Heading up to Canada, Eh!

27 07 2008

canadaThe fam and I are heading up to Canada for some R&R and to shoot a wedding. So needless to say the blog will be quite for the next week or so.

Besides I am not sure if my in-laws igloo has electricity, or the internet.


Should little kids go to Big church?

25 07 2008

Great post with some great thoughts on wether or not kids should go to kids church or big church.

Even as a kids pastor I can see valid reasons for people to keep their kids in Big church. I however lean more toward kids attending kids church if kids church is engaging.

When kids church is not engaging it bothers me. When I hear rumblings that kids are not being engaged by the life-giving, life changing word of God I get annoyed real fast. Any way off my soap box. Check out the link below from the Stuff Christians like Bog.

#359. Arguing about taking little kids to big church.

YouTube Friday:Treadmill Men

25 07 2008

Better late than never! This one always cracks me up.

Have a great weekend.

More on Pipeline

24 07 2008

367414024_997f5d8e5eMet with Mike and Gareth on Tuesday to discuss the Pipeline conference.

What it is:

Conference for Youth workers and Children’s workers

What we want to accomplish:

1. Help Youth workers and Kids workers see the value of collaboration
2. Create a conference that is a great balance of information/application/network connection

I think we all have been to conferences that inspire you through workshops and general sessions. We really want to do something that has never been done before. Inspire youth and children’s workers to work together to reach this generation, and do it through intensely practical, intensely relational means.

We want to create a conference that you leave from with new ideas, fresh resources, strengthened relationships and life-giving network connections.

Pipeline: because we are all connected. November 14th and 15th 2008.

Phone Call with Tammy Melchien

23 07 2008

6a00d83452793469e200e5500e23c48834-150wiJust got off the phone with Tammy Melchien. Tammy currently serves as the Executive Director of Kids’ City, the Children’s Ministry of Community Christian Church. CCC is a multi-site church with 8 locations in the Chicagoland area.

Her pastor wrote the book “The Big Idea”. It is a fantastic book that basically cast vision for the youth, children and adults to take home 1 thought that week instead of multiple different thoughts. It is the power of one consistent message to walk out that week.

Here are some of the main point Tammy said that stuck in my mind that further explain how the Big Idea works for kids.

– All series’ are hashed out between the children, adults, and student teams. If the series doesn’t work for one of the three age groups it is rarely done.

– The kids team takes the adult message content and comes up with a one sentence take away.

– Small Group leaders serve weekly, Kids communicators serve once a month.

– Tammy said that in writing the curriculum it is important to base the lesson that week in a tangible story in the bible. For example when talking about love with students or adults using 1 Cor. 13. With kids you would talk more about Ruth and Naomi or David and Jonathan.

– When writing curriculum for the Big Idea they generally write with the smallest campus in mind so that everything is reproducible on every level.

– When they don’t match the adult service they do something fun and creative.

Tammy was very gracious and is doing great things in Chicago area. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to make it over to the big yellow box and check it out for myself. Check out their church site. Make sure you tell Jeff I said hi.

More Good news for iPhone owners

22 07 2008

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Working Together 4 of 4 (Meet my Youth Pastor)

21 07 2008

n657515256_2832481_8910His name is Mark Schilling he likes watching movies and taking long walks on the beach. Just kidding.

Mark is a great guy. He is actually the second Youth Pastor I have had the privilege of working with. There are many things that I appreciate about Mark.

His commitment to the local church

Mark is totally committed to the local church he wants to see our church and the church as a whole succeed. He is a gifted communicator and great leader. I love his strait-forward approach to life I learn from him each day. He is passionate about youth but also genuinely loves to see the smallest child to the oldest adult ministered to.

He is one of the funniest guys I know.

This may sound stupid but I really appreciate a well refined sense of humor and if you know Mark at all he has a God given ability to make a comment that I laugh about for days. (Really helpful during long staff meetings.)

He is a real person.

One of my spiritual gifts is the spotting of spiritual counterfeits. I can spot image managers a mile away. Needless to say I am not a fan of fake Pastors with an agenda. Mark is a genuine you can talk to him about deep spiritual things, personal things, and stupid stuff like “The Office”. I love that.

He is a man of intense faith.

A little over a year ago his daughter got sick. Very scary stuff. I say Mark grow in his faith through that crazy difficult time. God did a miracle in his daughter and in him.

Lastly he has a great family.

As a children’s pastor that is big to me. His wife is wonderful and his kids are a riot. It is a pleasure to work on the same team with him.

He also blogs check him out here.