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Children's Ministry in the Rural Church

Children's Ministry in the Rural Church

I read a thought provoking article on ministry to kids in the rural church.   There are unique challenges to ministry in these rural settings. 

 The article was called 11 Tips for Serving A Small Country Church.

 http://ministry-to-children.com/small-country-church-ministry/

I will highlight the 11 Tips.  I think they are helpful for all of us in ministry but it is especially helpful for those who serve in the rural church.

 11 Tips for Serving in this Setting:

 1.  Take Charge:  If a ministry does not exist – and it needs to – you may be the one to start it.

2.  Be Aware:  Sin is prevalent as much in the country as it is in the city.  Take security measures and precautions accordingly to protect each child in your ministry.
3.  Effect Change Slowly:  Work with the church and not against it. We have a whole article with ideas for dealing with stubborn people.
4.  Draw on Unique Church Family Dynamics:  Have a farmer tell and demonstrate the parable of the soils.  Offer cooking, sewing, woodworking, and outdoors
classes for kids.  Provide opportunities for homeschoolers to get together such as field trips, workshops, and co-ops.
5.  Teach on Location:  Use unique settings for lessons such as a field, barn, stream, hiking trail, hill, forest, camp, etc.  Connect the location to scripture.
6.   Don’t Assume Anything:  Many children in this setting have been raised in the church.  They know the language and the Bible trivia.  However, some of them do not have relationships with Christ.  Continue to teach salvation and discipleship.
7.  Incorporate Multi-Generational Ministry:  Use retired teachers to work in children’s ministry. Enlist the elderly in a vibrant prayer ministry.  Start a pen pal ministry for children and shut-ins.  Make cookies, cards, or crafts for the young or old.   Go caroling at any time of the year. 

8. Creative with the Budget (or Lack Thereof):  Use free lesson plans, do supply drives, recycle, talk to larger churches about using their curriculum when they are finished, and ask local businesses for donations.
9.  Set a Healthy Pace:  Most likely, small country church ministry leaders are volunteers and have full-time jobs elsewhere.  Establish priorities, find balance, and don’t go this alone!
10.  Encourage Diversity:  Through books, media presentations, day trips, child sponsorship relationships, or mission trips, teach your students how to relate to others of varying cultures and backgrounds.
11.  Make Sundays Count:  Many children and their families are not able to attend mid-week services due to long distance drives and the price of gas.  Capitalize on the time that they are there!

 

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Introducing NOvember

Introducing NOvember

I'm giving away a BGMC coffee mug. One lucky winner will win this coffee mug just for liking this post on facebook.  Yes that's right just like this post and you might win it. I'll ship it to you when I let you know you've won.  You can like it right from this page.  Look at the bottom and click the Facebook like button.   

Why am I doing this? Well, I don't need the mug right now. I've given up coffee for the month of NOvember. Yes, NOvember. NO coffee in NOvember. I'm fasting coffee for the month to help raise money for missionaries all over the world. Through BGMC (Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge) we are provided critical materials for missionaries to reach people everywhere with the Good News of God's great love. Sometimes your gift provides a cup of cold water in Jesus' name.

So I'm giving up coffee for a month. It's really not a lot, but I'm challenging all my ministry friends to help me reach my goal. If you would give up one really nice specialty drink or coffee, let's say a $5 cup you can help me reach the goal. We have set up a website where you can join the coffee cover-up.

You don't have to give to have an opportunity to win the mug, you just have to like the post.

BUT if you would like to donate a $5 coffee break, go to the website provided.

https://wnmdag.webconnex.com/popout

I will give away the mug at the end of the month of NOvember.

 

Just a reminder this challenge goes all month.   Although I am having a cup of coffee on Thanksgiving.  Then on Black Friday I'm having a black dark roast Karuba blend.   Then it's back to finishing the month

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New BGMC Missions Manual is now available - Learn how to get it free!

New BGMC Missions Manual is now available - Learn how to get it free!

I just received my new 2015 BGMC Missions manual on two DVD's.  Wow, it is a wealth of resources for teaching boys and girls the ministry of BGMC.   They now include a 5 in 1 powerpoint that is a complete BGMC lesson for 12 countries of the world.  Once a month you have an entire service worth of lessons to teach the importance of missions.

The 5 in 1 lesson includes a countdown video, a Go 360 video clip about the featured country, a true missions story with audio, Scripture picture and digital verse traxx.   There are also newsletters you can send home and a bonus DVD with activities, clip art, thank you letters, etc.   

Many of you already have your DVD's because you received them as a church that participates in BGMC.  Yes that is right.  If you participate in BGMC you get the curriculum for free.  So here is an idea.  We want to see everyone get on-board with BGMC.  It's super easy to get started.   Just receive a change offering in the service and send it into BGMC.  It can't be simpler than that.  With that one change offering you will receive all the curriculum you need to utilize BGMC throughout your children's ministry.

I was pretty excited to see they also have lessons for younger kids called "little buddies."   

I think every church in our network should partner with BGMC to see our missionaries prayed for, equipped and to inspire our kids to be life long missions supporters and as we know some of them may be called to go as well.

You can copy the DVD and share it with all of your teachers and leaders and let them use it in their services.   

So, let's all get on-board with BGMC and see what we can do to help our missionaries.

If you receive a coin offering and you haven't participated in BGMC previously we would love to get you more materials.  Drop me an email and I'd love to send you some supplemental BGMC materials.

email me at: mark@wnmdag.org.  

you can send your BGMC offering to: 

BGMC 
1445 N. Booneville Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802

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What Is the Bible? - What Kids Need to Know

What Is the Bible? - What Kids Need to Know

Jon Bloom has written a great thought provoking artilce on "Desiring God" website. He has identified how to be ready to answer your kids questions about the Bible and deals with some specific questions that are excellent. Every kids pastor and every parent should know this.

Here are the relevant questions:

How do we know the Bible is reliable? (Reliability)

Who decided what should be in the Bible? (Authority)

How do we know the Bible has no errors in it? (Inerrancy)

Who can understand the Bible? (Clarity)

Why do we need the Bible to know God? (Necessity)

Does the Bible tell us everything we need to know? (Sufficiency)

 

You owe it to yourself and those you teach to check out this article and wrestle with those questions.  Kids need to know this and I know they are wondering about it.

 

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/be-ready-to-answer-your-kids-questions-about-the-bible

 

 

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Welcome to the New Website

Welcome to the New Website

E-Discipleship is now wnmdkids.org.   We are moving all of our kids ministry content to this new website and moving all of the pastoral development materials to wnmdag.org.  So you will find information regarding Next Level Workshops and Leadership Development Networks on the new www.wnmdag.org

 

All of the children's ministry events, ministries and training for children's ministry can be found on this new website.  You will want to come back often to see new content and to find up to date information on all upcoming kids ministry throughout the Wisconsin/No. Michigan Ministries Network.  

 

We will keep the blog updated with new information and kids ministry insight.   If there is a category that interests you, you might want to subscribe to that channel and then you can receive information that pertains to that topic.

 

In the meantime we are getting this site up.  We have a couple of new characters who appear throughout the website.  I don't have names for them as of yet, but thought you might want to help name them.

 

Here they are.

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Send me an email if you have come up with a good name for them.

 

 

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