WNMD Kids Ministry Blog

Blog for the Wisconsin/ Northern Michigan Ministries Network Children's Ministries
This blog introduces us to Kidmin leaders throughout our network.  Each week we will introduce you to kids ministry leaders and their style of ministry.  If you have questions you would like answered shoot them our way.
 

How I Minister - Josh Humpa

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Name:

Josh Humpa

Ministry Position 
Children’s Pastor

Church and city, you are currently serving at 

Oak Creek Assembly of God, Oak Creek

Age group you serve 

Birth - 5th Grade

Curriculum you use

Rainbows, Royal Rangers, Girls Ministries, Life Church Preschool

One phrase that describes your ministry style

Fun

Tell us about your background and how you became what you are today

I grew up at Oak Creek AG my whole life and jumped into kids ministry as a 13-year-old. I’ve been learning how to do it from hands-on experience ever since then and am constantly hungry to grow and learn.

Tell us about a typical weekend service

We have 3 separate areas (Nursery (birth-2), Preschool (3-5), Elementary (K5-5 Grade). Nursery kids stay in the same room, schedule of activities and lessons for volunteers. Preschool rotates between Chapel, classroom time, craft room, and PlayLand (McDonalds Tubes). Elementary is split in half (K5-2 Grade and 3-5 Grade). One group is in Large Group time, the other in Small Groups based on grades and then they swap. Sunday nights we have Nursery and Preschool open.

Tell us about your weekday ministry opportunities

Wednesday’s 7 PM. Sunbeams, Rainbows, Girls Ministries, and Royal Rangers. We also have Kids Choir practices about half the year before Wednesday services that bring in a lot of people.

What apps, gadgets or tools can't you live without in ministry?

ProPresenter, Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Premier, After Effects), Pages

What's your best ministry advice?

There are always ways to improve, so change should be welcome and constant.

Tell us about an interesting, unusual circumstance you face in ministry

Sunday nights and the dynamics of Elementary kids being in the adult service to experience seeking God with their parents vs being too young to pay attention.

Tell us about your ministry team and how you rely on them

Part-time Nursery Director, Preschool Director, and Admin (including Check-In). All 3 are essential in overseeing their areas and without them, I would go crazy.

How do you keep track of your time and manage your ministry?

Artificial deadlines keep me on track. I set deadlines for myself that are earlier than need be but helps me to work ahead when things come up.

What do you do to be refreshed or renewed?

Watch tv/movies and eat

What is the best ministry advice you have ever received?

Pray like it’s all up to God and work like it’s all up to you

What ministry problem are you trying to find a solution?

Getting kids to own their faith

Who else would you like to see answer these questions?

The big shots who have thousands of kids in their ministry currently doing the ministry

What would you like to ask them?

What do we need to consider in order to grow, how do we help kids own their faith, how to structure for growth?

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How I Minister - Philip Hahn

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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

Name
Philip Hahn

Ministry Position 
Children's Pastor

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?

Bruce Dailey

What would you like to ask them?

Will you be my friend?

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