Gospel Over Family

“We have somehow got hold of the idea that error is only that which is outrageously wrong; and we do not seem to understand that the most dangerous person of all is the one who does not emphasize the right things.”

–D. Martin Lloyd-Jones, Sermon on the Mount, 2:244

There is a lot of emphasis on family ministry these days, and this morning Sojourn’s student and family ministry team met for the first time.  As a team, we’ve (Gary Almon, Jeremy Quillo, Dave Kidd, Ty Thorne, Jessica Bowman, and myself) been commissioned with the role of leading and caring for Sojourn’s families.  BUT our prayer is that our ministry will NOT be merely about the family (though it is certainly right to love, care, and talk about families).  Our ministry is first and foremost about the gospel–the good news of God’s kingdom accomplished through the work of His Son by the power of His Spirit.  We are dangerous if we emphasize the the wrong thing.  So, may the flavor of our ministry together be forever only gospel!  Please pray for us that this will be our aim and end.

Memory Monday (8/10/09)

“Pray for each other.”  James 5:16a

(From this week’s Show Me Jesus Preschool 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.

Word & Art Photo Blog–final installment!

Foundations for Parenting

Two Classes, Each Two Weeks Long on Wednesday evenings

This series will be taught each Fall and Spring. Parents can attend for two-week segments corresponding with the various life-stages, or they may attend the entire class if they so desire.

Foundations One: For Parents Of Newborns And Preschoolers — September 2 and 9.  This two week class covers

  • Understanding Parent/Baby Dedication
  • Parenting Principles for Infants and Preschoolers
  • Sojourn’s Philosophy for Children’s Ministry
  • Praying for and Blessing Your Children
  • Family Worship: Leading Your Spiritual Family

Core Competency: The home is the front line of spiritual ministry to children.

Requirement for: The October 18th Parent/Baby Dedication

Class Leaders: Tyler and Heidi Thorne

—Parent/Baby Dedication contact: Kelsey Barnes, SojournKids deacon (kids@sojournchurch.com)

REGISTER NOW FOR FOUNDATIONS #1

Foundations 2: For Parents Of Elementary-aged Children — September 16 and 23.  This 2-week class covers:

  • Childhood Conversion and Baptism
  • The Drama of Parenting (Preschool and Elementary Kids)
  • Developing a Discipleship Plan for Your Child

Core Competency: Heart change is God’s work.

Requirement for: Childhood Baptism and Church Membership Process

—Class Leaders: TBA

—process contact: Jared Kennedy, Director of SojournKids (kids@sojournchurch.com)

REGISTER NOW FOR FOUNDATIONS #2

Kenny Conley: A Children’s Pastor Wrestles with Theology and Practice

Kenny Conley’s website  Children’s Ministry Online is fast becoming one of my favorite websites.  Kenny has posted several really interesting series recently.  He’s been exploring his own church’s policies on childhood baptism .  He has offered thoughts on leading children to Christ, and he is now exploring the larger topic of childhood spiritual development  I’ve listed  some links below to what he has been posting.

Here is what I love about Kenny’s approach.  As I read his blog, I have a kindred spirit.  He is a passionate children’s minister who is wrestling with some of the most important questions that pastors in our field will face.  Kenny is passionate about every child who wants to be baptized actually hearing the gospel and believing it before he or she is baptized.  He wants to guard against children believing that baptism saves them.  He takes seriously the warnings against causing little ones to stumble, and he is willing to re-think his church’s current practices in order to lead it to be more biblically faithful.   Kenny wants to let his parents drive.  He believes that the Scriptures show them to be a child’s primary faith trainers. Continue Reading…