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Archive - July, 2008

Get a Dream

Limitless., originally uploaded by Special*Dark.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again and againSeth Godin has some great thoughts that continue to inspire and challenge me. A recent blog post of his hits the nail on the head for me when it comes to ministry.

So many times in ministry we are caught with the the tools and the toys of ministry. We want to know what program to use or what kind of website to build and what games to play and what artist/builder to use for our new set/building.

All the tools we need are out there. We don’t have to worry about those. Get a dream, get a vision… Assume that the people and tools exist to accomplish what you want. Once you know what you want, then go for it. Be creative in in how you accomplish the dream. Tell people about the dream, the vision. Bring people along the journey in accomplishing that vision and dream.

Big Church or Kids Church?

Boy in Church, originally uploaded by smithereen11.

My wife told me about a really interesting blog called Stuff Christians Like. When I checked it out he had this post about kids sitting in “big church.” His thoughts on both sides were interesting to read coming from a person who is not involved in children’s ministry. What was even more interesting was the number of comments and diverging opinions on the whole issue. I haven’t read all of the comments, but this is definitely something that people are passionate about.

I’m not exactly sure where I fall on the whole issue. I’ve talked about my thoughts on family ministry here and here. I do believe in the benefits of children having a dynamic and engaging service that is tailored for them where they interact with other children and leaders who they can connect with who can shepherd them more intentionally. I also see the value of shared worship experiences. I guess I don’t see it a a simple either/or situation. It also depends on how you view the congregational time and what a shared worship experience looks like. Age-appropriate and shared experiences all have to be a part of a larger context of how to best integrate faith into daily living. It has to be more than just modeling worship or what is best on a weekend or what best serves Christian education. It has to be more about how we facilitate faith and worship as becoming something that is lived out daily. How is that done? I don’t think there is a clear cut answer to that. We have to work that out in our individual churches and cultures and times. The end goal though is people whose faith encompasses all they do every day.

New Place for Elemental Children’s Ministry!

Welcome to the new home for Elemental Children’s Ministry! I decided to get my own domain and host it independently. That way I have a little more control over the look of the blog and how it works.

I’ve got summer camp this next week and will be back to blogging more regularly my thoughts and such… mostly about issues surrounding children’s ministry.

Posting Hiatus

I’m really busy with summer activities: Day Camp and Summer Camp. I will not be posting regularly for a few weeks… Hopefully I can get back to it in August.