Issue of Children’s Ministry Magazine:Jan./Feb.
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Children’s Ministry Impact on Your
Exclusive, hot-off-the-presses research that’ll rechart your
the Dropout Myth
Is it really true that nine in 10 teenagers “graduate” from
the faith after high school? A well-known researcher debunks this
Rather than melting down when volunteers announce they’re leaving,
follow these three strategies to ensure you-and your valued
co-servants-finish well together.
Stop “Using” Teens in Kidmin
Move away from “using” teenagers to developing and empowering
Tough Talks With Parents
Practical ways you can learn to speak a parent’s language-even
with challenging conversations.
Peel Off Kids’ Labels
Labels-the good, bad, or ugly-can hinder your ministry to
children. Here’s how to unstick those labels.
A Guide to Kids’ Grief
Practical tips for effective ministry to children experiencing
loss and grief.
11 great ideas to help kids live a God-centered year.
Birth to 2
Ministry of comfort, Daniel rhyme, jump up, Lazarus, solid
Ages 3 to 5
Praying with preschoolers, put Zacchaeus in the tree, fly frenzy,
Ages 6 to 9
Games that teach, silly-mals, foot-finders teamwork, distracted
Ages 10 to 12
The awkward years, blindfolded builds, running on thirsty,
Welcome new kids, feed the hungry, prayers for the world.
Ministry to your pastor’s family, eyes to see, sacred
The sound of music, a quiet place, 100 devotions, 100 Bible
Parents’ refusal to acknowledge problems, disciplining children
differently, asking a child not to come back?
Volunteer vision chart, synchronized prayer, five keys for better
From the Editor:
I went skiing with my daughter
Abby recently-and I never fell. That’s not a good thing.
Here’s why. My thighs burned, my feet ached, and my entire body
tensed. I wasn’t having as much fun as I could’ve had, because I
fear how awkward I look before, during, and after a fall. So “what
people might think” robbed me of fun and skill improvement.
I thought later that day this is really a metaphor for my life.
I avoid personal projects unless they have guaranteed success. I
resist competitions I won’t win. I play it safe.
And it made me wonder about you and your ministry. How often do
you play it safe because failure might make you look stupid or
gawky or downright miserable? Do you work ultra-hard to keep from
falling because you haven’t figured out how to get up
You think I’d be different since I work at Group and we’re all
about risk-taking and innovation. Just try it I hear a lot around
here. In fact, we even celebrate our “top flops,” because if we’re
not failing, we’re not trying hard enough. But on a personal level,
I can be risk-averse.
I’ve learned a few things about myself that could maybe help
you, too. First of all, I’m afraid I’ve never gotten over that
junior-high-age belief that everyone’s looking at me. The truth is,
they’re just not. So maybe we need to get over ourselves.
Second, I may just have to lift some weights to strengthen my
upper body so getting up doesn’t feel so impossible when I fall.
What do you need to strengthen to recover from a fall? Maybe it’s
your humility muscle, your sense of humor, or your ability to learn
Falling isn’t fatal. In fact, falling can be a protection from
skiing into trees. Perhaps failure in ministry is God’s protection
from running headlong into an out-of-bounds area. Just think of
what we can learn about God in the midst of turning to him to pick
us up, gather our equipment, and help us smile at ourselves.
I say we make 2012 the year we go all out, catch some air, and
enjoy the scenery as we fly by. And when we fall (because we will),
we celebrate that we’re not playing it safe anymore.
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