Welcome to the Kidmin1124.com Volunteer Champion of the Week. Thanks to a rush of nominations, we are happy to have this weekly feature back here on Kidmin1124.com. There are thousands and thousands of volunteers who turn out each weekend and selflessly serve children in churches around the globe. They do not do what they do for recognition or accolades, but at Kidmin1124 we would like to shine a light on some of these volunteers as a way to say “Thank You!” So, each week we recognize one volunteer from the world of kidmin who goes above and beyond in their service to God’s kids. Our hope is that this segment will provide some well deserved recognition to individual volunteers. More importantly though, we have asked these Volunteer Champions to share some of their insights and experiences with us so that we can all learn from their wisdom. This week’s recipients, based on a nomination from our very own Wendy Douglas, is (drum roll please):
Here is some background information on Adam:
1. What is your full name?
2. Where do you live (city, state, country)?
Pigeon Forge, TN, USA
3. What church do you attend and serve at (please feel free to include the web address of your church)?
4. How long have you been involved in children’s ministry?
I’ve coached Upward basketball since 2009, and I’ve been involved in the children’s ministry at my church since Feb. 2010
5. What position(s) do you volunteer at in your children’s ministry?
Coach-Upward basketball (2009-present) and Audio/Visual Tech & Small Group Leader (1-3 grade boys)-The Gathering
6. Tell us about your family (spouse, kids, etc.)
I’m only 22 so I don’t have a wife or kids yet. I’ve got great parents though. I also have a brother who’s 25.
7. Any links you would like to share (blog, twitter, facebook, cmconnect, etc.)
We also asked Adam to share some thoughts and wisdom on some selected questions. Here is what he had to say:
1. What is the single greatest lesson God has taught you through your volunteering in children’s ministry?
The greatest lesson I’ve learned is to have the faith like children. It’s no mistake that Jesus said "Let the little children come to me." I’ve been inspired and awestruck by the children’s innocent faith. It’s also very humbling to know that I better teach the kids THE TRUTH so that the kids do not grow up believing a lie.
2. What have you learned about leadership as a volunteer?
It’s much harder to be a "leader" when you have 10-20 boys watching your every move. It ushers in a whole new level of accountability for your private life. It’s also very HUMBLING to know that 10-20 boys look up to you to be their guide, mentor, friend, and leader.
3. As a volunteer yourself, what advice would you give to a new or young children’s pastor who needs help learning to recruit or retain volunteers?
Just make sure your volunteers feel appreciated. Sometimes the best thing you can do as a pastor is to tell your volunteers "Good Job". Also make sure your volunteers are in the position that they feel called to–either audio/visual tech, small group leader, worship leader, teacher, etc etc. Use your volunteers how they want to be used, not to fill in the gaps.
4. What is the biggest challenge you think kids face today? How can children’s ministry meet that need?
Nowadays, kids are like bugs in the night. They’re looking for a light to attract them. They can either be pointed in the direction of the world’s light and suffer all that it has to offer, OR they can be pointed in the direction of the LIGHT OF THE WORLD–JESUS and enjoy all it has to offer. I want to be that person who points them in the right direction.
5. What do you do personally to achieve balance in your life?
I work part-time at a bank. I go to college full-time. I volunteer with Upward and my church’s kids ministry so I don’t have time for much else. I love to go to the gym to lift weights and shoot basketball. That’s a great stress reliever for me. I also love to hang out with family and friends. God has surrounded me with some amazing people!!!
6. Many of us have a “favorite” or a “defining” moment in Kidmin. What was yours?
My favorite and defining moment occurred the very first time I volunteered in our kids ministry at church back in Feb. 2010. All the lights were off and a lady on stage was leading the kids in worship. I sat in the back and cried like a baby. I’m glad no one saw me because they probably would have kicked me out!!! I didn’t worship God when I was 6-10 years old, so for me to see approx. fifty 1st-5th grade kids WORSHIPPING GOD absolutely blew my mind. I literally sat back there the entire worship set asking God to forgive me for not worshipping Him when I was that age. It also made me look at my own attitude about how I worship God. All that kept running through my spirit during that worship set was this question–"where would I be NOW, if I had learned to worship God at that age?" That sparked a fire in me and it’s been burning ever since…
To Children’s Pastors and Others who would like to nominate a volunteer for Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week:
We need your help! We are looking for additional nominations for future Kidmin1124.com Volunteer Champion of Week recipients to keep this segment going. If you have a volunteer, or know of a volunteer, who really goes above and beyond, please e-mail their name, e-mail address and brief explanation of why you are nominating them (a sentence or so) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need your help to make this series a success.
Prior Recipients of the Award:
Prior recipients of the Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion the Week Award include:
- “Funny Man” Dan Lee-Archer [09/24/10]
- Steve Testerman [10/08/10]
- Pam Aikens [10/15/10]
- Kurtis Miller [10/22/10]
- Amy Kirby [10/29/10]
- Jennifer Longenecker [11/05/10]
- Jessica Lindsey [11/12/10]
- Julie Reising [11/26/10]
- John Langdon [12/03/10]
- Stuart Aldridge [01/14/11]
- Kathi Hand [01/21/11]
- Jenny Montgomery [01/28/11]