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Faith In The Home: Moment By Moment

QBKidsAs our kids get older opportunities to talk with them can seem to diminish. They get busy with school work, sport, music or friends and there seems to be less time available for a casual chat. But actually, as our kids get older, this is the time we need to be talking with them more than ever.
As they process the big life questions, we want to know what they are thinking, engage with them and know what they are wondering about.

Our kids do wonder. I remember going through a 12 month period of asking my then 12-year-old son, what he was wondering about at least once a fortnight. It started out as an experiment after chatting with a friend who had started a similar habit, with fantastic relationship payoff with his daughter. I was constantly amazed at the many wonderings that went on in my boy’s busy mind. I remember thinking how much I appreciated these opportunities that only came about through asking this simple question. I would never have been given this glimpse into his thoughts without this simple prompting. These conversations were sometimes pretty shallow and one-offs while others would require chewing over a few times. They paved the way for conversations into the future that had a significant influence on decisions he had to make and as he began to process some big life questions.

Our kids have a lot of processing to do. Research into child theology tells us that around the age of 8 or 9, children start to process faith ideas differently. They begin to have significant questions and will begin to seek to find the answers. Sometimes as parents, this can be really daunting and we sometimes start to worry that our kids are having a faith crisis. But we don’t have to fear as these questions are generally a positive sign that our kids are starting to really engage with their faith. What we need to worry about is that they have somewhere these questions can get answered. In Deuteronomy 6, God instructs parents to talk about Him with their children throughout the day. The last thing we want is for our kids to find the answers to their questions through Google. It’s interesting to note that verse 20 says “When your children ask about ….” God knows our children will have questions and he wants us, as parents to be the ones engaging with our kids. We may not know all of the answers and that is totally fine. In fact when we seek the answers together we show kids how faith and understanding is a life-long process.

If we want meaningful conversations when our kids are older, then we need to engage in conversations with them from a very young age. Paving the way for a culture of regular faith talks takes intentionality. We live in a world filled with distractions and busyness so we need to be in the moment with our kids. Putting our phone or iPad down, or turning the radio off in the car, gives a message of availability to our kids.

Sometimes our faith conversations happen during an intentional devotional time as a family, and these conversations can be very rich. But often the most engaging conversations around faith happen in our day to day life as things happen. Having conversations in the moment as our kids share their daily struggles, challenges and triumphs are rich in opportunity. When we capture these times for speaking of our faith to our kids, it makes faith relevant to them. It takes their life and shines Jesus into it.

The moment when our child is anxious about a test at school is the moment we can point to the assurance we have in Jesus that he will never leave us. The moment our teen is struggling with self-confidence is the moment we can affirm them with Psalm 139, that they have been fearfully and wonderfully made. The moment our kids wake in the middle of the night with a nightmare is the moment we can speak of God’s power and encourage them from Isaiah 43 with “Do not be afraid for I am with you”. Our lives are full of these moments with our kids and when we point to Jesus and our faith in these times, we help our kids to see the relevance of God for their lives.

There is so much joy in sharing faith with children through talking with them. As you disciple your kids to grow in their faith I really do hope you enjoy each one of those special little moments of connection that enrich not only your relationship but help to brings our kids closer each day to Jesus.
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Post date: 22/06/2016Post Author: Tracy Valentine, Spiritual Parenting and Early Years Children’s Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church

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Dear reader,

We would love it if you could use/adapt any of the post above or the excerpt below to reference our QBKids news post:

QBKidsFaith In The Home: Moment By Moment
As our kids get older opportunities to talk with them can seem to diminish. They get busy with school work, sport, music or friends and there seems to be less time available for a casual chat. But actually, as our kids get older, this is the time we need to be talking with them more than ever.
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

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Faith In the Home – Taking Everyday Opportunities to Pray

QBKidsWe have started a new Blog series entitled: Faith in the Home. We are hoping to circulate it to parents and families in our churches to help them with their everyday walk as families learning to follow Christ. These blog posts are written by our very own Kids & Families pastors! Here is our first one, from Ps Tracy Valentine, Mum of three and Kids & Families pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. We hope you love it!

Taking Everyday Opportunities to Pray

We, as families, are busy. In addition to working long hours, our schedules can be full of homework, sports, arts, and music. Many parents are exhausted!! The very last thing we want to do is to make them feel guilty about yet another thing to have to fit into their busy family life. The solution is to equip parents to take opportunities that they already have in the time they spend with their children to teach them the importance of prayer and how to pray. As we get them up in the morning, drive them to school or other activities, as we sit around the table for dinner and as we tuck them into bed, we can be praying for and with our children, all the while building and strengthening their faith.

Praying with our kids about things that really matter to them shows them that the great big God of the universe cares for them. When kids get in the car after a full day of school, they often have a story about something. Sometimes, it’s a fight with another child, a hard project they need to complete or news of a sick classmate. Praying about these things before bed at night, or better still, then and there, not only sends a message that the parents care about what is going on in their child’s life but that God cares. When a child understands that God in heaven cares about their “little” (big to them) problem at 6, they also learn that he will certainly care about the bigger life issues at 18 and beyond.

Recognising and celebrating when God answers prayer is also an important way parents can be intentionally pointing to God. Sometimes when God answers a prayer, we ring a friend, and make sure we tell the Pastor on Sunday, but do we celebrate it with our children? Do our kids witness Him at work in our everyday lives? Sometimes God comes through with an answer for a family in a really BIG way and this creates a rich opportunity for families to not only celebrate it when it happens, but to mark the anniversary in years to come. When miracles happen to parents, children in the family also own that faith story. Just as the people in the Old Testament remembered God’s faithfulness, celebrating His faithfulness reveals His relevance for our children today. Noticing the big and the little answers to prayer teaches our kids to trust our faithful God.

Being intentional about looking for opportunities to pray with our children, and encouraging them to pray themselves, empowers them to develop their own deep relationship with God. It gives them confidence in being able to open their heart to God at any time, day or night – not just on Sundays. When we habitually pray for and with our kids, it is only natural that they will want to pray for us. Allowing them to do this and telling them our prayer needs (being age appropriate), we are sending a valuable and strong message to our kids that we not only trust them, but we affirm their faith is real and God hears their prayers as much as He hears ours. Developing the confidence to pray for others empowers our kids to have faith and equips them for a lifetime of relying on God. Prayer in the home is central to building families with strong enduring faith.

From Ps Tracy!

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Footnotes:

Post date: 17/02/2016Post Author: Sally Contessi

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Dear reader,

We would love it if you could use/adapt any of the post above or the excerpt below to reference our QBKids news post:

QBKidsFaith In the Home – Taking Everyday Opportunities to Pray
We have started a new Blog series entitled: Faith in the Home. W We are hoping to circulate it to parents and families in our churches to help them with their everyday walk as families learning to follow Christ. These blog posts are written by our very own Kids & Families pastors! Here is our first one, Taking Everyday Opportunities to Pray, from Pastor Tracy Valentine, from Gateway Baptist Church
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

A Family Discipleship Event – Podcasts now available!!!

Check out Michael’s talk on Family Discipleship here!QBKids

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QB Kids Presents: A Family Discipleship Event!

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To all of my fellow Kids Ministry Leaders and to parents – or to anyone who will influence a kid or teen this week,

Hi there, I’m Sally. I’m from QB Kids and their families. I am so excited to announce an upcoming event!

The QB Kids and their Families team want to help equip you as leaders of children. We know that in order to raise a generation, it takes a whole lot of investment and influence – time after time – week after week.

We want to help you impact families and influence kids for the gospel.

We know that we have on average, 936 weeks from birth until a kid graduates, and we want to leverage all of the opportunities we get, and help grow them into authentic disciples of Jesus. We have an opportunity to show up, to impact and to influence not just an entire generation, but individual kids. Kids that are made in God’s image. Kids that matter to God.

We know that you’re busy – but kids aren’t kids forever, and we can’t afford to miss these opportunities. So don’t miss this.

We are hosting an event. Michael Chanley, from South East Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and Director of  CMConnect Global is here in Australia during August, and we would LOVE you to come along and hear him speak on family discipleship. How to leverage those opportunities to impact kids for their futures. (Earlier this year I saw him in Louisville, and am SO excited he’s coming here!)

It’s a free event – we want as many people as possible to come. Come along, bring your team if you want, and be blessed and equipped to influence lives for the sake of the gospel – while we’ve got time.

From,

Sally Contessi

Team Leader

QB Kids and their Families

Worship for Kids: more than a song?

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An excerpt from one of my favourite KidMin blogs :

“In today’s culture, worship has once again become associated to “music at church.” As we see the progression of worship in scripture we see it attached to the tabernacle and then later, to the temple. Very often, we see that when someone worshiped, they fell down. We see Jesus change the game a little bit in the conversation with the woman at the well in the gospel of John, chapter 4. He simply points out that people will begin to worship God differently. We see this emphasized in Romans 12 when Paul equates the sacrifice or offering of self as the act of worship. Have we gone back to attaching worship to a place…a style…a certain sound?

In other words, the act of worshiping God should not be limited to style, tempo, location, volume, and so on. Do we force our own style or tastes on kids in the area of worship? I’m not talking about doctrine here. By all means, kid leaders must ensure that the lyrics are truthful and God-centered. I’m talking about the other things that we often equate with what is appropriate worship for children.

Are we allowing children to make worship a regular part of their lives by allowing them to worship Him in spirit and in truth? Are we teaching them that worship and the music associated with it should extend into their everyday lives? Are you using music that is similar in style to what they might listen to at home or with their parents? (Again, this is not about lyrics.) If you don’t make an effort to connect with kids on a cultural level, you may limit their ability to extend what happens at church into their everyday lives. We want them to be ambassadors for Jesus, not defenders of a culturally disconnected church.” –Jeffrey Reed, Lifeway Kids (check out the link for more).

An interesting point of view! Michelle Anthony puts it another way: are we giving out kids time to “be with Jesus“? Time for them to “hear from Jesus”? Are we giving them a chance to hear from the Holy Spirit, or just keeping them entertained with funny lyrics and entertaining actions? Our time of worship in our kids church services is not restricted to the music we play, but are we giving kids a chance to truly worship God when we play our music? If you would like some helpful resources and information on worship for kids – particularly worship music, then check out these links:

Worship For Life

Elements Kids Worship

Hillsong Kids Worship

Worship KidStyle

There are tonnes more! Email qbkids@qb.com.au for more information on helping your kids and families worship God together 🙂

Playing For Keeps

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Recently I was in the USA, specifically Louisville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennesee for a children’s ministry conference called CM CONNECT conference. (Check out CM Connect here: cmconnect.org). It became abundantly clear to me that God was calling us to prioritise reaching families, specifically parents, to help them disciple their children.

 

Sunday school teachers (or kids church ministry leaders) have on average, 1-2 hours a week with our kids. Families have the rest. A lot can happen in a week. Here’s a quote from my favourite book at the moment, Playing for Keeps by Reggie Joiner & Kristen Ivy.

 

Several years ago, we handed out jars of marbles to parents and to leaders who work with kids and teenagers. There were 936 marbles in each jar. 936 is the estimated number of weeks between birth and high school graduation. Parents and leaders were challenged to reduce the number of marbles in the jar to match the actual number of weeks they had left with each child. Then they were given a simple assignment: Remove one marble each week. Over time, the practice of losing marbles had a strange effect. It reminded them to value their time. It made each week matter a little more. It reinforced a simple principle: When you see how much time you have left, you tend to do more with the time you have now.

 

What are we doing with the time we have now? The reality is, children have a ‘best before’ date. There comes a time when a child is no longer a child. And research indicates that once a child hits that date, they are no longer as open to the Gospel. 43% of all Americans who are Christians made decision to become a Christian before the age of 13, and 64% made the decision before the age of 18. Nine out of ten church leaders became Christians before they were 18. Evangelism is most effective amongst kids. (Check out the article here: https://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/5-barna-update/196-evangelism-is-most-effective-among-kids#.VUmdsFwRrVp) It is true that whatever we learn as a child effects us into adulthood. The good and the bad. Things we are intentional about teaching children, and things we aren’t. Our time is precious, and short. So are we really going to relinquish the time we have to teach them about the Gospel to the measly one hour a week that their Sunday School teachers have? (Note: Sunday school teachers totally rock for dedicating their time and energy into this one hour, and if you see a Sunday school teacher, you should definitely hug them, or high-five them, or whatever is appropriate according to your child safety policy. Just appreciate them!)

 

“The point is, if you are investing in a kid or teenager, you are already making history every week. The problem is, when you’re making history, you usually don’t know it…Let’s think about it another way. Most kids don’t know what you’re doing this week is going to be a formative part of their history. They are just kids. They only see “now”. To them you just… built a sandcastle. Took them to swim lessons. Played basketball in the driveway. Saw a movie. Ate some pizza… But you are an adult. You see yesterday, today and tomorrow. So you should know better. You should realise by being present in their life week after week in a variety of different ways, you are actually making HISTORY.”

 

The QB Kids and their Families team is passionate about awakening parents and church leaders to their calling to impact children for the Gospel. We are passionate about not just running ‘Sunday School’ programs (seriously, who wants to be at school on a Sunday?!) but reaching our young people, who are the most receptive to the Gospel, for the Gospel. To raise a generation who know the importance of life-long faith, not just church attendance.

 

So we need to equip families to disciple their kids. And we want to help you do that. Here is a really great list of places you can start to learn more about equipping families to be Gospel-centered in their homes. To be investing time into making history. To disciple their kids in the short time they have, so that ‘when they are old they will not depart from it.’ (Proverbs 22:6).

 

Start here. Start now. And if you want to know more, email qbkids@qb.com.au.

 

Two books you can read:

  • Playing For Keeps by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy: orangebooks.com/books/playing-for-keeps-losing-your-marbles
  • Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: www.koorong.com/search/product/parenting-beyond-your-capacity-reggie-joiner-carey-nieuwhof/9781434764812.jhtml

 

Or read access helpful resources here:

Easter Resouces – The Best of the Best (And they’re FREE)

splodgeheaderGOKAY SO I am asked constantly if I have any resources- and Easter is just around the corner, so I have rounded up my FAVOURITE FREE Easter resources, and posted links to them HERE IN THIS POST… GET EXCITED!
Easter is around the corner- and it is that WONDERFUL time of year we get to reflect on the cross, talk about the gospel, and how great Jesus is – on a national holiday! WOO!

So here are some GREAT & FREE downloadable resources, I have researched my favourites, so HERE YOU GO! Take and use! And focus on what’s important this year at Easter!

From LifeWay Kids (lifeway.com/kidsministry)

• 3 Free LESSON PLANS, find them HERE: http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/spring-2014-kids-grades-1-6-extra-helps-and-bonus-easter-sessions/

o Jesus Triumphal Entry (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5atuxzpf5U)
o Crucifixion and Resurrection (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKLoOm83pTg)
o Jesus Gave Hope (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZfjiLK_17w)

Find the Bible Story Videos for these weeks on Youtube^^

• Additional colouring sheets here: http://www.lifeway.com/kidsministry/2014/04/11/free-easter-coloring-pages-2/
• Additional activity sheets: http://www.lifeway.com/kidsministry/2014/03/28/free-easter-activity-pages/
• Easy Easter Craft “Lamb Of God” http://www.lifeway.com/kidsministry/2014/04/14/easy-easter-craft-the-lamb-of-god-2/

From What’s In the Bible (whatsinthebible.com)

• “What is the Gospel?” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uppjUEzOwOg
• “Were You There?” Hymn video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tCMW5Fxtmo
• What Is Easter? Colouring Page: http://whatsinthebible.com/activity-library/what-is-easter-cover-coloring-page/
• Jesus is Risen Colouring Page: http://whatsinthebible.com/activity-library/jesus-risen-coloring-page/

All resources are FREE to download, but check out both these websites for more resources to buy and use ALL YEAR round!
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Footnotes: • http://www.lifeway.com/kidsministry/ AND http://whatsinthebible.com

Post date: 18/03/2015Post Author: Sally Contessi

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Dear reader,

We would love it if you could use/adapt any of the post above or the excerpt below to reference our QBKids news post:

QBKidsEaster Resouces – The Best of the Best (And they’re FREE)
OKAY SO I am asked constantly if I have any resouces- and Easter is just around the corner, so I have rounded up my FAVOURITE FREE Easter resources, and posted links to them HERE IN THIS POST… GET EXCITED!
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

IGNITE CONFERENCE 2015: HOW TO INNOVATE (in case you missed it)

splodgeheaderAWhat a day! IGNITE Children’s Ministry Conference and Expo is the annual training event for our leaders of children’s ministries, or for anyone who wants to be empowered to disciple kids…
Ignite gathers children’s ministry workers of all denominations across our state, and brings them together to hear inspiring key note speakers, empowering electives, as well as encourage attendees and leaders alike that we really are working together to make disciples of children in our homes, churches, schools and communities.

Over 700 people attended Ignite this year– each year us Baptists take up the greatest cohort of these delegates, and it is such a great time to connect with each other, encourage each other and learn from each other.

The theme of Ignite this year was INNOVATE. The dictionary defines it like this:

“to introduce something new; make changes in anything established.”

Change is hard! New ideas don’t always come easily! But in today’s ever-changing culture, we were reminded that it is important to stay relevant. Our key note speaker, David Wakerley, Kids Pastor at Hillsong church innovator-extraordinaire said, “Being relevant to kids means being where the kids are. If the kids are into video games, or whatever it is, that’s where we’ve got to be, because if we aren’t there, someone else will be.” It was a great challenge to our leaders and kids’ workers – are we meeting the kids where they are? Are we being innovative?

I’ve talked before about the greatness of Generation Z. They are ‘doers’. They don’t just want to sit on the sidelines of life and learn by observation, they want to be involved, giving it a go, and getting their hands dirty. Research states, “Typical training style preferred by Gen Z is interactive and multi-modal, while their key communication tools involve hands on learning and participation. Their leadership style is through consensus and feelers, their influences and values are global and short-term wants, while their management approach is involving and revolving around the statement ‘here’s what I think’.”(generationz.com.au) So to keep up with this active, involved, ‘here’s what I think’ generation, we need to be constantly innovating new and engaging ways to involve kids in our ministries. Jesus literally placed a child ‘in their midst’ when He was teaching His disciples (Matthew 18:2). This was astounding in Jesus’ time! No one looked to children as ‘the greatest in the Kingdom’ – they were the ‘least’ ! Surely Jesus is the greatest example we have for being innovative – His teachings turned things upside down! So how can we be ‘innovative’ and ‘challenging’ in our own culture, as Jesus was, to be engaging this generation of movers and shakers?

To be innovative like Jesus, we need to see kids in the light that Jesus did. Literally, “in our midst.” There are kids in our homes, kids in our streets, kids in our schools, kids in our churches, kids in our communities, kids everywhere. They are in our midst. And they all want to be involved. If we are going to be making any kind of difference, if we are going to try and innovate a way to reach kids for the gospel, we need to find a way to get them involved. Moving their faith from head-knowledge, to heart-felt faith and then seeing their hands move into action. If we are going to be relevant and reach kids of Generation Z, we need to involve them!

We need to focus on making disciples who are making disciples. We need to communicate to kids that we don’t just ‘cater’ for them at church, but that they are vital members of our church and that they can be involved in the church’s mission. Michelle Anthony, author of “Dreaming of More for the Next Generation” says we can teach kids… “how to look like a Christian in 10 easy steps…because good behavior looks so much like faith on the outside. The children look well-mannered, they go to church, they bring their Bibles, they memorize their verses, they say they’re sorry when they’ve hurt someone, they may go on mission trips, they may give some money as an offering, and they participate in selfless acts of kindness. When we’ve taught them these things, it’s tempting for us to say to ourselves, “Good job! Look how spiritual my child is!””. But Jesus doesn’t kids to look like Christians. He wants us to make disciples, who make disciples.

When we are discipling kids, we want to give them opportunities to put their faith into action – to do great things! To see them leading each other in worship, talking to their friends about the gospel, welcoming people to church, serving other kids and adults in the church and community- this is the goal of discipleship! To see heartfelt, passionate faith in action, to see disciples of Jesus make disciples! Kids today are asking for the opportunity, so let’s give them the chance to be involved. Let’s be innovative enough to foster a culture that not only teaches children to serve others, but also gives them a chance to do that. When Jesus was speaking to His disciples about going on to make disciples of all nations, He told them they would go on to do greater things than He! Jesus gave opportunities for His disciples to not just serve others, but set them up to do them greatly! (John 14:12.) This means giving kids opportunities to serve, the responsibility to lead, and the authority to have influence for the work of the gospel. It’s time for us to step up and be innovative. To “introduce something new; make changes in anything established.” If we truly want to see children as disciples of Jesus, let’s make disciples who are equipped and empowered to make disciples. They are ready. Are we?

“Many things can wait. Children cannot. Right now their bones are being formed, their blood is being made, and their senses are being developed. To them we cannot answer “Tomorrow.” Their name is Today.” Gabriela Mistral, – Their name is Today

COME ALONG TO IGNITE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY CONFERENCE AND EXPO NEXT YEAR. MARK IT IN YOUR DIARY, MARCH 5TH, 2016.
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Footnotes:

Post date: 11/03/2015Post Author: Sally Foord

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Dear reader,

We would love it if you could use/adapt any of the post above or the excerpt below to reference our QBKids news post:

QBKidsIGNITE CONFERENCE 2015- HOW TO INNOVATE (IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)
What a day! IGNITE Children’s Ministry Conference and Expo is the annual training event for our leaders of children’s ministries, or for anyone who wants to be empowered to disciple kids…
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

Are You Wearing Your Seatbelt?

splodgeheaderECHILD SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT.

Yep, I said it. Arguably the 4 most boring (or scary) words in children’s ministry. I get it, you sit in front of the computer at the beginning of every year (if we’re lucky) and think of all the possible ways children can injure themselves at your ministry, and then dream up ways to prevent/manage them. It’s time consuming…
So is pouring over volunteer application forms and blue card registries and children’s allergy lists. Unless you’re one of the few God blessed with the ability to get excited by excel spreadsheets and matrixes of data, then this side of children’s ministry bores (or scares) you to tears- if you even actually complete it!

I have thought it to myself, too, “I signed up to tell kids about Jesus, and spend time playing with them, teaching them and loving them! I am NOT a risk-management person! Why does this have to be MY job!?” And when I finally get around that thought, I sit down in front of the reams of paperwork and think, “This is TOO hard, how on earth do I get this done, and WHERE do I start?” Finally, even when it’s done, I put my pen down and think, “Well I hope we’re never audited or have an accident because I’m really not sure we’d pass…”

But here is the deal: Risk management and child safety are non-negotiable, fundamentally important aspects of our programs. For a start, if we aren’t compliant with legislation, not only are we putting our churches at risk of litigation, we are putting our teams of leaders at risk of the same. If we let our risk assessments and child safety slide, we are putting our kids at risk of danger – and that is exactly what Jesus instructs us not to do. Matthew 18:6 tells us that if anyone causes offense to a child, it would be better for them to have a millstone around his neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea. Jesus takes child protection pretty seriously.

Risk assessments and child safety is like wearing a seatbelt. It is habit to put on your seatbelt when you get into the car because a) it is the law and b) you don’t want to go flying through the windscreen of the car in an accident. You don’t wear it because every time you get in the car you know you’ll need it – rather, you wear it because you never know when you will. You don’t want the one time you forgot it to be the time you slam into the car in front, and you certainly better hope that if that happens, that you had it clicked in properly. (None of this wearing-it-under-your-arm nonsense). Child safety is the same. It should be habit. It should be done every time you get behind the wheel of children’s ministry – because it’s the law, and because it will help you should you have an accident- and you never know what day that might be.

It’s foolish to think that we are under some sort of special exemption just because we belong to churches. If anything, we should have a higher standard of child safety management, so that when people ask if they can trust us with their children, we can be sure that they can. Our churches should be lights to our community, places of hope and safety – not darkness and danger. And I know it’s hard, and time consuming and at times confusing- so we want to help.

Many of our churches use the “Child Safe” program – we encourage you. It is a very detailed and thorough program that covers all – above and beyond- the issues and requirements of our current child safety laws. Many of you, however, have expressed that ChildSafe is too much for your ministry, and you are a volunteer who has no experience with child safety, and don’t know how to comply with the law or keep your kids safe, because you’re unsure where to start.

SO HERE WE GO: To cater for churches who are unable to adopt ChildSafe for any reason, Queensland Baptists has produced an alternative risk management strategy that complies with the legislative requirements and is simpler to implement. A copy of this strategy can be obtained from Ken Conwell, our Professional Standards Officer (and all-round superhero). In addition, we have partnered with Baptist Insurance Services, and have come up with some tools to make it easier for you. We have simple, easy to read documents you can access to read all you need to know on how to comply with the law for child safety. We have also put together an example ‘risk management’ strategy matrix that you can download, use and adapt to suit your ministry, rather than try to start from scratch. We are doing all we can to help, because at the end of the day, we know that you really do want to be sitting on the floor playing with the kids, not at the desk filling out files – and we really do want you there too. So take these tools, and please let us help you keep your kids safe, so you can spend more time telling them about Jesus.
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Footnotes: http://baptistinsurance.com.au/Risk-Management-For-Churches Check out this link for helpful resources you can download for free!  • For more information on these forms, tools and resources, and more information about child safety and risk management for your children’s ministry, please contact Ken by emailing ken.conwell@qb.com.au or me (Sally) at qbkids@qb.com.au

Post date: 04/02/2015Post Author: Sally Contessi

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Dear reader,

We would love it if you could use/adapt any of the post above or the excerpt below to reference our QBKids news post:

QBKidsAre You Wearing Your Seatbelt?
CHILD SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT.

Yep, I said it. Arguably the 4 most boring (or scary) words in children’s ministry. I get it, you sit in front of the computer at the beginning of every year (if we’re lucky) and think of all the possible ways children can injure themselves at your ministry, and then dream up ways to prevent/manage them. It’s time consuming…
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