In This Issue of
Children's Ministry Magazine: January/February 2014
Q&A: 4 Acts of Love for Your Ministry
Discover how Thom and Joani Schultz's new book Why Nobody Wants to
to Church Anymore will renew your children's ministry-and your
The Bishop's Way
Sedgwick Daniels' energetic faith serves as a catalyst
for investment and
rebuilding of his childhood community.
Feel the sting of criticism lately? Here's how to deal
with it and improve your ministry, too.
Secret Ministry Shopper
How does a visit to your church really feel to families? One
family minister goes incognito as a "secret shopper" to
Shame-Free Family Ministry
Parents can misinterpret our vision for families as just another
set of impossible expectations and check out.
How your ministry can respond to and support families dealing with
Six Valentine's service projects that'll change your kids'
Birth to 2
Share the love, snow in a bag, I've got rhythm, plus
Ages 3 to 5
Bursting your bubble, Naaman's healed heart, engaging
preschoolers, plus more.
Ages 6 to 9
Fruitful trees, Jonah's racism, actively advocate, plus
Ages 10 to 12
Resolution gifts, awe of God, the name of the game is change, plus
Feeding furry friends, mercy chefs, happ-e
Chart your course, blessing bags, plus more.
Flexibility with brain injuries, let kids fidget, plus
Screaming toddlers, making fun of kids who don't read,
Expert insights from children's ministry leaders.
From the Editor:
Let's talk. Because you serve in the church, you know the sting
of criticism. You have a very public ministry with an audience of
parents, children, staff, volunteers, and community. The truth is
that your audience feels entitled to criticize what you do-often.
The music is too loud (outdated, canned, quiet). The redecorated
hallway is too bright (sedate, cluttered, boring). The curriculum
is too complex (shallow, boring, doctrinally off).
Such criticism can chip away at your calling.
You've probably heard it all if you've been in ministry long
enough. And criticism over time can lead to a sense of shame- that
nothing you do is ever right.
If we allow the criticism to creep into our souls, we begin to
believe things that aren't true. That we're second-rate. That we
must not really care. (I've even gotten criticism that I must not
even be a Christian!)
You'll learn more about shame and criticism in "Shame- Free
Family Ministry" by Larry Shallenberger on page 92 and "Make
Lemonade" by Anne Bosarge on page 78. Both authors give fresh
insights into these issues.
When battling shame and facing criticism, people in ministry are
the most lion-hearted people ever. You work in customer service day
in and day out. And you face criticism that somehow you don't allow
to become a cancer of shame that would destroy your ministry.
You focus on the fact that you play to "an audience of One." You
humbly and gently receive criticism and learn from it (which is
what Anne Bosarge advocates). And you manage to keep your high
spirits and focus of making Jesus irresistible to kids.
No matter what you're hearing today, your #1 fan is crazy about
you! Whenever your critics' voices are louder than your Savior's,
remember this from Zephaniah 3:17: "The Lord your God is in
your midst: a victorious warrior! He will exult over you with joy.
He will be quiet in his love. He will rejoice over you with shouts
of joy!" (NAS)
May the shouts of God's extreme pleasure in you and your service
drown out every other voice today!
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