The Children’s Ministry Kitchen project has been on the back-burner for a while. However, as a ministry Powerpack has received lots and lots of enquiries about training and consultancy. We keep having to say we have no dates available or offering dates in the next calendar year, so we decided to look at this project again.
We aim to launch ‘Children’s Ministry Kitchen’ at our Annual Conference in the UK – the plan being that people can take part in ‘live’ versions at the conference and catch up with ‘Chefs’ throughout the year using the website.
The next part of the project is to look at ‘Ready Meals’ – there seems to be plenty available already for Parenting:
At Home With God
Parenting For Faith
But how can we source/record quality support for training of children’s and youth leaders? That’s February’s job!
It’s November 2018 and my inbox has a fair handful of requests for training or consultancy questions. It’s great seeing posts from New Wine Children’s Leaders Conferences and National Youth Work Events -they are so encouraging to see so many people network, train and be spurred on.
A good friend, Laura Griffis, previously a Children’s Pastor at Bethel Church, Redding, California is posting images of children’s work at Awakening Australia and I’m inspired to learn from her and ask questions.
I have been booked to speak at Deep Impact Conference in Scotland in January. This will be fantastic and as I look at other speakers I spotted Ali Campbell, who I follow on Facebook and really enjoy his posts and insights. I looked at Ali’s website ‘The Resource‘ which amongst other things has an opportunity for support, advice and consultancy in a similar style to the Children’s Ministry Kitchen.
All these links and opportunities made me decide to crack on with CMK and try to get it pilot launched in January 2019.
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.
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.