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Posts Tagged "childrens ministry"

Building Faith Skills in Kids (4 of 5)

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Orange

Talking about the 5 skills to establish faith in our kids.  Catch the first 4 here.

Faith Skill #4: Articulate Faith

Create a safe place to discuss and wrestle with what kids believe.  This is key for our kids to make their faith their own.

Not just as parents, but as individuals, we can fear doubt.  We are scared of questions.  Sometimes it freaks us out when people question their faith.  We think we might lose them forever.  They might go off the deep end.

“Just have more faith.  Have more faith!”

I’m not discounting faith.  It’s a vital component to your relationship with Jesus.  But in order to make something your own, sometimes you’ve got to wrestle it down yourself.   I appreciate a good sermon, but I value scripture more when I labor through, question and digest it myself.

Give people in your home the space and the safety to question.  Have less faith in your explanations of God… and have more faith in the work God is doing in the midst of the wrestle.

Some of the best parenting advise I’d ever heard came from a 23 year old single man.  He said…

Talk less.  Pray more.

Do questions make you uncomfortable?  Do you allow people to question and wrestle with their faith?

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Stranger in the Locker Room

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Ministry

Don’t be a stranger in the locker room.

This piece of wisdom came from my boss, Chuck Carringer. (Chuck blogs here & tweets here. You’d benefit greatly from following his insightful thoughts.)

It’s a bit of wisdom I’m familiar with though never heard it phrased so well. You see, Chuck is a former basketball coach so leadership lessons in the form of coaching analogies are not unusual.

It simply means that by making it a point to be in the locker room, the players grow accustomed to your presence. As a ministry leader, my players are my volunteers. I rely heavily on a volunteer team to do the work of the ministry. And the quality of that work is contingent on the volunteer and their ability to take what I give them and execute.

And the best way for me to know how and if my volunteer is well equipped, is if I’m in the room.

Yet my presence in the room can make volunteers uncomfortable… if it’s unusual.

But if my presence in the room is part of my weekly routine… a routine volunteers are accustomed to… in fact, expecting. Then I have the privilege of seeing how a kidmin room actually runs. Within this reality, I can see where to focus training and equipping. I can see where volunteers are most effective in connecting with the kids. I can experience how engaged volunteers and kids truly are.

It’s easy to judge the effectiveness of the weekend based upon the large group portion of the hour. Yet if you don’t have presence in the small group segment, then you miss out on a significant element of the child’s experience.

I appreciated Chuck’s reminder of the value of our attention to this detail. If I’m a stranger in the locker room, I’m not positioned to speak into all aspects of the team.

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Great Question! Who has an answer?

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Orange

Last week during…

we discussed the 5 essentials to the Orange Philosophy.  My friend, Cathy Heitzenrater, asks a great question.

Hey Gina – How are some ways we can implement more orange strategy in churches with an Uber Simple Church structure?

This is an excellent question.  One to which many of you could contribute some excellent ideas.

So, who’s game?

How would you respond to Cathy?

Leave a comment and let’s offer up some great ideas together.

BTW… I met Cathy at the Orange Conference last year.  She’s fun.  If you want to talk to her out on Twitter, click here or friend her on Facebook, click here.  If you want to meet her in person… you have to come to the Orange Conference 2010.  You can click here to sign up.  She’ll be there.  She’ll make you smile.  🙂
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Safety Process: Communicating to Parents 0

Safety Process: Communicating to Parents

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Volunteers

Hey #kidmin audience.  I need your feedback and ideas.

In fpKIDS, we have security standards in our kidmin areas to create a secure environment for our kids.  Each entrance to a designated kids area has a “Secure Checkpoint” where we post a security volunteer.

They’re role is to ensure that the only people to cross that point are people with:

  • a Security Receipt – alphanumeric code identifying their child
  • fpKIDS Volunteer Nametag

This is our effort to reduce the traffic in our kidmin spaces to only those individuals who need to be there.

Although the Secure Checkpoint is an addition to other security procedures we have in place to protect kids, it’s a front-line role and has a few challenges that I need help resolving.  Most of our parents learn the Security Process and readily comply.  They understand the reason why the Secure Checkpoint exists and (though inconvenienced at times) they are willing to do their part for the sake of safety.

Some parents, however, are not as willing to comply.  Most of time you can chalk it up to a ‘bad day’.  And the added inconvenience of finding that security receipt (or replacing the lost one) is simply too much. But we’ve encountered enough challenges that I think it’s important to bring a level of focus to this area and make the volunteer experience better for our Security Team.

I remember Patty Smith talking about this in a training session she led at the Kidmin Conference.  (If you’ve never participated in a training session led by Patty Smith, you’re totally missing out.)

One of the points she made was the value of training EVERYONE involved in the Safety/Security Processes that you establish for your church.  For example, if you have a safety policy that requires two adults with kids at all times, then make sure volunteers, kids and parents know that you require two adults with kids at all times.

If everyone knows the standard then you have a greater chance of successfully upholding the standard.

So, applying that truth… how do you communicate Safety Standards to your church?

Do you have a print piece?  A video to play periodically in adult services?  Is it provided on your website?

How do you ensure parents know the security standards you have in place?  

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Having fun with PowToons

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Ministry, Volunteers


Last week I posted about a tool I’m using to create some online training videos for our volunteer team. Just one of many avenues we use to help equip volunteers to do what they do well.

I love this tool primarily because…

  • I don’t have the resources on my existing staff to create these in-house
  • I don’t have the budget to outsource this to professionals
  • It’s ridiculously simple to use
  • Animated videos are incredibly effective communication tools

Here’s a video I created to communicate the incredibly important (but redonculously tedious) steps to properly change a diaper.



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