Consultancy Challenges

I have been greatly blessed by working with Heather Thompson (Founder and Director of Powerpack Ministries) since I was 14 years old.  Through out that time I have seen God do incredible things in the lives of children, families, leaders and churches across the world.  Her passion to see God move powerfully and to release His Spirit rubs off!  Rubs off on me and very often others would like her to come to visit their church, their children’s group.

Then the question comes ‘Can we book you for training and children’s work?’  “Yes!” Heather will reply, “My diary is pretty busy but I can offer you one of two weekends in this calendar year.”  The conversation then gets tricky.

The next tricky thing is the church booking her is 220 miles away, so a 440 mile round trip, that’s 6-7 hours of travel time, plus preparation time, plus the weekend itself.  It’s about 5 days work, plus £160 of expenses – totalling a realistic gift of between £500-600.  Wow!  She never asks for this, and God has always provided for her and Powerpack but she is worth more than that total.

So I suppose this site Children’s Ministry Kitchen is an attempt to offer an alternative – certainly less time and money – maybe a little less personal but hopefully in this webinar/digital/TED talk age accessible to more people at times they wish to access it.

 

Iron Sharpens Iron

I am part of a group of children’s leaders who used to gather annually and probably would benefit from starting it up again!  We called ourselves the New Revival Generation wanting to equip children’s leaders to see God empower and release children in our nation.  It is a place of sharing, testimony, encouragement and prayer.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Proverbs 27 verse 17 

The idea was that we would be there to spur each other on, challenge each other and be accountable to each other.

It was in one of these sessions that Rachel Turner (at BRF Parenting For Faith) shard with me about feeling like a Chef ‘cooking up ideas for children’s ministry, a bit of this and a bit of that and bam! there’s a meal for you and a meal for you’ (a paraphrase of her comment!)

My mind raced.  That’s what it feels like to be a children’s ministry consultant, practitioner and trainer.  I identified with that idea. I banked the idea – as all good children’s leaders do!

So who do you know who can help you stay sharp?  Maybe this site can help you? Maybe you know someone who can ‘sharpen you like iron sharpens iron’?  If you do get in touch with them.