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Ministering to Kids and their Family in a Hospital

Ministering to Kids and their Family in a Hospital

I recently came upon a car accident where I was able to assist in a time of need. For most people, they wouldn’t think much further beyond witnessing an accident. But for the families involved in the accident, the physical pain, emotional turmoil, and spiritual journey will continue to unfold for them for much longer.

Here is how we can respond as ministers:

1) Make contact with the family. If you are on the scene of the accident, give them your business card with information and let them know you are available if you need them. Some families might later seek out your help for counseling or just a shoulder to cry on. Bottom line is make yourself available.

2) Follow up with a visit. Find out their names and visit the hospital. In some cases you will not be able to see the patients, but several family members will be in the waiting room area. Seek them out and pray with them. If you can connect with the patients, go in, pray, let them know you are available to help, and then leave. Don’t stay longer than necessary.

3) Love on those kids. Loving on the kids will speak volumes of love to the families of those kids. This particular accident needed a med-evac helicopter to transport the preschooler to the hospital. In the goody-bag that I prepared for him I put a toy helicopter that cost one buck. This will help him remember some of the heroes that came to his rescue that day.

There isn’t any need to spend a lot of money. Go to the local Christian bookstore and find some stickers and inexpensive toys. Go to Wal-Mart of the dollar store and get some fun toys that only cost a dollar. While you are there pick up a “get well” card for a buck too.

Here is my goody-bag for this trip:

hospital goody bag
1) Bibles – These are nice Bibles. This was only possible because the local Christian bookstore donated these that day. I don’t have a budget that would allow me to do this regularly.
2) Cup that costs 99 cents.
3) Helicopter toy- cost 99 cents
4) Get well card- 99 cents

Make sure to include your business card so they can get in touch with you at a later date if they need you.

As you can see, if doesn’t take much to minister to the families. These few simple steps will leave great impressions on every family you minister to in a hospital.

Stay tuned for a blog post about a goody-bag for parents who have just have a baby!

 

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D6 Days gives FREE Kidmin and Fammin training May 1-4

D6 Days gives FREE Kidmin and Fammin training May 1-4

 

D6days

Here is what you will find for FREE on d6days.com only on May 1-4, 2014.

D6 Days Content
Videos (Main Stage Sessions)
  • Darrin Patrick—Walking in the Spirit From the Inside Out
  • Lydia Randall—Balancing Busyness in Ministry
  • Rob Rienow—A Church Philosophy for the Generations
  • Dave Stone—3 Gifts for Your Kids
  • Leneita Fix—Connecting with the Urban Heart
MP3s (Breakout/Lab Sessions)
  • Tim Kimmel—A Grace Based Approach
  • Walker Moore—The Orphan Heart
  • John Trent—Where Do I Start? Finding the Plan that Works for You
  • Diana Pendley—What I Wished I Knew My First Few Years in Ministry…25 Years Later
  • Tim Smith—Creating Healthy Habits at Home
  • Bob Davis—The Importance of a Kiss. A Model of a Healthy Marriage

 

Jump in now and watch your favorite family ministry speakers. Plan on being challenged to build your family and support the families within your church as they grow in the Lord.

 

#d6days    #d62014

 

 

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New Free Kids Bible App from Youversion

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New Free Kids Bible App from Youversion

 

1. Quality – Youversion is not going to release a program sub-par. Expect supreme quality.

2. Performance – Youversion’s adult Bible app runs smooth. We can assume this kid’s Bible app will run similarly.

3. Fun. My five year old cannot put it down. He loves it! The story is well read. They illustrations are fantastic. There is a lot to interact with in each scene and achievements can be made to reward the child.

4. Great Price. Free. Not going to get better than that.

You can download the app on IOS or Android today. Get it and get your family plugged into reading the BIble!

A special thanks to Lifechurch.tv for being the source of youversion.com

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D6 Megan Lacefield #D62013 Leading the NextGen Ministry Team

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D6 Megan Lacefield #D62013

Leading the NextGen Ministry Team

Have a cohesive plan from birth to college.

Leadership starts with you.

Consistently lead up
support the core values of your pastor

Consistently lead down
Lead with excellence.
It takes constant encouragement.
Know them personally

Create a team with individual and specific job descriptions.
Create an atmosphere of crossover between ministries.
Communicate a clear vision
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Fight for the unity of the team

Do you have a plan for the next generation? Do you have a plan for your team?

Megan Lacefield
Pastor of NextGen Ministry at New River Fellowship Church
@meganlacefield

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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Children's Ministry, Ministry

 

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D6 Dr. Timothy Paul Jones #D62013 Conference Notes

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D6 Dr. Timothy Paul Jones #D62013

Family Ministry is about having a ministry bigger than your ministry.
What Jesus did was for the church and for the world. Something much bigger than your ministry.

How did our storylines in our ministries get so small?

There are spiritual reasons for this, but at the same time there is a context we live in that defines why our storylines got so small.

End of Deut. 6… to tell the story of generations past with view of generations future.

The History of Family Ministry in Five Drawings

1. The Society Movement -late 1800s
2. Efficiency Movement -early 1900s
3 characteristics: centralize, segment, professionalize
3. Separation– mid 1900’s
separate youth out. Keep them connected to church during youth years, and hopefully they will come back to the church after youth years.
4. Era of Dis-integration– late 1900’s
conglomeration of separated silos
other groups withiin the church wanted emphasis and self-focus like the youth had
congregation became a collection of programs
5. Coordination– present and future
comes out of a dissatification of this dis-integration era
keep different ministries but draw them in and help them to see how essential integration with generations is.
helps them see a image of a bigger story
driven by Gospel and drawn by a diverse community

Recognize you are part of a story that God is telling throughout the ages.

Help your children see that their lives are bigger than themselves.

What do I do with my church?
Don’t change things you are doing. Re-purpose what you are doing.

The TIE Principle: 
Train Involve Equip. 
How can you train, involve, equip your parents to do ministry?

Train
Involve (do events that if your parents don’t show up, then it doesn’t work)
Equip (give a resource to parents to remind them of what they are to be doing)

What do I do with me?
Often our value is based on what we do in our ministry. We must remember that the story is bigger than ourselves. Our value is settled in Jesus.

Dr. Timothy Paul Jones
Proessor of Family MInistry at Southern
Serves in children’s ministry at Sojourn Community
@timothywashere

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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Children's Ministry, Ministry

 

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D6 Rob Morgan #D62013 Hope for Your Prodigal

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D6 Rob Morgan #D62013
Hope For Your Prodigal

Sometimes attempting to be a D6 parent leads to L15 parenting (Deut 6, Luke 15)

Psalm 121 He who keeps Israel will never slumber nor sleep. (my child)

2 Samuel 14:14 The Lord devises means so that the Lords own will not be banished from Him

God has a way of working in our lives when we don’t realize that He is working at all

Luke 15:11-32

The correct response for a godly person is joy when anyone makes a response to God in their life

The older son was just as much a prodigal because he emblemized the pharisees

Grief/Grace Cycle when dealing with children in difficult times and situations

1. Pain
2. Prayer
 
James 5:16
Col. 4:13
3. Patience
4. Peace
Acts 19:36 ; Psalm 107; Matt. 8:26 ; Psalm 131
The Lord wants you to have peace in the storm and calmness in the crisis
5. Praise

Remember: Prodigals have a way of coming home.
 

Rob Morgan
Senior Pastor of The Donelson Fellowship
@robertjmorgan

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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Children's Ministry, Ministry

 

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D6 Rob Reinow #D62013

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D6 Rob Reinow #D62013

A Church Philosophy for the Generations

D6 Rob Reinow #D62013

A Church Philosophy for the Generations

2 Tim 3:14-17

Three theological foundations:

1. A lost doctrine in the church today: The sufficiency of scripture
The Bible is not only true, it is enough. It is sufficient.

Teaching- how to think right
Reproof- how not to think wrong
Correction- how not to act wrong 
Training in righteousness- how to act right

Four levels of Scripture:
The Bible teaches doctrine- the truth of God
The Bible teaches righteousness- the will of God
The Bible teaches methodology- the ways of God
The Bible teaches jurisdiction- the call of God

2. The doctrine of jurisdiction
The jurisdiction principle
When a larger jurisdiction usurps responsibility from a lesser jurisdiction,
1) the crisis will not be solved and,
2) the proper jurisdiction is robbed of motivation, time, and resources to do the job

3. The patterns and commands for the early church, given to us by God in the Bible, are to be followed by us today.


Families/Church in the Early Church

Ephesians 6:4- early church methodology. Pastors helping parents.

The key to unleashing youth and child evangelism is discipleship within the family.

No biblical precident for separating worship with age.
Col 3, Eph 6, Acts 20
Children were included in the corporate worship service of the early church.

So many of our decisions in our church today are based on pragmatism….what works best.

Women’s Ministry
Titus 2:4-5 The heart of women’s ministry.
Two top priorities in women’s ministry is marriage ministry and children’s ministry.

Men’s Ministry
1 Tim 3., Titus 1- Criteria for men. First, he must manage his family well.

Global Missions
Gen. 1:28 multi-generational

Evangelism
The men of the early church didn’t invite people as much to the church as they did to their home.

In the early church multi-generational ministry wasn’t a department in church, but a framing for all of the ministry of the church.

Rob Reinow
Founder of Visionary Family Ministries
Author of Visionary Parenting and Visionary Marriage
@visionaryfam

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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Children's Ministry, Ministry

 

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