Leading your team, whether it be three people or 300 hundred people, is huge. As Christian leaders, we want to serve Christ faithfully and steward the opportunities He has given us well, but how do we do this best?
I’ve learned (and am still learning) that one of the primary ways to lead your team spiritually is through prayer.
Looking at the life of Jesus, consider just a few of the times we see Christ pray to the Father. We see Jesus praying in the solitude of the wilderness (Luke 4 and 5), praying for guidance and help in the garden (Matthew 26), and praying for His disciples as He knows His time is soon drawing to an end (John 17) .
We serve a Father who is faithful to listen to His children. Scripture shows us this —
1 John 5:14 says, “Now this is the confidence we have before Him: whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (HCSB)
As we step out in leading others, may we remember our God who never fails and may we, in humility and with boldness, go to our Father in prayer. In leading your team spiritually consider these ways to pray:
PRAY FOR THEM. Before the throne, with genuine devotion, intercede on your team’s behalf. We have a Father who listens to the prayers of His children. Knowing this, create a routine to continually pray with your particular team in mind. No matter the circumstance, you can always remember your tribe in a loving, Christ-honoring way when you go to the Lord.
PRAY WITH THEM. It’s important to be a leader who prays with your team. Your team should be comfortable to pray with you and quick to come to you with their needs. Be mindful to create an atmosphere where authentic prayer is paramount.
PRAY OVER THEM. As the shepherd of your flock — be it an entire congregation or a volunteer group of four — you should regularly pray over them. This means to visibly, boldly, honestly pray over them, standing at their sides. Lead your team in group prayer and ask that the Lord would guide you all to walk together in faithful obedience to Him.
PRAY FOR YOURSELF. Remember that before you can lead anyone else spiritually, you must first be in a place of pursuing Christ. This does not mean you have to be perfect. As a spiritual leader, you do not need to appear as one who has “arrived”, as if you’re pulling others to meet you at your destination, but you have to simply be walking toward a life that looks more like Jesus.
“May you look more like Christ when you lay down tonight than you did when you got up this morning.”
Leading a team spiritually is an important task, but it is not a complex one. Rest in knowing that leading others spiritually is a gift – a simple and genuine gift. Your care and devotion to this gift in which you’ve been entrusted will reap great reward when you humbly and wholly present it before the Father.
Why spend a week away from home being sweaty and tired? Why take time out of your everyday life to go to a college campus or conference center to spend a week at camp? Because it could be the very best week of your life! Here are a few of my favorite reasons to come to CentriKid.
Rooted in Scripture
Everything at camp points back to Christ. No matter what is going on, a rec game, an activity during a kids favorite track time there is always a gospel connection. Kids can see how their passions can help them understand bible stories and that will open their minds to how they can live like Christ in their own lives! Kids learn differently and we strive to create content that reaches every single person that comes to camp. Through games, art, singing, storytelling, and always getting involved kids will experience the bible being taught in a whole new way at camp.
A Change of Pace
Kids can sometime get in a routine at church, but camp gets kids out of their comfort zone. When kids are taken out of their normal schedule they are allowed to experience new things and can experience the vulnerability that is needed to respond to the gospel that is presented at camp. Camp is a great place to begin new relationships and deepen established relationships. Once kids see their leaders playing dodgeball right alongside them they begin to see them in a different light and that can lead to great conversations.
A Time of Renewal
CentriKid Camp has great things for adults too. At CentriKid we love to serve adults and pour into their spiritual lives and commission them back into ministry with a renewed passion and dedication. We want kids ministers and volunteers to to come back from camp feeling refreshed and renewed spiritually. Through Adult Gathering and allowing CentriKid to plan the programming you can leave camp ready to take on the next season of ministry.
Camp is fun, crazy, non-stop, and one of the very best experiences that you can have. We can’t wait to see you all at CentriKid 2017, because Adventure Awaits!
If you talk with anyone that has worked camp during the summer, they would probably say that serving on staff with CentriKid was one of the best experience of their lives. Camp provides ministry experience, team growth, and personal growth that will prepare us for our future.
There may be many young people in your church who have a heart for ministry and desire to serve in a bigger capacity than they have so far. Some of these college students/young adults might be a great fit to be a CentriKid staffer! We would love to interview them and get to know them better. We are looking for students that you trust working with your kids. We want staffers who love the Lord, love kids, and want to work hard.
Trying to decide what to do with your summer can be a difficult choice, but once someone decides to work camp, it is best for their hearts and minds to be in the same place. There are so many ways to learn and grow while preparing for and working camp, but here are 2 tips we would give potential summer staffers for their journey:
1. Know the heart of why you want to serve in a camp setting. For staffers at CentriKid, it isn’t just about fun and games…we work hard. We put in long days, and it is essential to have a kingdom-expanding focus. CentriKid staffers know that all the work and preparation is done to make the message of Christ clear in the lives of kids.
2. Don’t just aspire for the top role of directing camp…aspire for the right fit God has for you. Some people are wired for the behind-the-scenes roles, and some are wired best for specific positions. However, if you are only set on one certain thing and aren’t willing to step out of your comfort zone, you may miss out on an awesome opportunity God has for you!
You can learn more about CentriKid summer positions or you can point potential applicants to the “Become a Staffer” page at centrikid.com. We love serving churches with summer camp, and we can’t wait to invest in new summer staffers along the way!
This past summer at CentriKid, we taught kids how the armor of God is real and powerful, although it is “Unseen!” On Day 4 of camp, we taught kids how God gives us unseen truth, strength, and peace, and equips us to live those out with “Visible Faith.” During worship that night, we unpacked Ephesians 6:16.
In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
You can unpack this verse with the kids in your ministry just like we did at camp using this kids ministry illustration!
Say: I want us to look at this verse in God’s word like we were examining a piece of luggage at the airport. I want us to think about each word and phrase to try and squeeze out of it everything the verse can teach us about our faith in Jesus. We will unpack this verse, while I unpack this suitcase! (pull items out of the suitcase one-by-one)
We hope that you’ll use this easy illustration with the kids in your ministry to clearly illustration Ephesians 6:13! Let us know how it goes by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!