Yes… I’m trying to sound smart.
The word “philosophy” conjures up images of intelligent, well-educated people having deep discussions to better understand the meaning of life. Let me be clear: I want to make sure the people in my church better understand ministry to children. So, I developed this philosophy of ministry to articulate why we do what we do:
Welcome to, our Children’s Ministry Program for ages birth – 5th grade. Around her, we take children and ministering to them very seriously. We know that children are the church of tomorrow, but they are also the church of today. That’s what our Children’s Ministry is all about – training kids now!
The Children’s Ministries is set-up as one department, allowing us to develop and maintain a consistent flow of ministry with our church from ages birth – 5th grade. Each level builds and prepares young people for the next step. We want to teach the Word of God to every age group at their own level, while preparing them for the next class and a lifetime of service for our Lord.
By presenting the Word of God to children in an exciting way that they can understand, and by leading them into a relationship with Jesus, there can be a generation that grows up loving God with all their heart.
But, the Children’s Ministry Staff can’t accomplish this alone! We want to champion YOU: THE PARENT… Each week in our E-newsletter, we will have important information that they have learned at church. Take time during the week to instill these concepts in your child. And then take time to show them how to apply these ideas to everyday life. You will not only grow closer as a family, but you will see your child become spiritually stronger!
This information is included in our parents’ information brochure and will grace the WWW on our church’s website. It’s also something that our entire children’s ministry team understands… we constantly keep it in front of them. If this helps you, use some of the content to create your own.
Are you subscribed to our Doyle Family Missions Newsletter?
If not, the latest one is filled with pics and reports of the ministry that took place at Churches, Kids Churches, Kids Camps and Missions Services all across the United States.
In addition, you will read about some new projects and my first upcoming International trip as a missionary and how you can get involved.
Afterwards, SUBSCRIBE so you can get the newsletter in your e-mail!
Our entire family is excited to be at Stateline Community Church (Milton-Freewater, OR) for the 2015 Walla Walla Children’s Leadership Conference on February 19 & 2o. If you are in or near the Walla Walla, WA / Milton-Freewater, OR area – please come and see us and enjoy a great conference. Click here to find out more about the conference. Registration information is also available.
We are also SUPER PUMPED about being part of the Stateline’s Family Missions Service on Sunday, February 22. Pastor Owen Frost was my youth pastor when I was a gangly junior high aged kid. He planted a seed that’s been growing all these years in my life. Aside from that, Owen and his wife, Jennifer, pastor a great church that is reach their community by focusing on the family.
Please pray for us as we litterally will hit the Oregon Trail on Tuesday morning.
Would you like a Promo-Packet? Well, good news: You can have one!
Sometimes it helps when you have the information in a concise and easy to understand format. It’s also helpful when you need your Pastor or church leadership to see what it is that we do.
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It’s inevitable – Parent Confrontation
If you haven’t had to do it in your children’s ministry yet, then there’s probably something wrong. It doesn’t happen every week, but it will be a regular occurrence if you have to deal with discipline issues. There are some important factors to consider when confronting parents and having to explain a discipline issue. After-all, you don’t want to be known as the minister who is constantly a negative bearer of bad news or unpleasant to deal with.
Here is a concise list of the things to keep in mind if and when you will have to confront parents about their child’s behavior and actions:
- Be respectful.
- Look into their eyes.
- Remember they are the authority figure in their child’s world.
- Be clear and concise – explain what rules have been violated and the actions already taken.
- Do yourself a favor ahead of time: have clearly communicated policies and rules in the classroom that both the child and parent are ALREADY aware of.
- Be willing to offer an exception if it’s obvious the rules/policies were not known ahead of time.
- Be forgiving, showing mercy and grace – Be willing to offer another chance.
- Have a plan for moving forward with the child – If is this just a warning: what will the plan for the future be should we have trouble in the next few weeks?
- Ask the parents to help you know what to do if the issue(s) ever surface again.
- Pray a positive prayer over the Parent(s) and child before they leave.
- Follow-up with the parent and the child later in the week.
What would you add to the list?