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Christine has over 20 years of children's ministry experience. She's the author of 10 books and hundreds of articles related to children's ministry. It's no wonder she enjoys an almost-daily latte to keep her going! She is also the executive editor of Children's Ministry Magazine and serves as Group's children's ministry champion, responsible for research, development, and innovation in children's ministry resources. 

Can't Please Everyone

This is one of those weeks where I pulled in so many different directions. The people-pleaser in me wants to be in every meeting, conversation, coffee-time, etc. to make people happy. But I'm proud of myself for choosing priorities (for now the priority is quality-control editing on Buzz--Quarter 3). That means saying no or "later" to others.

It's okay. It just isn't possible to please everyone--and have a life. (OK...I am thinking I'll work some this weekend to please a few.) But as a pattern, it helps to try to prioritize all the things I'm juggling and just say no every now and then.

How do you juggle everything in your children's ministry?

Posted at 12:52

When Will School End!?

Is anyone else weary from all the end-of-school projects, tests, papers, presentations? My son Reed had a HUGE project that was interdisciplinary (which is cool) so it had math, English, and history all rolled up into one presentation on Afghanistan. And, of course, I got to help. Today, he's serving Challow (rice) and wearing a makeshift Afghan costume (I made the Karzai hat from black fuzzy cloth and glue--and it worked!). I'll have to post photos later.

Anyway, as a mom, worker-bee-person, and volunteer in children's ministry...I'm tired. Maybe your volunteers are tired, too. We're all hanging on until the end of May when we get a break. Might be a good time to let your volunteers know you know they're weary. For great ideas, go to the "leadership" tab at childrensministry.com to look for quick affirmation ideas!

Posted at 15:12

Our Lives Aren't Our Own

My Marine son, Grant, put in his request for where he'll be stationed. And he waited....and waited...and waited. And watched others get their orders...and he waited.

I'm learning so much from him about what it means that our lives are not our own. He's under authority. He can't argue, beg, plead, conspire, or anything else to get his way. He waits.

This reminded me this weekend of 2 Timothy 2:3-4: "Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer."

May everything we do in children's ministry be pleasing to our commanding officer!

Posted at 18:45

Unhappy Mother's Day?

So we listen to country music on the way to school and I got sucked into some of the "talk radio" stuff about Mother's Day. "What does Mom want?" the djs asked. People called in with all of their horror stories of how someone gave them the wrong thing. Then they called in with ideas for what "every" mom wants--time alone, a mani/pedi, gifts, flowers, a card, time with kids, a personal note. Everyone disagreed.

And I'm sitting there thinking (of course, I would never call in), but I'm thinking it's all about Mom's love language. I mean, who hasn't read "The Five Love Languages"? Not every mom wants the same thing. It's not a one-size-fits-all holiday--that's more like a mu-mu, yuk! The best advice is to find out from Mom what her love language is: gifts, quaility time, touch, words of appreciation, or acts of service. Then give her what'll speak her language.

I do have to say, though, that the one idea that caught my heart was that the kids always write a letter to Mom, telling her what she means to them. So I shared that with my kids. (Guess that shows my love lanugage is 'words of appreciation', huh?)

Anyway, whatever you do for Moms in your children's ministry this weekend, make it personal and heartfelt! And Happy Mother's Day to you if you're fortunate enough to be a Mom!

Posted at 15:53

Amen, Brother Larry!

Leave it to Larry Shallenberger to make the most profound statement today! In response to my "Can't Take Nice to the Bank" posting, Larry said: "Nice is the delivery system for truth. But it's not the same thing as telling truth."

How wise is that statement for leading people in children's ministry! Amen, Brother Larry!

Posted at 16:46

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