Do your kids have questions about baptism and salvation? Sign up for the Ask Class.

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The goal of this class is to answer the questions of kids and their parents who are seeking to understand the gospel, salvation, baptism, and assurance.  We want to partner with parents, who have been commanded to teach their kids about God.  Our hope is that this class will be a catalyst for more gospel conversations between parents and their children.   The first session covers issues related to Jesus and salvation.  The second session covers issues related to baptism and assurance.

Next Class: Classes will meet again on Sundays, October 17th & 24th.  Register here.

Download Sojourn’s position and process for on childhood baptism.

Dustin Neely: Family Dashboard

In a new post on the Resurgence, church-planter and former Sojourn pastor Dustin Neely writes about keeping watch on your family dashboard so that your family doesn’t burn up or burn out like a bad engine.  Here are the three gauges that he explores:

1. The speedometer. This is the “pacing” question: are we moving at a healthy pace that we can sustain, or are we running in the red? We can’t just monitor the things from ministry that directly include us, but we must also factor in the other things that make life what it is: soccer, gymnastics, the kids’ school, health, marriage, money, and home repairs. Never make this pace assessment alone. Men are not typically emotionally intuitive and can be blind to the relational redlining occurring. If you don’t believe me, just ask your wife. She will tell you the real truth.

2. The RPMs. This is the stress question. How hard are we pushing to make this thing go? Are we shifting gears smoothly in our relationships or are we “grinding the gears” like a 16-year-old driving a stick shift for the first time with a critical Dad in the passenger seat? Do Mom and Dad need more time together—alone? Is more time or energy needed with a particular child? You can usually “listen to the engine” through the tone of the conversations taking place at home to monitor the stress level.

3. The gas gauge. This is the margin question. Every ministry family I know is strapped for time and often other resources. The families that go the distance are the ones that have enough gas in their tank for the long haul. They are consciously and consistently refueling through weekly days off: “Date Nights,” “Daddy Dates,” vacations, and daily spiritual tune-ups to keep the engine running more efficiently. Again, if you want to know exactly how much gas is really in the family or marriage tank, ask your wife. She knows.

Last Sunday: Launching a New Campus means launching a new children’s ministry

Take a look at this photo stream from the launch of the Sojourn J-town campus last week. These shots were taken by SojournKids J-town deacon, David Kidd.  And here are pix from the weeks leading up to the launch.  This past week, there were already 74 kids at the J-town campus!

What we give parents that participate in Baby Dedication and First Steps classes…

I really enjoy blessing our parents that participate in the Parent/Baby Dedication service each Fall and Spring.  Each child receives the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones on the day of the dedication as well as a booklet memoir with information about each child and a testimony from all parents participating.  At the First Steps classes, we give parents printed invitation for inviting friends to the service as well as a diaper bag tag.  Parents who answer questions during the classes can also win door prizes like Parenting is Your Highest Calling and 8 Other Myths that Trap Us in Worry and Guilt by Leslie Leyland-Fields.  If you haven’t signed up to have your child dedicated yet, sign up now!

YouTube Video of Seeds Family Worship @ the 930

Thanks Tony!