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The "9 Things" Book. Win a copy!

UncategorizedJared Kennedy4 Comments

9 Things They Didn't Team Me in College about Children's Ministry by Ryan Frank (Standard Publishing, 2011). I am really thankful for the ministry of Ryan Frank.  He is a superstar in children's ministry.  Ryan is the Executive Director of KidzMatter Ministries, an Executive Director of Awana Clubs  International, and the publisher of K! Magazine.   He has served as a children’s pastor for fifteen years, and he also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Network of Children’s Ministry and the American Children’s Ministers’ Association.  But the reason Ryan is such an amazing superstar is because he ministers with gospel humility and grace.

The title of his newest book is 9 Things They Didn't Teach Me in College about Children's Ministry.  I didn't actually take any college or seminary classes on children's ministry.  So, for me, he could have put just about anything in this book. :)  I'm really thankful for what he did put here.  The book is profound.  It majors on the simplicity of the gospel, humility, and love for people.  But it is also practical.  It applies these profound truths where the rubber meets the road, that is, to practical, everyday kidmin stuff like recruiting volunteers, managing conflict, and making budgets.  I'll be having all of our Campus Kids Directors read it.

You can win a copy of the book.  I'll give away a copy to the person who becomes fan #140 of SojournKids on Facebook.  Click here to become a fan!

Here is a brief summary of some highlights from the book:

In the chapter titled, "How Big is Your Church? Defining a Successful Ministry," Frank writes:

Methodology and programs change, but God's measurement of success never changes. Sometimes we look for creative, innovative, dynamic exciting ways to succeed while overlooking the obvious.  Want to know what's really important to God?  The gospel!

In the chapter titled, "People Over Paper: Polishing Your People Skills":

Cheering on your team can start with simple notes of encouragement.  They go a long way.  You can e-mail someone, but I suggest turning off the computer and sending something in the mail.  After all, it's nice to go to mailbox and find something other than a bill now an then.  I see your head nodding.

In the chapter titled, "The Big 'Ask': Recruiting Volunteers for the Long Haul" (I wish I'd been told this three years ago before I read Reggie Joiner and Andy Stanley!):

Having ministry descriptions shows exactly what's needed and what the qualifications are for the different ministry positions.  In baseball, the requirements to be a pitcher are known.  That's why a batboy knows he isn't ready to pitch.  In children's minsitry, there might be someone who would be a great organizer but isn't ready to teach.  Ministry descriptions help people get into the right positions and not get frustrated.

This book is full of these kinds of gems.  Thanks again Ryan!

I received a complimentary copy of the book, 9 Things They Didn't Teach Me in College about Children's Ministry, from Standard Publishing for review purposes.

 

Pray for your Pastors

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

9 Things is an amazing little book, and I'll have a complete review in a couple of weeks, but I couldn't help but preview one section that was particularly helpful and convicting for me.  Ryan Frank writes a lot about dependence upon God and prayer in this book.  As I said on Thursday, there are two prayer lists in the book that I think are particularly helpful for SojournKids servants.  Here is the second (on page 46).  This is my prayer today. Pray for your Pastors

Pray especially for Sojourn’s Executive Team—Daniel Montgomery, Brian Howard, Mike Cosper, and Bryce Butler.  Also pray for the Midtown Campus Pastor Chad Lewis and the J-town Campus Pastor Lisle Drury.

P—Purity.  Pray that your pastors will remain pure in the face of constant pressure in an immoral culture.

A—Adversity. Pray that your pastors will confront adversity with faith and endurance.

S—Strength.  These mean all work 50+ hours each week.  Pray that they will have strength to continue their ministry.

T—Teaching.  Pray that these mens’ teaching and preaching ministries will be effective, powerful, and clear.

O—Organization.  These men have more to do than any one person can handle.  Pray that they will prioritize correctly.

R—Rest.  Your pastors need rest.  Pray that they will sleep each night and that they will take enough time away from ministry that they will not get worn out.

For more on praying for your pastors, download 31 Days of Praying for your Pastor, a resources that Frank has adapted from Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

 

Thursday Book Club: 15 Ways to Pray for Sojourn's Kids

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

9 Things is an amazing little book, and I'll have a complete review in a couple of weeks, but I couldn't help but preview one section that was particularly helpful and convicting for me.  Ryan Frank writes a lot about dependence upon God and prayer in this book.  There are two prayer lists in the book that I think are particularly helpful for SojournKids servants.  Here is the first (on page 16).  This is my prayer today. 15 Ways to Pray For the Kids in Your Ministry

Pray...

  • that God will give you a love for each child.
  • that they will come to know Christ as Savior.
  • that they will love God with all of their hearts.
  • for their parents and families.
  • that they will choose the right kind of friends.
  • for spiritual stability during tough times.
  • for the needs of their hearts that you may not know about.
  • for protection in their lives.
  • that they will have wisdom and discernment.
  • that they will love God's Word.
  • that they will learn to pray.
  • that they will have concern for others.
  • that they will have integrity in all areas of their lives.
  • that they will have courage to do what's right.
  • that they will look for ways to serve the Lord.

A copy of this book was provided to me for review purposes by Standard Publishing