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I was searching the internet for ideas on how to make a Nativity scene for our afterschool program art class and came across a great website called Artists Helping Children. It has about a dozen different options of how to make a Nativity scene using different forms of art media. I wish I had discovered this website first – I would’ve saved a lot of time!

The finished result :


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Last week I attended the Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry hosted by the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Seminary. It was in Hendersonville, North Carolina at a beautiful camp ground called Kanuga. I went for a two day retreat and then for an additional four day conference.  It was nice to get a break from city life and be surrounded by gorgeous scenery.  North Carolina in the Fall is one of my favorite places to be.   It was also great to be challenged theologically with speakers like Kenda Creasy Dean, Rodger Nishioka, Mark DeVries and others.

About 70% of the conference was applied to church ministry, but I still learned a lot. I met amazing youth directors from around the country and was encouraged by their service and dedication to young people. It was a good week.

North Carolina

North Carolina

North Carolina

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The Foursquare Church has an eight lesson series on Holy Spirit Discovery for Kids. Check it out!

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From Between Two Worlds who got it from the first source Ryan Kelly:

How do children come to faith in Christ? Check out the following radio interviews with Jim Elliff that are available for free online:

1. Genuine Salvation: More Than a Prayer

2. How Children Come to Faith in Christ

3. Taking our Children to Church: Is that Enough?

4. How to Deal With Doubt

5. Observing Salvation in Your Child: What Does it Look Like?

6. The Family: No Better Place to Come to Know Christ!

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I attend an awesome church called Vineyard Community Church – West Philly. In previous posts I have written about how it’s my church soul mate and have given reasons why I like it.  

 They just upgraded their website and it’s great.  It even has access to recent sermons from our pastors Brad and Becca.  

Even though I’ve been in full time ministry for almost six years, in the last year I have been really turned off by “church” in general and just didn’t want to go anymore because I couldn’t handle the “churchy-ness.”  But, then I attended more liberal congregations and was dissatisfied because of orthodoxy issues.  I feel like VCC is a good balance for me.  Not overly church-y or preach-y, but still very Biblical and striving for integrity.  

If you’re ever in the Philadelphia area, check it out and say hi to me!  I usually sit on the second row because I am super ADD and wouldn’t pay attention otherwise. 🙂

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I googled “urban children’s ministry” and there were only 28 results.  Seriously?!

I skimmed through and noticed a lot of newsletters, links to a couple of children’s ministries, and a few college ministry groups.

Seriously?  Is it because of lack of interest?  Is it because we’re not meta-tagging properly? Or is no one discussing this niche?

Where would someone go if they wanted to learn more about or felt called to work in urban children’s ministry?

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Excellent post by Phil Cooke – Be Careful Hiring For-Profit Employees In The Non-Profit World.  He writes,

“Before you jump at the chance to hire a highly regarded executive from the for-profit world at your church, ministry, or non-profit organization, here’s a few things to consider:

1) The business models are dramatically different.
2) Non-profits don’t have the cushy perks businesses have.
3) The non-profit world is a calling and career, not just a “bridge” until you get another “real” job.
4) We work long hours too.
5) Sure you did the occasional pro-bono TV spot at the big agency in New York, but every spot we do has a micro or zero budget.
6) Is there something you’re not telling us?

Trust me – a superstar executive, TV producer, creative, or CEO in the secular market doesn’t necessarily understand religious media, non-profit management, or evangelism. Remarkably few have even volunteered at any non-profit organization before.

Pastor, ministry leader, or non-profit executive – take the stars out of your eyes. You work in a specialty field that takes a special kind of experience, discernment, and expertise. Don’t always assume that a Hollywood producer, advertising agency whiz, or former Wall Street hot shot will get it. Chances are, they won’t.” 

Check out his blog The Change Revolution for more.

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