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30

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Inspire Someone!

I’ve been reading a book recently by Beth Moore called “Get Out of That Pit”. I would love to tell you all about it, but I think you should read it. I’m not going to go into detail. I would, however, like to encourage you with a quote that I’ve held onto since the first day I started reading.

Your wealth of experience makes you rich. Spend it on people who are hurting.”

                                         -Beth Moore “Get Out of That Pit”

When I read this line, I just had to stop reading for a while and meditate. I’ve always been enthralled with the fact that all of our stories are used to tell His story. Even though that’s something that I’ve always found fascinating, that’s not the part that caught my heart. To whom am I spending the experiences that the Lord entrusted to me? Am I seeking them out? Am I waiting for them to come to me? I’d love to say that I look for ways every day to share with people, but I don’t. I was a lot better at that when I was surrounded by non-believers in college, however, when you work for a Christian Corporation, you don’t always have as many opportunities. 

Seek to meet up with someone who could benefit from your wealth of experience today!

Jen Hall

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

Nov

29

2011

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Staffer shares 4 benefits to CentriKid staff service

Bud Harlan served as a CentriKid Camps staffer for 4 summers.  He says, “It is absolutely true that I would not be who I am today were it not for the ministry of CentriKid Camps.”

The Lord has orchestrated all of the events of my last three years with LifeWay.  From my first CentriKid Camps interview at FBC Ruston in Nov. 2007 with Jeremy Echols… to my director interview a year after that … to my opportunity to be the department intern.  Each of those experiences led me to where I am with this company today.

Through my time serving with CentriKid Camps,

  1. the Lord clarified His calling for this time in my life
  2. the experience provided me with some of the greatest friends I’ve ever had
  3. camp gave me opportunity after opportunity to grow as a leader 
  4. God allowed me the chance to minister to thousands of kids 

Bud formerly served at LifeWay as an intern with the Childhood Training & Events team and now works fulltime as part of the Women’s Events Team.  You can connect with Bud on Twitter.

You can read more about serving on staff at CentriKid Camps.  We are always looking for great people who love kids and want to work hard at camp.  Help us connect with potential applicants and we will be happy to answer any questions they have along the way!



Nov

25

2011

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Black Friday Madness

While other people are waiting in lines that look like this, all you have to do to win big with CentriKid Camps is this:

1. Go to our Facebook Fan Page.

2. Look at our newest 12 photos of all the fun you can win.

3. Answer the question that is the caption for the photo.

We will select one winner from each picture’s comments who will receive the picture’s contents. Feel free to make us laugh, make us cry, or make us gasp. Pull on our heartstrings. You want to win!

You can comment on as many pictures as you like, as many times as you like… the only rule is that each comment must answer the question for that photo.


From all the comments that we receive, we will draw a GRAND PRIZE WINNER for 1 North Face CentriKid Backpack.

Comments start now! Get going!

The contest closes at noon on Thursday, Dec 1. We will post the winners on facebook at the bottom of each picture on Friday, Dec 2.

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.

Nov

24

2011

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3 Reasons I’m Thankful for CentriKid

People often ask me why I love CentriKid so much. Strictly because they have to ask, it’s apparent that they have never worked for CentriKid Camps. Working camp has instilled so many different things in me. It has without a doubt made me the person I am today. 

Leadership Skills: If you would have asked me the day I arrived at Training my first summer of camp, I would have said that I probably would never hold a leadership position. That’s not because I’d never held one before, but I held the leaders that I saw in high regards. They were the best of the best.    I had people come alongside me, teach me the culture of CentriKid, and teach me what it means to be an effective leader. 

People Skills: Some people are not naturally drawn to having conversations with someone they don’t know, but people skills are necessary in the camp world. I often realize that because of working camp, I have learned how to build quality relationships in a really short amount of time…and sometimes I also forget that the rest of the world doesn’t really work that quickly. I was puzzled when I had been in Nashville for 8 weeks and still had not made life-long friends outside of the workplace. Regardless, I am thankful that I have learned valuable lessons in asking questions, conflict management, and being a friend because of my work with CentriKid. 

Hard Work: My first summer of camp, I worked on a team that traveled to many different locations. We had a great time, but more than that, our team knew the value of having a good work ethic. When you have a group of people who need to get something accomplished, there’s nothing that will bring them together like accomplishing a task that required all of them. That team had a great spirit and I don’t ever remember hearing anyone complaining. If you work hard, you can play hard. 


This is by no means an exhaustive list of things I’ve learned…we’d be here all day! I’m thankful for the blessings that the Lord has given me through CentriKid Camps.

What are you thankful for today?  


Jen Hall

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

Nov

23

2011

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It’s Coming!!…

Tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the year. I love seeing family and talking about what we are thankful for. For me, it’s quite relaxing. There are no to-do lists and no hurry, just hanging out with family.

The next morning, however, is a very different story. Black Friday is the opposite of relaxation. When midnight hits, we are up and at it with the best of the crazies, looking for that perfect Christmas gift.Look familiar? I know all about those door busters that a store only has 10 or so of! You have to be one of the first or you miss out on the deal. Well, you won’t want to miss what we have for you guys at midnight (The night of Thanksgiving… but so early in the morning that it’s Friday). Check back here at midnight on Black Friday to get instructions on how to get something awesome… FOR FREE. Forget door busters and lines. This is online… and FREE.

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.

Nov

22

2011

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Amazing Wonders Aviation in 67 seconds #vbs @lifewayvbs

Summer planning is in full swing here at LifeWay because CentriKid and VBS are two of the biggest ways to make the gospel clear with kids in your ministry.  In case you haven’t heard the details about LifeWay’s VBS, here is a 67 second overview of what is coming this summer!

(It could have been under a minute…but we felt it was important that Jerry be able to take a breath!)

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.

8 Lessons for Sharing Christ with Kids

This video series was originally featured on LifeWay’s Kids Ministry 101 blog…  Bill Emeott and Klista Storts are Childhood Ministry Specialists at LifeWay who equip and train children’s ministry leaders nationwide.  They have taken an in-depth look at how to share your faith with kids and lead them to make a salvation decision that they understand…so click on each lesson below for a video with further explanation.

Here are the 8 lessons for sharing Christ with kids:

 

  1. Begin with Prayer…Be Dependent on the Holy Spirit
  2. Deal with child individually
  3. Use language that children understand
  4. Help them understand the difference between becoming a Christian, baptism, and church membership.
  5. Use your Bible to show the way
  6. You must make sure they understand before leading them to say a prayer they don’t understand
  7. Follow-up after a decision is made
  8. Include the parents in the decision

 

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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.

Nov

18

2011

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Boys & Girls are Different, RIGHT??

Today we are giving away a free copy of a great resource from LifeWay … Raising Boys & Girls: The Art of Understanding their Differences.

The book unlocks the differences between raising a son and a daughter. Experienced children’s counselors introduce you to what’s really going on in the world (and in the minds) of your boys and girls and help you learn to better communicate and connect with them. And it’s also a great resource for children’s workers, to give to grandparents, and for any other adult that relates to and loves kids.

We are giving away a Leader Kit and a Member book today…you just have to share a comment on the CentriKid Facebook wall about a difference you’ve seen from your ministry experience between raising boys & girls.  It could be something about their development stages, something about their interests, or something about how you’ve seen them react differently to talking about the things of God.  We can’t wait to read your comments, and we’ll pick one winner and contact you via Facebook to get your mailing information.

Just in case you are interested in this book, but you don’t win the free copy…you can buy Raising Boys & Girls at lifeway.com, at LifeWay Christian Stores, or by calling 800.458.2772.

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.

Debrief this Picture: Spiritual Conversations from Everyday Occurences

Every summer, our goal is to train staff to be able to find spiritual connections to games, activities, events in a kid’s life, and more. A phrase you’ll frequently hear on a camp staff is “Debrief that.”

This exercise makes explaining your faith more comfortable, as you have practice jumping in to spiritual conversations from talking about things they are interested in. Here’s your chance to be trained like CentriKid staff…and staff, a chance to brush up on your debriefing skills.

Here’s a pretty easy one. I’ll help you on this one.

Immediately, 1 Cor 9:24 and Philippians 3:14 come to mind.

We want to run as to receive the prize that is set before us in Christ; running hard after having a growing relationship with Christ, as he also runs after us.

You can also talk through have a group of Christian friends that hold you accountable, ultimately, running beside you and keeping you on pace. There are others, so think through some of those.

 

Debrief this picture in the comments. I’ll add how I would debrief this picture to the comments on Friday.

 

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.

Nov

16

2011

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Practical Steps for Change: Part 3 of a 3-Part Series

We have looked at how to know it is time to change and what makes change hard, and today we are going to look at some practical steps in making critical changes in your organization.

  • Andy Stanley says, “Look at programs through the lens of mission and vision.”  He goes on to say, “Fall in love with your mission but date your programs”.  I love this one.  Never change what God has called you to do, but be willing to change how you do it.  At CentriKid, we tell staff that their job is to make sure that every single person who comes to camp has a life changing experience with Christ.  We do that through relational ministry.  When it comes to how we do worship, recreation, parties… it is all on the table of change.
  • Acknowledge what is not working and do something about it.  Too often we can’t seem to acknowledge that something is no longer working.  If we can’t do that, then we won’t make changes.
  • Talk to your staff and volunteers.  People don’t need to win, but they do need to be heard.   We won’t all agree, and leadership is not a democracy; however, everyone needs to feel valued and heard. They need to know you appreciate them and their ideas.  There is no better way than asking them what they think.
  • Get key leaders and critics on your team.  Talk to them in private, and talk to them first. They will influence the feelings and attitudes of others.
  • Communicate change clearly, honestly, and often.  Once you have made a decision to change, communicate it as clearly as you can.  Let them know why you are making changes, when change will happen, and how it will affect them.  Be honest with people.  They can tell when you are selling change rather than just being honest with them.  People want you to be transparent with them because transparency is honesty and selling feels dishonest.  Communicate change in as many places and ways as you can.  The more people hear it, the more they understand it and they begin to communicate it.  Once that happens, they begin to own the change as well.  Many times, I have watched my ideas being shared by others and it sounds like it was their idea.  When that happens, you know you have transitioned through change effectively.