Swamp Stomp is Coming!

If you didn’t hear then Adventure Week 2009 is coming this way! And the best part is that we get to try out all the goodies!

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My 4 principles for Children’s Production

Well since I do programming for Children’s Ministry thought I would give you the four things that we are always implementing at Brookwood Kids. It’s in a little acronym called FITE.

F-Fun. It’s really simple and yet difficult to achieve across different ages. Kids make a job out of having fun. If they aren’t having fun they aren’t interested in what you are offering to them. Simple yet very hard to achieve on a consistent basis. (fun for 3rd grade girls and 5th grade boys looks a little different!)

I-Interactivity. The kids need to interact with their environment and with the lesson. With the attention spans of children and the need to fit strong Biblical teaching in to your only one hour of connection with the kids during the week, it must be important to allow the kids to participate in what is happening. And when you honestly look at your Christian life, one of the greatest things that you get to do is PARTICIPATE! We don’t want to program into our kids that Jesus, and the life that He calls us to is one where you sit and soak.

T-Timing. This is where for most of you’re programming it could be different. For us at Brookwood Kids, we have about 30 minutes of large group teaching. We use centralized teaching and so it is imperative for us to give our small group leaders as much time to connect with them as possible. This is the part that I struggle with the most because I want the kids to get “it” everytime that I teach and so I embellish a bit πŸ˜‰ Preacher in me I guess. But I understand that while the lesson is extremely important, the connections they make with their SGL’s on a weekly basis is even more important. Do you remember a lesson that taught you more and pushed you further in your walk with Christ or a person that invested in you? Sorry tangent- We make it a priority to time out all of our media elements and make sure that we try as hard as we can to give our SGL’s as much connection time with the kids as possible. And you must consistently work at doing this. (especially me)

E-Excellence. This one might sound very simple to those of you in the programming world, but this is the hardest thing for those of us in CM (or #kidmin πŸ˜‰ ) to get. Why? Because often times you have to battle this “O it’s only kids, attitude”, “They won’t notice, they’re just kids” Those statements kill me. Luckily for us at Brookwood we have incredible support from everyone on our staff. It is unbelievably important to show the kids that you care about what you put in front of them. Be excellent in what you do.

Hope this helps some of you. I’m no expert but thought it would be really beneficial for any of you involved in CM Production!

What would you add to this list?

Next CM Program???

I have had alot of stuff to do and so not a lot of time to put into the blog. And with some links from some awesome people in CM I feel like I have let them down a bit… Sorry Pudge and Dave πŸ™‚

So for this post I want to know what do you think the next program look is in children’s ministry? Are there any trends that you are seeing in Children’s Ministry Programming? Puppets, Drama, Worship, Large Group, Small Group yes or no?

What do you guys think? What are you doing currently that kids are diggin on and what do you think CM will look like in 5 years? Remember open forum.

You guys rock can’t wait to see what you think!!!

Wednesday Wisdom: Follow Up on a Comment

I wrote about the future of children’s ministry last week and absolutely loved where people’s minds got to go through the post.

I got a follow up comment from paulthinkingoutloud. Go back and read the comment here

Paul brought up an excellent point. This is been something that I heard alot about a few months ago throughout the CM world. The “memory verse”, everyone knows about it and it is an incredible tool that is probably not being used in the most effective way right now. I think Paul is right that scripture memory is very important. We know that the Word of God doesn’t come back void and I think that those that don’t like rote memorization of scripture aren’t giving God’s word enough justice to let it permeate mind and spirit of those that digest it.

However, I don’t think that the most important thing is scripture memory. The most important thing is getting kids to know Christ in a personal way. A way that leads to development and growth and I think that scripture is a part of that but that can’t be our end goal. Paul is also doing things to promote spiritual development in the home with his children. This is very key. I am not a parent so I cannot fully impart meaningful knowledge on parenting and guiding kids in their spiritual development as a parent. But I do know that parents need to be the ones leading the way on leading their kids in Christ.

It’s funny how parents want to be an influence on a kids life in seemingly every area except the spiritual one. And yes that is a blanket statement because not all parents are like this. But I think the next big step in Children’s ministry really has little to do with kids and more to do with parents. How can we get the parents to be the ones leading the charge in seeing their kids to know Christ?

How can CM connect with parents in a way that provides meaningful resources to them that helps them in their spiritual leadership roles? How can we provide a forum to allow us to know where parents are missing the mark? How can we create a partnership with parents that allows us to be the secondary spiritual leaders in their kids’ lives?

This is a big issue in the next step of CM. Let me know if there is a way out there already or if you’ve got something to add to the discussion.

And thanks to paulthinkingoutloud for the push to remember the scripture when we are teaching kids and not just the relationship. (both are extremely important)

A Brand New Week

Our first week of our series called “More than a Story” went very well yesterday. It was incredible to see kids really wrestle with the idea that God isn’t angry at them. We gave them the mission of Christ. A rescue mission where we got off of the path that God had for us and needed to be rescued. Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10) I think that our kids are beginning to see this mission of Christ and are understanding that God loves them and wants to restore their relationship more than anything else this holiday season.

Thank you so much for your prayers. God is speaking to our kids and it is because people like you are seeking God’s face so that our kids can hear from God.

An incredible weekend capped off with an incredible time for our kids. Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. I am so thankful for what I get to do.

Now it’s time to get crackin on some more stuff. You guys rock thanks so much!

Please Pray this weekend

We are starting our Christmas Curriculum on Sunday for our Elementary School. We are praying for God to allow these kids to see Jesus as more than just a character in a story, more than just a name, more than just a man, but our Savior who lived a life FOR US! We are always praying for our kids to get truth. Because the Truth of God changes lives. Imagine as my friend Patti Jo Mackey said “What if kids grew up living without all of the lives of religion, life, and experience and instead live their life (entire life) based on the Truth of God’s word…”

So I am asking you to pray and pray hard that our kids will receive God’s truth this week and everytime that we have an opportunity to. That God will allow us to raise up students of God’s words and workers and leaders all working together for the kingdom of God right now. Not waiting on an age, stage, or position. Our kids have what they need to live for God and that is Him! I just pray that we get out of the way and let them get Him without us getting in the way. Please pray, pray, pray, and pray for our kids this week. It’s a big week.

Wednesday Wisdom

I have learned so much, during my time at Brookwood. From video and production stuff, to relationship building, and ministering to people and more and more about a life that is dedicated to Christ. Learning for me is the lifeblood of what I do. I want Paul’s prayer in Phillipians 1 to come true in my life. That I would learn and do those things that are excellent.

One of the things that has been learned and reinforced and learned and reinforced is that our number one command is to love God with all we have and then love others like you want to be loved. Relationships are the thing that God created us to have. Both with him and with others. Relationships that are deep and meaningful are what God created us for. Our goal at Brookwood Kids is to See Kids Know God and See Kids Be Known Personally. See obviously we want kids to have a meaningful and deep relationship with Christ. And we do meaningful things to do this. But to add to that we add things that allow our adult leaders to know these kids on a personal and meaningful level.

Why? Quick think about the curriculum that truly impacted you and pushed you towards Christ? Nothing… How about a person who made an impact on your life and showed you Christ more than anything. Loving people is what makes a difference. How do I know? It’s because that is what Christ did. He ministered to the least of these and did so with love and excellence. Loving people is something that we need to make a priority. Make the phone calls, write the letters, have that uncomfortable conversation. It makes a difference. And most of all pray that you will be anointed with the Spirit of Christ. Because without Christ and the Spirit your works are just that… works. If you want them to be meaningful then your life has to be bathed in the Spirit and that love will manifest itself out of the overflow of your time with Christ.