Bethlehem Baptist’s New Youth Baptism Policy

Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, where David Michael serves as family pastor, recently updated their youth baptism information brochure and process.  As part of that revision, they have provided a link to an explanation paper written by Scott Holman, a friend and fellow Sojourner, and myself.  Bethlehem is a model church and a mentor to Sojourn in many ways.   It is humbling that something we have been part of writing has been used and highlighted by a mentor church body that we respect very much.  May the Lord be glorified in our efforts, and in the lives of the children and families who are part of this process at both Bethlehem and Sojourn.

Family Friday: Summer Water Fights!

Set up a time for a special water fight with your kids.  Use hoses, buckets, and water balloons!  Challenge your kids to take you on.  Bring the neighborhood kids in as well.  The joy you have will overflow to your kids hearts (Zechariah 10:7).

From John Bennett, Preschool and Children’s Ministries Director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, “Some Fun Family Devotional Ideas,” KBC Growing Ministries Tour.  To submit a Family Friday idea, write to

Art Camp @ Sojourn East

SojournKids is excited to announce an art workshops with outdoor games at our East campus. On Thursday-Friday, July 22nd and 23rd from 9:00 AM until 12:00 Noon and on Saturday, July 24th beginning at 11:00 AM for a gallery opening/celebration.  This is a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to learn about our Creator, learn about worshiping Him through our creativity, and enjoy some time outside in his creation! Please join us by pre-registering or signing up to serve.

The Art of Storytelling, Part 3

Stories Of Change from Sojourn Community Church on Vimeo.

The art of storytelling gives children a basic framework for understanding truth as well as the courage to live and tell about it. This week, I’m posting six important things to know about great stories!  Here is #5 and #6:

5. Stories inspire hope by giving us a “peek” at the end. Despair is not just a sin theologically—because it assumes that the grand story is about us.  It’s also a mistake because it assumes we know the end of the story.  Michelle Anthony has recently written, “We often don’t tell our kids about the end of the story… Maybe we think it’s too bloody or too intense, or maybe we don’t understand it all, but in reality it makes Jesus the kind of hero worth living and dying for.  Knowing that Christ is the ultimate victor gives each one of us [kids included] the courage to walk with Him on the journey.”  For kids, knowledge of darkness is sometimes intuitive, but they need to be told that darkness can be defeated.  Perhaps, G.K. Chesterton said it best:  “Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist.  Children already know that dragons exist.  Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.”  When we are reading Revelation and we see the king and the white horse and the dragon thrown into the pit, we can step lighter and smile wider.   Peeking at the end makes us optimistic.  As the old hymn says, “Though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.” Continue Reading…

The Race: VBS, School of Word & Art @ Sojourn Midtown

SojournKids is excited to announce this year’s VBS: School of Word & Art on July 19th-23rd from 9:00 AM until 12:00 Noon. The School of Word & Art is an event for kids, ages 3 through grade 5, to learn about the gospel and participate in art, music, and games. The theme for this year’s event is The Race. Kids will be learning about the life of Jesus, who he is and why we should worship him. Cost is $5 per child, but scholarships are available. Continue Reading…