May 17, 2010
“What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry?”
That was the epic question before them. The team (Amy Dolan of Lemon Lime Kids, Henry Zonio of Elemental Children’s Ministry, and Matt Guevara of the
What Matters most?
Cory Center) have gathered 33 perspectives from a cross section of denominations and ministry contexts to answer this question. Every contributor was asked to answer the question with only ONE word (a couple of contributors were given 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.
Our own Liz Perraud is one of the contributors for his project. So I invite you to take a look at this free ebook “What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry” which was published by IMAGO. A printed version will be available sometime in June.
May 5, 2010
Confirmation class by Raymond Brown
It is that time of year. Summer is just around the corner. Colleges and High Schools are in the midst of graduation ceremonies and celebrations with all of their “pomp and circumstance”. It is also the time of year when many churches confirm their newest, youngest members into full membership of Christ’s church. Late last year, I heard a speaker who asked, “What do you do to make sure that confirmation is not interpreted as graduation in your church?”
Those words have stuck with me for months and I think are worth wrestling with for all of us. He went on to talk about how we have a processional often times with them in robes, give them a certificate, make note of their achievement, and dissolve their class (small group). Why wouldn’t they think they have no graduated from learning in the church?
In the church I attend, twenty-two wonderful young teens were just confirmed. I have also noticed that Facebook, Twitter and Flickr are filled with church announcements of their newly confirmed young members. So all of that leads me to ask some questions that I believe we need to wrestle with in our churches regarding those who have just been confirmed.
1. How does your church keep these young people relationally connected with the same intensity they had during their confirmation class?
2. What processes are in place to provide leadership roles for these new young members?
3. How are they intentionally mentored into these roles of leadership?
4. How does your church purposefully offer them ways to answer God’s call on their lives, give of themselves, share their gifts and build up the body of Christ?