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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. 

Strategic Failure

I spoke to my Marine son, Grant, this weekend about how his Marine Combat Training is going. He said he's learning amazing battle strategies for the war in Iraq, but not Afghanistan. I asked him why and he said that they can't train them for what they haven't experienced yet. He said that strategy comes from failure and they haven't fought enough or failed enough to develop the best strategies.

That was very compelling to me. So often, we're afraid to fail, but look at all the lessons we miss!

Posted at 20:13

How2 Conference--This Week!

We're getting such amazing feedback from How2 Children's Ministry Leadership Experience alumni!

One gal emailed me that she got more out of the conference in a day and a half than she has in other conferences that lasted four days. Seriously! You get so much for your investment--the meals, the networking, the training. Then you get EVERYTHING to do it all at home with your team. Bring your team and renovate your ministry this year!!

Check it out!

“I have been equipped, connected and motivated to continue to dream and work out a growing children's ministry.” 
   —Heidi Rogers, Elmhurst, Illinois

“The HOW2 Conference has made a lasting impact on our children's ministry. We are implementing some of the ideas right now. God has used this conference to mold our ministry into the one He wants.” 
   —Brad Bennett, Kansas City, Kansas


A must for all struggling Children's Ministries for encouragement and how-tos. A must for thriving ministries to keep you on your toes.” 
   —Stephanie Whittenhall, Medinah, Illinois


Go to how2conference.com to find a city near you! (And if you want a special rate because you read this blog, just let me know!)

Posted at 18:38

God Is Our Rock!

I read this in (of all places) Habakkuk this weekend:

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:17-18

 

So, even if our portfolios are shrinking or drying up....we will rejoice in the Lord!

Posted at 21:06

Celebrate Recovery for Kids

I'm writing a new resource that I'm very excited about--it's Celebrate Recovery for Kids, and it should be available this August.

When I first started considering freelancing this project, I was unsure. I haven't freelanced since my first husband's death. I just haven't had it in me. And, even now, I'm not sure I have it in me. (Pray for discipline!)

But I sensed that God was calling me to this project. And the fact that I am an adult child of an alcoholic, I figured that God wanted me to also walk through the 12 steps in the program. I have been ministered to by the principles in Celebrate Recovery (CR) already.

The other thing I find so amazing, though, is that God can take all the pain that I experienced as a child and transform it into helping children whose parents have hurts, habits, and hangups. That's very cool of God! And, like John Baker's dream, God can take a resource like this and help children avoid the patterns of hurts, habits, and hangups. That's very cool of God, too!

I remember so many times as a child praying and asking God to help my dad stop drinking. That prayer was finally answered in my dad's 70's...kind of. So the fact is that regular Sunday school lessons about "God answers prayer" just fall short of what a child in a situation like this faces. Children like me need something different...and I think CR for Kids will provide it. I'm eager to work with the CR folks to create something that'll help children continue to cry out to God--even when their parents' pain may be too deep for quick answers.

I love what John (founder of CR) said when we met with him months ago. "We've translated CR into nine languages; we need you to translate it into 'child.' " I am a translator.

Posted at 16:23

Social Site Overload

I haven't blogged in awhile because I've discovered Facebook. (Which, by the way, if you haven't yet, friend me!)

Does anyone else struggle with all the ways to stay connected--but wonder if we're more disconnected from those around us because of the distraction of connecting with those who are far away? (I actually heard a DJ say she was giving up Facebook for Lent. She said she wasn't sure she could do it.)

The other thing...while it's nice, and I am glad to be connecting with people I haven't talked to in forever, just wondering who has the time for all of these sites? Is it extroverts who can juggle it all?

How do you juggle all of it? How do you decide what is and isn't important to stay plugged into?

Posted at 22:53

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