I think the best part was seeing the group come together and get to know one another. We are rapidly expanding our volunteer team, and I feel like it is important for all of us to be on the same TEAM. The group seemed to have great conversation and I am excited to see where the Lord takes us as we strive to live for Him and teach His kids!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I feel so blessed sometimes! Tonight was definitely one of those times. We had an Adventure Kidz staff meeting tonight to prepare for a lot of changes that are about to happen in kids ministry. It was great. We had an awesome turnout and a great time of learning together.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
As promised, here are some pictures of the theming work that Planitbig has been doing for us.
Chris and the guys are really working hard to make our project look great. If you would like to know more, just shoot me an email and I can give you some info on what they are doing for us.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Got a phone call from a close friend a few hours ago, he is really my first "Timothy" in ministry. I met him when he was 13 years old and I was the brand new children's pastor at a church in Summerville, SC. His mom told me that he felt called into kid's ministry and wanted to know if there was anything I could do to help him learn what ministry was all about.
That was the beginning of a friendship that has grown tremendously over the last 8 1/2 years. Jonathon is now the Kid's Pastor at that church in South Carolina doing a phenomenal job. He called today to let me know that they were over 500 kids. It is awesome for me to hear this for a few reasons: 1. When I left SC a little over two years ago, it was my prayer that the ministry would continue to have an impact on the boys and girls of the community, obviously it is; 2. The team of people that we left behind still has a vision for greater things to happen in the lives of kids; 3. And the final most important reason is that a Young, Talented Kid's Pastor is "hitting it out of the park" for the kingdom of God.
I am really proud of Jonathon and Kimberly and all they have been able to accomplish. I know that Greater Things are yet to come and I can't wait to hear all about them.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The last few weeks have been an incredible series of experiences! Since my last post, our theming has begun. I will try to get some pictures up in the next few days. All I can say is that it is incredible. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with PlanitBig . Chris and Jason our true professionals at their craft, and Hugo and the rest of the team have made things awesome.
We also had a huge weekend last Saturday and Sunday. My Pastor gave me the opportunity to explain some changes that we are making with our children's ministry. When I finished, he allowed me to present a challenge to the people of Hope Fellowship for 100 volunteers. The people of Hope responded well, and we have 65 new volunteer recruits who are in process (I have already had interviews and placed 6 of them). This will go a long way in helping us prepare for the flood of kids we are expecting to come our way when we have our Grand Opening on April 19th.
These have also been extremely stressful times for me. With all that has been going on with the move and completion of the facilities, I have been putting in some long hours and doing a lot of extra work (all of the staff have been spending tons of extra hours here getting ready for the new facility, not just me!) getting things ready to go. On top of that, the electrical company wired our AV plugs wrong and zapped my church laptop (It had to be replaced) and when they told me that the problem was fixed, I brought my home laptop up here to run the service, and sure enough, ZAP! the problem wasn't quite fixed (the good news is I got two new computers out of the deal, the bad news is a huge headache).
All in all, stress and excitement, I have been able to see God's hand at work in this time of my life. I am blessed with a wife that understands the seasons of ministry and she knows that thee extra hours away will not last forever.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Moving is challenging! We had a huge group of volunteers show up on Sunday afternoon to help us move. Thanks to them, everything was moved in about an hour and a half. The only challenge was then sifting through all the stuff and getting the right supplies into each classroom. That is ongoing, though Helen got most of it done today with a team of volunteers.
I have always felt that Volunteers were the strength of the ministry, after these last few days I realize it even more. Thank you to everyone who has helped in this transition process!