Is your Church X-Rated?

November 17, 2007

I am writing this from the Youth Specialties Conference in Atlanta. I heard a powerful message of a youth pastor who was fired because he was bringing the “wrong” kind of youth to church.  This message reminded me of a powerful message I wanted to share with you that came from a new friend  I made last week.  When I was with him last week, Pastor Robb Fuesler from California asked this question, “Is your church X-Rated?”  So what does that mean?  It means, in today’s world many churches are X-Rated, that is no one under 18 is invited or welcome.  We structure our churches, our worship, our ministries in such a way that it sends a clear message that no on under 18 is going to find a place to belong, even if accompanied by a parent.  In short we don’t create our ministries, especially worship, to be inclusive of children and youth.  Robb went on to say that in today’s world, remember we lose 7 out of 8 young people, we should be striving for a church rated as AGE, Adult Guidance and Encouragement required.  We want to welcome the young ones and give them all of the guidance and encouragement necessary to build young disciples of Jesus.  We want to connect young people to Christ and his body in such a strong way that they know this is where they belong.

So, how is your church rated?  Is it X-Rated where no one under 18 really belongs and feels a part of the body or is it AGE rated where adults welcome, guide and encourage all those who are young and seeking?


LOGOS Top 10 (or more) List

November 9, 2007

Here is a list of the top things that the current participants of the Leader Development Workshop love about LOGOS.

  1. Scripturally Grounded
  2. Intergenerational
  3. Relationships
  4. Non-competitive
  5. Transforming culture
  6. Good Food
  7. Safe
  8. Formational
  9. Fun
  10. Family Participation
  11. Themes
  12. Adult Relationships
  13. Healing Kids in a rough week
  14. Application of Bible
  15. Kids in worship
  16. Pastor connected to children/youth
  17. Games
  18. Mission-Service-Outreach
  19. Christ centered-Kid centered-Community centered
  20. Treated as a child of God
  21. Having fun at no ones expense
  22. Glimpses of the Kingdom of God

Why would we not want our young people to experieince this? What would you add to this list?


Creative Children’s Ministry

November 1, 2007

How do you support creativity in your children’s ministry? I came across a list the other day about phrases that crush creativity. Here is a selection of the phrases that I hear used a lot in churches with regard to children’s minstry. Take a look at the list. Are any of these used in your children’s ministry? Do they hinder the dreams and vision God has given you for your ministry? The key is not to let our language stand in the way of the creative vision God is revealing.

PHRASES THAT CRUSH THE SPIRIT OF CREATIVITY

By Corey Mann

We tried that before.
It costs too much.
That’s not my job.
They’re too busy to do that.
We don’t have the time.
Not enough help.
It’s too radical a change.
The staff will never buy it.
We don’t have the authority.
Let’s get back to reality
That’s not our problem.
I don’t like the idea.
I’m not saying you’re wrong but…
Now’s not the right time.
It isn’t in the budget.
Can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Let’s give it more thought.
Not that again.
Where’d you dig that one up?
We did alright without it before.
It’s never been tried.
Let’s put that one on the back burner for now.
Let’s form a committee.
It won’t work in our place.
I don’t see the connection.
Let’s all sleep on it.
It can’t be done.
It’s too much trouble to change.
It won’t pay for itself.
It’s impossible.
We’ve always done it this way.
Don’t rock the boat.
Has anyone else ever tried it?
Let’s look into it further.
Quit dreaming.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
It’s too much work.

That is quite a list. Are there any you would add to the list?