Leadership Blog

22 Nov I’m Thankful!

It’s Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. I know that I promote that the blog will come out each Monday. I felt bad for a few minutes about being so late this week until I spent time checking out the other children’s ministry blogs on the web. Most blogs that I found are as regular and predictable as a snowstorm in Houston. It does happen, but not too often. So, the feelings of regret and remorse didn’t stick around for too long.

It is Thanksgiving Day. Vickie and I are up in Lakeland, Florida having the times of our lives. We have so much to be thankful for. Vickie and Elisabeth cooked a meal fit for a king. I guarantee that NO ONE can make a better turkey and dressing than Vickie! I won’t even begin to brag on her pies. I’ll just say that my waist was a whole lot smaller when I married her. Michael and I slept through the first quarter of the Cowboys/Jets game which proves that the Cowboys can win with or without me. I guess that Jason and Aaron were enough to motivate the Cowboys to another win. Our grandson Joey has been cranking out the smiles for us. What a day!

I need your help. We just mailed out over 1,500 brochures for the January Ignite the Supernatural Conference. While that is a lot of brochures, each of you knows someone that has yet to hear about the conference. Help us by pointing your friends to the website www.ignite-conference.com. There’s not another conference like this in the nation. Let them know that they can register before December 1 for a special discounted registration rate.

One more thing. Help us get the word out that we are offering free registration to Senior Pastors. For details, Senior Pastors can visit www.ignite-conference.com/pastors.

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12 Nov Timing Is EVERYTHING!

Here’s a profound revelation … timing is EVERYTHING. We’ve all experienced it. We’ve probably kicked ourselves a million times because we’ve let the “opportunity of a lifetime” slip through our fingers. Indecision, procrastination, or improper prioritization allowed a great opportunity to pass us by. Just a couple of weeks ago, I missed a tremendous buy on extremely discounted Halloween props that would have been a big help in the ministry. How did it happen? I was too busy and kept procrastinating. When I finally got around to it, everything was gone.

As I was driving the 10 hour trip back home yesterday from our second Ignite the Supernatural Regional Conference held in Panama City, Florida, I began to think about a song that we used to sing when I was growing up. The song said, “Pass me not o gentle Savior, hear my humble cry, while on others Thou art calling, do not pass me by.”

With moves of God, timing is everything. The old-time Pentecostals used to use the phrase “jump in while the waters are troubled”. Blind Bartimaeus was at the right place at the right time and received his healing. Zacchaeus was at the right place at the right time and was forever changed. Procrastination, indeciveness, or wrong prioritization would have cost them everything.

Right now, there is a mighty revival being birthed for children’s ministry. The “waters are troubled”. I see pockets of Holy Ghost activity sprouting up in children’s ministries around the country. It’s time to shout out to God, “Don’t pass me by.” We can’t miss out. We can’t be too busy. We can’t have greater priorities. We’ve got to do whatever it takes to become a part of this latter rain of the Spirit.

I’d love to join with you to see this happen in your ministry. I’m only an email away … bburns561@aol.com.

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05 Nov Teaching With Heaven In Mind

Several years ago, I received a call from a lady asking that I conduct a memorial service for her nephew. The headlines of our Palm Beach Post had recently bannered the sordid details of this boy’s death telling of how the boy’s mother and live-in boyfriend had beat the boy to death and then used cosmetics in an attempt to cover the scars and bruises. When asked about how I could help the family, the aunt told me that I had already been a help. I learned that the only time the boy had ever been to church in his entire life was a few weeks earlier at our annual Easter candy drop. The boy was filled with excitement about a service at which we drop some 15,000 pieces of candy from a helicopter as it flew over our soccer field in each of our three Easter services. The opportunity to grab a bag full of candy drew the boy to what could possibly have been his only opportunity to learn about Jesus and make heaven his final home.

What a sobering thought. One opportunity to share the Gospel. One opportunity to provide a choice for an eternal home. My mind began to race. I retraced each component of that service. Was the message clear? Did the ministry tools capture the children’s attention? And, more importantly, did God’s anointing permeate the candy-craving packed-out auditorium?

What a sobering responsibility. Unknowingly, each ministry opportunity provides what might well be the only time that a child gets to hear about Jesus. Unknowingly, we might have been given the one opportunity to share the salvation message.

Let’s make each ministry opportunity count. Let’s minister with the thought in mind that someone is counting on you to have God’s anointing, message, and sensitivity. Only heaven knows who sits in front of you each week. Selah!

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29 Oct The Ignite the Supernatural Conference

Why is the national Ignite the Supernatural Conference so important? Why have a conference that focuses totally upon ushering in a Holy Spirit revival for children and children’s ministry?

One picture will tell the whole story. I want the Person of the Holy Spirit who is so important to my Dad and Mom, to Vickie and myself, to my son Jason and his wife Elisabeth, to become so real and imporant in my grandson Joey’s life. Through this conference, we can ignite the fire of a Holy Spirit revival to another generation of children. I want my grandson to be able to say like the late Kathryn Kuhlman, “The Holy Spirit is more real to me than you are.”

The 2008 Ignite the Supernatural Conference is January 31 – February 2 in Orlando, Florida. Information for speakers, workshops, schedules, hotels, registration rates, and downloadable promo and registration forms are available at http://www.ignite-conference.com/. Hurry, our first pre-registration deadline for the very best registration rate is Thursday, November 1st.
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24 Oct A Parent’s Dream Come True

The Burns Men
Michael, Jason and Joey, my Dad Bill Burns, me, and Aaron
After this past weekend, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need a face adjustment … no, not plastic surgery … just an adjustment. Why? Because I’ve grinned and smiled so big that my ears have become misaligned. Let me tell you what caused my facial disfiguration ….
First, in our Saturday night and two Sunday morning services, I watched my 15-year-old son, Aaron, do an awesome job communicating to Trinity’s boys and girls. Believe me, in doing the object lesson, he outdid what I’ve seen many seasoned children’s pastors do. That afternoon, Vickie, Aaron, and I drove to Lakeland to witness and participate in the baby dedication of my grandson, Joey, which was being held at Access. At the service that night, I watched my second son, Michael, lead the 80+ people into God’s presence through praise and worship. Michael is a true worshipper and knows how to usher people into His presence. A young girl stood behind me with tears streaming down her face as she worshipped. Then, I sat and heard my old son, Jason, effectively communicate to the Access community (that’s congregation for us older folks) about the call of God. I really can’t put into words what I witnessed that night as the community of 20- and 30-year-olds, people who had at one time felt disenfranchised by the church, were connecting with God and each other. (You can learn more about Access at http://www.accesslakeland.org/.) And then we wrapped up the service by dedicating Joey to God. No wonder my Texas-size smile has discombobulated my face.

Proud? Probably. Thankful? Most definitely. Thanks God for three sons who love You, love Your Body, and are making a difference in their generation.
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