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Training our Teachers

October 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Ron Elwardt in Kids - (0 Comments)

teacher trainingEarlier this Fall 45-50 Children’s Ministry teachers and helpers gathered for a full morning for our annual TNT (Teacher eNrichment Time). This training was designed to inspire and instruct our workers for the vital and eternally significant work they do with our children.

The morning began with a word from our elder, Bill Eaton, who shared not only his appreciation for the ministry to children, but also urged those in attendance to faithfulness in this important work. A time of worship followed that brought us to remember the vastness of the power and love of the God whom we serve.

I led our General Session walking through our statement of mission, values and vision. How important it is for us never to lose sight of why we do what we do and what we are hoping God to accomplish through us to His glory and for the eternal good of our children.

After the General Session we were treated to an interview. Amanda Perkins, our Director of Preschool Discipleship, interviewed Megan Holm who shared how the ministry at CBC was formative in her life, equipping her both for her role as a parent and now as a teacher in Children’s Ministry. It was wonderful to see a living example of the impact we would hope for in all our children’s lives.

Our time concluded with the attendance of various seminars. Susie Baldwin led a much appreciated session on Classroom Management. Rachael White helped our teachers know how to better prepare and present a lesson. Ruth Elwardt got our creative juices going in her session on effective methods of teaching memory verses. I also led a session on the importance of application, helping our teachers understand what a Christ-focused application of Scripture looks like.

Now it might be asked why we call out a group of nearly 50 people to spend a whole morning attending a conference like this. The answer is simple…the work that we do with children matters. We weekly present to them the Word of God which has the power to lead them to salvation and life in Christ. We want to do this well. We must do this well. So, we unashamedly gather our teachers and workers to inspire and equip them for this work among our children that truly matters.

Every Child Made New in Christ

August 14th, 2014 | Posted by Ron Elwardt in Kids | Parents - (0 Comments)

Every Child Made New in Christ

It is that time of year again!

It is that time of year again!

For most families with children the new school year has already begun. Children, equipped with a plethora of school supplies, have made their way to meet new teachers and students (unless, of course, they are schooled at home) commencing another year of studies.

At Camelback we are gearing up for the new year as well. We have been bringing new teachers and helpers into the ministry. Training sessions are planned and will be taking place over the next few weeks. We’ve evaluated curriculum and other aspects of the ministry and will be introducing some new things.

Our hearts desire is to effectively minister to children (and their parents) in line with our mission: as a “Family on a Mission for the Glory of God” we extend the love of Jesus to every child that they might find renewal in Him. We so want to surround increasing numbers of children with the love of Christ so that they might find real life in Him.

Sometimes in the busyness of life, we attend to those things that scream for our attention, but neglect other things that may be even more important than those things crying out. One of those things is our child’s spiritual education. It doesn’t tend to be one of the “urgent” things vying for our attention, but in truth it may be the most important.

As you enter the new year with your child please consider the following suggestions so that the urgent doesn’t crowd out the important.