What I Like About Kidmins

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I just went to Group’s Simply Youth Ministry Conference, and it
was…amazing! While there, I got to think a lot about the
difference between youth ministers (2,500 of them) and the
children’s ministers I’m privileged to serve.

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To keep this from being a big comparison thing, let me just tell
you what I love about the amazing people who serve in children’s
ministry (some of it is different and some of it is the same–I’ll
let you guess which is which).

I love children’s ministers’ maturity. And, no, I’m not talking
about age. Hey, I’ve seen some pretty immature old folks. What I
mean by maturity is a seasoned approach to faith development,
family and child issues, ministry challenges, and more that
surpasses how old or young a kidmin is. This maturity is a
well-worn mantle of experience that engenders trust.

I love children’s ministers’ hunger for Jesus. At the very core
of their being is an undying love for our Savior. I love that! And
I love how that love propels them forward through discouragement
and victories. I love how kidmins don’t get distracted by “success”
or “failure”; rather, they keep serving week in and week out
because of faithfulness to the one they love.

I love children’s ministers’ noble attitude about learning.
While I regard children’s ministry leaders as some of the most
educated and professional people around, I rarely find an “I know
it all” attitude among them. I love how they’re always eager to
learn more and evaluate what they already know. Kidmins are always
on the prowl for new and better ways to reach kids for Jesus. I
love that!

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Going to SYMC made me even more excited about our KidMin
Conference in Chicago Sept 28–Oct. 1. I can’t wait to gather with
hundreds of amazing kidmins who love kids and families and most of
all–Jesus. We’re going to have a rockin’ time–and learn tons–and
grow closer to our Savior. Sign up today! Check it out at http://group.com/childrens-ministry/kidmin-conference I’ll
see you there!!

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Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 26 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as Group’s Children’s Ministry Champion. She’s responsible for development and innovation of new resources.

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