In This Issue of Children’s Ministry Magazine:
>>From the Editor:
When I took on new responsibilities several years ago, I
experienced those unsettling moments when everything wasn’t working
the way I thought they should. And my poor husband would get an
earful on our nightly walks. Finally, he told me, “You need to
understand that 30 percent of your job is going to be icky — and
just accept it.”
by Christine Yount Jones
>>From Goo-Goo to
Statistics paint a picture of digital saturation in childhood.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids spend an average of
five hours and 29 minutes per day using media. Explore how to
connect with the tech-savvy kids in your ministry — and
discover what they need from you.
by Matt Guevara
>>A New Perspective
Ministry involves the mountain-top experiences — helping parents
through crisis, seeing kids’ lives forever changed, and being there
for moments when a child “gets it” in Sunday school or VBS. But
ministry also involves valley experiences — criticism,
irritations, interruptions, complaints, and things that are just
downright unpleasant. Discover a whole new way to see the parts of
your job that, well…just stink.
by Lee Sparks
>>A Few Good
Jesus enlisted men and women who wouldn’t shrink at anything —
not even service in the nursery. Not even coping with a frustrated
preschooler. Not even facing a firing squad of preteen questions.
And yet more than 2,000 years after Jesus called those first 12 men
to follow him, it’s tough for children’s ministers to convince a
sufficient number of men to follow Jesus into children’s ministry.
Check out a few practical, innovative ways to BEEF UP the male
presence on your kidmin team.
by Matt Gergeni
If a lack of resources has you looking at a list of “summer
can’ts,” we’ve got a lot of “cans” for you! We’ve created three
super-fun, super faith-filled themes you can use this summer with
kids — without worry over time or money. Stay right in town and
give your kids amazing, camp-like memories — all on a shoestring
by Courtney Walsh