June 2009

29 Jun A Well-Balanced Children’s Ministry

I learned a long time ago that the adage "He who fails to plan, plans to fail" is so true. With children's ministry, preparation and planning are extremely important. Consistently just "going with the flow" is a sure-fire indicator that you won't be in this ministry very long. Praying and hearing from God and then writing or preparing the lesson before you walk into your classroom will keep your ministry balanced and on-track.At the same time, if we are hard-headed about just going with the preplanned program, we will often miss what the Holy Spirit is attempting to say and do through us. It is so easy to become so programmed in our ministry that we totally ignore the leadings and promptings of the Holy Spirit. Having the mentality that we've finely tuned this lesson and have 120 minutes of lesson that has to be crammed into a 90 minute time-frame and everything has to be done can cause us to grieve the Holy Spirit and miss out on what could have been THE service that could have changed a child's future and the course of your ministry.What is the balance? We must walk into the service having prayed, prepared and organized just as though the success of the service depends upon us and yet be vulnerable and flexible knowing that everything depends upon His unction and anointing....

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22 Jun A Call to Fellow Revivalists

This week, allow me to deviate from the typical blog entry. Each week, people from literally around the globe look to this blog to provide inspiration, revelation, and confirmation enabling them to launch a Spirit-filled, Spirit-led, and Spirit-equipped children's ministry in their local church. To that, I am so humbled that you trust me to speak into your life.This week, I am challenging you to show your desperation and insatiable desire to see a mighty outpouring of God's Spirit upon your children's ministry. I am making a call to revivalists from around the globe to be like the lady with the issue of blood (Mark 5) and put some legs to your passion. I'm speaking specifically to those who long for a spiritual revolution that will awaken children to flow mightily with the Holy Spirit.I am challenging you to set aside 3 days on your calendar to come and join fellow revivalists at our 2009 Ignite the Supernatural Conference. Imagine what can happen in the realm of the Spirit when dissatisfied, desperate, daring, and determined children's ministry leaders and workers from around the globe come together on November 5 - 7 to the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area.I've gathered leaders/teachers who know how to flow with the Holy Spirit. This isn't just textbook information. With 24 workshops and 5 general sessions, times of intercession, anointed times of personal ministry through the laying on of hands and the working of the Gifts of the Spirit ...

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15 Jun Let Me Build Your Faith

I love reading about what God has done through children throughout church history. Why? Because if God did it once through children, He can do it again! This week, allow me to share a story from the life of John G. Lake from a book that has long been out of print, Adventures in God. (pages 15 - 16). In reading this account, remember that if God did it once, He can do it again. Here is Lake's story ...

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08 Jun The Jealousy of the Holy Spirit

Recently, I was on an outing with one of our ministries and had to return for Trinity's Saturday night service. During the course of the outing, one of my staff had became and needed to return home with me. I quickly discovered during the trip that I was transporting a non-talker. Try as I may to engage him in conversation, I was answered with two or three word sentences. After a while of trying to create conversation, I gave up. Needless to say, that three hour trip was a long and most unpleasant drive. I often wonder if this is the sentiment of the Holy Spirit. At one time, He merely came upon select people for a select job. Now, Jesus promised that the One who was with us is now abiding in us. He has been assigned to be with us 24/7/365 so that we can fulfill our God-given assignments. And yet, in most believers, if He hears any conversation at all, it is in a perfunctory prayer at the beginning of one of our services. While abiding with us and going along for the ride with us, He rarely if ever has the opportunity to engage in conversation with us. Is our silence deafening to the Holy Spirit? Does He yearn for interaction with us? Is He jealous of our imbalance with being consumed with the things of this world and our lack of time with Him? Consider this scripture: "Or what do you think the Scripture means when it says that the Holy Spirit, whom God has placed within us, watches over us with tender jealousy?" James 4:5 (The Living Bible) Come on, let's commune with the Spirit. Throughout the day, talk to Him … know that He is in the car with you, working on the job with you, playing golf with you ...

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01 Jun Be Filled with the Spirit

Am I the only one in children's ministry that knows both the highs and lows of the ministry? There are days in which I'd gladly sign up for another thirty years of service. Then, there are other times that it would be easy to look for the back exit door. Surely I'm not the only one that knows the rollercoaster of the ministry, am I?Allow me to share with you a secret that I learned from one of my heroes that has enabled me to keep on keeping on. When the greatest evangelist of the nineteenth century, D.L. Moody, was asked why he said he needed to be filled continually with the Holy Spirit, he replied, “Because I leak!”The pressures of dealing with people and situations can cause us to leak. The "joys" of children's ministry can cause our levels to ebb. Moody gave us the answer to longevity ...

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