Nebraska Christian College asked me to teach a kidmin intensive this fall. How cool is that?! I’m beyond excited. Not only do I love NCC but I of course love teaching kidmin stuff. I’ve been putting the finishing touches on the syllabus and I gotta tell you, I’m even more excited! It’s going to be a great week. 5 days, 3 credits, 1 field trip, and lots of excellent kid’s ministry stuff.
Here’s the big picture of what I’ll be teaching.
Day 1: Foundations of Ministry to Kids. Soul Care.
Day 2: Family (field trip day!)
Day 3: Strategic Purpose
Day 4: Leadership
Day 5: Story
This is most definitely not Popsicle Sticks 101 or 98 Ways to Use a Pallet in Kid’s Ministry. This is philosophy of ministry, strategic planning, and spiritual formation.
Upon Completion of this course:
- Students will have developed and be able to contextualize a philosophy of ministry to children.
- Students will have a greater understanding of the depth of a child’s ability to understand and experience God.
- Students will understand the importance of soul care as a first step in ministry to children.
- Students will gain knowledge of the 4/14 Window, basic stages of development in children, and various ways of helping children experience God.
- Students will have a grasp on the Biblical importance of family and community.
- Students will be able to identify some of the leaders in the world of children’s ministry.
- Students will have a greater understanding of the need for team in their own environment as well as how to contribute to a team at a church staff level.
- Students will have fine tuned their storytelling skills and understand the importance of story overall.
- Students will walk away knowing the “why” behind how they minister to children.
- Students will understand how ministry to children is foundational for the church (followers of Jesus) at large.
NECC characterizes this as a “community course” which means it’s open to anyone. If you’re looking to have a better understanding of why kid’s ministry is important, if you need some practical tools and ideas, if you desire to learn more in the area of kid’s ministry, than this if for you!
So come on over to Nebraska! I’d love to see you there!