that I use.  These may be personal productivity tools.  They may be tools I use in Kidmin.  They may be tools I use in other ministries.  It may just be a plain old tool I find cool and useful.   

Personal Productivity Tool


Evernote

EVERNOTE

Just about every week I use Evernote.  I have tried so many different note-taking apps and Evernote is my go-to.   It is cross-platform and can be used on my desktop, my phone, tablet.  Just about anywhere!  So what can you do with Evernote?

  • Evernote is designed as a digital safe deposit box.   It contains notebooks, and topics and you fill those notebooks with notes.  
  • You can write notes
  • Search all your notes for a key phrase.  Boy, that is always helpful.  You can also have tags that you can use to sort like-minded notes.  
  • You can create checkbox todo lists,
  • you can use a chrome extension and save helpful articles from the web
  • The ability to attach files to notes as well as picture

 

It is so good and it is free.  There is a paid version but the free one is probably more than most need.   

 

So what would be a few good uses in Kids Ministry?

1.  Quotes - find a quote and write it down.  Find it later in your digital brain.  If you are at a conference take you notes at that conference give them a tag.  Tags are awesome.  You can group all your quotes into certain tags.  

2. Volunteer Gifts Ideas -- See an item while you are out shopping or online.  Download it to Evernote.  Save it for later.

3.  Articles - Find a super great article on nursery care.  Put it in Evernote.  Give it a "nursery" tag and you can find it later.  Maybe you want to share it with your nursery coordinator.  You can do all that in Evernote.  Maybe you can't read the article right now but need to later.  Save it to Evernote.  I did this just recently.  I'm glad I did.  I had children's pastor call me and ask about the very subject I just stuck in Evernote.  I was able to share the article and recall where it was because Evernote had it waiting for me.  

4.  Remember where you parked -- Are you out at the MegaMall and can't remember where you parked?   Take a picture of it in Evernote and there it is.

5.  Business Card Reader -- Take a picture of the business cards you get at a conference.  The OCR reader in Evernote will read the text of the cards meaning you can search for that person later.  You can give them a tag and then they are cross-referenced to the conference.

6. Kidmin Shopping List -- Do you have shopping to do for next Sunday?  Put it into Evernote give each item a checklist and off you go.   I know I often write things on a scrap of paper and lose the paper. 

7.  Meeting Notes.-- In staff meeting and taking notes?  Evernote is a great note-taking app.  So you get tired of writing?  I do as well.  Take a picture of whatever is on the screen and put it into your notes.  Evernote is great for this.  It's cross-platform so when I go to my desktop all of my notes are there as well.   That is awesome. 

8.  Tax Exempt Form --You are out at the MegaMall and need to make a purchase for your kids ministry.  But you left your tax exempt number and form at the office.  Take a picture of it in Evernote.  I've used it many times this way and it has saved me a few times.  Maybe it is the combination of the closet you hardly ever open.   It remembers.

9. Voice Memos-  Out for a walk and need to make a note.  Make it a voice memo.  

10.  Prayer Journal - Kids give you prayer needs?  Write them in Evernote.  Keep a running log.  Mark when they are answered.  

 

Those are just 10 ways to use Evernote.  Send me a note telling me how you use Evernote.   I think it is awesome and I use it every day.  You can take a look at Evernote at the link provided. https://evernote.com/

 

Tool Box Tool Number 2

Story Telling

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I am so enthralled by good storytellers.   If there is one tool that I want to continue to work on it is storytelling.   I think it is one of the good keys to being a great kidmin communicator.   Sometimes I will be visiting a church and they will want me to come into the kids church and "do something"  I may not have brought anything with me.  There is where a good story comes in handy.   Just this past Sunday I was in a church for some consulting and they asked me to "do" something in the kids church.  So I was able to do a story in about 5 minutes.  With the story, I did a little paper tear as well.  It went well and they were pleased with the story and it led to an opportunity to pray for the boys and girls.   

As I write the Two Tools Tuesday articles one thing I will be searching for is good storytelling resources.  Today I want to highlight 2.

 

1.  Evernote. -- Evernote is a great place to store your stories.  You can give each story multiple tags and when you need to have a good story it is right there to refresh your memory.  

2.   Tim Sheppard.  Tim is a storyteller from England and he has a website that deals with storytelling.  The helpful link on this site is the storytelling FAQ.  There are a ton of storytelling resources there.  Check out his FAQ at:http://www.timsheppard.co.uk/story/faq.html  The other page that he has that is very helpful is this resource page for storytelling: http://www.timsheppard.co.uk/story/

 

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5 Things To Finish Strong - 11-17-17

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Ending the week and finishing strong.  These are 5 things I am thinking about going into the weekend.  These are five tools, thoughts, ideas, books, websites or observations on life that I want to have in my life as I finish the race strong.

QUOTE: 

1.  Quote, I'm pondering this week.  - If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God. -D.L. Moody   Coming From D.L. Moody this is an incredible quote.   Moody was an incredible organizer, an incredible evangelist and here he says what he would do if he had to do it all over again.  As I finish the week I'm also thinking about what it takes to finish the race.  It's why I still volunteer in Royal Rangers.  I can't relive my life so I want to finish it right.  

SCRIPTURE: 

2.  "Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win."  1 Corinthians 9:24

3.  In my Royal Rangers class this next couple of weeks I'm teaching lessons on leadership.  A couple of things that stand out are using a child's name when addressing them.  This is so important.   Kids and adults love to hear their name.  As a leader, we need to use the first name of the boys and girls we lead.  Jesus tells us that a good shepherd knows his sheep (John 10:11).  He calls us by name.  
 
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4.  The boys and girls of our communities are calling on us to be the church.  To be the church we need to connect with Christ and find His plan for our community to reach our communities kids.   I really love the videos that are produced by the Max7 organization.  If you are not familiar with Max7 they are a storehouse for children's ministry materials that are shared with the world of children's ministry leaders.  Here is an excellent video.  I often share this in sharing spreading the word for the need of kids ministry.
 
  
 
 
WHY THIS BLOG?
 
5.  This is my last point of this week.  It is my goal to keep writing each week at the end of the week 5 things that are spurring me one to keep running the race.   What is that keeps my wanting to reach kids for Christ?   I will share quotes, scripture, videos, thoughts, other blog posts.  Maybe it will spur you on as well.  I am doing this on my own for my own growth but I want to share it as well.  
 
I hope to make it a weekly feature, it may not be that.  But if I can I will.   If you would like to subscribe to the posts you can use the subscription button above.  
 
 
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Lost Through The Generations

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I was watching a sermon online last night by Ray Johnston the Senior Pastor of Bayside Church in California.  It was a message on Three most inportant questions you will ever ask.  These we great and I enjoyed the message, However within the message, there was a thought on 7 things we have lost through the generations.   Ravi Zacharias had a similar post about this as well.  Here is the list of Pastor Johnston.  

 The 1950's Americans Lost Innocence - With the advent of the car and good paying jobs American moved away from home and the generation gap was formed

The 1960's Americans Lost Authority. - Don't trust anyone over 30 became a cultural mantra during this time.  The Vietnam war was televised and trust in government was lost and trust in institutions was lost.  Americans were protesting

The 1970's Americans Lost Love - The decade of Free Love and the sexual revolution redefined for a generation what was love.  

The 1980's Americans Lost Values - In 1980 Ronald Reagan vowed to restore American "Family values."  But yet it was in this decade that the culture continued to lose it once set in stone values.   

The 1990's Americans Lost Faith -  The 90's and 2000's was a time when faith in God, fellow man, and institutions was lost.   Remember Y2K?  There was a lack of faith that we were going to make it.  The rise of the "Nones" in religion was well established in 1990.  

The 2000's Americans Lost Security - The stock market plummeted.  Home values plummeted.  9/11 was devastating to America.  The rise of Osama Bin Laden and Al Queda and terrorism brought a sense of lost security. 

The 2010's Americans Lost Hope - The hope that your kids will have a brighter future than their parents is pervasive.  Higher education the source of hope for so many has become cost prohibitive with prices going up over 1000% over the past 30 years.  The hope of the American dream of owning a house has to be weighed against paying off student loans.  Federal deficits and debt that will likely never be able to be repaid.   Healthcare costs that are skyrocketing and the ever-present threat of terrorism both foreign and domestic.   It leads to hopelessness.

You can disagree with some of the headers and where they land.  You can also disagree whether all Americans feel this way.  I know I have a few thoughts in that regard.  But it got me thinking.  What is next?  Do we have to have a next?   What can we reclaim?  What can we do as Christians and children's ministry leaders to help kids who may be dealing with hopelessness and loss of security being raised by parents who have lost values and lost faith?

What I do wonder and don't want to see is when would say Americans have lost freedom.  That seems to be a path that we are headed toward.   Freedoms, as enumerated in the Bill of Rights and encapsulated in our Constitution, are under siege.  First Amendment freedoms, Second Amendment freedoms are receiving daily challenges.   I'm reminded of the famous quote attributed to Edmund Burke - "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/e/edmundburk377528.html

Now is not a time to do nothing.  Paul asserted his rights as a Roman citizen.  We should as well.  Having said that I really don't know what is left to lose.  I suppose there could be more.   The question I wonder is why do we think we have to have a next?  What if we raised a generation of boys and girls who were trained in the way they should go?  What if we were people of hope?  What if we raised our kids in households of faith and hope?  Our faith and hope are found in Jesus Christ.  I think Romans actually offers us a road back to a place where we can have hope again and start reclaiming these lost attributes.  

Romans 2:5-7

"2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 
3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 
4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 
5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 
6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 
7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die."
 
We may not be able to individually fix our security but even in the midst of suffering, we can develop perseverance.  That perseverance produces character.  Character is built on our values, innocence, and love.   When we have our character in line with Christ we know that we can have hope in the future.  Boys and girls need to hear the Word of God.  They need to know the character of God and how he offers us hope even in the midst of trouble.   
 
Our hope is in the Lord.  Boys and girls need to learn how to trust and hope in the Lord.  So do we.  They need to see that modeled in us.  Isaiah 40:31 states,
 
"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  
 
The picture at the beginning of this post is a picture of what needs to be said.   No matter what generation you are from it is your job to stop the slide.  Invest in the life of a boy or girl.   Live the life of victory in Christ and reclaim what was lost.  America may have lost many things through the years.  We don't have to continue the cultural slide.  We can reclaim it in our lives and by passing it on to the next generation.  I am hopeful!
 
 
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Thanking God

Thanking God

Thank God for these pioneering men and these boys who built Royal Rangers.  A Godly legacy!

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Kids Camp Quote

Kids Camp Quote

“If Sunday School was the place where people were built up in the faith, then camp was where they made their decisions about following the Lord.” Henrietta Mears

Boy I liked that quote

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Tru Fire Experience

Tru Fire Experience

Free Tru Fire Demo coming to Wisconsin. Tru Fire is a new children's ministry curriculum developed for the Assemblies of God by myhealthychurch. Having seen it in action there is a lot to like. It is large group/small group - Parents are primary - Each lesson points to God as the central message. Tru Fire creates opportunity for the Holy Spirit to speak to kids in creative ways. I really appreciate the time and effort spent in creating interactive response statations for God to speak to our kids. It's an all digital curriculum that you download from myhealthychurch. The demo is Free and lunch is included. Along with the demo there will be an hour long children's ministry training session.
You can register at: https://wnmdag.regfox.com/tru-fire-experience-port-edwards

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Crossing The Goal Line (Part 1)

Crossing The Goal Line (Part 1)

It's football season and our favorite teams are hitting the gridiron.  My favorite team is whatever team my son is playing on.  It doesn't matter.  It is the relationship with my son that makes the team important.  My next favorite team is the Green Bay Packers.  Since I was a kid I was a Packers fan.  I've moved all over but the team sticks with me.   When I lived in Chicago during the Bears Super Bowl and the Super Bowl shuffle, I still remained true to the Green and Gold.  I've been a fan a long time.   So what does this have to do with kids ministry?   It has a lot to do with it.   The goal in football is to cross the goal line.   In kIds ministry we want to do the same.  We want to cross the goal line.  I'm excited when my favorite team crosses the line.  That means they've scored.   In life there are many goal lines.  I have personal goals, spiritual goals, financial goals.  When I complete one of those goals. I celebrate.  Here are a few things I think can be learned for Kids Leaders.

 

1.  Teach with the goal line in mind.    We need to keep moving our students toward the goal.  My goals have adapted through the years.  But when I teach I always think about what the goal is.  What do I want to accomplish?  What is my objective?  These are never to have a cool object lesson, or a visually stunning stage.  Instead it has to do with where I'm leading.   What am I trying to communicate?  What do I want my students to emulate?

 

2.  Celebrate First Downs.   Not every service is a touchdown.  Celebrate when you move the ball down the field.  Last week I had a class that for the first hour it was not going anywhere.  I think we probably were going backwards.  But the last 20 minutes we were going tsomewhere.  I celebrated those last 20 minutes.  I felt like we moved closer to the goal line.

 

3.  Fix Fumbles.  Like I said earlier last week we probably had more fumbles than not during the first part of my class.   While I celebrated the last 20 minutes, I am constantly evaluating the fumbles and fixing them.  I try and eliminate them all together, but when I do I need to recognize the fumble and see what I can do to fix it. 

 

 

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TAKE THE NEW CAMP STAFF TRAINING

CAMP STAFF TRAINING.

 

http://wnmmn-training.thinkific.com/collections/camp

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Kids Blast

Kids Blast 2017 is coming soon.  Make sure that your register your group.  

 

All of materials for Kids Blast can be found on our website

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What makes camp unique

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I found a great article on 4 observations about what makes camp unique.  If you as a parent are concerned about sending your child to camp, you need to read this article.

 

http://kids.healthychurch.com/healthy-leaders/what-makes-camp-unique

 

 

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Yes camp is right around the corner?

Yes camp is right around the corner?

We are so excited for camp this summer.   Maybe you've never been to camp before.  It is such an incredible time to connect with new and old friends.   You get to use your outside voice.  Yes!   You can experience the most important relationship in your life - your relationship with God.  You can connect with the outside and use that outside voice.  Yes!  If you haven't registered yet for camp at Spencer Lake Kids Camp now is the time.   We have two camps for boys and girls 3rd - 6th grade.  They are held August 8-12 and August 15-19 2016.   Check with your church and find out which week they are attending and register.  If your church doesn't regularly attend Spencer Lake Kids Camp you can still signup. Talk to your pastors maybe they would be willing to send a group.  If not that's ok, you are still welcome to attend the camp.  We'll find a place for you.  After all we'd love to hear your outside voice.  You can find out more about Spencer Lake Kids Camp at. http://www.wnmdkids.org/index.php/kidmin/kids-camp

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Are You Excited for Camp?

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FAQ'S

FAQ'S

How can I prepare MYSELF to help parents or counselors register? (1) Read through the parent/staff FAQ pages. Find it Here (2) If you are serving as a camp counselor or if your own children are attending, use online registration—your experience will help you guide others. Even if you have no reason to register personally, explore the sites and start a registration so you can see how easy it is—information remains saved but incomplete if you do not submit and is easily deleted. (3) Call or email us with any questions.   

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Bunk Notes

Bunk Notes

STAY IN TOUCH THIS SUMMER WITH BUNK NOTES

 

We are excited to tell yhou about our continued partnership with Bunk1, allowing you to send "Bunk Notes" throughout your child's week at camp.  Using a secure login, you'll be able to send a "Bunk Note" to your camper at any time of the day and it will be delivered with the regular mail the very next day.  No need to wait for USPS to deliver!   

 

Download our Parent and Camper Information sheet for more information.  Download Here.

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What Should We Pack For Summer Camp?

What Should We Pack For Summer Camp?

Just what should you pack this summer for your kids great week at Spencer Lake.  You can find the whole list in our parent packet, however here is a quick cheat sheet.

 

 

 

 

 

Spencer Lake Kids Camp Packing List.

 Sleeping bag or bedding & pillow
 Bath towels & wash cloth
 Pajamas
 Jeans, modest shorts & shirts
 Modest one piece swimsuit
 Beach towel
 Socks & underwear
 Bodywash-shampoo-toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
 Hand Soap
 Tennis shoes for recreation 
 Rain poncho 
 Sweatshirt or jacket 
 Extra pair of shoes 
 Plastic bag for wet/dirty clothes 
 Flashlight 
 Bible 
 Notebook and pen
 Spending money 
 Medications and prescription information for nurse—see note below


DO NOT BRING: Absolutely no fireworks, firearms, stink bombs, tobacco, weapons, alcohol, drugs, pets, or hair color spray (due to air conditioner damage)

MEDICATIONS: Bring in original container/label in a plastic zip bag to the Nurse’s Station upon arrival. Include: 1) camper name, 2) doctor name, 3) prescription number, 4) date prescribed, 5) medication name, 6) dosing. All meds go to camp nurse upon arrival. It is camper’s responsibility to go to the nurse for meds at prescribed times. Changes in health and medication info must be mailed in with parent signature or provided at check-in.

 

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WNMD Kids Social Media Pages

WNMD Kids Social Media Pages

We are consolidating our Social Media pages so that we can better serve the churches in our network.  All of our social media pages are now going to feature the WNMD Kids name.

 

1.  Twitter – wnmdkids  -  @wnmdkids

2.  Facebook – WNMDkids   https://www.facebook.com/WNMDKids-800758833322910/?fref=ts

  We will still maintain a Facebook page for kids blast and for kids camp  however they will mostly be for the events.  All promo will take place through wnmdkids at Facebook

3.  Youtube  WNMD Kids Ministry Channel.  (it’s not up yet but will be soon.)

4.  Pinterest  WNMD Kids Ministry – has pages for crafts, outreach, conferences, Ministries.   Make lots of suggestions to help out your fellow ministers https://www.pinterest.com/wnmdkids/

 

5.  Vimeo.  All of our downloadable videos are available here: https://vimeo.com/channels/818589

Of course the main webpage of http:// www.wnmdkids.org is the best place for all things WNMD kids.   If you would like to be a guest blogger on there let me know.

If you use any of these services, please sign up and follow these accounts.  I will be having a contest for those who sign up.  I will announce it soon.

Is there another way you want us to communicate.  I personally use instagram.   

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Kilcoyne Christmas Greeting

Kilcoyne Christmas Greeting

Our family wants  to wish you and your family a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I watch my small family each and every year get a little older and a little closer to our kids leaving the home and tackling the adventures that God has for them.   Each Christmas is a reminder to me of the blessing God has brought into our families and the gifts he gives us each day with their presence.  

 As I travel throughout the network it is also a  blessing to be reminded of the family we have in Christ spread throughout our region.  Men and women who honor Christ by serving Him through the local church.  Throughout the year I have had the privelege of working with leaders in the local church who serve as elders, deacons, teachers, nursery workers, small group leaders, etc.  Each time I visit with a local church and those who serve I am reminded that we all serve in our various places of ministry to further the Kingdom of Christ.  

I am also reminded as we enter in the Christmas season of how Christ came into this world as a child.   He humbled himself and became the least in this world.   This world is filled with 2.3 billion boys and girls between the ages of 4 - 14.   It is during this age range that most people come to Christ.   It is the most critical age group in the world.  It is also one of the most impressionable age ranges as well.  This is the age group that we can bless with our presence as men and women of God.  These boys and girls need an authentic Christian who will invest in their lives and give them the hope that is in Christ.   In my office I have overseeing my desk a picture of a man and a boy herding sheep as they go down a road.  Together they are moving the sheep to their new pasture.   When I dream about the possiblity of reaching boys and girls I think about this picture.  I think about the sheep, but I also think about the mentoring process we can do with our own children.  I often tell those who teach kids to bring their own children with them as they teach.   Teach them to be teachers.  Teach them to be shepherds.   One of the best gifts we can give them is the gift of finding their purpose.   I don't know if my kids as they leave our house will follow the same calling as I have, however, I hope that we have done minstry together and that I have mentored them in how to be a man or woman of God.   How to care for God's people and how to care for the least of these.

As you gather with your families this Christmas I pray that you cherish the time you have with them.   As you gather with those who are part of the family of God I pray that together you realize the blessing God has given each of us to be working together to further His Kingdom.

My wife Deb and I and our kids Mark and Anna are blessed to work with such a wonderful group of men and women.   I pray that as we continue to work together that our efforts will grow the Kingdom of God and deepen our commitment to one another.

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BGMC POPOUT/ COFFEE OUT UPDATE

BGMC POPOUT/ COFFEE OUT UPDATE

It has been 19 days without coffee.   I have friends who are supporting me by waving coffee mugs infront of my face.  Thanks for that Rich Lemberg.  Then I drive through town and realize the cozy coffee shop downtown is CLOSED.  I think it is CLOSED for good.  I know I didn't purchase that much coffee there.  Oh my.   

But it is all for a good cause.   We are raising money for missionaries who need critical supplies to reach their communities.  I'll drink coffee again.  But this is a minor sacrifice so that boys and girls around the globe can hear the Good News of Jesus.   

If you would like to join me by giving up a cup of coffee for one day.  You can join me at--

https://wnmdag.webconnex.com/popout

By donating $5 you can give 15 Books of Hope to a boy or girl who has never heard the message of Jesus before in their lives.

Last year One Hope reached an incredible milestone.  They gave out their 1 Billionth Book of Hope to a young girl in China.   The Book of Hope is a small booklet that gives a clear message of Christ in their native language and in a fun kid friendly way.  

Thanks for joining with me in this endeavor.

 

Mark

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Ten Worst Mistakes You Can Make in Kids Ministry

Ten Worst Mistakes You Can Make in Kids Ministry

This is a highlight of what Dale Hudson stated on Relevant Children's Ministry.  I think all ten points are worth remembering.  You can read Dale's comments on each one by clicking the link.

10 WORST MISTAKES YOU CAN MAKE IN CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

1.   Not running background checks on all volunteers.
2.   Begging for volunteers
3.   Not partnering with parents
4.   Placing a volunteer alone in a classroom
5.   Being a one-man show
6.   Placing volunteers where you need them
7.   Doing too many programs
8.   Not aligning with the vision and direction of the church
9.   Not partnering with student ministries
10.  Not giving first-time guests a great experience

Tell me what you think.  Are there others that are more important to you?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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