Personal Note: As I'm writing this blog entry, I'm listening to Hillsongs United album called United We Stand. One of the things I took away from the conference is that I need to listen to some different music, just to stay sharp on the more modern sound. I know this album is way 2006, but it still sounds fresh to me.
You heard a few days ago about our travel travails on the way to the C3 conference in Grapevine, Texas. One nice byproduct of a late flight was an extra-long discussion time before getting on the plane. The topic for the night: Children's Ministry.
Because this is an area in which I have little involvement and absolutely no expertise, I spent the time listening and learning from the other guys who were there.
Josh, our senior pastor, would like to see our children's ministry continue to grow in excellence. Mike Bradshaw has made some great changes in the curriculum and the 2nd-4th grade environment in the last couple years, but we still have room to grow.
"Where?" you ask? From what I gathered, the main area where the pastors desire improvement is in the environments of the classrooms for younger children. Also, they would like to see the people who teach in the 2nd-4th grade "kids church" work harder to use engaging creative elements and to work as a team of teachers instead of four separate teachers.
What was most encouraging to me was Mike's reiteration of the primary purpose of our children's ministry: Covenant Life's children's ministry exists to come alongside parents in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with their children and then discipling their children in a cross-centered, God-glorifying life.
As a young dad, I look forward to seeing how the improvements in children's ministry will assist me in leading my daughter into love for Jesus Christ and a life of service in his kingdom.