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Jessica Downs
Cedar Park Church
Seattle, Washington
What is your name? 

Jessica Downs

What is it that you love about children's ministries? 
 
First and foremost, I love teaching kids the deep truths about God and His love for them, especially when it "clicks" in their hearts and minds. I also really enjoy doing life with families - going to kids' baseball games, dance recitals, etc and seeing their face light up when they see I'm there! Equipping and encouraging other kids leaders is a passion of mine as well!
What is one of the coolest things going on in your life right now? 
 
We are expecting our first baby (due in August) after 5 years of infertility. We're praising God for His grace and this little miracle boy! I'm really open and honest about our journey, so if it's something you struggle with too, I'd be honored to walk alongside you!
What do you do for fun outside of ministry? 

We love traveling, especially overseas! I also love going on fun dates with my husband - taking a pottery class or a cooking class, finding a new coffee shop, etc. And a good board game night with friends refreshes me!

What is the best lesson you have learned from children's ministries? 

"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken." ;) I've learned that I can plan all I want, but things will come up and those plans may have to change. I have to hold things lightly and not put my identity in my ideas...otherwise it can be really difficult to be willing to switch things up! Ooo...also...I learned how important it is to understand your lead pastor and how he/she ticks. They may function and think totally different than you do and it's your job to learn how to communicate with them so you can both be on the same page. There are a lot of great personality and leadership profiles that can give you invaluable insight into that working relationship!


Aaron Cole
River Valley Church
Shakopee, Minnesota
What is your name? 

Aaron Cole

What is it that you love about children's ministries? 
 
The opportunity to minister to families by inspiring kids, parents and volunteers to know and follow God.
What is one of the coolest things going on in your life right now? 
 
Kids Camp - blessed and humbled to see the Holy Spirit at work! And it's fun ministry. Also, family life. Vacations and get away and extended family visits all wrapped in fun!
 
What do you do for fun outside of ministry? 

Hang with my family! We are a close knit family that likes to exercise, play games, and watch movies.

What is the best lesson you have learned from children's ministries? 
 
The Holy Spirit of God will speak to kids and adults when and where He chooses; make room for Him!

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