Archive for June, 2007

The day my life changed forever…

Posted on 13. Jun, 2007 by .

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I’ve been a children’s pastor now for over 11 years, 7 of those full time. Yeah, I was only 18 when I started pastoring 8 kids in a back building in Jenks, Oklahoma. It didn’t take me long to realize two very important points.

  • Yes I had an opportunity to make a significant impact on the life of a child spiritually.
  • Making a significant impact is going to be a lot harder than I would like it to be.
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New birth… literally!

Posted on 11. Jun, 2007 by .

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It may be quite around here on the Children’s Ministry Online Blog. My wife and I are in the hospital right now… looks like we may be having our first baby tonight. Tomorrow is his due date, so I can’t complain about his timing. We’re so excited. Keep us in your prayers and I’ll post again when we have a son!

 Kenny

I tagged this comment in the category “Productivity.” I figured that would be appropriate.… Read the rest

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What’s your VBS philosophy?

Posted on 11. Jun, 2007 by .

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My post last week on reinventing VBS was quite popular with a handful of comments. It does sound as if those in the blogosphere are or have reinvented thier VBS… or ditched it all together. Now, I know that many of you would agree that the methods of VBS is a little “old school.” If’ you’re reading this blog, chances are good that you’ve moved beyond flannel boards in Sunday school. So, my posting an inquery on a blog about reinventing VBS probably doesn’t reach every demographic. But, it was good to hear what you guys are doing as well as churches in your area.

It seems a common thread among rants about VBS (including some I’ve heard from staff at my church) is something like this: “Why would we invest the time and the money into something that is little more than baby sitting for our kids and the kids of our neighbor churches?” Absolutely true. I know that this is the main reason why most churches ditch VBS and a major concern the leadership at my church had about my desire to run a “VBS type” program. Ultimately, it all comes down to your VBS philosophy. If you don’t have one, then you’ll probably be baby sitting your kids this summer.… Read the rest

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My Mid-Week ambitions

Posted on 08. Jun, 2007 by .

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Recently I’ve posted in in various forms/blogs about my Wednesday night experiences. I created an elective based program in my early years of ministry… which it just about killed this idealist. Several years later (and hopefully a little smarter) I began creating a new small group curriculum. I just finished my first year (of three) which includes separate material for K-2nd grade as well as 3rd-5th grade. It’s written specifically to cover the basics of our Christian faith as well as link kids in small groups. We’ve had great success with this program over the past year and have actually had to maintain a waiting list. I’ll write more about how third curriculum was developed and what it will cover these next two years in a future post.… Read the rest

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Reinventing VBS

Posted on 07. Jun, 2007 by .

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Are these isolated occurrences or the beginning of a new trend? Several years ago, leading churches like Fellowship Church and Saddleback church ditched VBS as we knew it. Their replacements? Shiney new events like Adventure Week and Summer Spectacular! They’re still pretty much VBS, just with a fresh and new approach.… Read the rest

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Web Tools (Part 3):

Posted on 04. Jun, 2007 by .

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Just a quick followup on the posts I did last week titled “Web Tools (Part One and Part Two). I got some feedback to readers and I thought I would post links to a few websites of our contemporaries who are really hitting it out of the park in this respect. Some are just a really great design and layout, some have fresh (ever-changing content) and some have great tools to respond to the Children’s Ministry. Here’s a list in no particular order:

Take Two Ministries
Fl!p Kids
Granger
Fellowship

Feel free to add others, these were just a few that I come across on a regular basis. I’m not even putting my church on there… we aren’t there yet (but will be soon). Adding a blog to our front page and adding an entry portal (ctkids.tv) which will make it easy for people to get to “anything kids” on any campus very easily.… Read the rest

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Phil Joel: A “Boom-Chaka-Laka” Rockin Good Time!

Posted on 02. Jun, 2007 by .

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Phil JoelI found out about Phil Joel’s new CD, “DeliberateKids” from someone last night… I just can’t remember who. I finally sat down and listened to the samples on the website! Subsequently I went to itunes and bought a copy. I haven’t listened to it enough yet to decide what age group will get the most out of it. I think there are a few songs that the 3-5th graders will like, but definitely some K-2nd grader songs.… Read the rest

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Ikea: One little word, One HUGE contradiction (In Texas at least)!

Posted on 02. Jun, 2007 by .

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Ikea… the biggest contradiction in TexasI went to Ikea yesterday. Since my church office flooded last month, a lot of our furniture needed to be replaced. My office is not big enough for the desk, credenza and bookshelf setup if I want to have a place to meet with people as well. So, I decided to follow the Cross Timbers’ way and set up my office like a living room. I figured Ikea was the best place to find furniture that would work with my limited space.… Read the rest

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