May 26, 2008
I’ve know about this resource website for a while, even used the odd resource from it, but at Kids Reach this weekend I’ve realized just how amazing it is. Max7 is like the “open source” of kids ministry. It was started by the amazing Kingdom-minded people at Logosdor with the intention to resource those who work with kids, particularly in parts of the world where resources are few and far between.
Check it out if you haven’t already. There are some fantastic videos among other resources that you can use with your own kids. But also, if you are creating your own stuff, making up exciting games, object lessons, videos, songs, whatever, consider sharing it. Sure it wont make you famous or rich (not anyone in kids ministry really does!) but it’s not about us, it’s about God’s Kingdom.
May 24, 2008
Loving KidsReach! It’s always exciting when that many kids leaders get together in one space. God always speaks to where we’re at, and this year for me it’s all about mission.
Simon Hood from Logosdor has challenged us to be “kingdom minded”, rather then “empire minded”. There are people all around the world ministering to kids without ANY resources at all, meanwhile, we have piles of stuff that we havent even looked at for years. Anyway, my time is almost up on this computer so I’ll fill you in with the rest when I get back…
May 21, 2008
This week I’m heading up to Hamilton for Kids Reach Conference. It’s a non-denomination conference, about “helping those who help kids”. This will be my 6th year! I love it cause it’s always a great opportunity to network and get inspired. I’m particularly looking forward to meeting up with others from the Apostolic Church Movement. We’re just starting to get stuff cranking with kids ministry across our movement and I’m looking forward to the adventure God is going to take us on as we work together!
May 20, 2008
“Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.” Proverbs 21:5. (The Message)
Other traslations add in “hard work” after the careful planning bit.
This proverb is some handy dandy practical advice! I don’t know about you but I often find myself overwhelmed with the urgent and putting of the important. Sure, I have a list of things to do but I find myself busy doing the things that I feel like doing. I can end up spending hours perfecting the weekly handout, adding funk and style to that video, or re-re-organizing the supplies cupboard, only to get to the end of the week to discover that I’ve forgotten to do something really important.
The worst thing is to be doing stuff that God isn’t even asking us to do. I reckon that loads of Christians burn out because they are trying to do things that God hasn’t intended them to do.
No one would say I’m a slacker. I often have flatmates and friends telling me I work too hard, but I work too hard on the wrong things. It’s not enough to just work hard, we need to plan well too.
Here are some handy hints that have worked for me…
- Organise the things you need to get done on a white board. I have one next to my desk that’s divided into the different areas that I’m responsible for. As soon as I find something else I need to do I write it up.
- Each week plan what you will do and when. I work from my white board, prioritizing the things that are most important. If I don’ get something done today, I’ll add it to tomorrows list.
- When you strike a problem that you would often spend ages working on or get distracted by, brainstorm! Grab a piece of scrap paper and write down even the craziest ideas. Often it helps to get a different perspective on the challenge.
- PRAY! Allow God to show you the things that are on His agenda today.
Have you got any other tips or ideas?
May 17, 2008
I’m really digging this magazine, almost every article that I’ve read in this issue is completely relevant to where we’re at right now. Check it out for yourself.
May 13, 2008
I thought I might publish some of my thoughts and ideas about kids ministry, give my poor workmates and flatties a break!
Enjoy reading, and I look forward to your comments!