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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. 

Follow Me...

So, some of you asked what my Twitter ID is so you could follow me. Of course, I forgot it and had to wait until I got back to work where I had written it down. (Oh! And I got help to sync my Twitter with my Facebook.)

Anyway, my Twitter ID is ChristineYJones.

Posted at 20:10

Tweet! Tweet!

So...I just signed up for Twitter. I love the question Eric Echols (children's guy at 12Stone Church) wrote on Facebook: "Is twitter a new form of connectedness, a tool for community, or is it simply fueling our culture's narcissism?"

I guess I'll find out. I can't believe anyone is that interested in the minutiae of my life. (I had to look up how to spell minutiae, by the way, and I misspelled dictionary trying to get to dictionary.com--might be time to call it a day!)

Posted at 17:30

Celebrating Recovery

I'm writing a kids' curriculum that goes with Celebrate Recovery (in my free time). We're calling it Celebration Station (published by Group) and it'll be out this August.

One of the interesting phrases that's caught my attention lately from Celebrate Recovery is this: Hurt people hurt people.

So simple...yet so profound.

As an adult child of an alcoholic, I wish I'd know that as a child. It results in more compassion for the one who's struggling with hurts, habits, and hang-ups (another Celebrate Recovery catchphrase).

Posted at 19:45

Do Good Anyway

I've been challenged and encouraged by this writing by Mother Teresa today. Hopefully, it will encourage you also in your children's ministry.

  • People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
  • If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
  • If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
  • If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
  • What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
  • If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
  • The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
  • Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
  • In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
  • Posted at 19:17

    Who Can You Trust?

    In a beyond-disturbing development in the case of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu's murder (in Tracy, California), Sandra's playmate's mother has been arrested. It's unbelievable!

    We ask, "What mother would do this?" Add insult to injury because not only was she a trusted parent, but she was also a Sunday school teacher. The press has made a lot of noise about this. Why? Because we trust other mothers to protect our children. And we certainly trust the Sunday school teachers in children's ministry to protect our children in the name of God.

    When either of those instincts break down--to protect and nurture as a mother or to represent God's love as a Sunday school teacher, our entire society finds it even more horrific.

    Our prayers go out to Sandra's grieving family today. And to a shocked and disbelieving Huckaby family as well.

    Posted at 15:30

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