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Christine has over 20 years of children's ministry experience. She's the author of 10 books and hundreds of articles related to children's ministry. It's no wonder she enjoys an almost-daily latte to keep her going! She is also the executive editor of Children's Ministry Magazine and serves as Group's children's ministry champion, responsible for research, development, and innovation in children's ministry resources. 

HIPPA-Crattic Oath

Do you ever wonder in your children's ministry if you may be violating HIPPA--you know, the Health Information Privacy P-something else Act? I actually wondered if I was violating HIPPA in posting that Reed is having his tonsils out. It's crazy, but I wondered.

When HIPPA first hit, because we're a company, we had to be careful about sharing prayer requests in our all-staff meeting. We couldn't just blurt out that someone had a rash all over their...anything. It was odd, but the act states that people are entitled to privacy or at least to giving permission to have their rash news broadcast.

What do you do in your children's ministry? Share prayer requests without a second thought or ask for permission? Has HIPPA come to roost in your church yet? Should it?

I just wonder...

Posted at 17:58

Yank 'Em Out...Finally

So Reed is getting his tonsils yanked out in a couple of weeks. It's about time! He's been sick off and on for a few months. Interesting thing, though...one doctor said there were "rules" to follow and wouldn't do it. I didn't stop with that doctor. Thank God I'm not on an HMO. Yesterday, a specialist saw the problem immediately.

I like specialists. I like people who really know what they're doing and don't just follow external guidelines. I like people who are so trained that they see what the rest of us can't see.

Posted at 05:47

Project One

This last weekend, our family joined over 1,300 children and adults in serving our community. It was so cool! And so hard! Our family served at two homes. We painted, cleaned, mowed, weeded, raked, dumped, and more. My big job was lying on the ground and cleaning out 60 gallons of rabbit poo. Yep, that's not a typo.

Serving together and with our church was an amazing experience. Exhausting and so rewarding. To read more about it, go to http://reporterherald.com/news_story.asp?ID=22923 or check it out at our church's website: http://www.crossroadscolorado.com/projectone

I'm sure it was a lot of work for the organizers but so worth it. We were able to minister to over 100 homes and 4 schools. The motto for the day was "it's not about me." It certainly wasn't!

Posted at 04:17

Your Sins Are Erased!

Without going into a lot of detail, something happened last week in our home where my youngest son asked for my forgiveness. He was mortified at what he'd said to me. And I forgave him, but he couldn't seem to forgive himself.

I told him that he needed to forgive himself and that he needed to pray and ask God for forgiveness as he went off to bed. The next day while dropping him off at school, he said, "Mom, I feel like God forgave me." I just smiled and said to him "that's what God does."

He still seems chagrined, so I want to do more. This morning on the way to work I heard a song with a line about "your sins are on the bottom of the sea." And it made me think of Psalm 103:12: "He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west."

I want to write that verse on a giant eraser to let him know that Christ's death on the cross erased his sin--past, present, and future.

Got any ideas where I can find a big eraser?

Posted at 19:43

Can't Take "Nice" to the Bank

We Christians are so nice. We get together in our committees and we nicely discuss strategy. We brainstorm in such a civil fashion.

And it makes me wonder if we just need a good fight every now and then. Not the kind of fight that leaves people bloodied and wounded, but the kind of wrestling with ideas that leaves ideas and strategies conquered, tamed, and reinvented. I'm just not sure we can take "nice" to the bank. Or in other words, will "niceness" take over the kingdom of darkness?

It seems to me that the people who speak the loudest in meetings are the ones with the most passion. That makes sense, but what about the analyst-type guy in the corner who has a lot to say but feels trumped by "passion"? What about the introvert who has amazing ideas but keeps them to herself?

I've learned a new thing from Joani about one way to deal with this (I can never remember the actual term, but I get the jist). It's to always invite dissent at the end of a passionate brainstorming session. Ask: What's wrong with the idea we've come up with? What are the holes? How could this fail miserably? If someone were to critique this idea, what things would they find?

The cool thing is that brings out the corner analysts and the sweet introverts to share in a safe and invited arena. It's not a full-out WWE match, but it does produce winning ideas. And that just may take the kingdom of darkness by storm.

Try it sometime. And...be willing to lose to win.

Posted at 13:03

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