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How I Minister - Tim Hartwell

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Name 

Tim Hartwell

Ministry Position 

Family Ministry Pastor

Church and city you are currently serving at 

CrossPoint Portage

Age group you serve 

Birth to 7th grade

Curriculum you use

Elevate, High Voltage & write my own.

One phrase that describes your ministry style

Ministering to all age groups through programs.

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

The main driver to who I am is my family upbringing and good choices along the way. I answered the call to ministry late in life.

Tell us about a typical weekend service

Corporate worship in the main sanctuary, then group children in a kid-friendly space. Greet kids & introduce the main point. Let the kids know about future activities. Introduce the Bible verse that supports the main idea. Tell Bible Story and support it with object lesson and video. Close and minister in prayer. Review game. Then dismiss to open activity.

Tell us about your weekday ministry opportunities

I pray every other day with staff on the needs of the church. Wednesday I minister to the boys through Royal Rangers.

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

Computer and corresponding software, sound system, display system ie, flat screen, cell phone & a kid-friendly environment.

What's your best ministry advice?

Work as a team. Find a way to lead people into fulfilling their call. Be ready to minister to more not less.

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

I have a diverse group of men, women & pre-teens. I assess their gifts, challenge them to be more, then open up opportunities for them to use their gifts.

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

Pre planning & communicating the plan is the key. Update your leaders weekly and communicate future plans.

What do you do to be refreshed or renewed?

I take one day a week that my day to be with my family, wife, or alone time to recharge.

What are you reading right now? or what do you recommend?

Cultivating Christian Character by Chuck Lormis.

What is the best ministry advice you have ever received?

Be yourself. Do not try to emulate some else. Do not try to emulate another church. Your church is unique to your community.

What ministry problem are you trying to find a solution?

How to grow the church through family ministry.

Who else would you like to see answer these questions?

Kyle Jorris - Brave Church plant Milwaukee. Kids Church volunteer. Dick Gruber Children's Church pioneer. 

What would you like to ask them?

What do you see is the future of family ministry.

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How I Minister - Jenn Hewitt

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Name 

Jenn Hewitt

Ministry Position 

Kids pastor

Church and city you are currently serving at

Port Edwards, CLF

Age group you serve

Birth- 5th

Curriculum you use

Multiple, elevate, high voltage, my own

One phrase that describes your ministry style

Fun and creative

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

Worked in kidmin as a volunteer. Kids pastor saw a gifting and trained me up. I felt called to ministry at a young age at Spencer lake

Tell us about a typical weekend service

About 120 kids, two services, large group with small groups, worship, game, offering skits bible story and wrap up with application

Tell us about your weekday ministry opportunities

Wednesday night Mpact and Rangers, twice a month preteen life groups

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

Computer and projector!

What's your best ministry advice?

Be flexible and take correction and critique as a gift

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

Working with non-churched parents

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

A large team that is the core of how we operate. Great volunteer culture with an emphasis on appreciation!

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

Balancing family with ministry is always difficult but setting rhythms and boundaries is so important

What do you do to be refreshed or renewed?

Get away and take time alone, check out other kidmin leaders, conferences

What are you reading right now? or what do you recommend?

The Holy Hustle by Crystal Stine

What is the best ministry advice you have ever received?

Don’t take everything kids do personally

What ministry problem are you trying to find a solution?

Creating new teams for new positions as we grow

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Two Tool Tuesday _ 7_17_18

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Two Tool Tuesday.- Two Websites for Kids Ministry

KIDZTURN LABS

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Just for those of you who have loved using the programs from Kidzturn labs, I just found out that the programs are no longer being developed but the old programs are being given away for free.  You need to use a windows machine, but if you have one that you can dedicate to these games there are some great games for review.  They are fun and keep working.  Download them now while the site is still available.  

Here are the files that they are making available.

Kidzturn Labs Games
Support for these games is no longer available.

Feel free to download them and use the following Registration Codes to unlock them.

BRAIN BLOX

Reg Code: 1B2D65AF6B

https://www.dropbox.com/s/oleightur31pjgu/BrainBlox_install.exe?dl=0

LOCK OUT

Reg Code: 06C35B7B49

https://www.dropbox.com/s/019q3uzke3kkols/LockOut_install.exe?dl=0

PHRAZE CRAZE

Reg Code: F4DD765C12

https://www.dropbox.com/s/drj7lm063j1aopo/PhrazeCraze_install.exe?dl=0

SCORE BOX 2

Reg Code: BF5EC00B7A

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jalc1yy5hbjfvi7/ScoreBox2_install.exe?dl=0

SCORE BOX

Reg Code: 51122CC3BB

https://www.dropbox.com/s/766pyeus8s639zj/ScoreBox_install.exe?dl=0

STOPWATCH

Reg Code: 19D9484A28

https://www.dropbox.com/s/z6kqd462bgd9lph/Stopwatch_install.exe?dl=0

TIMEBOX

Reg Code: E3F11C8581

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ia2yy4mvmqgqm1e/TimeBox_install.exe?dl=0

TIC TAC TOE 2

Reg Code: 7B75A75550

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wwcqdasnya7klno/TTT2_install.exe?dl=0

ULTIMATE BRAIN DRAIN

Reg Code: C5661187CA

https://www.dropbox.com/s/racol2f6me1w3ow/UltimateBrainDrain_install.exe?dl=0

WORD DROP

Reg Code: 461237B9DB

https://www.dropbox.com/s/scirfbphlqxx9fz/WordDrop_install.exe?dl=0

 

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Kidology

 

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Kidology is another granddaddy of Kidmin.  Karl Bastian has been a forerunner in kids ministry for years.  It is a membership site but the materials are fantastic.  For years I have been a member and have used resources off and on for the past 20 years.  When I was in Chicago Karl was part of a cohort I was a part of with David C. Cook.  Karl was always the innovator and life of the party.   He showed up with a new gadget or idea nearly every meeting.  

If you are looking for ideas, Karl is an idea machine.  

Karl's book the 4 pillars of Kids ministry is a synopsis of Karl's lifetime invested in children's ministry.  If you haven't read it now is the time.  Check out all the resources at:

Kidology.org

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FINISH STRONG 12_1_17

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We've entered into the final month of 2017.  Here are a few thoughts as we get ready to finish the year. 

 

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1.  Dan Gable

Yes, it's wrestling season and I'm excited to watch high school and collegiate wrestling.  The guy who I always equate with finishing strong in wrestling is Dan Gable.  Gable only lost one match in college. As a matter of fact, he went 64-0 in high school and 117-0 in college.  He had already won two NCAA titles and he was prepared to finish the season undefeated and a three-time NCAA champion.  But the unspeakable happened.  Maybe the largest upset in wrestling history.  Gable lost his last match.  So how is that finishing strong?  Let me fill in a few details.  There was this guy Larry Owings who knew that if he wanted to be known as the best he had to beat Gable.  He dropped two weight classes to wrestle Gable.  He came with one thing in mind, beat Dan Gable.  So on that fateful day on March 28, 1970, going into the final period Gable was leading 10-9.  Gable didn't want to win by one point he wanted to pin Owings.  Gable went for it but then Larry Owings did a move on Dan Gable he had never done in a college match before.  He completed a leg sweep on Gable and exposed his back for points.   Owings went on to win 13-11.  The watching world was astonished.  They came to crown Gable but the tables were turned by the giant killer Owings.  Gable was stunned and received his second place award with his head lowered and a tear in his eye.   He felt he had let everyone down.   But the crowd kept cheering.  One of Gable's teammates told him they won't stop until he raises his head.  He raised his head and the crowd stopped.  That moment as hard as it was defined Gable.  It is the stuff of legend.   

Gable later said,“I say that I went undefeated for seven years, lost a match, and then I got good,” 

Gable went on to defeat Owings later for the US Olympic team.  Then he went on to win the Gold medal at the Olympics in 1972.  He went the whole tournament not being scored upon.  In world competition that is so impressive.  He went on to be a legend as a coach and a competitor.  He didn't let that last match defeat him, he finished strong.  As 2017 is in the last period, it is important to finish strong. 

"Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts." - Dan Gable

MINISTRY APPRECIATION

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The servant leaders in our ministry need to know that they are appreciated.  Actually, it needs to be done often.  But at the end of the year, it is a great time to show appreciation to those who work so hard throughout the year.  This is a great time to head out to the store and buy popcorn tins and other items as appreciation gifts.  They don't have to be expensive but they can say a lot to our leaders.   If you look at Pinterest there are so many appreciation ideas.   Here is one link that has about 150 ideas to show appreciation to our kidmin leaders.   

https://www.pinterest.com/shawnjones873/childrens-ministry-appreciation/

No matter what time of the year it is appreciation is important.   Although I like the big appreciation banquet, it is not the same as weekly giving an encouraging appreciation.  Various little reminders like the ones shared on the Pinterest page are a constant reminder that you thought of them during the week.  If I'm going to finish strong in ministry I have to appreciate the team that serves with me.   In kids ministry, it is often people who are not even in the same room as me.  They may be down the hall working in the nursery or the pre-school.  They don't see me.  They need me to be intentional in sharing my appreciation.

Another element of appreciation is finding out birthdays and anniversaries.   One thing I have always appreciated about our Superintendent Larry Liebe is I know I will receive a phone call on my birthday.   It's something that is not really big and certainly not expensive, but it is relational.  And relational ministry is a ministry that lasts.  

 

 

 

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FINANCIAL PLANNING

3.  It's the end of the year as we know it.

One of the tasks can get away from me if I don't take the time to plan ahead is the BGMC year-end.  We have been having a good year in BGMC and this last month can get away from us if we don't plan ahead.   Some churches hold their BGMC offering until the end of the year.  So it is important to talk to your treasurer about getting a check out for our missionaries.  Mary Boyd has put together an article about some last minute items that you may want to consider for the end of the year.  

You can read the article here:

BGMC END OF YEAR INSTRUCTIONS

 

As a network, we have helped our missionaries all over the world.  It has not gone without notice.  I hear from missionaries often how they received the necessary funds to fulfill a project in their ministry.  This has come through the help of boys and girls throughout our network and throughout the country.  As we get to the end of 2017 let's make it a great finish in BGMC! 

 

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TRAINING

4.  THE SOURCE

The source is a one-day training for your entire kid's ministry team.  This year for the kids ministry training we have preschool training and classroom training for teachers whether they lead a small group or a small ministry.  It is a time to come and connect with other leaders in our network and on your own team.  It is a time to be equipped and a time to be inspired.

We are excited to announce that one of our kidmin breakouts will feature a demonstration of the TruFire Curriculum.   This will be taught by Alycia Horn who is the Children’s Ministries Director of Discipleship for the Assemblies of God Children's Ministries Department.

Alycia will also be teaching a session on ministry to children. She is formerly an elementary and middle/high school educator who had the opportunity of working in both a Christian and public school setting. She was distinguished as Southern Indiana’s outstanding educator when receiving the Teacher of the Year Award and Kentucky’s WHAS ExCel Award for her innovation and enthusiastic teaching methodology. She’s worked in youth and children’s ministry for 16 years and counts it a privilege to be apart of helping kids fall in love with Jesus. One of her greatest passions is mentoring young girls and holding Bible studies in her home. Alycia and her husband Ryan, of 15 years, reside in Springfield, Missouri.

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You can find out more about THE SOURCE at the studentmin website:

http://studentmin.com/the-source-conference/

 

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THE IMPORTANT STUFF

5.  Family

The final month of the year is often filled with all kinds of buzz and excitement.  There are kids programs, church programs, school programs.  The month can be a program.  One of the things not to neglect in this final month is our family.  Our family can often take a backseat if we let it.  During the end of the year, it is time to finish strong.  Every year at the beginning of the year I plan out my calendar.  This month I put on the calendar a couple of weeks of vacation. If I don't plan it, it will get away from me. 

Finish strong and keep your family dear this December.

 

 

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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.
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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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TAKE THE NEW CAMP STAFF TRAINING

CAMP STAFF TRAINING.

 

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

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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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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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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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