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New Ministry Grid Tools

Ephesians 4 tells us that the calling of church leaders is to train the saints in the work of the ministry, and that is why Ministry Grid exists. Ministry Grid is an online platform that utilizes videos and a suite of tools to provide training for every area of ministry in the church. With over 4,000 video sessions, Ministry Grid has developed Training Pathways to provide foundational, advanced, and expert-level content in specific ministry areas to assist and empower church leaders in their calling and to build up churches in the ministry of the gospel. The presenters in each video are church practitioners and ministry leaders who understand the challenges and speak to them well.

What should you do if you are not in charge of training your whole church, though? What if you oversee a single area of ministry and want to provide training just for your volunteers and it isn’t feasible or doesn’t make sense to sign up your whole church? Ministry Grid has two solutions for you!

Ministry Area Pricing allows you to subscribe just your particular ministry area so you can train the volunteers you oversee at the affordable rate of $399 per year. As part of this subscription, you have full access to all the training tools Ministry Grid provides. All you have to do is set up an account then purchase.

Ministry Training Essentials are video training courses set up as a digital pass that grants a single user access to train as an individual or to watch and discuss in a group setting. Covering 5 different ministry areas, each area has two or more video courses comprised of several short videos interspersed with printable resources and discussion guides. Each course addresses one specific aspect of that ministry area so you can train your leaders with depth and clarity. See the options, here.

So whether you are looking to train your entire church, train your ministry area, or learn as an individual, Ministry Grid and Ministry Training Essentials offer what you need to equip volunteers and leaders in your church in the work of ministry. Take less than 15 minutes to watch a demo and get a free 30-day trial of Ministry Grid for your whole church or purchase Ministry Training Essentials here.

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.

The 2015 Ministry Results!

This week, our CentriKid office team is away from the office at something we call “Eval Week,” a time where we celebrate what God did throughout the summer and discuss ways (from your feedback!) that we can make next summer even better.

Before we ever jumped in to details and discussion, we spent time as a team praying over the decisions that were made and seeds that were planted at camp. Because of how God worked through CentriKid’s “FIT: Faith in Training,” hundreds of kids now have a relationship with Christ and many others are continuing to grow in their faith.

We are excited to officially announce our 2015 Ministry Results!

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2015 marks the highest amount ever given to missions by CentriKid campers and adults! Check out some other fun results below from this past summer.

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Wow! Please take time to say a quick prayer thanking God for how he continues to work through CentriKid to impact the kingdom of God.

Thanks for joining us for FIT: Faith in Training in 2015, and we hope to see you next year for CentriKid 2016: Unseen! You can check out all of our dates, locations, and how to register here.

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Micheal Walley

Micheal started working CentriKid in 2011 and has served as a staffer, Camp Pastor, and Camp Director. He graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in communications and public relations. He joined in the office team in 2014. Micheal loves talking about kids ministry, leadership, coffee, and his wife, Anne Marie.

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Moving Forward

When you change your perspective it can change everything. In 1609, a man learned about an eyeglass maker who had put lenses together to create a telescope. The man took this knowledge and improved the design to create telescopes that could be used at sea. Later that year, he decided to change his perspective. Instead of looking in front of him, he decided to look up into the sky; and that changed everything. Galileo began to chart the sky and soon published his findings. He was able to see that the moon is a sphere, that Jupiter has revolving moons, and that all of the known planets revolved around the sun. All of this was discovered because he found ways to improve what he had and then focus it on a directive.

galileo2We are about to enter into a time at the camp office where we do this very thing. We have been blessed to have an amazing summer of camp but as we begin Eval Week next week we will begin to look at what is coming ahead and how we can make camp even more fantastic. Our office team will be going on a retreat to break down each aspect of camp and define the direction we will be going in the next year. As we prepare for summer 2016, we will be looking at ways we can improve our programming, have more fun, make it easier for you as a church group, and ultimately share the gospel in the most effective way. Most of our changes will be the result of the feedback that you have given us and we appreciate that so much.

After this time we will know what this coming summer is going to look like and what we need to do to get there. We are excited to jump into a new year of camp and we ask that as we begin this new season that you would join us in prayer as we prepare to share Christ with kids next summer. We can’t wait for you to join!

Isaac Kierstead

Isaac graduated from Florida State University in 2014 with a degree in studio art and editing and writing. He started working camp in 2013 and has served as a rec team member, stage host, and camp pastor. Isaac joined the office team in 2014.

Taking Camp Lessons to School

The new school year has started and you are already taking your kids 100 different directions making it hard to remember the lessons that they learned this summer. How can you help your kids remember to be a disciple of Christ when they can’t even remember their lunch? I have been hugely blessed to grow up in a Christian home, so here are a few ways that my parents reminded me and my sisters how to be disciples of Christ. Try applying some of these to your family’s life as you grow in your faith.

1. A Disciple Encounters God Through His Word
My 8th grade sister’s favorite part of the day is lunch because she gets to talk to her friends and also see if mom packed her any surprises! At camp, we learned that a disciple encounters God through His word and that we are supposed to ingest it like food. Every once in a while slip a surprise snack into the lunch bag and write on a simple verse and note on a napkin that your child can read and be encouraged. On the ride home, talk to your child about how they used that verse during the day or how they were able to share it. Make this into a fun game and you will be surprised how fast your kids look forward to getting a Bible verse in their lunch box.

2. A Disciple Embraces God Through Prayer
Getting to school can sometimes be a hectic production of grabbing homework, packing lunches, and being sure all the kids are in the car. Once you are in the car, take time to say a prayer before dropping them off. The peace that comes from praying before you open the doors and start another crazy day will create a firm foundation for your kids. I still remember my dad praying for my oldest sister and I before we jumped out of the car for school and knowing that God was there with me no matter what happened that day.

3. A Disciple Engages with God Through Giving 
As the kids go back to school, be sure that you are staying plugged into your church. We talked about how a disciple can give both their time and talents to Christ. Show your child that Christ is a priority in your life by being at church. You are the example that your kids will follow and when they see you giving your time to God, they will follow.

4. A Disciple Engages with God Through a Christian Community
Friends are a huge part of school and your children’s lives! Be intentional with those friends and their families. The friends your kids have will shape them and it is important that you invest in their friends.Creating a community of families that would hang out together has been a huge part of my walk with Christ. Having that group of Christian men that I could look up to and the support of so many people has encouraged me to grow as a disciple of Christ.

Parents, you are the number one example that your kids will be following. Starting school can be just as daunting a task for you as it is for them. Be sure to take some time to invest in your kids and their spiritual growth as you both grow as disciples of Christ.

Isaac Kierstead

Isaac graduated from Florida State University in 2014 with a degree in studio art and editing and writing. He started working camp in 2013 and has served as a rec team member, stage host, and camp pastor. Isaac joined the office team in 2014.

Join Us for KMC in Music City!

Have you heard the exciting news? We are hosting #KMC15 at Nashville’s new Music City Center! KMC, or the LifeWay Kids Ministry Conference, is an annual gathering of kids ministers, leaders, teachers, and volunteers. Join us to experience inspirational messages and times of worship, practical breakout sessions, lots of laughter, and a ton of fun!

If you attended CentriKid during the summer of 2015, you received information about registering for KMC at a special discounted rate. This offer originally expired on 8/7/15, but we have extended the deadline. Don’t miss out on this great offer!

Did you attend CentriKid in 2015? Register for KMC now using the promo code KMC15CENTRIKID and receive the early bird rate of $275! Hurry, this offer ends 8/19/15!

The theme for KMC this year is RADIATE. Together we will explore ideas related to making a difference in the world, standing for convictions in the midst of moral turmoil, and helping kids grow up as culture shapers rather than conforming to the world. This all starts with the gospel. Learn more about our theme here.

Some of our guest speakers include Eric Mason, Kelly Minter, Ed Stetzer, Sherry Surratt, Ryan O’Quinn, and more. Plus, don’t miss a special concert event featuring Cindy Morgan, Mark Schultz, Kelly Minter, and Andrew Greer!

Be sure to check out kidsministryconference.com for more details about the conference, including hotel information, the conference schedule, and a list of breakout sessions (even more coming soon!).

You’ll see many familiar CentriKid faces at KMC in October, and we hope to see you there, too. This fall, don’t simply shine your light in a dark world—RADIATE!

Henry Dutton

Henry received a MA in Christian Studies and a BA in English, both from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He began working for CentriKid in 2008 and joined the office team in 2012.

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Photo Friday ’15: August 7

Camps have wrapped up for this summer, and it has been a great year. We loved meeting all the kids this summer, and we loved connecting with the awesome church leaders you guys brought to camp!

Here is the last Photo Friday from the summer, and it features the 2016 teaser video!

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.

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Photo Friday ’15: July 31

We are nearing the end of the summer, but its not over yet! So many people have posted some awesome memories from camp. We hope in addition to all the fun kids have enjoyed at camp that they have grown in their walk with the Lord. That’s what Faith in Training is all about.

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

Share your photos from camp on Instagram and Twitter and be sure to mention @centrikid so we can see what your group is up to at camp!

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.

Popular Kids Ministry Games

Games are one of my personal favorite ways to connect and build relationships. This is especially true in kids ministry. My first love at CentriKid Camps was leading kids at recreation. I loved getting kids crazy, playing super fun games, competing, having tons of fun, and then channeling that energy to spiritual applications.

Kidmin pros are experts at this. All kids can learn through games just like all kids can learn through the bible study lesson, but kinesthetic learners especially benefit from the inclusion of active games. So it is a no brainer Kid Ministers are always honing their skills and looking for the next best games.

Here are a couple of games which have really become popular and if you have not seen them I think it is worth giving them a look.

Hippo_Indigestion1. Hungry Hungry Hippos

Remember this popular game? Maybe you still have it at your house and play it often. A new craze in the recreation world is getting four scooters, four laundry baskets, 4 sets of elbow and knee pads, and optional bungee cords.

 

The kids are the hippos. One kid will lay on each scooter with his or her laundry basket outfitted with their skin rash protection. Strap a bungee cord to the kid’s waist or instruct another kid to hold their partner “hippo’s” feet. Whenever you say go unleash as many colorful tennis ball sized recreation balls onto the play area and have the partners push his or her hippo into the play area to grab as many recreation balls as possible. You can make it where the hippos grab only their team color recreation balls or just a free for all. Start over by asking the hippos if they are still hungry. Look online and you will find a ton of videos of the game in action.

 

2. Spot it

IMG_5271This is a game in which you will have to invest. You can get it on amazon here.  I always keep this game in my backpack ready to play at a moments notice. It is very simple. It can even be played indoors. Here is a video by the creators with an explanation on how to play. SPOT it is such a great game, because it can be played a lot of different ways.

 

 

3. Recreation: Rooted in Scripture

We recently wrote a blog about this new CentriKid Camps game resource guide called Recreation: Rooted in Scripture. Again, we believe providing a spiritual application to games is so important. Making games intentional is something we always do at CentriKid. One of our values is for everything we do at camp to be rooted in scripture. So every game you see in this resource has a debrief with a verse to teach kids a biblical truth based on the game they just played. If you are interested in purchasing one of these resources you will have to purchase it onsite at a CentriKid Camps Store.

Collin Spindle

Collin graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Science with an emphasis in Youth Development. He began working for CentriKid in 2010 and joined the office team in 2013.

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Photo Friday ’15: July 24

Follow Him deeply into His Word. Listen carefully in prayer. Give generously to everyone you meet. Cherish the community of believers who surround you. This is Faith in Training.

Share your photos from camp on Instagram and Twitter and be sure to mention @centrikid so we can see what your group is up to at camp!

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.

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Join us for a 2016 VBS Preview Event

Many of you have done VBS this summer, and you may have ideas about how to make it even better next summer. We want to share some of our ideas with you and hear about your ideas too!

In 2016, LifeWay’s VBS takes your kids on an adventure like no other, deep within the mysterious sea. As kids submerge themselves in God’s Word, they will discover that Jesus didn’t just see what’s on the outside of people. He looked deep down on the inside. So grab your goggles, step into your flippers, and dive in to find truth below the surface!

Join us for a VBS Preview Event in January 2016! Registration for each VBS Preview Event is open now, so sign up today for your VBS team to dive deeper with VBS planning and study of the key passages!
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Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He met his wife Emily working camp, and their daughter #BabyMadison was born in 2011.