Archive for January, 2011

Fammin vs Kidmin debate yada, yada, yada

Posted on 31. Jan, 2011 by .

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Over the past month or two it’s been interesting to see this little debate pop up here and there and everyone voice their opinion. I’ll be real honest, when I first saw the posts popping up, I immediately assumed it was a sensationalistic stunt to stir stuff up, get lots of comments and make a scene. Like I could start a blog post saying that Sunday School is irrelevant and dead to the modern Chidlren’s Ministry and if you’re still doing it, you’re wasting your time and church’s money. Calm down, I didn’t mean that… honest. I was just making an example. Honest. (That would get a lot of comments, wouldn’t it?) However, I’m not going to judge. I don’t know what anyones intentions were.… Read the rest

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Subs in your Children’s Ministry

Posted on 30. Jan, 2011 by .

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Substitutes. Subs. We’ve all got them. However, how you view them and utilize them makes all the difference in the world. I’d venture to bet that subs in most kidmin situations looks pretty similar. It’s that place where volunteers go when we don’t really know what to do with them anymore. We have ideal and ideals of what a sub list really could be, but often times, it’s not really like that at all.

In my experience, the sublist is usually where people go when they quit volunteering. They usually get to the sub list by one of two methods.

  1. The volunteer tells you that they can’t really commit anymore and they’d prefer to be on some kind of sub list.
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Super Bowl Facts

Posted on 29. Jan, 2011 by .

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Although I’m not a crazy sports fan, I do look forward to the Super Bowl party every year. Here’ some interesting facts about this year’s Super Bowl.

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Tax Preparation for Kidmin: On Sale!

Posted on 28. Jan, 2011 by .

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Every year about this time, I like to throw this post out on my blog. Everyone is starting to get their W-2 and it’s time to see the tax man. I know that if you’re in ministry, preparing your taxes are a little more time consuming as well as more expensive. So, in keeping with the tradition of this blog, I want to tell you about a great resource for tax prep if you’re in ministry. My mom and dad. They own their own tax preparation company in South Georgia called TC Tax Service. Although the majority of their business is local, a small percentage of their client base live in other states and some in other countries (many are military service men and women who are transferred, but stick with my parents).… Read the rest

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Next week I’m going to see Cirque Du Soleil: OVO

Posted on 28. Jan, 2011 by .

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I can’t tell you how excited I am. This year for Christmas, my parents gave me tickets to see Cirque du Soleil. I saw them in Dallas as a gift from my parents for my 30th birthday and I was dumbfounded. I’ve never seen anything like it. Although I’ve heard plenty about the Cirque, I just never imagined what it was like to see this live. So, we’ve got a sitter for the boy and Sara and I are going on an overnight get-away to North Dallas to see the show.

I’m just curious, has anyone seen this show in particular? I remember the show I saw almost 3 years ago was amazing, but the previews and descriptions made me wonder if the show was gong to be that amazing.… Read the rest

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Pornography, Sex and Children’s Ministry: Want to help?

Posted on 27. Jan, 2011 by .

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Okay, this is my last post on this series. For the past two weeks I’ve written a great deal about the problem of pornography and sex that is affecting kids while they’re in our children’s ministries. For the most part, we’re not doing anything about it. However, maybe we can change that. When I say we, I mean you and me and others.

As I shared in my last post, I’m creating a plan for my church to deal with this issue, to prepare kids to make commitments to purity. The plan I’m going to design will be a comprehensive approach from 3-4 years old until they’re teenagers ready to make a commitment to purity. What this plan looks like, I’m not sure.… Read the rest

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Pornography, Sex and Children’s Ministry: What I’m going to do about it

Posted on 27. Jan, 2011 by .

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So, I’ve been writing about this stuff for two weeks now and I think I’ve said most all of what I need to say. So in the end, I’m left with the questions, “So what? What do I do with all this information? What happens next?” In reality, you’re left with the same question by the way. If you’ve been reading all of this you have one of several responses.

  1. Disagree with what I’ve written and change nothing.
  2. Agree, but not really do anything about it… just lest that elephant in the room remain.
  3. Agree and actually do something about it.

So, I’ve written all of the posts these last two weeks because I needed to sort out my thoughts, gather more information and ultimately make some decisions.… Read the rest

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Pornography statistics

Posted on 27. Jan, 2011 by .

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I’m at the end of my two week series of sex, porn and children’s ministry and I want to cram in a few last bits of information. A friend of mine who heard about this series sent me some links to share. She’s continuing to track down some additional resources, but she remember when studying marketing in college a few years ago she learned how the porn industry strategically marketed toward 11-17 year olds knowing that they were the largest user base and that if they got hooked (addicted) as a teenager, they’d be a customer for life. She remember reading how the porn industry used school textbooks to learn what kids would be searching for when working on projects to optimize search results so that kids would likely stumble across their content.… Read the rest

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Two great articles on sexuality

Posted on 26. Jan, 2011 by .

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Since I didn’t realize that Children’s Ministry Magazine had a great article on this important topic, I figured I’d search their site to see if there were any more. Yes, two great articles!

Click here for their article on how children understand sexuality at different points of their development. It would be a great resource for parents to understand what their kids know, what kinds of questions their kids are going to be asking and how to deal with those questions. Excellent information.

The second article I found was directed toward ministry leaders. It deals with how to tackle difficult conversations and situation involving a variety of sexual topics. Everything from engaging a family of same sex parents, working with children who have gender identity issues and encountering kids who are engaging in conversations about sexuality.… Read the rest

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The church and sex ed

Posted on 26. Jan, 2011 by .

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As I was writing this series about sex and Chidlren’s Ministry last week and this week, I didn’t even realize that Children’s Ministry Magazine published a pretty significant article on this very topic in their November/December 2010 issue called sexual purity. If you subscribe to the magazine, be sure to check it out (begins on page 62). There was a lot of great information in this article. One interesting quote was from a study saying that”

“Teenagers are more likely to abtsain from sexual intercourse before the age of 18 if their parents hold strong religious beliefs and explain them to their children and attend church together regularly.”

Good to know.

However, I was very intrigued by the direction the article took.… Read the rest

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