i would’ve tweeted all day yesterday the things that sam was saying, but it seemed excessive, so i decided to blog about it instead… this blog will be part 1 – i’ll cover his second talk in a second email.
he was talking about what parents need from volunteers, what volunteers need from parents and what kids need from all of us…and i’ll get to that… but first, the tweetables.
•kids are ego-destroyers
•we don’t look at our ministry in weeks and months, but in years and decades.
•we can tell we have a successful kids ministry when we have a healthy youth ministry
•my son, is a heart, with a boy inside
•don’t force them to make a decision, rub against the pallette of their spirit, so that Jesus becomes beautiful to them
•make Jesus beautiful, make him everything to them. when he’s beautiful to us, he will be beautiful to them.
•he has done the work for us, so out of gratitude for this… we serve
•i am anti-craft – it started the day we did a bead craft
•my mom always said, rejoice when no one thanks you, the applause of heaven is so much bigger
•as you grow, you can’t know every kid, but you can know every volunteer, and they can know every kid
•i don’t want to be the only voice for Jesus in a child’s life, I want to be the echo of your parent voice.
•an army of small group leaders can do more than 1 kids pastor.
parents want from volunteers:
-a safe place to bring thier kids, proactive culture increases safety. being “helpful” makes ill-intentioned people uncomfortable…
-to know you know their kid
-to know they are not alone. the enemy wants us to feel alone and get us to believe things that are not true.
volunteers want from parents:
-show up early and often (this teaches the importance of the local church and value of community – we were made for this)
-to know that you notice and care that they are caring for your kid
-see yourself as the primary spiritual leader in your child’s life
what kids need from both of us:
-to leverage your time, make the most of the (volunteers) 40 hours you have at church, and (parents) the 3000 that you have at home
-avoid a culture of co-dependence (parents depend on the church to do everything for their kids spiritually, and we have acquiesced to them)
-model christ and help resource the parents (don’t just answer everything, help them find where the answers are)
-they need a hero to point them to the ultimate hero – God gave us his son so our sons can have hope.