In This Issue of Children’s Ministry
Magazine: May/June 2013
Lower Your Nets for Volunteers
hat ministry veteran Sue Kahawaii knows about raising a net-full
4 Social Media Blunders
What’s okay-and what’s not-to share, upload, and post about you
and your ministry.
We asked for your biggest problems in ministry (confidentially, of
course!)-now we’ve got expert advice that’ll turn your frown
Top Drawer Dads
The founders of Top Drawer Dads open up about what dads today are
doing right-and how your ministry can partner with them.
Rx For Kids’ Toxic Stress
What to do with society’s latest ill-chronically stressed-out kids
who suffer from high levels of anxiety.
Here’s the latest on what you need to know and do to keep your
ministry a safe haven for kids.
The Great Camp In
17 camp-like experiences for kids to explore God’s Word
Birth to 2
Creation bottles, come out Jonah, new parent know-how, plus
Ages 3 to 5
Mother’s Day flowers, prodigal son puppets, helping challenging
children thrive, plus more.
Ages 6 to 9
Bloomin’ bookmarks, grudges hurt, blow-out birthdays, plus
Ages 10 to 12
Hula bowl, father figure quiver, rev up for summer impact, plus
Kids Hope USA, freedom prayers, poster outreach.
My way or the highway, remembering Memorial Day, FaithWeaver
Master the summer un-routine, “lifeguards” to the rescue, Safety
Fun environments, group sizes during vacations, preteen
Who’s your Plan B, thank-you mugs, expert tips for leading
volunteers, plus more.
From the Editor:
Winning! I love it!
Ask people who know me and they’ll tell you I’m one of the most
competitive people in the world. I want to be the first! Have the
most! Do the best! Win! Win! Win!
But sometimes I’m the last, have the least, and do the worst. (Or
at least it feels that way.) And in those times, something wells up
inside of me that isn’t very attractive or nice or even Christian
for that matter.
Over the years, God has given me wisdom to keep my competitive
spirit in check and to allow him to remove the need to see others
as a competitive threat-especially when they’re not. But I’m still
very aware of my propensity to size up people in terms of whether I
can beat them. Sick, I know.
Tell me you know what I mean. Maybe you don’t do it with
individuals, but do you ever do it with the church down the street?
You know the one-multimillion dollar budget, state-of-the-art
facility, traffic cops on Sunday mornings. You drive by it on your
way to a church where you wonder if any families will even show up
or whether the families you now have won’t be attracted to the big,
bad wolf of a church down the street.
Ahem. I mean the church down the street-just another (big) part of
the body of Christ-not your competitor. Right?
I’ll share with you the best advice I get when I’m in competitive
mode. It’s from my friend and our publisher Tim Gilmour: “Look once
and then look away. Keep your eyes on what you do best and do it
the best you can!”
It’s good to know what others are doing, but staying focused on
that doesn’t make us better at what we do. The best thing we can
all do is be true to God’s calling for us, discover what our unique
DNA is, and then work with our whole heart to be our best.
After all, when we’re shaking our fist at our competitor (or God)
for the results they’re having, we’re forgetting that it’s the Lord
of the Harvest who determines whether we bear fruit 30- or
100-fold. We’re called to be faithful; the results are up to
We’re all on God’s winning team! Never forget who your real enemy
is-not the church down the street. And celebrate this with all your
brothers and sisters in God’s family: “Thanks be to God who gives
us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”
Win! Win! Win!