Jim Wideman brings it.
Brother can give a message.
Can I get an amen?!
Brother Jim led a great breakout at the Orange Conference called Aligning Children & Student Ministries. In the midst of giving us a vision for aligning out kids and student ministries, he gave us 5 things we should work on together to make it happen. The headings are his, the commentary is mine.
Start with the end in mind to build a plan
If there’s no unified vision, you’re toast. Your teams need to sit down and define the goal they’re aiming for. If you are flying blind, you’ll never be able to teach kids how to see Jesus.
Create in all groups a hunger for the word of God
At the core of what we do, we should be passing on a love for the Bible. Jim’s a good ‘ol boy when it comes to Scripture, and I dig it.
Help all understand the importance of spiritual service
We need to come up with a unified passion for kids and students serving in the church. If we want faith to stick, it needs to be something that kids are living out and practicing regularly.
Watch out for sibling rivalry
If we’re a family ministry team, we need to learn to share and to stay away from jealousy. If one area is winning, we need to celebrate as a team. Sharing needs to be a value on your team if you want to work together. Ministries that can’t share (space, supplied, volunteers, etc.) will be ripped apart.
Work Together to Connect with Parents
We need to decide, early on, that we’re going to work together to equip parents. Kids need models of what it means to follow Christ at home. They need consistent and intentionality to leave a mark. We need to teach parents to take back the time God said they have with their kids – Morning, Bedtime, travel, and when they sit at home.