Kids have access to more technology than ever before. They’ve never known a world without it. Technology comes as naturally as breathing for them. But something interesting is happening. Kids have become so inundated with technology that the latest device doesn’t wow them anymore. Look what toy expert Chris Byrne says.“Technology isn’t a wow anymore. …
Those of us who work with children know that it’s not about the numbers. It’s never been about the numbers. Reaching one child or 50, we are incredibly blessed to be making disciples.
Sometimes, though, we need to do a little math and look at the numbers.
Doing a little math once or twice a year can tell you whether or not your ministry is healthy. Try this: Take your church’s average worship attendance and multiply by 10%. The number you get is the fewest number kids you should have to be healthy. In the same manner, multiply avg. church attendance by 20% and you’ll get the maximum number you can expect to serve.
Of course, these numbers are just a starting point. If your program falls below the healthy number, don’t get stuck there. Evaluate and “tweak” your programs to see if you can effectively reach more children. If you are at the top number….hooray! Use this “ceiling” as an opportunity to go deeper with the things you’re offering until the church attendance grows.
Here’s the latest from Relevant Children’s Ministry blogger, Dale Hudson. He blogs daily about current trends, kid research, and lots of other “stuff” for those in children’s ministry. Dale is not Methodist, but he knows children’s ministry…so keep your Wesleyan reading glasses on and follow his daily blog.
So, the Louisiana Children’s Ministry Network is now, officially, a thing! Those of us ministering to families with children are no longer “alone.” We have begun to resource each other, problem solve together, and encourage each other. We are a TEAM.
Thank you all for giving this Network thing a try! Please spread the word to those in your hometowns who might not have been able to join us.
It’s happening! We’re all set to treat our Lab Techs with style. Lots of fun things planned, so come ready to enjoy yourself! It’s a conference, yes, but it’s also going to be an experience!
So, as the date for the Learning Lab got closer, my whining about all that needed to happen got louder and more frequent.
Then, she called. A children’s ministry volunteer who works FOUR jobs and serves as the VOLUNTEER coordinator for all things children at her church. FOUR JOBS. She told me that she was able to get Friday afternoon off so that she could attend our “newbie night.” She also told me that she tried but couldn’t get Saturday off. She was worried she’d miss out on things she needed to serve the children better.
Humbled beyond belief, I no longer whine or worry about this Lab thing. I’m grateful that God works through whiners and workers! No matter what happens this weekend, I will forever be grateful for my attitude adjustment.
Join me in praying for all of those who minister to families with children.
Learning Lab participants, you are invited to a free (and tasty) breakfast on Saturday, February 18th between 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Spiritwind Worship Center. Check-in is from 9:00-9:30 a.m. so come hungry!
Mouse pads and lanyards are in! More swag should be arriving shortly! Lots of goodies for those attending the Learning Lab! Don’t forget to bring any resources you’d like to share. There will be opportunities to swap curriculum and materials and a “best practices” area to exchange ideas and ministry tools. Click here to register for the Learning Lab!