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10 hours ago

Ali Campbell

If you need a reminder . . .

Where do you find your identity and worth?Children's, Youth and Family Workers, Ministers, Pastors, Leaders . . .

You are not defined by your job title.
You are not defined by your role.
You are not defined by being full time.
You are not defined by being part time.
You are not defined by being a volunteer.
You are not defined by the expectations of others.
You are not defined by the expectations you place on yourself.
You are not defined by how much you earn . . .
. . . nor by how little.
You are not defined by who you know . . .
. . . nor by who you don't.
You are not defined by which conferences you attend . . .
. . . nor by which you don't.
You are not defined by how busy you are . . .
. . . nor by how much free time you enjoy.
You are not defined by a full diary . . .
. . . nor an empty one.
You are not defined by how many young people turn up . . .
. . . nor by how many don't.
You are not defined by the effort you put in being noticed . . .
. . . nor when the effort you put is not.
You are not these things
This is not who you are.

You are . . .

A child of God (John 1 : 12)
Reconciled to God (Romans 5 : 11)
Tenderly loved by God (Jeremiah 31 : 3)
Christ's friend (John 15 : 5)
A joint heir with Christ, sharing his inheritance with him (Romans 8 : 39)
A child of the light (1 Thessalonians 5 : 5)
Made right with God (Romans 5 : 11)
A saint (Ephesians 1 : 1)
Chosen by God and dearly loved (Colossians 3 : 12)
The dwelling place of God (1 Corinthians 3 : 16)
Firmly rooted in Christ (Colossians 2 : 7)
Born of God and the evil one cannot touch you (1 John 5 : 18)
A prince / princess in God's Kingdom (1 Timothy 6 : 15)
Free from any condemning charges against you (Romans 8 : 31)
Inseparable from the love of God (Romans 8 : 35)
Able to do all things through Christ's strength (Philippians 4 : 13)
Made clean (Hebrews 2 : 11)
United to the Lord, one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6 : 17)
A member of Christ's body (1 Corinthians 12 : 17)
At peace with God (Romans 6 : 1)
Completely forgiven (Colossians 1 : 14)
Made complete in Christ (Colossians 2 : 10)
The salt of the earth (Matthew 5 : 13)
The sweet fragrance of Christ to God (2 Corinthians 2 : 15)
Holy (Hebrews 3 : 1)
Created in the image of God (Genesis 1 : 27)
Fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139 : 14)
Free from condemnation (Romans 8 : 1)
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If you need a reminder . . .

Where do you find your identity and worth?

2 weeks ago

Ali Campbell

Children's ministry doesn't end at 11 . . .
Youth ministry doesn't end at 18 . . .

Read on 🙂Children's Ministry doesn't end at 11 . . .
Youth Ministry doesn't end at 18 . . .

We work with people, not just an age group. I say this because I continue to meet children's workers who say, "I could never work with young people" and youth workers who say, "Nah, children's work - it's not my bag."

It's weird.

There isn't a switch at the back of a child's head and suddenly, even though you have worked with them for the last 8 years or so . . . they have now become a "young person" and you as a kids worker no longer relate, can understand or fathom how to work with them . . .

There isn't a switch at the back of a child's head and suddenly, even though you have never worked with them . . . they have now become a "young person" and you strike up a rapport over night, break open the Haribo and youth ministry heaven awaits . . .

Nope.

We work with people. The thing is, once we grasp this - whatever our area of ministry responsibility we begin to see the edges blur and notice similarities, we notice that young people enjoy craft activities, we notice that children can cope with silence for longer than 5 seconds, we discover that fears at 5 can still trouble at 15, we begin to see people . . .

We get a greater sense of discipleship as pilgrimage - the journey from childhood to adulthood, we begin to notice the rich potential of intergenerational ministry!

Don't think in vacuum packed age groups or activities, think in terms of community, with a multitude of ages, experiences . . . everyone (including two 11 year olds) at different stages of growth and faith - together being drawn in to the great big family of God.

Children's ministry doesn't end . . . because the kids we work with grow up, we continue to see them, share the journey - laugh and weep with them.

Youth ministry doesn't end because the young people we work with go to college, uni or work, we continue to see them, share the journey - laugh and weep with them.

Don't minister to an age group - minister to people and see how that changes your perspective.
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Childrens ministry doesnt end at 11 . . . 
Youth ministry doesnt end at 18 . . . 

Read on :-)

2 weeks ago

Victoria Beech

What do you think?What would it take... for your church to invest in a Sticker Advent Calendar for every family connected to it? To give them out in the Toddler Group, Messy Church, afterschool club, children's church? How amazing would it be for all those families to have a fun, free, accessible way of reading the Christmas story from the Bible together and exploring it using stickers?! More here... godventure.co.uk/news/what-would-it-take/ ...

What do you think?

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Great idea and alternative to another selection box!!!

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