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Conference [May. 10th, 2004|09:21 pm]
I spent Saturday attending a children's ministry conference. It was amazing. The speakers were all great and their topics (leading children in worship, understanding youth culture, how to tailor a curriculum to your environment, how to not burn out)were all really relevant.

I bought a CD and video tape of the guy who does the children's worship. I loved the talk on using a curriculum - I do this intuitively, but I don't think I could have explained any of it to a new teacher. Now that I have his notes, I can lead someone through it. The talk on how to stay enthusiastic was incredibly meaningful to me right now.

The only downside is that now I have all these great ideas, but I'm not really supposed to be doing children's ministry. I'm there to coordinate youth ministry.

I have wanted for the last 3 years to see Pioneer Clubs (or a similar mid-week program) running. We even bought some of their material, but we could never get the commitment of volunteers and parents to make it work. By divine coincidence (or random chance - I believe the former), I ended up sitting in front of the Pioneer Clubs rep for Ottawa. I had spoke to her on the phone several times a couple of years ago. (When I told her my name and church, she remembered me.) So, I told her how I had lately been getting re-inspired to try again and she was really encouraging. We had a group Q&A at the end and I asked for tips on starting mid-week programs. The consensus of the group appears to be that most normal people don't like or feel intimidated to start new programs. But, people will be willing to join something run by an enthusiastic, energetic leader. The advice to me was to start it with me as overall leader, recruit assistants as quickly as I can and have them work alongside me, slowly relinquishing more and more control, until finally someone else is running it and I am only helping periodically.

I'm both excited and scared. I don't know if I have the energy for one more venture. I don't know if I can emotionally handle one more failure if it doesn't work. But, I can't really live with the cost of doing nothing and not trying either.

From: (Anonymous)
2004-05-12 02:43 am (UTC)
Is there any chance that the definition of your church job could be expanded to include work with children? It might be worth broaching.
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[User Picture]From: vesta_venus
2004-05-12 06:21 am (UTC)
Yes and no.

I already do do some work with children. I run VBS every summer and Rob is very aware that I do it since we have status meetings on it. (I think the rationale on that one is that it is in the summer, and I do a bit less with the YG in the summer due to their vacations, so it gives me something to do.)

I will have to talk to Rob about the Pioneer Clubs thing. However, I wouldn't want my job description totally expanded as it would just spread my time too thin and make a whole bunch of things that weren't previously my responsibility, suddenly my responsibility. I might be able to handle and make a case for the Pioneer Club thing especially if there was a projected phase-out of my responsibility.

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