Monthly Archives: September 2007

TEAMS

Teams have more creative potential than individuals…I think that is obvious. Pooling all resources to complete a task usually means the task gets done more efficiently. Inventor Henry Ford said it like this: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is a success.” Everyone is part of a team. If you are married, you and your spouse are a team. If you are employed, you and your colleagues are a team.

If you read through the new testament you will find that many of Jesus’ miracles were performed with others playing “supporting roles” or contributing to the event is some way. Teamwork is the foundation of what we do in ministry.

 I love teams.

The Reinvention of Sunday School

Here is an online review I did for Kidology.

Judge It By Its CoverOkay, so I finally did it. I judged a book by its cover. I have been so consumed with all the new resources that publishing companies have been releasing that it has been extremely easy to overlook anything of relevance. In the midst of my daily blog checks and publishing house resource updates I ran across Aaron Reynolds’ book The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School. Not only did the cover and graphics that enhanced the online preview catch my eye – I knew that Reynolds was a fabulous storyteller from the Willow Creek group. I was pumped to get my hands on this new resource. I was excited that Reynolds was potentially going to impart some awesome ideas, however, I was a little fearful that the book was going to be a little heavy on Willow Creek programming.After quickly reading through the book (no kidding – it is a thick book but a super-fast read), I was relieved to finish a book that gave me so much energy to transform the way I do ministry to kids. Not only did I feel like I had been to a conference, but I was also actually thankful to read a Children’s Ministry book that did not tell me how to recruit volunteers (I have come to the realization that finding volunteers is a constant battle and there is no perfect equation or formula for every church). The book, broken up into three distinct parts, transformed my thinking and encouraged me to evaluate what I am doing now to impact the kids I am reaching.

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Start me up!

God’s definitely moving me through some seasons right now. Hopefully I can be able to use this as an outlet to all of the stuff He is downloading into my life. I have been asking in my prayer life lately to become more innovative. We will see what happens!