Memory Monday (06/22/09)

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody” (Romans 12:17)
From the Middle Elementary curriculum for Grades 3-5

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.

Pastor Dad released in Seattle, Pastor Daddy goes to Ridgecrest and maybe soon… adopts a new alias.

Many of you know that Sojourn’s first children’s book, Pastor Daddy, which was written by Lindsey Blair and Bobby Gilles with illustrations by Tessa Janes, can be purchased online or at the Sojourn book table on Sundays.  Pastor Daddy was written 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.

Well, there is a lot of new for fans of Pastor Daddy:

  • First, there was a new book by Mark Driscoll entitled, Pastor Dad: Spiritual Insights on Fatherhood, released by Re:Lit and Mars Hill Church yesterday for Father’s Day.  After the release, I got a few e-mails.  They all went something like this, “Mark Driscoll stole our book title!”  Well, for the sake of full disclosure, that isn’t exactly the case.  Driscoll preached a sermon (an eighty-one minute one) in 2001 entitled “Pastor Dad.”  The manuscript from that sermon was the inspiration for our 2008 children’s book.  So, technically, we took his title. :) The sermon is still inspirational as a booklet for dads, and I’d encourage all of you to check it out.
  • Second, I got a phone call today from Heather Easterday and the good folks at Seeds Family Worship.  Jason Houser and their team will be doing a presentation at the Lifeway Worship Leadership Conference at the Southern Baptist conference center in Ridgecrest, NC.  They called to see if they could feature and read Pastor Daddy as part of their presentation.  So, I said, “No problem!”  The Seeds folks hope to videotape their presentation, and I’ll post a link to it here.  [By the way, the last (and only time) I was at Ridgecrest, I was thirteen  or so and competing in the Baptist Youth Bible Drill and Speaker's Tournament.  Great memories.  I think my mom still has pictures.  Those will not be posted here.]
  • Finally, we’re currently having conversations with a publisher about sending Pastor Daddy to press.  Please pray that we will have wisdom during this process.  When and if we do publish, the title will likely change to Our Home is like a Little Church.  The new alias is meant to avoid confusion–this is not just a book for preachers’ kids–and avoid any copyright disputes with our friends at Mars Hill.  I probably made us liable in the paragraph above. :)

If you’d like to know more about the book, here is a little more of the skinny on Pastor Daddy.

From the Preface: At Sojourn, we believe that the home is the front line of ministry to children–not the Sunday school or public church gathering.  All the practices present in a Christian worship service–the Scriptures, prayer, and praise–should be present in teh home as well.  Pastor Daddy teaches this truth by repeatedly putting church and home side by side–on adjacent pages.  God expects parents to teach their children when they sit down for meals, when they drive along the road, when they lie down for bed, and when they get up in the morning.  These “pastoral” duties can be daunting for dads.  So, Pastor Daddy also serves a a reminder that these duties are done in light of God’s grace show to us through Jesus work on the cross.

Thursday Book Club: Foundations for Family Ministry

Tuesday/Thursday Book Club:
Perspectives on Family Ministry
Foundations for Family Ministry, chapters 4

Beginning with chapter 4, Jones begins to provide a foundation for family ministry.  The chapter serves as a lead-in for the four perspectives on family ministry presented in the chapter that follows.  Many churches think of family ministry in terms of “family counseling”–merely as a means to strengthen and salvage hurting families.  Others use “family minisperspectives-on-family-ministrytry” to talk about church ministry as a whole.  After all, the church is the family of faith.  The family ministry perspectives presented in this book seek to provide practical models by which churches can equip the nuclear family to be the primary training ground for youth and children.   Jones defines family ministry as follows:

The process of intentionally and persistently realigning a congregation’s proclamation and practices so that parents are acknowledged, trained, and held accountable as the persons primarily responsible for the discipleship of their children.

He then gives a brief outline of the major perspectives reviewed in the remainder of the book.  One of the best things about this book is that the men who write the “perspectives” chapters are local church practitioners who have developed their philosophies within the trenches of ministry.  So, here is a brief overview of what is to come in the next few posts:

The Family-Integrated Ministry Model: Family-integrated ministry is by far the most radical.  In a family-integrated church, all age-graded classes and events are eliminated. There is no youth group, no children’s ministry, no age-graded Sunday school program.  The generations learn and worship together, and parents bear primary responsibility for the
evangelism and discipleship of their children.  Voddie Baucham, Jr., author of Family Driven Faith, has been the most vocal advocate of this perspective.

The Family-Based Ministry Model: In the family-based model, no radical changes occur in the church’s internal structure. The congregation still maintains youth ministry, children’s ministry, singles ministry, etc. What makes this model different is that the focus of each ministry shifts.  Students may still experience worship and small groups in peer groups, separated from other generations. However, each ministry sponsors events and learning experiences (with inter generational curriculum) that are intentionally designed to draw generations together. Mark DeVries pioneered this approach in his book Family-Based Youth Ministry.

The Family-Equipping Ministry Model: In the family-equipping model, many semblances of age-organized ministry remain intact. But the church leaders plan organize their ministries so that they champion the place of parents as primary disciple-makers in their children’s lives.   The church intentionally co-champions the role of both the church and the home in equipping students and families.  Two strong advocates of this perspective are Steve Wright, author of ApParent Privelege, and Bryan Haynes, author of the forthcoming book, Shift: What it takes to finally reach families today.

The three perspectives are not mutually exclusive.  There is overlap, but each perspective is nevertheless a distinctive approach?  Where does your church fit?  Have you adopted one of these models?  Are you somewhere in between?

Father’s Day Music Liturgy

Father’s Day Sojourn Kids Music by Bill Bell

Male singer and guitarist: “Hi, I’m Mr. (First name)”

Female singer: “I’m Ms. (First name)”

Guitarist/other instrumentalist: “I’m Mr. (First name)”

Male Singer/Guitarist:
Does anyone know what holiday we celebrate this month?  That’s right, Father’s Day.  Father’s Day is a day that our whole country celebrates daddies.  Dads are the ones who protect their families and care for them in hard times.  When you fall and scrape your knee, it might be your daddy who picks you up and holds you while you cry.  Can you tell of other times where your daddy cared for you in hard or painful times? (take 2 or 3 stories)  Well, God the Father is like that, but even more so.  He cares for us perfectly and is always there when things are good or bad.  This song tells about this Father, who cares for all his children every moment of every day.

1. “Sovereign One” Words and Music by Zach Jones (c) 2004 Sovereign Grace Music

Female Singer: Do you all know the ultimate way that God showed his love for us?  By sending his Son to die for us.  “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were sinners Christ died for us.”  God the Father did something really loving when he sent his Son to die for sinners like you and me.  And by doing this, he invites sinners to call him Father for all of eternity—that’s a long time!  Let’s sing this song to help us remember: “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were sinners Christ died for us.”

2. “Romans 5:8 (NIV) Scripture Memory Song,” Music by Mark Altrogge, as Recored on “A Ransom For Many,” Hide The Word, Volume 2 © Forever Grateful Music

Male Singer/Guitarist:
Some of you may have daddies that you see every day.  Some of you don’t have a daddy who’s around very much.  Some of you may not have a daddy at all.  Whether your dad is around a lot or not, no dad is perfect because every dad is a sinner just like I am and just like you are.  Because we all sin, we fail not only to love each other perfectly, but also to love God perfectly.  When we or daddies or mommies or whoever should show love all the time, we fail and show anger or meanness or rudeness or disrespect.  But God the Father has a love that is unending.  For those that believe in him, he never turns his back, never fails, never leaves, never lets go.  His love lasts forever.

3. “Your Love” Words and music by Bob Kauflin (c) 2004 Sovereign Grace Praise

Guitarist or other instrumentalist: We are going to pray. . . fold your hands and be still and talk to God. Let’s pray.

Thank you, God, for sending your Son to die on the cross so that all who believe in you can call you our heavenly Father.  And thank you for letting us see what your love and care is like through our daddies here on earth.  Help us to honor our fathers. Please show special grace to our dads as they love us.  Help them to trust in Jesus alone for salvation and hope. God, help our dads to teach us about you every day.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

4.  “God’s Love Goes On Forever,” Words and Music by Chandi Plummer, © 2009 Chandi Plummer/Sojourn Music

Memory Monday 06/15/09

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (Acts 1:8a)

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.