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from-the-editor 11_12_2010

Christine Yount Jones

From the Nov./Dec. 2010 issue of Children's Ministry Magazine:

I'm guilty.

CM1110CoverBefore I reveal my sin, let me say I'm so grateful to resource the church with great ideas, tools, resources, strategies, principles, methods, and more. I believe in all these things to make the church stronger and more effective.

Perhaps too much. And I don't think I'm alone.

I have the privilege of attending conferences, seminars, webinars, and workshops. And I read numerous blogs, books, articles, columns, tweets, and more. I talk to really bright people who are in the fields of children's and family ministry. These things aren't the problem.

What I believe the problem is--and God forgive us because we're all guilty of this at times to varying degrees--is when we depend on the steady stream of information, rather than depending on the power of the almighty God.

It looks like this. We have a challenge in our ministry, so we google for answers. We ask others what they've done that's worked. We have coffee with a friend to commiserate about our ministry woes. We attend conference after conference and dutifully take copious notes. We buy or download ministry textbooks and guides in search of the latest, greatest innovation.

These things tickle our minds as we grapple with the challenges we face. We can figure this out, we reason! And we rarely ask God to help us. And if we do, we rarely wait for his answer.

I confess. I'm guilty of prayerlessness. I'm guilty of not inviting God into my work and my ministry to show up with power and miracles and wisdom and his sweet presence. I'm guilty of not being dependent on God first and foremost.

Sure, we can get the job done without prayer--kind of. But perhaps the things we long for more than anything--children loving Jesus for a lifetime and families growing in Christ--will never genuinely happen without us humbling ourselves and praying and seeking God and turning from our self-sufficient ways. Then, and only then, will he forgive and restore us (2 Chronicles 7:14).

I'm calling you, dear reader, to join me in turning this generation around--not with methods or resources--but with God's amazing power as we cry out to him. Want to join me on this great adventure? Email me at to let me know you're taking this prayer challenge! And I'll join you in prayer, too.

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