All posts written by Jared Kennedy

We’re changing more than diapers in the SojournKids nursery.

At Sojourn, we believe in gospel change… everywhere… even in the church nursery.  So, what is changing?

Beginning with our Infants classes, our Sojourn babes will be prayed for and loved on intentionally through blessings we have been taught in the Bible.  Beginning Labor Day weekend, our servants will find prayers and blessings for children posted throughout the nursery for servants to say or pray while changing a diaper or when snuggling in a rocker (and especially to pray when children are wailing!).

Also, with our oldest Nursery group, the 12-24month class, we will introduce a curriculum that tells 4 basic Bible stories to the young children over and over again throughout the year.  Repetition is the key to learning–especially at this young age, and our teachers will also learn creativity as they tell the same stories over and over.  If you are interested, there is an opportunity to “adopt a story” by serving in the 12-24 months class once per month.  If  you are serving the first week of every month, for example, you will tell the first of the four Nursery stories every time that you serve.

To learn more about our new prayer-filled nursery policies, sign up to attend the SojournKids Basic training on Saturday, August 29th, and let us know of your interest by e-mailing kids@sojournchurch.com

SojournKids Basic Training Scheduled for Saturday, August 29th

This is required for all SojournKids servants that haven’t attended before.  And it is strongly encouraged for all nursery servants because of big changes to that ministry.  Register here.

A strong leader in transition, and your opportunity to serve Sojourn’s kids once per month.

Earlier this week, Cheri Holman sent the following letter to the Titus 2 team:

Dear faithful servants,

There are a lot of transitions happening right now at Sojourn, especially with the launch of the St. Matthews campus this month. Along with larger transitions always come smaller transitions. One of these smaller transitions is taking place in how the Lord is leading me in ministry. Scott & I have been invited to work alongside Chad & Ginger Lewis with the Recovery Groups that are starting in a couple of weeks. In order to invest myself in this new ministry, I feel like it is time for me to step away from the Titus 2 ministry. Concurrent with my need to step away is a changing need in Sojourn Kids ministry. While a “Titus 2″ philosophy needs to continue to be an organic, integral part of all ministry and relationships at Sojourn, it is going to cease to be a separate ministry. Instead, Jared will be expanding once-per-month commitments to more servants than just moms. Please let him know if you would like to continue serving once per month as a greeter, at the registration desk, in the nursery, or as a classroom helper. You can e-mail jkennedy@sojournchurch.com. Continue Reading…

What friends are saying about Pastor Daddy!

pastor-daddyCheck out what friends are saying (below) about Sojourn’s first little children’s book, Pastor Daddy, and grab a copy for only $5.00 at the Sojourn Music Store!

One of the most  important features of a father’s leadership in his home is his responsibility to train his children in the Scriptures and the Christian faith, and to  nurture them in knowing and loving God.  In this sense, fathers are  pastors (i.e., shepherds) to their  children, and they would do well to embrace this truth as their own.  Pastor Daddy helps both children and fathers see some of the beauty and richness of this relationship.  How good it will be when an increasing number of Christian fathers own their roles as their family’s pastors.  May this little book  be used by God to serve that end
–Bruce A. Ware, Professor of  Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

This is an excellent book and I have sought to get a copy into the hands of every family at our church. It is a story about fathers leading their families at home as the pastor leads the church. The great old concept of “every father  the pastor of the church meeting in his house” is portrayed here in an engaging and compelling way. The left hand pages comment on what the pastor  does at church. The right hand pages then comment on how the dad does a  similar thing in leading his family at home. Reading this then will urge fathers forward and give them some built-in accountability as children will  look to see that the things read about are actually done!  The book is  simply written in a nice rhyme with nice illustrations. This little book has the potential to accomplish much good.  I encourage you to get a copy for  yourself and then get copies for families you could give it to.
–Ray Van Neste, Director, R. C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, Union University, Jackson, TN

Pastor Daddy beautifully illustrates the Biblical role that each father is called to play  in the lives of his children.  The apostle Paul states in 1 Thessalonians 2 that he has dealt with the Thessalonian church the same way that a father deals with his children….”encouraging, comforting and urging [them], to live lives worthy of God.”  I pray that every father that reads this powerful  little book will have the courage to lead his family to live life for the  Glory of God and nothing less.  I LOVE the book because it provides a  beautiful picture of what it looks like for a father to be the spiritual leader in the home.  It simplifies this profound truth in a way that can be easily understood by everyone in the family.
–Jason Houser, Seeds Family Worship, Nashville, TN

[This book’s] stated aim is to teach preschool  children the Christian doctrine of the home as a “little church” where the  father teaches his family God’s commands and leads them to worship the one  true God through his Son Jesus Christ.  This grand truth seems so far removed from the common Christian worldview that a book like this is necessary not just to introduce 3-year-olds to the idea, but their dads as well.
–Brent Nelson, The Council of Biblical Manhood & Womanhood’s Genderblog

This book is a great introduction to the  practice of family worship and how the church and the home are interrelated.   This has become an important direction that many in the church are  beginning to move toward.  There has become an emphasis on family worship and its importance to the health of the church in recent years.  If you are involved in children’s ministry, this is an excellent resource to own.   It is also a way in which you can introduce family worship to the  parents through the children.
–Terry Delaney, Ministry-to-Children.com

Prayers Parents Rarely Pray

We’ve all been there before as parents. Your child has been told what to do and doesn’t do it. You’re tired and irritated. You have no patience left in your parenting tank. And so, you yell at your child and perhaps even discipline your child in anger and frustration. But what good does it do? Even though you took charge of the situation, your heart feels empty and frustrated and so does your child’s.

Let’s rewind the tape. Your child has been told what to do and doesn’t do it. Instead of reacting in anger, you acknowledge the fact that you are tired and lacking in patience. So before speaking to your child, you speak first to God. Just a simple prayer asking Him something like,

“Father, I need your help right now. I need your Spirit to give me patience and wisdom to talk with my child. I can’t do it on my own. I need you and my child needs you. Without you, Jesus, I can do nothing. So be with me now as I go. Open up my heart and my child’s heart to you.”

With a simple prayer such as this one, we take our parenting out of our hands and put it into God’s hands. We admit we cannot parent on our own. And so we pray a simple prayer of dependence … a simple prayer of reliance … a simple prayer of surrender.

This is the prayer we parents rarely pray. But I wonder how it would change us, and I wonder how it would change our families.

via Doug Wolter, The Prayer We Parents Rarely Pray | Life2gether.