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.
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.
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--
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
you can send your BGMC offering to:
1445 N. Booneville Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802
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.