A couple of weeks ago I was sitting in a room with several different children’s pastors and it’s amazing what you don’t know about or even just hear for the first time that has been around for awhile… Insert the resource that I new was out there, but to be honest after putting my hands on it, thumbing through it and reading some of it myself I thought man this is a great bible for kids. So I decided to order some for all of our teachers and then order more for parents to buy from us. The bible that I am talking about is the kids fire Bible…
This is a picture of the bible, but how the bible is laid out. The thing that I like about it is the fact that before the beginning of each book of the bible it tells you who wrote the bible, the date on the writing, but it also talks about the major theme in this particular book. I think that this book helps bring the scriptures more the on the level of the child because it tends to speak their language a little bit and help their understanding on what is going on. One of our kids has one and he can’t put it down he loves to read his bible. If your child has trouble remembering where he put his book well the bright orange will help it stand out better then before.
This is a bible that I will use myself as I preach and one day I can say turn to page 1633 and we will all have the same book to be able to do that. If you need a bible for your kids or you just want one for yourself then you can order it here:
The first thing that I want to tell everyone is that I love twitter… I have won at least three books of twitter which really excites me. Okay so last month I won the book Kdmin Leadership a book that was not only written by Jim Wideman, but was also written by ten other leaders that he has mentored for the past two years in his infuse group. I will give you links to all of the information at the end of this blog.
Here is the thing about this book I thought that it was written well and by different leaders and different perspectives they touched on everything that I believe that we have all gone through or even might go through. The biggest thing that I enjoyed about it was that every leader pointed what they have learned back to scripture no matter what they were going through or have gone through it all lined up with scripture. The different leaders that wrote in this book wasn’t just thirty year veterans, but people who have been serving for 5, 10 and even 12 years. It was not only a great read, but it was a very productive read as well.
I read through the whole book, but after I finished I thought how can I maximize what’s in this book and you could also read a chapter once a week and let the chapter and the words or even the scriputre marniate in your head for awhile before you move onto the next chapter. As you soak it up ask God for what he wants to show you through the chapters and how you can change the things that you need to change.
Overall I enjoyed the book and am excited about the future of books like this that hasn’t been written by one author, but many other authors that can help bring the perspective on every level. Thank you Jim Wideman for putting out material for leaders that we all can learn from and become better leaders in the long run.
Here are those links:
So my thought for today is do you think you are the best leader you can possibly be? If I were to answer this the answer would probably be a resounding NO! I recently received a book in the mail this past week called kdmin leadership written by Jim Wideman along with twelve other children pastors from his infuse group. I have seriously only made it through the first two chapters and already feel challenged as I look at my life as a leader and ask the question am I the best leader I can be?
The best thing about this book is that it’s written by children’s leaders who are in the thick of things and have learned valuable leadership lessons through the process of ministering to children, but also having added to their learning by joining the infuse group hosted by Jim Wideman. I really think that this book is one of the best leadership books out there.
If I were you and you are in children’s ministries then I would go out and get this book and even buy it for your leadership team. This is a must read and should be put high on your reading list. I am sure that i will post more about this book as I dig a little deeper in the book.
Are you ready to accept God’s Power? Then this is a book for you. The Author of Soar is Kenny Luck who is the men’s pastor at Saddleback church in Lake Forest, California. The first chapter in itself challenges you as he takes you on a trip to fly a glider. As he is high in the air the pilot offers him the stick to steer the plane, but as he takes the stick over the pilot shouts “Don’t Fight Me”. As he draws his hand back he then tries to take over the stick again, but it’s the same result the Pilot again shouts “Don’t Fight Me”. In this story he talks about how we are being led by God and the Holy Spirit we need not to fight them, but to be led by them in order to figure out who we are in Jesus Christ.
I think that this book would be a great read for any man who is wondering who they are in Christ or a new believer in Christ or just the average man. This book offers what I believe men need which is to discover God’s power, but also the freedom that comes with it. What this book also does is challenges you in every step of the way to become better in everything that you do. My favorite quote in this book, but the most daunting quote comes in the first few chapters “Hell on Earth would be to meet the person you could have become” by Ken Blanchard. My thought after reading was “Wow” I don’t want to ever feel like I am in Hell because of who I could have become.
In the end I think that this book was a great read and would encourage every man to read this book because it helps you develop a plan to not control your relationship with God, but to Soar with God in everything that you do and when you enter into a relationship like that you will see everything that God has for you and much more.
Easter is coming right around the corner, but what are you going to do to make Easter a memorable event for your kids. I have been thinking all about this coming up Easter and this is a great day to share not only with your church kids, but your kids in the community as well. So what are you going to do? What type of curriculum are you going to use? I have heard whispers on several blogs the past few weeks that there are a few children pastors working on a Easter curriculum for not only their church, but for churches in general and the best part is that it’s going to be free. This past week they made their announcement that the curriculum which is called “God to the Rescue” is available to download. I did just that. You might be asking yourself why should I go and download this curriculum? What does it have to offer?
Why Should You Download?
You should download this curriculum because it’s FREE!! On a serious note this curriculum topic just doesn’t cover the event of Easter, but it covers it’s back story so that your church kids can understand the ultimate sacrifice. It’s straight from the bible. The creators of the curriculum made sure that the bible is lifted up in this curriculum. You get more then what you can bargain for such as: Small Group Material, Teaching segments as well as Assistant Teachers for those helping you out, Small Talk at home (Sorry made it up didn’t know what to call it) Parents can talk about the Easter story at home each week, Videos (In case you are lacking for actors) Video Segments of Skits, Awesome graphics and PowerPoint to go along with your lessons.
What does this curriculum offer?
This curriculum offers a back story before the point that Jesus dies on the cross and rose again. There are five weeks so if you have a week that is going to be interrupted by let’s say a Easter Production then your not in trouble because the creators knew something might happen and made a week that you might need or not need.
Alright so this is all the reason’s you need to go out and download this curriculum for your Children’s Ministries. It’s so good to see children pastors getting together and creating such a unique curriculum for all of us to enjoy. So you might be asking yourself who are the creators well here they are: Sam Luce, Jonathan Cliff, Gina Mcclain, Dan Scott
Go out and download your very own copy of God to the Rescue you won’t regret it. Click on one of the links from the creators and you can find out how to download the curriculum.
I recently finished the book Shift by Brian Haynes I have been putting thisoff for a while in order to finish some other books that I have committed too. It took me a total of three days to finish the book. The four day snow day that we had was a huge help, but before I started to read I had already saw some blog posts on the book itself. I truly loved the what Brian had to say in his book. I thought that it was a great resource in trying to reach families for Christ. Shift is not a book that when they use there own terminology you get lost in the translation. They devote a whole chapter in explaining there terminology so when they use it you fully understand what they are talking about.
Here are some of my favorite things that was in the book: The first chapter when Brian was talking to his mom and she asked her boys what scripture verse have they taught there kids? Wow!! I loved the mission statement that they had for there church it was simple, but had a focus in where the church wanted to go. I loved the Idea of setting up milestones in a child’s life because when you think of it when you are raising your child the doctor has a set of milestones that the child should be doing by the time he reaches a certain age such as: getting dressed by himself, knowing colors, potty trained, can feed themselves and so on. This book give you a practical ways to reach families, but it also gives the parents ways in order to celebrate the milestone that they just reached.
Every time I read books with such a focus my thought sometimes goes to people in our church who might not have kids or even the singles in the church, but the way they do the milestones in the book this is for everyone in there walk with the Lord which I thought was great because in the end you have to have a place to reach everyone in your church and this book gives you that great resource.
I have enjoyed reading the book shift and I am excited about reading Brian’s new book called “The Legacy Path: Discover Intentional Spiritual Parenting”
The last few weeks I have posted a lot about the Orange Strategy and have even went to the Orange Tour and I was tweeting like a made man. This is such a great conference with great communicators from different points of views. So if you have never heard of anything Orange then you are just in luck because the only thing you will need is a computer for what I am about to tell you. The Rethink group is letting you learn all about the Orange Strategy on February 15, 2011 starting at 1:00 p.m. they will begin there web cast here is the schedule:
1:00 p.m. Session 1 Reggie Joiner
2:15 p.m. Session 2 Reggie Joiner, Sue Miller, Stuart Hall,
3:45 p.m. Session 3 Reggie Joiner
5:00 p.m. Call It Quits!
* All times are Eastern Standard Time
If you are interested then go and check this website out: http://www.whatisorange.org/orangeleaders/blog/?cat=22
You will not regret it.