It’s almost time for my favorite conference of the year – C3 Conference 2015! C3 Conference is for everyone and I wanted to extend a special invite to you! By watching the video below, you will learn about a FREE Children’s Ministry resource we will provide you at the C3 Conference at Fellowship Church this year.
Children’s Ministry leaders and parents, more than anyone else, understand vision. You must have vision when you are working with kids because although you teach kids to love God and love others, you won’t always see immediate results or changes in their lives. As parents and as Children’s Ministry leaders, you need to have the vision that what you are doing now will make an impact in a child’s future. You have to trust that, over time, everything you pour into the life of a child will come out in a positive way.
I saw an example of the legacy left in the life of a child this summer at FC Kids Camp. This year at Allaso Ranch, more than 50 students and adults who attended Kids Camp as a child over the past 21 years, returned to volunteer, as seen in the video above. Why? So they could share their passion for loving God and loving others with children 2nd through 5th grade, so they could hand the legacy off to the next generation. When these students and adults were young, we looked at them and asked ‘are they really getting it?’ and now we can see that they did. These volunteers, because they have lived it, understand why we do what we do in the lives of children and they want to do their part in helping continue the legacy to make a difference in the life of a child.
Because I’ve been doing Children’s Ministry at the same church for 21 years, I was personally able to see these children grow up in the church and come back to serve at camp. However, I know this group of 50 people is only a small portion of those we poured our time and knowledge into. I know there are hundreds or even thousands of kids that have moved elsewhere, who I won’t ever see the fruit of our labor in their lives. So although it’s about leaving a legacy, even more, it’s about having the vision to understand that you are making a difference in the future of these kids, even when you don’t see the fruit now. You need to persevere with the great calling you have been given as a parent and as a Children’s Ministry leader because what you do in the life of a child does matter.
You may not always see the fruit of your labor on earth, but you will when you get to heaven. When you stay committed to God and to church you will be able to more successfully stay focused on the vision God has given you. When you invest your time and knowledge into the life of a child, that child will grow up and have the opportunity to impact others. And before you know it, the legacy of loving God and loving others that you left with one child is being passed down for generations to impact hundreds and potentially thousands of people. Stay committed to the vision and know that you are making a difference.
When it comes to teaching children, you have to capture their eyes and ears so that the Holy Spirit can capture their hearts. To do that, you need to make sure they are having fun. Fun is the currency of a child. If they think something is fun, they will want to do it. If they don’t, then they will not want to do it. It’s that simple. Just ask any kid if he or she would rather go to the doctor or Disney World. You’ll get your answer quickly. So it stands to reason that if you want a child engaged, attentive, and involved in your ministry, you need to make sure they are having fun.
I don’t believe that having fun in church means “making fun” of the Bible or the applications of the Bible to our lives. I just believe that having fun while learning is the best way to create an experience that can increase the retention of knowledge and encourage the children to return.
So, if you want to make a church experience meaningful for kids, make it fun.
Hey everyone, here we are in Sunny San Diego for C3 Kids West! If you
can’t be here (sorry) then be sure to follow along on Twitter under
the tag #c3kidsWC. All our “twitterers” will give you minute by minute
If you couldn’t make C3 Kids Dallas either, make plans now to attend
C3 Kids East Coast in October. Dates and location will be announced
Details matter. It’s true. We typically don’t think about the impact of details until we forget one. But details are huge in the experience of a person. Take music for example. The right music can make or break an experience. That’s why I use music in my talks, in the children’s areas, in the skits we perform, almost anything we do in FC Kids has a musical element.
We aren’t the first people to realize the impact that sound can have on others. I first experienced the impact of being immersed in sound at Disneyland. I recently came across a blog about the focus Disney has on audio in their parks. You can check that out here.
“When the speakers fail, it feels like the life is sucked out of the place.” Mr. Q
Disney has spent untold sums of money to help their park patrons feel euphoric while at their parks. Their goal is to make you feel good during the time you spend there. Shouldn’t this be a goal for the church as well? We want people to feel good about their experience at church because the church is where life change begins. It’s where families become stronger, people become better, and kids learn to be adults who follow God their whole lives. Music can play a part in this. So, look at sound and music in your children’s areas, it’s a small detail that will yield big results.
If you can get to Grapevine, TX by 1:00 tomorrow, you need to! We are hard at work putting together the C3 Kids Conference, including the Make Our Staff Your Staff displays. These displays will show you how we do and how we use many different things in FC Kids.
Each display will have elements that you will get on a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM to use at your church. Below I'm giving you a sneak peak of a few of the displays. Remember, these are still in progress!
Development on Elevate Year 4 is well under way. The first series has been approved and is being written right now!
Above is the second rendition (but still not the final) of the Year 4 map. By looking at the above map can you guess what the 7 series are? Take a look at the last map I posted (the first rendition) because 2 of the themes were guessed correctly…hmmm, I wonder which ones? Don't forget that the prize will go to whoever can guess the 7 themes correctly first, so give it a guess!
To hear these words sends a streak down my spine. It’s normally used as an excuse for poor performance or low quality in ministry. When people are too tired, too overwhelmed, or… dare I say… too lazy to do something great for the next generation, they say, “They’re just kids, they won’t know the difference.” Where did this idea come from anyway? If you want to make any major change in the world, you have to start with the children. They are the adults of the future. They are the difference makers, the risk takers, the dreamers who have yet to be. Why in the world would we sell short our children, the group of people most open to hearing ideas of change? In churches all over the country kids are relegated to the “basement” of ministry. This un-supported, under-funded, just-keep-them-quiet mentality could very well be the ruin of the church as we know it. If the children of the church grow up and believe that it is irrelevant, boring, and lacking in quality, then the first chance they get, they are out of here. If that happens, the church will die.
I know we cannot all do the same level of work, but we can all have the same spirit behind the work. Let us all embrace the next generation and give our best to them with the resources God has given us.
In a children’s ministry, it’s really important for all of the staff to be in their respective areas when the parents are dropping off and picking up their kids. Those two minutes are going to shape a parent’s impression of you and your children’s ministry. The parents need to know you. You need to be out there shaking their hands. If that means that you have to find someone else to do whatever you usually do during that time, find that person. You need to be out establishing relationships with mom and dad.
A huge benefit to establishing those relationships comes when you are recruiting new volunteer leaders (which is always). When a parent gets a call from the church to volunteer, they will respond more positively if the person calling is someone they have a relationship with. Instead of the husband saying to the wife “Yeah, some guy from the church called and he wants us to volunteer in the children’s area. I don’t know who he is… I told him we were too busy”, he says “Mike Johnson called from the church today. He’s enjoyed getting to know us and he thinks that we would be great volunteers in the children’s area. I told him I wanted to talk to him more about it this weekend when we see him.” See the difference?
The key is relationship. The church is not just a big corporation or organization, the church is people in relationship. When people know you, they will give more thought to what you are asking of them. And when they do, the door is wide open for you to share with them the opportunities you have available. Then, when they step over the line and start to serve, your relationship with them can grow deeper, which will keep them around longer. That’s a win all the way around.
Remember, it’s all about relationships. And relationships begin during The Two Minute Drill.