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Pick Up a Towel

Wendy Douglas —  September 15, 2011

One of the greatest examples that Jesus showed us what serving really means wasn’t standing in front of a crowd.

It was kneeling at the feet of His disciples.

Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. John 13:3-5

During our time in Children’s Ministry we are not only called to serve families, but each other as well.

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Love Begins at Home

Wendy Douglas —  August 12, 2011

Love begins at home… – Mother Teresa

There is a lot of talk about Family Ministry as it applies to Children’s Ministry. What does it mean? What does it look like? While I believe that this is an important conversation to have, I believe that we also need to be talking about what Family Ministry looks like in our own homes.

We can get so caught up in doing Children’s Ministry that we neglect our first ministry which is our family. We have become more intentional about reaching outside of our homes and churches and less in reaching those inside our own homes. We are teaching the families in our churches how to spend time together and teaching parents to be the spiritual leaders of their home – yet we leave very little time to do that ourselves.

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Yesterday, we looked at the need to get your house organized and some keys to getting that done.  Today, let’s review a a few tips that may help you with practical everyday chores.

IN THE KITCHEN

  • Dishes:  Color code your kids.  This has been the very best way to keep our kids organized.  We went to Dollar General and bought 3 sets of cups, bowls and plates – pink, orange, and green. Each child is assigned their own color.  So, when they leave a dish out, we know who it belongs to.  It makes setting the dinner table easy and fun and colorful to boot.   It also makes putting dishes away easy for kids.
  • Dedicate one cabinet to each of your  kids:  This cabinet will include color coded dishes, water bottles, lunch boxes, one bucket of silver ware for easy access, one towel for each one to clean up their own mess, kids’ aprons, mixing bowels for helpful cook times, popcorn cups, and a basket full of snacks just for them. You can also put kids’ cook books in this cabinet along with a kid’s step stool if you have the space.  This keeps the kids out of all the other cabinets and gives them some independence in the kitchen.  This helps the kids feel like they belong and make clean up time so easy.

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As volunteers and children’s ministers, there is one thing that many of us have in common – we wish we had more time!  Oftentimes, we allow our ministry to impact the time we have at home.  Even when our ministry does require a lot of time, that is still no excuse for an unorganized home.  In today’s article I want to explore some simple tips for helping you organize your home.

As a Certified Family Manager, I sit down with so many families that need help with everyday stuff like balancing their homes.  This includes not only and organizing their lives but organizing their physical homes as well.  It can be so difficult to focus on your life when your home is in a state of chaos.  Tomorrow, we will look at a variety of practical tips for organizing your home room-by-room, but first let’s have a look at the key to any organizational effort.

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At first glance this may seem like a strange question. I mean we minister through our ministry, right? Well track with me for a minute while I become a bit vulnerable. I just finished watching some old episodes of the TV show Undercover Boss. The gist of the show is to take the CEO of a major corporation and put him or her in a series of line level positions to allow him to get a better appreciation for the people that keep the company running. In each of the cases that I watched, the CEO went into the experience thinking that it would be about one thing and ended it with a completely different focus. At the end of the experience each of these CEOs realized that what really mattered and what made their companies great was people. Nearly every one of them said that is was people that mattered. This almost seems like a no brainer in ministry, but I think it needs to be said. As I concluded the last episode I realized that my focus was not really where it needed to be. I was not focused on people.

I love people yet somehow I let doing my ministry keep me from ministering to people. As a part time, volunteer, or bi-vocational children’s worker this can be an easy trap to fall into. I mean there is just so much work to do and often the expectations are not greatly decreased simply because we are not full-time. For me In my attempt to build a great children’s ministry I got so focused on tasks that I lost sight of people. As I think about Jesus’ ministry I realize that there is no mention of the running of his ministry. There were details that had to be addressed, He and the disciples had to eat, they had to sleep and they had to give some thought to where they were going to go next. Despite all of the details that would clearly have had to be taken care of, there is very little mention of any of them. In fact the only time that we read anything about these day to day things is when Jesus used them to teach a lesson, or to minister to people. Jesus’ focus was never on the things he had to do. Rather his focus was on PEOPLE.

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What impression are you giving the parents and kids in your ministry? In this article, Commander Bill Gunter encourages us to never let people feel like we are too busy to minister to them.

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