Mike Erre: God is Our Source (The Gathering 2015)

Mike Erre: God is Our Source (The Gathering 2015)

As we get ready to welcome Mike Erre to the stage, this prayer was shared.  Can you relate?  I know I can. Father, we come into this room carrying too much.  Pressures.  Family conflicts.  Multiple jobs.  Our hands can't carry it.  God, clear our plates.  Help us to be here.  To be present.  God, begin a work in our hearts and our minds. Let us put aside those things that pull at our attentions.  May we trust you.  Not only as the Source, but also as the giver of good things.  Teach us that you … [Read more...]

Opening Session: The Gathering

Opening Session: The Gathering

Are you ready to get started?  For this first general session, we'll hear from Mike Erre, author of Astonished: Recapturing the Wonder, Awe, and Mystery of Life with God. The theme for The Gathering this year is: Connecting to The Source. So often, those in ministry go and go and go until there is simply no energy left... no power for anything.  We're so busy scheduling reminders and running to fix potential problems that we forget to recharge.  We forget to plug in The Source.   We … [Read more...]

Headed to The Gathering!

Headed to The Gathering!

Hey Readers!  By the time you see this post, I will be on my way to Chicago for one of my favorite conferences: The Gathering hosted by David C. Cook.   The conference begins at 1:30 and I'll be filling Growing Kids Ministry with updates and messages from the speakers, so stay tuned! The first speaker up to bat is Mike Erre, which I'm thrilled about. I've recently just finished reading his book The Jesus of Suburbia: Have We Tamed the Son of God to Fit Our Lifestyle? and it is filled with … [Read more...]

Daniel and the Lions Den: Crafts and Activities for Kids

Daniel and the Lions Den: Crafts and Activities for Kids

This week, I'm headed to The Gathering conference in Chicago sponsored by David C. Cook.  I'm thrilled to be hearing from some incredible speakers including Mike Erre, Albert Tate, and Megan Fate-Marshman and can't wait to connect with some of the other bloggers there!  Be sure to stay tuned for live tweeting and updates from the conference. Back on the home front, the team will be focusing on Daniel in our Journey through the Old Testament.  I just signed up for the Superbook DVD Club (very … [Read more...]

Journey Through the Old Testament: Exodus Round-Up

Journey Through the Old Testament: Exodus Round-Up

During our Wednesday night midweek program, we’ve been learning how to Navigate the Old Testament.  I thought I’d share some of the lessons we have been doing in one big Round Up post, but as I started to gather up lessons and activities from around Growing Kids Ministry, I realized there were a few too many to include all in one post!  I've already compiled a list of all my former posts from Genesis and now, this Round up will be dedicated to Exodus, but stay tuned for more lesson Round-ups … [Read more...]

Journey through the Old Testament: Ezekiel and the Dry Bones

Journey through the Old Testament: Ezekiel and the Dry Bones

This year, we're making our way through the Old Testament, highlighting key passages and stories along the way.   The idea is to help kids understand the divisions of the Bible and to navigate through the Old Testament a little better.  Currently, we're on the books of prophecy.  Last week was our introduction to the prophets and this week, we'll be diving into Ezekiel. I picked Ezekiel because he's a little off the beaten path (something new for highly churched kids) and the I've always … [Read more...]