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30

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Take our Poll: What do you think?


Mary Carlisle

Mary is a University of Mobile grad, with a BA in English and Theology. She worked with CentriKid Camp starting as a staffer in 2007 and began working in the camp office in 2010. She joined the VBS team in November of 2012.

Sep

29

2011

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STAFF: It’s Paperwork Time!

Dear Returning Staffers,

The time has come for you to send me your paperwork. You may be thinking, “I’ve worked before, can’t they just transfer all of my paperwork from last year?” No. Sadly, that’s not how it works. We need you to be prompt in sending your paperwork so that we can get yours processed and have time to get new staffers’ paperwork filed before the summer.

Your paperwork is due by Dec. 1, 2011.*

You know the drill:

  • Go to the website. Read it carefully and do everything it tells you to do.
  • Print and send the forms at the bottom of the website to me.

 Jen Hall
CentriKid Staff Paperwork
One LifeWay Plaza
Nashville, TN 37234-0182

*Anyone that has not mailed in their paperwork by Dec. 1, 2011 will be subject to one or more of the following: Facebook messages, emails, Twitter conversations, and phone calls from Jen Hall. You’ve been warned!

Jen Hall

Jen graduated from Morehead State University, and has worked at CentriKid Camps since 2007.

Sep

28

2011

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Balancing Work and Family, Part 2

Last week I shared about making time for family and focusing on the things that only you can do.  It’s important to remember that only you can set boundaries yourself, no one will set those for you. Keeping healthy boundaries between work life and family life can be difficult, but here are a few ideas that may help…

  • When you work, work hard. Don’t be lazy. Give yourself fully to the work the Lord has called you to do.
  • When you are home, be home. Unplug from work email, and even facebook and twitter. (I am oh-so-guilty!)
  • Plan time with your family. Instead of just sitting around passing the time, make an effort to really invest in one another. Do fun things together. Go on outtings. Plan a date night with your spouse. Make the most of the time you have together.
  • Lance, our incredible leader here at CentriKid Camps, reminds us often that repetition is reputation.  Others will see you investing in your family, keeping strong boundaries, and refusing to neglect the roles only you can fill. As this becomes repetitive for you, it will soon translate into your reputation. What kind of reputation do you want to have? What kind of example do you want to set?
  • Own your work, don’t let your work own you. Getting things done has been the single most effective thing for me in this area, and for many of us at CentriKid camps. When you keep a good handle on projects, tasks, and even email, the rest of life will be much more enjoyable!

How do you keep healthy boundaries and balance work & family?

Meredith Teasley

Meredith studied at Samford University and Beeson Divinity School. She worked camp for 8 years, then served in full-time children's ministry in Virginia before joining our team in January 2009.

Sep

27

2011

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I’m Going to See the Courageous Movie

This weekend, I’m going to see the brand new movie – Courageous. It releases Friday, so find a theater nearby and get tickets.

I guarantee you’ll laugh, and at times you might cry. But the message for families is spot-on. As you can tell from the preview, there are some intense scenes with police action and gunfire … so the film carries a PG-13 rating.

Earlier this year, I had a chance to preview an early screening of the film with some of our CentriKid Camps leaders and it is a really powerful movie. There are some familiar actors if you’ve seen Fireproof or Facing the Giants … but this is my favorite film yet from Sherwood Pictures. What I appreciate about each of these films is that they deal with real-world problems in a genuine way.

As a dad and a husband, I have to say – this movie is definitely worth going to see!

There are lots of teachable moments and opportunities for discussion and follow-up. LifeWay has created resources for your church or Bible study groups that can help extend the ministry impact of this film within your church. In fact, we have one FREE Courageous kit to give away!

To win the Courageous Church Campaign Kit, just comment on the CentriKid facebook page telling us why you want it & how you will use this kit in your church. The contest is open TODAY and TOMORROW only…Sept 27-28. (The winner will be selected from the comments on our facebook page and contacted on Thursday, Sept 29.)

 

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He loves spending family time with his wife Emily and their daughter Madison.

Communicating Your Kids Ministry

This post is from Natalie, who serves as a strategist for LifeWay Kids and CentriKid Camps. She offers some great wisdom on how her work can help you and your ministry!

What comes to mind when you think about communicating your ministry? Who do you communicate it to? How do you do it? And do they get the message? When you have a great ministry you want others to know about it and experience it. It’s not a science, but an art.

Relationships are key. When building relationships with friends, family members, and colleagues, you call them, go to lunch together, drop by for a chat, shoot them an email, or friend them on Facebook. You meet them where they are. You work to build a relationship of respect, trust, and transparency.

It’s more important now than ever to build relationships as you connect with your audience. People want to connect with churches that are authentic. Adults and kids feel connected if they feel known. When they experience for themselves that what you are communicating and providing is authentic, you gain respect and trust. Over time, you gain loyalty.

Use these FOUR TIPS to better communicate what your ministry is all about:

  • Know who you want to connect with, and meet them where they are. At CentriKid, we strive to meet our customers where they are through direct mail, Facebook, our blog and best of all—at camp!  If you’ve experienced for yourself that what we communicate about camp is true, then hopefully you’ll want to return to camp. The same is true for families in your church.
  • Learn the best vehicle for communicating to kids and parents. Look for ways to spread the word to those who have not yet experienced it themselves.  When communicating CentriKid we stress what you can always expect at our camps: solid biblical content, kid-friendly programming, and ministry through relationships. However, the best advertisement we have is our church leaders who have experienced camp themselves. Many leave camp talking about it, and more people want to experience it as a result. Give your kids and families an experience they can’t help but share with others!
  • Spend time listening to your audience. They provide feedback, and you make changes when needed. We discover what kids need and what kids ministers need at CentriKid by asking the source—our church leaders. We build relationships. Then we apply what we learn, and we communicate it to our audience.
  • Build relationships. Respect and trust will grow as a result. As you communicate your ministry, your kids and parents are spreading the word too!

Remember, it’s an art! Please share your thoughts on communicating your ministry. Any ideas that work well for you?

 

 

CentriKid

CentriKid is a 5 day, 4 night camp for 3rd - 6th graders to experience the time of their lives and learn more about the message of Jesus Christ!

Sep

23

2011

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Farewell Paca the Piñata

As you may know, here in the CentriKid Camps office, we are saying goodbye to Paca the Pinata. As they say, all good things must come to an end. Before you say goodbye, check out the many times that Paca visited our camp blog:

Paca visits the VBS Preview

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s GroundHog Day

Paca has a message for you today!

May we never forget the memories we’ve all made together with our beloved Paca the Pinata.

Andy Dukes

Andy serves as Event Coordinator for LifeWay Kids. He graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky. He served on summer staff (Crosspoint & CentriKid) for 7 summers and moved full-time at LifeWay in 2008. Andy's wife, Meghan, is a 2nd grade teacher and they attend Redeemer Church in Hendersonville, TN where he serves both on the worship team and also as a community group leader.

Sep

22

2011

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What I Learned at CentriKid

Mary Chase Breedlove, guest blogger, goes to Mississippi State and served as Production Leader for CK2 2011 at Georgetown College.

It’s hard to believe that almost two months ago I was at camp serving as a Production Leader for CK2. Camp holds an enormous place in my heart, and I feel like the things I’ve learned from two summers with CentriKid will benefit me for the rest of my life. Here are some of the things that I learned at camp:

God works when “stuff” doesn’t. For the first few weeks of the summer, things would go wrong that were out of my control and I stressed. I bit my nails. I’d have one of those moments where I put my glasses on my head, ran my fingers though my hair, sighed loudly and smacked my head against the wall. And for what? What good was that? Sure, I was frustrated that our projector went out during the middle of a program, or that our live feed connection seemed to have it out for me, but you know what? None of that mattered. The Lord works regardless. Children made decisions to follow Christ. I’m certainly not saying that programming doesn’t matter. Excellence at camp is incredibly important. However, it took a few weeks of working myself up for no reason to realize that when things are out of my control, they are NOT out of God’s.

Camp relationships are some of the best friendships I will have. I can’t begin to describe it. It’s true love. Seeing my friends from last summer at training week is what I think heaven will be like.  I made the same kind of friendships this summer with CK2. There really is nothing like it. These people invest in my life. They care about my interests, my struggles, my joys, and my sorrows. They encourage me and build me up. They tell me what I need to know, not what I want to hear. It’s genuine love.

Make every minute of your day count. I’m sure many of you, like me, are around people all the time. We’re intentional with people 24/7 at camp…why shouldn’t we be in real life? Instead of having the same, “hey, how are you? good,” conversations that I have with 70% of the people I come in contact with, why don’t I take two minutes to ask them something not quite so shallow?

How many days until training week 2012?

CentriKid

CentriKid is a 5 day, 4 night camp for 3rd - 6th graders to experience the time of their lives and learn more about the message of Jesus Christ!

Balancing Work and Family, Part 1

Balance… it’s difficult. I’m certainly no expert, but when I married my incredible husband, we vowed to keep family first. The relationship with my husband is the most important earthly relationship I will ever have. We love to spend time together going for walks, visiting the driving range, perusing local real estate, and even just relaxing on our back porch. I am a big fan of quality time, but it doesn’t happen unless we make time for it.

At a conference a couple of years ago, I heard a speaker talk about not neglecting the roles that only you can fill. Only you are the husband or wife of your spouse. Only you are the mother or father of your children. I’ve also heard it said, “Only do what only you can do.” Think about that. You are not the be-all-end-all of your children’s ministry at church. You aren’t the only person who can minister to families. You aren’t the only one who can solve a problem or make copies or call volunteers. I’m not the only person on earth who can write CentriKid rec games or help equip staff to lead Bible study at camp. All of those roles are important, but I’m going to bet they are not things only you and I can do.

Check back next week for some practical tips for setting boundaries between work and family.

 

Meredith Teasley

Meredith studied at Samford University and Beeson Divinity School. She worked camp for 8 years, then served in full-time children's ministry in Virginia before joining our team in January 2009.

Sep

20

2011

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Darrel Asks Kids Questions

This summer, Darrel (from the Camp Rules) went to camp to ask kids questions about things he had on his mind.  Watch this video and post other questions you have for Darrel on the CentriKid Camps Facebook wall.

CentriKid

CentriKid is a 5 day, 4 night camp for 3rd - 6th graders to experience the time of their lives and learn more about the message of Jesus Christ!

Kids Ministry Conference Coming Soon!

 

If you haven’t already heard, LifeWay’s Kids Ministry Conference is happening in just a few short weeks! Not only will you find the entire CentriKid Camps team there, but you’ll get to hear some amazing speakers like Ed Stetzer, Jon Acuff, and even The Duggars! Combine all of that with great worship, great workshops, one awesome city backdrop (aka Nashville) and you can’t get much better than that! A couple of weeks back, Meredith gave 10 reasons you should join us!

All of the details, along with the place to register can be found on the official Kids Ministry Conference website. Be sure to check it out. If you are already coming, tell us what you are most looking forward to. Hope to see you there!

Andy Dukes

Andy serves as Event Coordinator for LifeWay Kids. He graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky. He served on summer staff (Crosspoint & CentriKid) for 7 summers and moved full-time at LifeWay in 2008. Andy's wife, Meghan, is a 2nd grade teacher and they attend Redeemer Church in Hendersonville, TN where he serves both on the worship team and also as a community group leader.