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twenty4 leadership retreat 2015

splodgeheaderG24 is the essential retreat for people leading ministries to children. Come and be blessed by experienced leaders including Peter Lusk from Careforce in Melbourne, Andrew Sercombe and Cath Tallack from Gateway Baptist Church, and learn from each other as we share experience and expertise. Sessions this year include “Godly Character of a Leader”, Personal Vision and leading a team. Come along !
Twenty4 hours of investment into your leadership. For leaders overseeing children’s and families’ ministries within a church, denomination or parachurch organisation. Enjoy the beautiful surrounds at Riverglenn, situated at Indooroopilly and take some time to be blessed by others.

Thursday 5th March (Lunch) – Friday 6th March (Lunch) – 24 hours before the Ignite Conference.

The theme of this year’s retreat is “Walking with the Lord” pressing into how your walk with the Lord influences your leadership.

Guest speakers include: David Wakerley, Peter Lusk, Marg Spicer, Cath Tallack and Andrew Sercombe.

Price for the two days is $220 which includes all meals, on-site accommodation and sessions with guest speakers.

SPECIAL OFFER: A special package price of $250 will cover the costs of twenty4 and the IGNITE Conference. Details on the Registration page.
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Footnotes: http://igniteexpo.org.au/twenty4-retreat/

Post date: 23/01/2015Post 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:

QBKidstwenty4 leadership retreat 2015
24 is the essential retreat for people leading ministries to children. Come and be blessed by experienced leaders including Peter Lusk from Careforce in Melbourne, Andrew Sercombe and Cath Tallack from Gateway Baptist Church, and learn from each other as we share experience and expertise. Sessions this year include “Godly Character of a Leader”, Personal Vision and leading a team. Come along !
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

FAQ: Which Curriculum Should We Choose?

splodgeheaderEFAQ: Coming in as number 1, the all time most frequently asked question I am asked is, “What curriculum should I use?” This is a big question! What we will teach the kids that come through our doors, and how we will present it is a big deal! We want our program to be fun, vibrant and will impact them.
We want them to know that Jesus is King and Saviour, but we also want them to have fun while they learn. We want to have time and space to worship, but also to build relationships. So how do we decide what is best for our kids and our team?

Well first of all, let’s take a look at why this is such a big decision. When we have kids come to our ministry, we want them to have more than just a great time, and we want our program to be more than just looking great from the outside, or a ticked box for our church list of ministries. We want kids to really learn about God, and have a real relationship with Him. James 2:17 tells us that faith without works is dead. When our kids start to serve Jesus in practical ways, we can see that it has moved from head knowledge to heart-felt faith. But how do we foster this?

While many kids’ ministry curriculums are fun, vibrant and informative, we often unintentionally measure their effectiveness by how much Bible knowledge or moral conscience children demonstrate. But knowledge of how many colours in the rainbow in the story of Noah is not enough. Knowing the difference between a ‘whale’ and a ‘big fish’ in the story of Jonah is helpful, but not life-changing. Even memorising Bible verses each week is ineffective if children have no idea why they are learning them. In a world where children know that there are 10 commandments, but don’t know why God’s people were given them, and when children know that Zaccheus was short, but not that Jesus forgave his sins, faith becomes little more than head-knowledge. In that world, blessings become ‘gold stars’ that God gives to ‘good people’ and sin is something that only ‘bad people’ do. There is no need for Jesus in that world, and that is not what we desire. We want children to know Jesus, personally and authentically. We want them to experience His love in action through the relationships they build at our kid’s ministry. We want to partner with parents and show them how to lead their children day-to-day in their spiritual lives, and help them raise kids who will proclaim Jesus’ name.

So… the next step is , choosing a curriculum that meets this criteria. Not only do we want it to be fun, exciting, Gospel-based and easy to teach but I also want it to:
-Be able to engage kids from prep to upper primary
-Be flexible in how I can run this in the time I have each week
-Have easy and organisable activities (who has time for crochet crafts, really!)
-Partner with parents during the week
-Cater for groups of 2 or 200
-Not need smoke machines and lighting and scripts for 20 actors each week
-Align with my church & senior pastor’s vision
-Not blow my budget !

Enter…..The Gospel Project for Kids. It is my all time favourite curriculum to use, and after a year of using it, I can tell you WHY. Now before you start to think I must be being paid commission for advertising this product, I am not, I just love the difference I have seen in the kids and families since we started using it! I recommend this program for the following reasons:

1. It is flexible and user-friendly…
The Gospel Project can be run as a program with a big Large Group all-in-together service which then splits into smaller groups for discussion, OR you can run the lesson straight out of the book with a one group of kids. It has the option each week of reading the Bible lesson from the Bible itself, or watching it on DVD, or some weeks, yes, even acting it out! It has really simple craft and game ideas, that are fairly low-prep, and come with a list of what you’ll need for each week, as well as prayer and Bible lesson discussion topics, questions and more. It also has an option for you to buy a booklet of activity sheets if you don’t want to prepare your own activities, and they cost about $4 a child.
It is possible to run this program with one leader, or multiple teams. It includes training, has a “Teacher Bible Study” for your leader to do each week in preparation, and has both Older children (years 4-7)and Younger children (prep- year 3)versions of each lesson (NOTE: the large group part of the lesson is the same in both older and younger children lesson plans).

2. It partners with parents…
The Gospel project for kids has great resources for parents. There are digital files you can email or print out with weekly devotions prepared based on the lesson each week, and it even has an App you can download onto your phone (Android AND iPhone) with 5 days worth of family devotions that align with the lessons that are taught in the program. Putting something tangible like this into a parents’ hand gives them the resource and empowerment to be teaching the kids at home, and puts them back in the driver’s seat of their children’s spiritual lives! They can be the ones teaching them the songs you play, learning the bible verses together, teaching the Bible story and praying with them. How great is that!

3. It teaches the WHOLE Bible…
Yep that’s right! The Gospel project starts at Genesis, and takes a whopping 3 years to finish the whole Bible. It doesn’t just tell the stories of the Bible, it explains the whole reason for us needing Jesus in the first place. When kids get a picture of the WHOLE bible and how it all fits together, they cease to see it as a group of stories, and see it as a rescue plan, right from day one. It shows kids that even back in Genesis, God had a plan to rescue His people through Jesus. Each lesson has a “Christ Connection” – a link from whatever story you are telling to how Jesus fits into it, continuously pointing us to the Gospel in each story in the Bible – even the really tough ones that some curriculums skip over!

4. It won’t blow your budget!
This curriculum doesn’t have to cost the earth. You can spend as much as you like. Buy the whole lot – the dvds, songs, posters, a book for every leader, an activity book for each child and spend around $500 each unit (3 units per year) and love every minute of it! OR for smaller budgets, spend $8 on a leader guide ($16 if you want one for older kids, and one for younger kids) and run the program yourself with the one book, and simply do the activities they have in the book (there are plenty!) each week. The only other costs will be whatever you need for craft and games. (A pipecleaner here, a basketball there, maybe a fake-beard for story-telling purposes). (NOTE: remember to always check the copyright before photocopying pages out of curriculums please!)

So in closing – I will let you know that at the beginning of 2014 we started using this program, and since then, I have had leaders, parents and children tell me how much they have learnt about Jesus, and how great it has been to talk about Him in a way that is real, and how it makes a difference in their lives. But I will also remind you that it is not the curriculum alone that makes the program. It is the leaders who turn up each week ready to show the kids God’s grace and teach them the truth of His word. It is the parents who commit to building homes and families with Jesus as the center. It is the church family who support and partner with us to make children a priority. Most importantly, though, it is the Holy Spirit who does the changing of hearts each week, and we pray that we can be His hands and His feet through whatever lesson we teach – curriculum or no curriculum, the glory is His.

If you would like more information on The Gospel Project for Kids, and how it is implemented, please email me at qbkids@qb.com.au . And don’t forget to take a look around at their website, there are example videos, lesson plans and more! I have included my favourite Bible story video from this year, just for a sample 🙂


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Footnotes: http://www.gospelproject.com/kids/To purchase The Gospel Project for Kids, have a look at Koorong online, or in store. To order this program usually takes 4-6 weeks if it’s coming from overseas.

Post date: 08/01/2015Post 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:

QBKidsFAQ: Which Curriculum Should We Choose?
FAQ: Coming in as number 1, the all time most frequently asked question I am asked is, “What curriculum should I use?” This is a big question! What we will teach the kids that come through our doors, and how we will present it is a big deal! We want our program to be fun, vibrant and will impact them.
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

Your Chance To Ask!

splodgeheaderDHey kids ministry leaders! Over the last year I have met with a lot of you, trying to partner with as many of you as I can in this journey. I’ve compiled a list of most Frequently Asked Questions, and would love your input on what you think you’d like answers on.

Email me at qbkids@qb.com.au with which question you’d like answered (or maybe one of your own), and I’ll endeavour to write some blog posts (or find some from some wiser people) on what is a helpful way to combat the hurdles we face!

FAQ
1. Child safety – “How can we be compliant with risk assessments, blue card & volunteer screening and legislation – it seems so hard!”
2. Junior leader training – “How can we train our young high school leaders to be passionate & effective leaders in our kids ministry?”
3. Partnering with parents – “How can we partner with parents and equip them to be the Spiritual leaders of our kids?”
4. Discipleship – “How can we go beyond ‘storytelling’ and ‘memory verses’ and really have deep, meaningful spiritual conversations with kids during our lesson time?
5. Innovating – “We don’t have many kids or kids’ ministry leaders in our church – let alone resources – how can we be effectively reaching kids and families for Jesus without spending a fortune?”

If you’d ever like a chat in real life- or Skype if you’re far away – then please email me! I would love to hear from you.

Happy question time!

Sally
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Footnotes: http://www.facebook.com/groups/1484536508494959/

Post date: 10/12/2014Post 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:

QBKidsYour Chance to Ask!
Hey kids ministry leaders! Over the last year I have met with a lot of you, trying to partner with as many of you as I can in this journey. I’ve compiled a list of most Frequently Asked Questions, and would love your input on what you think you’d like answers on.
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS

splodgeheaderAIt is that time of year again! Maybe you’re SUPER EXCITED! Maybe you just groaned because you can’t face another year of mayhem. Maybe you’re panicking because you can’t believe it’s here already! Maybe you’re apprehensive as to what you will possibly do that’s different this year- whatever you feel, look no further. We have ideas for you!
If you’re like me, Christmas carols are sung in the car at the top of your lungs, all year around. Decorations are up as soon as the first signs in Coles and the presents are wrapped and sitting under the tree by November! I LOVE Christmas! I get as excited at this time of year as… well… a kid at Christmas!

But maybe you’re a bit nervous about what you’ll possibly come up with this year for your kids. It can be a bit daunting trying to come up with new, exciting ideas every year. But! Never fear! Be encouraged! Because here’s the truth: We aren’t meant to make Christmas exciting! (I know – just go with me here!)

The Christmas story, in essence, is the Gospel. Our Creator, despite our sin, sent His Son, to save us. And every year we get an excuse to shout to the world JESUS IS REAL AND HE WANTS TO SAVE YOU! If you’re excited about preaching THAT this year- then you won’t need to pull your hair out trying to come up with new fun things to make Christmas great. It already IS great, we just need to stress less about making the perfect program and focus ourselves more on spreading the good news of Jesus 🙂

Here are some GREAT resources you can access to help make your kids ministry a gospel-centered one this year. Forget about hot glue guns, snowflake making, wise men costumes, angel wings and donkey masks unless you can show your kids the real reason behind why we celebrate this time of year. We are going to point these kids to Jesus!

Below are some great links to resources that will help you make your kids ministry all about JESUS this Christmas…

What’s In The Bible with Buck Denver – Christmas Resources
What’s in The Bible with Buck Denver – Christmas Short Videos
The Gospel Project for Kids – Christmas Downloadable Lessons

Here is a sneak peek at some of the great Christmas videos at What’s In the Bible (whatsinthebible.com)


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Footnotes: If you would like more Christmas resources for FREE or would like some more information or even just want help accessing these ones, please email qbkids@qb.com.au today!

Post date: 17/11/2014Post 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:

QBKidsIt’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS
It is that time of year again! Maybe you’re SUPER EXCITED! Maybe you just groaned because you can’t face another year of mayhem. Maybe you’re panicking because you can’t believe it’s here already! Maybe you’re apprehensive as to what you will possibly do that’s different this year- whatever you feel, look no further. We have ideas for you!
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

We Have A Facebook!

splodgeheaderFHELLO KIDS MINISTRY LEADERS! We have a Facebook! A place to discuss, see our latest updates, events, news posts, keep updated with questions and more! If you’re on Facebook and you’re a Children’s Ministry Leader in any way, we want to be friends with you!

Head on over to www.facebook.com/groups/1484536508494959/ and click JOIN GROUP. We would love to see you there! It is a private group, so any posts you make can only be seen by members, and members are accepted or declined by the admin team. This means that we are able to discuss kids ministry with our fellow kids ministry leaders and offer helpful advice, encouragement, sharing of our resources, and stories!

Quick disclaimer: Please don’t post any pictures or personal information about kids from your ministry – remember to keep their privacy – we want to keep our kids safe! See our group at the link address below 🙂
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Footnotes: http://www.facebook.com/groups/1484536508494959/

Post date: 17/11/2014Post 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:

QBKidsWe Have A Facebook!
HELLO KIDS MINISTRY LEADERS! We have a Facebook! A place to discuss, see our latest updates, events, news posts, keep updated with questions and more! If you’re on Facebook and you’re a Children’s Ministry Leader in any way, we want to be friends with you!
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

SAVE THE DATE: IGNITE CONFERENCE 2015

splodgeheaderEIt’s time: the biggest event in our children’s ministry calendar. IGNITE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY CONFERENCE & EXPO. Mark it in your calendars for next year NOW! You DON’T want to miss it!

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Over 1000 like-minded people, keynote presentations and over 70 elective workshops make IGNITE the best value training for your children’s ministry. Bring your entire team and equip them to impact a generation.

SO. MUCH. HAPPENING>>>> We are so excited! Check out the sneak peek here… igniteexpo.org.au

SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 7th 2015

GET READY!!!

And watch this space for more information!
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Footnotes: http://igniteexpo.org.au

Post date: 05/11/2014Post 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:

QBKidsSAVE THE DATE: IGNITE CONFERENCE 2015
It’s time: the biggest event in our children’s ministry calendar. IGNITE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY CONFERENCE & EXPO. Mark it in your calendars for next year NOW! You DON’T want to miss it!
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

BE LOVE Baptist World Aid Resources

splodgeheaderDOn Be Love Sunday, your church can give children in poverty LIFE, LOVE and HOPE through Baptist World Aid child sponsorship! For your church, Be Love Sunday is a great time to celebrate and pray for children in your community as well as those living in poverty. As you do this, you can offer the opportunity for people to share God’s love by sponsoring a child.

On Sunday our church celebrated ‘Be Love Sunday’ – it was great seeing kids from our service running round with yellow balloons! Every balloon that bounced around our church hall represented a child, and reminded us that many more children in our local area and far beyond are experiencing life in poverty – a life God never meant for His children to endure. If your church wants to partner with Baptist World Aid, or if you are just looking for some kids ministry resources that teach children about poverty and God’s view on it, and how they can make a difference, then click this link for some awesome resources and lessons for kids. CLICK HERE FOR THE RESOURCES

Thanks Baptist World Aid, you guys are making a difference in this world, and we want to join in.

Be Love!

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Footnotes: http://www.baptistworldaid.org.au

Post date: 25/09/2014Post 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:

QBKidsBE LOVE Baptist World Aid Resources
On Be Love Sunday, your church can give children in poverty LIFE, LOVE and HOPE through Baptist World Aid child sponsorship!
For your church, Be Love Sunday is a great time to celebrate and pray for children in your community as well as those living in poverty. As you do this, you can offer the opportunity for people to share God’s love by sponsoring a child.

For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

Give Up & Go Have A Cup of Coffee

splodgeheaderDChildren’s Ministry Leaders of Queensland Baptist churches!! Do you have an hour to give up for a coffee and a chat? If so, I’d LOVE to hear from you!
If you have never seen the movie ‘UP’ I encourage you to- I would like to describe myself as ‘Dug’ – the dog. His best line is “My name is Dug, I have JUST met you, and I love you.” I feel this way towards children’s ministry leaders. I would LOVE to meet with you!

 

Dug-up

Over the past year of taking on this role on the Qb Kids and Families Team, I have met quite a few fantastic people in children’s ministry! It’s been great sitting down and talking about what God is doing in our local churches and families. If you feel excited about what God is doing and want to share your excitement, or you feel alone and discouraged and don’t know what you’re doing, or you have questions about anything in between, please have coffee with me! I would love to meet up and talk about ways we can partner together and reach the children and families of our areas for Jesus.

If you would like to meet up, please email me at sally.foord@qb.com.au or qbkids@qb.com.au to arrange a time for me to come find you and chat (and shout you a coffee!). I would LOVE to meet you!
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Post date: 16/09/2014Post 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:

QBKidsGive Up & Go Have A Cup of Coffee
Children’s Ministry Leaders of Queensland Baptist churches!! Do you have an hour to give up for a coffee and a chat? If so, I’d LOVE to hear from you!
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

FREE Family Devotions for your church family!

splodgeheaderGIf you want to encourage families in your church or community to be investing int heir child’s spiritual lives, here is a way to do it effectively! It is a fact that the biggest and most effective influence in a child’s spiritual life is their parents. So if you want to be reaching kids and families for more than just the hour you see them each week, here is a way you can do it FOR FREE!
We all want to be able to reach kids for Jesus the best way we can – but we know that in order to make a REAL difference, we need to see whole families worshipping God together, and spending time with Jesus together as a family. It’s tough trying to equip parents, especially when they aren’t sure how to start these sorts of spiritual conversations, so HERE is a really simple way to help them. Email out FREE family devotions for them to do each week – from SPLINK!

Splink is a simple way to link your family together spiritually. Through FREE weekly emails packed with ideas, Splink helps you and your family engage in conversation. Whether it’s making memories or having fun together, Splink allows you to capture those teachable moments to impress spiritual truths and life lessons on your kids. No matter where you are, there’s always time to Splink!

Check it out… JUST HIT SUBSCRIBE! d6family.com/splink/ (see the link in the ‘Footnotes’ section of this post)[image url=”http://kids.qb.org.au/wp-content/uploads/Screenshot-2014-09-01-14.43.09.png” raw=”true” alignment=”center” margin_left=”0″ margin_right=”0″ margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”0″ width=”471″ height=”293″]

For more information, email Sally at qbkids@qb.com.au
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Footnotes: http://d6family.com/splink/

Post date: 01/09/2014Post 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:

QBKidsFREE Family Devotions for your church family!
If you want to encourage families in your church or community to be investing int heir child’s spiritual lives, here is a way to do it effectively! It is a fact that the biggest and most effective influence in a child’s spiritual life is their parents. So if you want to be reaching kids and families for more than just the hour you see them each week, here is a way you can do it FOR FREE!
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

Kidshaper Conference – Retrospect Lesson #2

splodgeheaderCPs Wayne Alcorn preached on leadership. He’s the national leader of ACC churches, and he spoke on how leaders can build something of worth. We take a look at Nehemiah here, a guy who did a lot of building, and a lot of leading. Nehemiah was moved to lead out of the passion He had for God and His people. In Ps Wayne’s words, Nehemiah prayed, got a team together and got building. What a great way to start!
Ps Wayne was clear: when we are used by Jesus to start building something great for God’s Kingdom, the devil will hate it. He will want to attack and to interrupt and break down what is giving Glory to God. You can bet if what you are building is pointing to Jesus, that the devil wants to tear it down. And we see this in Nehemiah. His enemies come in at chapter 2, verse 19 specifically. Have a read of what they say. Throughout the book Nehemiah is interrupted by his enemies, trying to break down what Nehemiah is trying to build, because they know it will be great. Here are some of the ways we as leaders can be broken down, when we start to honour God.

We start to believe our enemy’s lies:
1. 2:19 “…’what is it you are doing?’ they asked, “Are you rebelling against the king?’” We can be broken down by this lie from our enemy: We are doing the wrong thing. The objective of this lie is to confuse us. Have you ever stopped and thought maybe what you’re doing is a horrible idea? Filled with doubt, confusion, the voices in your head tell you that what you’re doing is a bad idea, and that it won’t work. Don’t listen! If your vision is from God- go for it, and be faithful! Remember- every time the enemy tells you a lie – Holy Spirit has an answer! The best way to fight confusion is conviction. Hold tight to what God has convicted you of, and keep building! Look to Nehemiah’s conviction: “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding…” If it is God’s will for your ministry to spread His gospel and bring Him glory – you can bet that it will!

2. 4:3 “… ’What they are building- even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!” The second lie leaders who are building for God hear is, “You aren’t good enough, and you will fail.” The objective of this lie is to belittle you. But Ephesians 2:10 tells us that “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Christ Jesus created us, and God prepared our works. We don’t need to worry about being good enough- our God is more than good, and it on Him who we rely! Don’t listen to this lie- you are never asked to be ‘good enough’ –only to surrender to Jesus! It is a relief to be reminded that it is God’s ministry, God’s church, and God’s people – and He will see it built to HIS desires – despite how ‘good’ we are at building. How often do we see God use very, very ordinary, underqualified people to do His work throughout the Bible!

3. 6:11 “Wherever you turn, they will attack us,” The Jews began to fear their enemies; they started to believe that their enemies were stronger than their God. Lie number 3 is “you’re going to suffer and God won’t look after you”, and the objective here is to discourage you. How many times in ministry have we thought God was calling us to something, but the thought of failure, or the idea of having to sacrifice for it was too much? When God calls you to something, you can be sure He will carry you through it. He carries us through trials and storms daily, and He wants us to fully rely on Him, not to fear our enemies, or things that could hurt us along the way. Nehemiah encouraged the Israelites to “walk in the fear of our God…” not our enemies! What we focus on really does affect us – so don’t focus on the fear, focus on Jesus. “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face; and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”

4. The fourth and final lie leaders believe: “we should make a deal.” The objective here is to make you COMPROMISE. I put this in capitals because SO many great leaders have fallen down and believed this lie. Do not be tempted to compromise your integrity! Jesus was told this lie by the devil in the desert, and Nehemiah was asked to compromise his vision too. 6:2 “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plains of Ono.” But Nehemiah knew that it was a scam from his enemies. Look at his reply, “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down…” Nehemiah was assured that God had given him a task, and would not compromise and consult with his enemies. Sometimes we are offered a choice to compromise what we are doing. The compromise can be attractive; it can make our task look easier, more appealing and even more efficient. But when leaders compromise, it helps no one. When we compromise on our own standards, and fall into sin, we are serving ourselves. And a leader who is seeking to serve themself cannot point others to Jesus. When we are faced with compromise, we can respond like Nehemiah. “I am carrying on a great project and I cannot go down…” We can look to Jesus, and how He responded; “For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord and serve Him only.’” Like Jesus, and Nehemiah, we are to serve the Lord, not ourselves, and when we don’t give into this lie, and focus on Jesus and not on how to build something that glorifies ourselves, we can be used by God to reach many people for Him.

The lies that leaders believe that Ps Wayne outlined are, I’m sure, familiar to all of us. But as Barry Newton, aka Squirt the Clown, told us at the conference: “the most effective lie the devil uses to bring us down, is that you are all on your own.” This lie makes us all feel as if we are the only ones who have self-doubts, gets discouraged, is tempted, and gets confused. But it’s not true! We are serving Jesus in a family, as a team, with Christ as the head. And we were never intended to feel isolated! And Jesus has equipped those he calls to serve, with weapons to fight these lies. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” This passage says ‘we’. That means we should never feel as if we are fighting these lies alone. We have unity in Christ to work together to spread His gospel, and extend His kingdom. Don’t believe the lies of the enemy. You have been called into leadership to make a difference for the kingdom, and Jesus will equip you with people, and with whatever you need. Have courage to build something of worth, for the kingdom, not just a ministry that looks good from the outside.
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Footnotes: http://acckids.org.auFor more information on Kidshaper conference, or ACC Kids, have a look at their fantastic website full of training and resources!!

Post date: 01/09/2014Post Author: Sally Foord

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Dear reader,

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QBKidsKidshaper Conference – Retrospect Lesson #2
Wayne preached on leadership. He’s the national leader of ACC churches, and he spoke on how leaders can build something of worth. We take a look at Nehemiah here, a guy who did a lot of building, and a lot of leading. Nehemiah was moved to lead out of the passion He had for God and His people. In Ps Wayne’s words, Nehemiah prayed, got a team together and got building. What a great way to start!
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