A Challenge

This year I will turn 29.  God has opened up a really amazing opportunity for me to interact with a veteran in the field of children’s and family ministry.  This person is a leader that I have come to respect and learn a lot from.  But recently he challenged me with some big questions. From my perspective, what are the top five things that the older generation of children’s and family ministry leader needs to know about my generation, parents from my generation, kids from this generation, and the challenges these groups afford to ministry paradigms from the past. Here are some further questions for discussion: Is it all about technology?  Are the distinctives only technological? What about depth? What about relationship? What will ministry to children and families look like in the future? What will students look like in the future/when they grow up? If we make a host of changes in the way we minister to children and families, where will that...

What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Ebook Release!

Several weeks ago I was struck with an epic idea.  I wanted to create a book with insight from people across the field of children’s and family ministry, education, non-profit, and para-church ministry about what matters now in children’s ministry.  Like any great idea, it occupied all of my mental space until I finally shared it with others.  I am proud today to be part of the release of the culmination of this idea: a free e-book that answers the question, “What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry?” The team (Amy Dolan of Lemon Lime Kids, Henry Zonio of Elemental Children’s Ministry, and me) have gathered 33 perspectives from a cross section of denominations and ministry contexts to answer our epic question.  But we asked every contributor to answer the question with only ONE word (we gave a couple of contributors some grace and allowed two words).  After they honed the one-word answer, they were allowed to support their answer with another 300 words.  Not an easy task. David Staal, Ivy Beckwith, Gregory Carlson, Larry Shallenberger, Rob Reinow, Michael Chanley, Scottie May, and many more individuals graciously agreed to partner with us.  Prepare to be inspired – these answers are industrial strength, not over the...