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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. 

Conspire Conference

Ray and I are sitting at OHare, watching flights get cancelled and delayed...and people having meltdowns. Seriously, people? Is exclaiming Christ's name and obscenities appropriate in front of small children?

We've lost our way. As a culture.

But being at Conspire strengthened my conviction that the church--filled with the most amazing children's ministers who are visionary and committed and servant-hearted--has not lost its way.

Some at the conference say our teenagers are "graduating from God." Studies and statistics prove it, they say. And it just makes me wonder, 'What generation hasn't believed that our teenagers were going to hell in a handbasket'? Stats and studies actually differ on this issue.

A case in point: Check out this article "Busting the Drop-Out Myth" from Group Magazine: It'll make you shudder the next time you hear stats and studies bandied around.

So, Chicken Little, is the sky falling? Are Christian families failing? Is the church failing Christian families? Is God no longer on his throne? Are we as pathetic and ineffective as the stats would say we are?

What do you think? Are you reaching families? Are kids coming regularly? Are faith discussions happening at least once a week at home? Are adults growing in their relationship with Christ--so they're more able to share their faith and model it for their children? Don't let the big bad wolf of statistics rob you of seeing what's in front of you. How is God using you to make a difference in this generation of children and families? That's the real truth you need to walk in.

Posted at 02:23

That's What I'm Talking About

Lest I only come across as pointing out what's wrong, I'd like to celebrate something wonderful I saw in a job posting at

Here's what this church is looking for in a children's ministry director: Develop and lead an effective children's ministry that connects children and their families to Jesus, the church and to each other.

That's what I'm talking about!

Posted at 22:02

Biblical Literacy and Children

I read a job description for a children's minister recently that said the primary responsibility of the job is to develop "biblical literacy and Christian character" in children.

Of course, that made me wonder what biblical literacy is. I'm sure it means different things to different people.

I love the Word of God...I've memorized it, read it, studied it, meditated on it, grappled with it, sought God through it! That needs to be established before I go on.

For this church, "biblical literacy and Christian character" never mentioned anything remotely close to knowing and loving God...or a personal, redemptive relationship with Jesus Christ...or an ongoing friendship with the Creator of the Universe. Nothing.

Is biblical literacy, then, the ability to find a verse in the Bible? Is it the ability to say all 66 books of the Bible in order?

It scares me when I see that the goal of a children's ministry is knowledge and not relationship....behavioral change and not relationship.

People today are longing for an experience with the living God! That needs to be the goal of children's ministry.

Posted at 20:02

Brilliant Author!

Larry Shallenberger is a brilliant author! And I'm thanking God for him today!

With Jennifer being out with her new baby, I'm getting to have more direct editing (rather than just a final look)...and I get the privilege of working with authors who are so easy to edit--like Larry! Yea!

Larry has penned an article for the July/August issue tentatively titled "The B-I-B-L-E: How to make sure it's the Bible for kids!"

Of course, I can't give you all the great stuff in the article, but he points out that with our burning desire to transmit our love of God's Word to children, we sometimes unwittingly pass on three things we don't want to.

For example, that the Bible is a book of trivia (God forbid--trivia means unimportant); that the Bible is a book of fables; and that the Bible is at odds with Science.

Very compelling info! You'll have to wait for the issue to come out. Way to go, Larry! 

Posted at 22:27

It's a Boy!

Jennifer Hooks, managing editor of Children's Ministry Magazine, delivered an 8-pound, 2-ounce baby boy on April 3. Jack Tucker Hooks joins Mom, Dad, and sister Adi! Congratulations, Jen! What a Sweetie!Jack_tucker Check out the photo--he's 8 hours old!

Posted at 20:06


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