In This Issue of
Children's Ministry Magazine: May/June 2014
The Dark Side of Adoption
The dream of adoption can turn into a nightmare for adoptive
parents-discover how you can support these families.
What you need to know about recruiting, leading, and
communicating with everyone on your team.
Spit-Shine Your Tech
You've got tech tools at your fi ngertips. Why not get
creative with how you use them?
Preteens: Meet the Parents
This ministry is successfully equipping parents to model,
mentor, and share their faith with their preteens.
Jon Acuff shares why following your dreams is so important-for you
and the kids you serve.
Get Smart With God
Use these 8 ideas to let kids experience God through their
Birth to 2
Weather rhyme, train station, equip new parents, plus
Ages 3 to 5
Bubble prayers, flowers for mom, cheerful givers, plus
Ages 6 to 9
Nothing's impossible, daffodil trumpets, embrace summer's
current, plus more.
Ages 10 to 12
Overflow, recyclable wreaths, bloomin' beliefs, plus more.
Planting seeds, buddy system, rest for the weary.
Family faith conversations, family prayer pails, The Love
Dare for Parents Bible study.
Support for a new diagnosis, diversify perspectives, not
Roaming children, disruptive kids, preschooler crier.
Expert insights from children's ministry leaders.
From the Editor:
"I look at dream chasing as diving deeper into the person God
created you to be," says Jon Acuff in "Chasing Dreams" on page
I love that: Diving deeper into the person God created you to
Perhaps you're living that dream or you may be in the middle of
wanting to wake up from a nightmare. You may be one of those people
who dreams in full color when it comes to ministry or someone who
never dreams at all.
Either way, come chase God's dream for you at Group's KidMin
Conference September 26-29 in Columbus, Ohio. I believe this event
could be pivotal in your ministry and life-for both to become what
God created them to be!
Keynote Jon Acuff, the New York Times bestselling
author of Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average
and Do Work That Matters, will join other general session
speakers and worship bands to provide a spark of life that'll
ignite any dying embers of a ministry dream gone cold. I hope
you'll join us!
With more than 150 workshops, we'll take you deeper into
training topics at KidMin. Imagine eight full hours of training
with presenters like Patty Smith who'll arm you with skills to stay
relevant, dynamic, and multidimensional in sessions like "Status
Quo, Oh No!" Cynthia Crane, described as "caffeine with legs,"
plans to do "A Little Bit of Surge-ry" with her characteristic
energy and creativity. You never leave emptyhanded from sessions
led by either of these dynamos!
Presenters like Rick Lawrence, author of Sifted:
God's Scandalous Response to Satan's Outrageous Demand,
and Brian Haynes, author of Shift: What It Takes to Finally
Reach Families Today, will lead us into the presence of Jesus
so we create dream ministries that are "radically, creatively,
passionately, and even ridiculously centered in Jesus." Who could
ask for more?
Steve Adams from Saddleback Church and David Wakerley from
Hillsong Church in Australia will guide us to create dream teams of
volunteers. And Katie Wetherbee, our special needs columnist on
page 42, will help us apply a salve of healing to families living
in the midst of trauma and crisis.
There are so many others I'd love to tell you about. You can
learn more about KidMin at group.com/kidmin. My dream? That you'll join us
to see God do amazing things in our lives and ministries.
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