Planning for the future

So we’ve been so busy around Brookwood Kids, renovating areas, modifying programs, and thinking of stuff to put in our new areas.

One thing that we really are excited about doing is making our production equipment universal. Basically we want to have the same lightboards, soundboards, and video stuff in all areas of the church.

Why?

Great question

  • Our kids are fully participating in service.  They are running the program in every sense of the word on Sunday mornings.
  • We want to promote growth in everyone participating in ministry.
  • It allows us to streamline training across ministries. Imagine kids being able to train and learn on smaller versions of stuff being used in your main service. It’s going to be awesome.

I am so glad that our kids are given an opportunity to live out the lesson of service to God on a weekly basis! This is going to allow us to take production up a few levels and allow our kids to realize the potential that they could reach!

Long Day Ahead

Wednesday usually are a day of relaxation after the work day. Tonight however we will begin training our childcare workers to take it to the next level with the kids that they care for on Wednesday nights. I am excited, nervous, and pumped about what God is going to do through this cloudy time. I am awaiting a breakthrough for our childcare department hoping that children everywhere always continue to grow in their fatih in journey of Christ. I hope they are willing to rush headlong into the growth that is about to happen.

But I would love to pose a fun question for today. I was trying to think of my earliest memory in life. I can’t decide between two. I remember being at a pool hall with my parents. Really just chilling. I also remember bringing one of my sister’s stinky diapers to the trash.

So today tell me, what is your earliest memory from life?

Kids, Kids, Kids

Besides the crazy music videos out there guess what two types of videos are the most popular?

  • Children
  • Dancing videos

Why do you think that is? I really believe that there are two things that I know about life.

  1. Dancing is so incredibly fun regardless of if you can do it or not.
  2. Children bring joy to your heart like nothing else in this world.

Imagine if you can children dancing. That is something that I have really never experience until I got to Brookwood but our kids love to dance. From the Cha Cha Slide to the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle as celebration songs for kids lasting through our large group. It is one of the highlights of my week watching about 500 kids a week dancing to these songs.

If you haven’t played some good dance music for your kids lately I suggest you do it. It will make you laugh and smile like never before.

New Start

I have been learning for my entire life. It’s so interesting that some people don’t enjoy learning. Besides breathing, its one of the most important things that we do. From reading, to observation, to listening, and experience learning is so incredibly important in our lives. I learn in so many different ways.

I really believe that the last 3.5 years of my life was an incubation time set-up by God for me. It allowed me to see ministry in a different way, see what other’s viewpoints were founded on (non-church people opinions), and not only that but also to learn by experience.

I was not completely out of ministry for that time but definitely not as involved as I have been in the past. I was stretched with both school and work and yearned, literally “yearned” for service.

I ate up the leadership that I gained from my part-time management position. It was my only outlet for service and I knew that I could lead from that point on. God gave me an outlet to use my gifts and God used me through that time and proved that I could lead instead of just hearing it I saw it.

This is my new chance. I couldn’t wait to get plugged into what God had for me in SC, when I knew that I was going to be moving to where my then fiance was going to school at. So in the midst for looking for a job I jumped back into serving at the church. Just doing games for the students there, was life changing, I was so thankful for God allowing me to give so much time and effort to serving Him. Then it happened. Since a girl told me that I would be a preacher when I was about 8 years old I have felt this calling on my life. I figured I would get a Master’s degree in some kind of Bible related focus and then get started into ministry. But God had other plans.

I am now working as the Elementary Production Director at  Brookwood Church in Simpsonville, SC. I have a Marketing Degree from the University of Memphis and my only experience in ministry is volunteering. I have been at this job since April of this year and I have never been more in the zone than what I am right now. I am really writing this blog to celebrate my birthday to day so I apologize for the energizing tone.

The kids energize me. People say this but I really believe it, God created me to be a kid at heart. I think like them. I want them to dream big and play hard and learn tough life lessons now. Not wait until they “are ready”. God used King Josiah at age 8 and can definitely use our kids here at Brookwood. God is pouring alot into my life right now and I can’t wait to see the results. Please pray for me as its time to crank some things up. For Volunteers and Parents of children that go to Brookwood, God is up to something. Adventure Week was a step in the right direction. It’s about to be time to leap into what God is giving us. Will you be ready?

Update

There is just so much going on right now that I have put the blog on the backburner. I am so incredibly sorry as I have seen a dropoff in my readership. You will see a significant growth in post count as soon as July 25th passes us by.

I am incredibly excited about the opportunity that we have with our Adventure Week Program. I am so excited to see the kids and how their lives will be impacted. I thought this morning about how thankful I am to be apart of the work that is going on at Brookwood. I am a part of an incredible team that cares about children and volunteers in a way that I could only imagine.

Things are going from stressful to super stressful now. So many life things happening on top of the tasks that must be accomplished for the coming week. I am asking for alot of prayer for Adventure Week. Pray that kids would begin their journey in Christ and that they would get connected.

Now for some quick things on my mind:

  • I am missing my wife alot, She is investing in the lives of teens this week in Florida at camp and I am lonely.
  • I am pondering the “I can’t speak [insert language]” phrase. You can’t say it in the language that you can’t speak because then people will know that you only bothered to know that one phrase. But if you don’t learn that phrase, those people can’t understand you??? (weird that I thought of that)
  • Thinking of classic kids behaviors. “I’m not whining (really whiny voice)” Their indescribable greetings that bring so much joy to your heart and any time that they eat.
  • loving this post
  • thankful to Christ and looking to the future as a person and in ministry. (ever wonder where you are at in life when you’re 50? I did this week).

Let me know some classic kids behavior that drive you nuts or make you smile

Think your kids will just turn out ok?