Amber Emmette is the Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week

Wayne Stocks —  March 11, 2011

Volunteer ChampionWelcome to the Kidmin1124.com Volunteer Champion of the Week. 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 Julie Snyder, is (drum roll please):

Amber Emmette

Here is some background information on Amber:

1. What is your full name?

Amber Nicole Emmette

2. Where do you live (city, state, country)?

Greeneville, TN USA

3. What church do you attend and serve at (please feel free to include the web address of your church)?

Christian Friendship Church , the Master’s House in Mosheim, TN

4. How long have you been involved in children’s ministry?

3 years

5. What position(s) do you volunteer at in your children’s ministry?

I’m an Assistant to the youth minister infant to 3rd grade. I help teach the lessons and help in any way.

6. Tell us about your family (spouse, kids, etc.)

I’ve been married for 10 years, but I’ve been with my husband for 15 years. We have 2 daughters. God has kept us together for all these years.

We also asked Amber to share some thoughts and wisdom on some selected questions. Here is what she had to say:

1. What is the single greatest lesson God has taught you through your volunteering in children’s ministry?

To always listen to what you’ve been called to do and have patience at all times.

2. What have you learned about leadership as a volunteer?

That it is hard but if you have a great leader who is there for you and who will help you no matter what, then it’s easy to become a volunteer.

3. How did volunteering so much affect your own children and family (good and bad)?

My kids want to help me in the youth ministry because they see me all the time with little ones and they have a love for it too.

4. Can you think of a situation or a child that had a real impact on your own spiritual development?

Yes, there is a little boy at our church that comes with his grandmother.  He recently had brain surgery, and the spiritual growth this little boy has – WOW it’s amazing! He knows to Thank God for it all. He has struggled so much, and to see what God has done in his life with all he has been through and still has to go through, it touches me.  Every time I see his smile and watch him dance around, I see parts of Gods work through Kolby. It’s so amazing, I know if this little boy can make it through brain surgery and overcome everything the doctors said couldn’t happen, then I know MY GOD can get me through the hardest time to come.

5. 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?

Make sure your heart is in it. Make sure this is what God wants you to do. If you are just doing it because they need help and not because you have been called to do so then it will be a struggle. Pray about who you put in that position.

6. What is the biggest challenge you think kids face today? How can children’s ministry meet that need?

To be open and honest about their faith. Most kids feel ashamed to speak out loud about church or Jesus, other than in church. If we as leaders show them its ok the speak out loud about Jesus and reassure them that its in the bible to go out and tell the world, if they see us doing it then the kids hopefully will follow as well.

7. As a volunteer, what is one thing you wish that all children’s pastors knew about their volunteers?

The hard work we put into teaching the children the word. They need to see the “little” things are as important to the “big” stuff. The dedication we put into it all for the kids, the lessons, the crafts, and the music for worship. We have to make sure it all is right and goes together each Sunday.

8. What is the most impactful book you have ever read in relation to your work in children’s ministry?

The Bible and Footprints scriptures with reflections inspired by Margaret Fishback Powers.

9. Please share the “best” way you have ever shared the gospel with a group of children. What age group?

Ages 9 and up. We took the kids to a church that was hosting a “Judgement House” which was to give the kids an eye opening vision of what will happen if they chose to walk down the wrong path in life and what will happen if they truly accept Jesus as our Savior.

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 wayne@kidmin1124.com. 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:

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Wayne is married to a wonderful woman and has four kids whom God uses to teach him on an almost daily basis. He is blessed to volunteer in a wonderful children's ministry at New Life Church Gahanna. He established Kidmin1124 for those who give their time to kids and feel passionately about children's ministry. When he isn't working on Kidmin1124, he maintains another blog at WayneStocks.com and contributes articles on a regular basis to Ministry-to-Children.com.