Christian Appraisal Skit

Christian Appraisal Skit

Youth Ministry Ideas
Found this little skit when I was doing some cleaning. The set up is simple it is basically just a teenager sitting on a table like they are the artifact being examined on Antiques Roadshow. You can cover the teen up with a sheet if you like, but it isn't necessary. Throughout the skit the teen should be pleasant to work with, but not show a whole lot of outward emotions.   Expert: Well, let’s see what you have brought us today. (removes sheet) This appears to be a Christian teenager. Can you tell me where you found it. Patron: Well, I picked him up at the church about two years ago. I was thinking about sending him into my local high school as a missionary. So I wanted to…
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When I see him I smile

When I see him I smile

Devotional Thoughts, Random Thoughts
If you need to know how much I like my son you just have to know one thing: when I see him, I smile. No matter how hard my day is, no matter what I have been going through or what sorts of things I am wrestling with in my head, when I see him I smile. Lately I have been picking my 5-year-old up from kindergarten. The highlight of my day is seeing him come bounding out of the doors, Mario backpack on his back, blonde hair almost glowing in the afternoon sunlight, running with the reckless abandonment that only a child can have. Seriously, it moves me every time I see it. I like him so much that when I see him I can't help but smile. Notice…
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Children’s Church: Worship on their level or just a way to keep parents sane?

Children’s Church: Worship on their level or just a way to keep parents sane?

Family Ministry
As a new children's minister I have spent a lot of time thinking about Children's Church and all of the implications that go along with it. There will always be questions of when should children be in the sanctuary, what age is too old for a separate church service, and how much should we do for children during our typical service. But for me it really just comes down to the balance between creating a space where children can truly worship and learn about God and balancing that with the need for families to worship together and for children to see their parents living out their faith in a church setting. There is one school of thought that says separate kids for everything. It gives the kids learning on their…
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Family Prayer Ideas (Prayer Chain)

Family Prayer Ideas (Prayer Chain)

Creative Prayers, Family Ministry
Our church is getting ready to have a series of meeting that Baptist normally call a "revival." I'm not a huge fan of that term, and we actually aren't calling our meetings that either,  but that is the fastest way to describe them. Part of our preparation for this week will be (and is currently) several different prayer times and creative ways to pray. One of the ones that we are doing with our children has had a profound impact on my son and his desire to pray for our church and our upcoming revival. Here is the idea. During Sunday school we passed out to every child 7 strips of construction paper about 2 inches wide. At home the children are to take the paper and pray with their families about…
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Pre-Meeting Worries

Pre-Meeting Worries

Youth Pastoring
I am hoping I am not the only person who does this. If so just forget you ever read this. But I have a tendency to make sure that I am early for any meeting that I am in charge of. This makes good sense as it lets me finish up and last minute stuff and also be there when people arrive. What doesn't make sense is the strong feelings of worry I still get before meetings. I'm not worried about what is going to happen, what I am going to say, or anything like that. I am worried about whether anyone is going to show up. And this worry just gets worse as I sit alone in the room for 30 minutes or so while I am waiting for…
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