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Yesterday, our church announced some exciting changes happening in our Family Ministry. Our lead student pastor has moved into the role of Family Pastor and our Jr. High Pastor has stepped up to lead the student ministry. These guys are gifted leaders. I’m excited to see how God uses them in their new roles.

I’m also excited that I will get to work with them as I transition to my new role as FellowshipKids (FSK) Pastor. I will continue to provide leadership for our preteen ministry, but I will also be overseeing staff and programming for all of children’s ministry (birth thru 6th grade). I love this church and I love our children’s ministry staff, so I feel incredibly blessed.

I know this change will stretch and challenge me. It already has! I am praying and seeking God for direction, and I’m trusting In His grace and power.

As for the blog, I’m hoping to get back to sharing ideas, questions, and experiences. When I started in preteen ministry, so many of you gave me encouragement and insight. I’m counting on you to keep it up!

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Last week, Elle Campbell started a conversation on social media about the best questions to ask potential volunteers. There were so many great questions getting tossed out that I couldn’t keep up!

So, Elle used her amazing talents and her amazing blog to share the best questions ans some honorable mentions. Be sure you check out The Very Best Volunteer Interview Questions over at Elle’s blog. The list of questions is a great help in talking with people about plugging into your ministry. I am looking forward to using these questions to help with our volunteer recruitment.

I want to be helpful too, so I put together a list that I call The Very Worst Volunteer Interview Questions! These are ridiculously horrible things that no person should ever say in a volunteer interview, so please don’t use these questions.

#1 – How much money do you make?

#2 – Why haven’t you served before? Do you have issues?

#3 – Are you the type of person who misses church a lot to go the lake?

#4 – If so, can I come with you?

#5 – Can you recite the genealogy of Jesus beginning with Abraham?

#6 – Would you be willing to memorize that before starting in this role?

#7 – In 30 seconds or less, please explain all views of the millennium.

In all seriousness, go read The Very Best Volunteer Interview Questions and think about how you can use them in recruiting for your ministry. Your volunteers will thank you!

I am Barabbas

April 18, 2014 — Leave a comment
Photo Credit: Church of the Redeemer

Photo Credit: Church of the Redeemer

On this Good Friday, I confess that I am Barabbas.

Barabbas was a criminal facing death–his deserved punishment. After Passover, there was a custom to pardon one criminal for their committed crimes. The crowds would choose, and then that man would be free from all punishment. The crowds chose Barabbas, and so Jesus took his place. Jesus was blameless and innocent, but He willingly went to the Cross instead of Barabbas.

I am the murderer. I am the rebellious rioter. I am the convicted criminal who deserves punishment.

I am not innocent. I have done nothing to deserve pardon. I have no claim of righteousness.

But I am Barabbas. Because of Jesus, I am pardoned and free.

As I think about Jesus’ journey to the cross and His death, I realize that this is God’s gracious exchange of my wickedness for Christ’s righteousness. Jesus’ actions on this day are the redeeming actions of grace that transforms my life. I was dead in my sins and facing my much-deserved punishment, but Jesus substituted himself for me. He is the propitiation for my sins. By His wounds, I am healed.

20140408-035944.jpgThe 2014 FourFiveSix Preteen Conference began on Monday night in a very powerful way.

The theme for this year is Your Preteens. After worshipping together, we had the chance to make a list of preteens in our ministry and pray for them by name.

There were four prayer stations that moved us through Colossians 1:9-13. Each station included a prayer guide that led us to pray in a specific way for our preteens.

It was powerful to watch leaders from across the country plead with God to transform preteens and do great things through them.

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