All posts written by Jared Kennedy

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.

Memory Monday (8/17/09)

“You shall not covet.”  Exodus 20:17a

(From this week’s Show Me Jesus Younger Elementary curriculum)

What is “Memory Monday”? Each week I’ll post Scripture and/or Bible doctrine memory work from the previous Sunday’s children’s Bible lessons. Here is the challenge! Learn the memory work together as a family. Then, kids, come to our Sunday gatherings next week and recite the memory work to Mrs. Kelsey Barnes (St. Matthews campus), Mr. David Kidd (Germantown campus) or me to receive a reward.

SojournKids in St. Matthews

Now that we’ve done a few services in St. Matthews, I thought it would be good to highlight what is going on with kids at the campus there.  We want every Sunday to be a celebration for our kids, a celebration of Jesus–who He is and what he has done to save his people!  Just like in Germantown, our SojournKids ministry in St. Matthews will be about God’s plan to save humanity from sin through Jesus!

And we’re expecting the St. Matthews service to be a very big one for families.  For the launch Sunday, there were 50 children in attendance, and growth beyond that is inevitable.  In the three zip codes immediately surrounding Walden school: 40206 (Crescent Hill), 40207 (St. Matthews), and 40222 (Graymoor-Devondale/Lyndon), there are 55 children who regularly attend SojournKids Sunday Bible classes.  If every one of those kids begins to attend at the St. Matthews campus and each invites one friend… well, you get the idea.

So, if you are planting in St. Matthews and you’d like to help the kids there celebrate Jesus, here are four things that you can do to help:

1)  Join the balloon crew! To highlight our desire for this to be a time of celebration (and while they last), we’re giving away helium balloons each week to every child that comes to the St. Matthews campus.  Arrive early at 8:30 AM and help us get the balloons ready.

2) Join the setup crew! Team members for Sojourn Music, Sojourn Kids, and Connect are arriving as early as 7:00 AM to unload the POD and set up Walden School for services each week.  Men, come early and help us with set-up!

3) Join the SojournKids teaching team! There are a few small differences about the St. Matthews campus.  One is that our teachers and children’s ministry servants for this campus are on a rotational schedule, and each person serves only once per month!  If you are interested in serving, you can fill out our servant application here!

4) Bring a friend and your child’s friend! Nearly 1 out of every 5 people in St. Matthews is a child (18% according to the 2000 census).  So, if you live in St. Matthews, there is a child living near you.  Invite your neighbors to come to our St. Matthews gatherings!