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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. 

Millennials Serving

As I'm preparing for my Point Leader Summit workshop at the Conspire Conference (Willow Creek--April 23-25), I'm intrigued by how the prognosticators of generations nailed it with Millennials.

For years, I've been studying what the experts say about Millennials (born 1982-2002) and it's amazing to see that they were right! (Gives me great confidence in what they're saying about Futuristics--born from 2002 on, too.)

One key factor of Millennials is that they want to change the world together. Did you know that U.S. schoolchildren raised more than $10 million for Katrina relief--more than most corporate giants? And Group's Operation Kid2Kid outreach is the largest kid-to-kid outreach in the world? Hundreds of thousands of children give to children around the world. It's very cool!

How have you seen the truth of Millennials having a heart for service in your community and/or church?

Posted at 17:27

Easter Wow!

Easter services at our church were amazing this weekend. We had five services and we were encouraged to stay away from the 10 a.m. service so guests would have room to attend. We went to the Saturday 4:30 service, and it was packed! It actually blessed me that so many people honored that request. And then in our 8 a.m. toddler room, we had over 20 toddlers (with only 3 that I recognized)...so it was like fruit-basket-turnover this Sunday.

The really cool thing our church did all week long was the Holy Week Experience. My husband, niece and her husband, and I went on Thursday night and for an hour traveled through experiential worship stations. The team did an amazing job with lighting, music, images. We traveled from sounds of people cheering at a large image of Jerusalem and read Scripture about Palm Sunday. Then through worship stations of writing on a brick and carrying it with us through the images and last seven sayings of Jesus on the cross, then laying it down on a huge pile of bricks. We then went to a station where we covered our hands with ash and  prayerfully wiped them on a large white cross and afterward washed them in cool water. At the tomb where the stone was rolled away, we chose the "rock" by writing our names in red ink on a large rock and then having communion. It was so amazing and so impactful to focus on the meaning of Easter--Jesus' sacrifice and resurrection! 

Posted at 16:17

Off for a While

I'm taking the week off...so no blogging for awhile. Back on 3.25. Happy Easter!

Posted at 20:28

Evite--So Cool!

I just responded to my soon-to-be-niece's wedding shower Evite.

If you don't know about evite.com yet, check it out. It's great for recruiting people or inviting people. It monitors your RSVPs and a whole ton of other stuff.

Posted at 18:48

Green! Green! Green!

It's close to St. Patrick's Day. Is anyone else seeing green? Well, if you're not, you're not looking closely enough. Look how our culture has gone green with environmental issues. It's all pervasive.

And no matter what shade of green you are--lime green or emerald green--you have to admit that the environmentalists got it right when they started their movement through children.

Who among us hasn't been corrected by our children--"Don't throw that away! It's recyclable!" "Turn off the water when you brush your teeth." And so on...

What can we learn from these wise-beyond-their-compost-piles environmentalists that would help us get kids to take faith home? To start conversations? To ask questions? To in essence lead their families?

I have a hunch it's more than using "take-home" papers.

Are we helping children at church understand what it means to be a Christ-follower in the context of family? Are we giving them the language they need to ask the questions? What would our strategy look like if we truly understood--like the environmentalists--that "a child shall lead them"?

These are my questions. Anyone have thoughts?

Posted at 17:00

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