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    As ministers, it is often easy to sacrifice time with our families for the sake of our ministry. While being called to go out and do the work of the Lord, we must also remember the importance of nurturing the relationships of our families. Some ways to do that is to schedule time to be with our family. This article provides some practical tips that will demonstrate what Valentine's Day is all about to family ... and church volunteers.
  • When Military Parents Deploy

    Military kids can be remarkably resilient at times, but they are not super human. The absence of their parents are filled with uncertainty, risks, and challenges, and even pastors without personal military experience can assist these young children and youth in meaningful ways. This article lists steps to remember when working with them.
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    God showed His great love by serving and giving, and you can help your students do the same. Here are four ideas to get kids active in showing God’s great love to the world, their community, and their family.
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    God invites us to do BIG things. He calls us to “God things”—things we could never accomplish without Him. Faith is great, but faith without real-life service is motionless, fruitless, and lifeless. If we are to fan the faith-flame in the lives of children and leaders—the kind of faith that answers the “so what?” question—we must engage kids and leaders in face-to-face acts of compassion.
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    God has perfected praise in the hearts of children. A child will just as naturally shout, “Praise God,” as he will, “Look there’s a butterfly.” So what is it that deters children from worshiping God in our children’s churches? Let's examine four factors contributing to the struggle to get kids to worship: parenting models, volunteer involvement, worldly distractions, and lack of planning.

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Derek Sanborn
Peoples Church
Cincinati, OH

Best thing about KidMin where I live:
I love being in a place that has people from all walks of life and from all over the world. Being a part of a children's ministry and a church that looks like heaven (over 30 different nations calls Peoples Church home) is absolutely amazing. I am humbled that God has allowed me to minister here and to be a part of their lives. Finding ways to bridge cultural divides and helping kids see that no matter the color of their skin or the economic background they come from, God wants us all to be together united and showing the world how much God loves everyone.

What I love about the Assemblies of God:
It is great being a part of a larger group that cares about kids and their future. Seeing them come up with new and creative ways to effectively minister to kids and their families is encouraging. It's nice to know you have other people you can turn to and to know they want to help.

What I hope the future of KidMin will look like:
I want to see KidMin's that fully embraces a multiethnic/racial idea. As our schools, neighborhoods, and extra activities change I want to see the church change with them. KidMin's should not be a silo of one group of kids but a diverse group of kids from all over coming together despite their differences and embracing each other as family. To see KidMin's that look like the picture John painted in Revelation 7:9 a group of kids "from every nation, tribe, people and language.

Best advice I ever received in KidMin:
When I stand before a child/children, God is allowing me to be his hands and feet. In those moments you are becoming the physical representation of Jesus. Use that moment to show kids who Jesus truly is and how much God loves them.

Book I am reading right now:
If Disney ran your children's ministry.

If I could have a superpower, what would it be:
I would love to be able to teleport myself. To be able to go anyplace I want at any time.

Rick Ricciardelli
Lake Wylie
Lake Wylie, SC

Best thing about Kidmin where I live:
South Carolina is a growing state for children's ministry, with the creation of the Carolina Kidmin Network, an upcoming CM course at the District School of Ministry and our annual Bridge Conference. There has never been a better time to be in Kidmin here in the Carolinas, plus the people are so friendly.

What I love about the Assembly of God:
I believe there is no other denomination that puts as much effort in reaching and training kids with support from both the state and national level. Programs like BGMC, Royal Rangers, Girls Ministry and JBQ help equip Kidmin leaders in such an awesome way.

What I hope the future of Kidmin will look like:
A future where revival sweeps the nation ushered in by Holy Spirit filled kids from all denominations. Where young people stand up and say "enough", we do not want to continue this course of action anymore!

The best advise I ever received in Kidmin:
Dream BIG, we serve a BIG God and you can't scare Him

Books that I am reading right now:
Leading Kidmin

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If I could have a superpower, what would it be:
Barry Allen's "The Flash" speed, there is soooo much I could do and get done, plus a metabolism to match- WOW!