Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 107:1
Here in the CentriKid Office, we truly hope that your Thanksgiving Day is one of the greatest days of the year! We are thankful for many, many things, but most of all, we are thankful for YOU!
“You are the true heroes of kids ministry, and without you, CentriKid would not be possible. Thank you for trusting us to partner with you in ministry. Thank you for your continued work for the Kingdom, day-in and day-out. Most of all, thank you for all you do to make the message of Christ clear and to help kids understand how they can become children of the Most High. Happy Thanksgiving!” – Henry Dutton
Kids Ministry Volunteers:
“We are so incredibly thankful for the adult sponsors who come to camp. Your support of the group leader and your willingness to invest in the lives of the kids at your church is incredible. You are so much more than a kid wrangler. You are the light of Christ to kids at camp in the summer and at your church all year. Thank you for stepping up and serving God through kids ministry.”– Tiffany
Camp Location Contacts:
“I’m thankful for the many CentriKid venues and site contacts who help us provide a great experience for kids and adults. These men and women help us with everything from maintenance requests to dietary concerns to even helping with the unexpected rainy day plans. We couldn’t provide the type of camp program we offer without the awesome colleges and conference center partners that host camp!” – Jeremy Echols
“We simply cannot thank you enough! We often say that our staff is our biggest asset, because without you the ministry of CentriKid could not be what it is. We believe you are some of the best, most hardworking people who love the Lord and sharing His message to kids. Thank you for serving with us. We love you all!”– Vincent Thomas
We consider it a true blessing to partner with each of you in making the message of Christ clear to thousands of kids every summer. Most importantly, we are thankful for the continuous blessings that the Lord gives CentriKid. After years of serving in this ministry, I am still in awe at how God uses it to reach kids (and even adults) for Christ through the gospel. We take no credit for it– the ministry of CentriKid is entirely a blessing from God, and a clear picture of how God works! Happy Thanksgiving!
Many churches have an annual recognition banquet where dinner is served and a standard gift is given to all leaders. I asked my leadership team about this, and many of them felt that was a bit impersonal. Instead of having that once-a-year event where you recognize all of your leaders, why not start encouraging leaders with something brand new?
1. Get to know your leaders personally.
I have a sheet that I require my leaders to fill out when they begin to work in the kids area. It simply asks about some of their favorite things, and helps me to get to know some details about them. Check out this sample here! You may also choose to designate one night a week to have a couple of your volunteers over for dinner. It may take a whole year to have them all over, but they will surely appreciate you making the effort to get to know them.
2. Pray for your leaders.
Ask them weekly how you can be praying for them. Getting this information can be tricky because they will not all reply to your e-mail or text message, and some of your older leaders may actually require a phone call! One strategy I use is to have a check-in sheet in all of their rooms with these 3 questions: “1. What was the best part of your week? 2. What was the worst part of your week? 3. How can I be praying for you?”
The more you are praying for them and following up with them, the quicker that relationship is formed. I keep a prayer journal with a page for each worker. Also, you might send them a letter at the end of the year and remind them of the many answered prayers from the previous year!
3. Encourage your leaders with notes and small gifts.
Believe it or not, a personal card or letter goes a LONG WAY! I try to encourage at least one leader a week by sending them something in the mail. (I try to do this on Tuesday mornings and set aside 30 minutes to write as many as I can.)
Additionally, you could send a small gift. It’s simple! For example, on that info sheet, one of the questions asks the volunteer their favorite snack. I may have that food waiting in their room with a note. Many times they forgot about filling out the form and are amazed that they got their “favorite” snack!
4. Celebrate your leaders!
Instead of the standard speaker-catered dinner affair, I like to have a big party for everyone. Many times it will include tons of games and activities with prizes like gift cards and things I know my leaders like. The goal of these parties is for everyone to have a good time, get to know other workers and their families, and refocus us on doing God’s ministry! Some great venues for the party are tailgates, in a park, pool party, or even a Christmas party at your house. Getting outside the church walls is the key!
No matter what methods you use, the bottom line is that we must make out leaders feel appreciated. In order to do this we need to get to know them and encourage them in the ways that are meaningful for them. . Persistence and intentionally are keys to building a great team, whether you are leading 5 or 500 people. Encourage them and they will be your best workers!
About the Guest Blogger:
Evan Dickson is the Preschool & Children’s Minister at Concord Baptist Church in Anderson, SC, and a professor of Children’s Ministry at Anderson University. He has served as a CentriKid Camp Pastor and Director. He’s been involved in kids ministry for over 15, and is passionate about communicating the gospel to kids in a creative way to help them grow in their relationship with him. He is married to his wife Liza, and they have an 8 year old son, Noah, and a 5 year old daughter, Lainey.
Monday, we asked you to cast your vote for the 2016 Orange Team name for “Unseen!” You voted, and we’re excited to announce that the Orange Team will be called….
We LOVE this name because it truly represents what our Group Leaders and Adult Sponsors are! You are “First Class”! We could never thank you enough for choosing to spend 5 days coming to CentriKid and building relationships with the kids in your group. Some of you even take off work and sacrifice vacation time to make sure the message of Christ is clear to the kids in your church group. You are heroes to these kids, and heroes to us! We work hard to make sure that a week of camp is easy and spiritually refreshing for all adults who come. Thank you for making a huge impact on the lives of the kids you bring to camp! Join us in First Class for camp!
Wow! It was a close race. Pilots would’ve been a great name too (but we understand why “Jumbo Jets” isn’t a very appealing name!). Some other great suggestions were “Stewards,” “Peanuts,” “Baggage Claims,” “Air-Traffic Controllers,” “Bunk Chaos Controllers.”
We cannot wait for CentriKid 2016: Unseen, as we will study the passage of Ephesians 6:10-20 and learn how the armor of God is powerful and real, although it is unseen. Find out more about Unseen here! #CKUnseen
Need help recruiting adults to join “First Class?” Check out this blog for suggestions on recruiting adult sponsors for camp.
CentriKid 2016: Unseen is now boarding! We in the CentriKid Office are hard at work interviewing potential staffers, editing Bible Study and track content, and producing all of the awesome camp elements you’ll be seeing this upcoming summer. Around this time, we all get together and brainstorm what Bible Study names will be at camp!
What are Bible Study Names?
Every kid at CentriKid is in a Bible Study, and every Bible Study has a unique name related to the theme motif of the week! This is how kids know where to go and who their Bible Study leader will be. You’ll hear them chanting their Bible Study name and other fun things related to it all week at camp. But kids aren’t the only one who can get in on the fun. The Orange Team (the adults) has its own Bible Study name as well! Check out the names of past Orange Teams below:
Trainers (FIT: Faith in Training, 2015)
Big Bosses (RESET: God Redeems, 2014)
Commanders (Out of This World, 2013)
Coaches (Game On!, 2012)
Captains (Shipwreck Island, 2011)
Chefs (Bon Appetit, 2010)
We Need Your Help for 2016!
Last week, the CentriKid Office Team gathered at my whiteboard to decide on the 2016 Bible Study names. We easily decided on the kids names, but when it came to the Orange Team, we just couldn’t decide! So many good names and options popped into our head. We want YOU to decide what the 2016 Orange Team will be called!
Follow this link to cast your vote for the new Orange Team name!
Complete the survey above by Thursday (11/19), and this upcoming Friday (11/20), we will post the results and you’ll find out what the 2016 Orange Team will be called!
Just in case your social media wasn’t blown up with hilarious pictures of kids ministry leaders and their kids, you may not know that yesterday was National OMC Day! We had a blast celebrating the greatest game in the history of world with all of our CentriKid friends!
Over the course of the day, we posted CentriKid OMC Day tasks on our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages. All day, amazing friend posted pictures and videos of them completing tasks and having a blast. Check out some pictures below of the fun!
We also had some AMAZING churches who celebrated #NationalOMCDay by playing OMC at church last night! Check out who they are below! If you played OMC at your church last night, please send us your name and mailing address (and a photo if you have it) to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll add you to the list!
Parkway Baptist Church (Smyrna, TN)
First Baptist Church Goodlettsville (Tennessee)
Faith Family Church (Finksburg, Maryland)
Mount Olive Baptist Church (Moultrie, GA)
First Baptist Church Baton Rouge (Lousiana)
Pine Grove Baptist Church (Picayune, MS)
As we said before, whoever completed the most tasks on National OMC Day will be receiving a very special surprise in the mail! We had so many people complete tons of tasks, it was impossible to choose just one winner. So we chose three! If your name is below, please email us your mailing address to email@example.com.
David Jennings — FBC Baton Rouge
Marcia Watkins — Ebenezer Baptist Church
Jeremy Carroll- First Tuscaloosa
THANK YOU everyone who participated in National OMC Day next year! While we love OMC and chaos that comes with it, remember that the reason we play OMC back to camp is to always connect it back to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s what matters most, and we are blessed to be able to share the gospel through such a fun game every week at camp!
If you’d like to register for CentriKid to get in on the fun of OMC, check out our dates and locations here or call 1-877-CAMP-123!
First off, we want to start off today by thanking our veterans! Without the service of these brave men and women, our great country would not be what it is. THANK YOU VETERANS!
In addition to Veteran’s Day, today is also another awesome holiday! It’s here! It’s today! It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for!
In case you haven’t heard, today is NATIONAL OMC DAY! From the rec field, to your office, church, or school, OMC is the greatest and most fun game ever created (it’s also a great way to share the Gospel). We love to celebrate it!
So what are you waiting for? Put on an OMC shirt, change your Facebook profile picture to the image on the right, and check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for tasks throughout today. When you complete a task, be sure to post it on social media and use #NationalOMCDay! Whoever completes and posts the most tasks will be featured here on our blog on Friday, and will receive something fun in the mail!
If your kids ministry at church plays a game of OMC tonight at your service, we’ll send you some extra special OMC themed items to get you ready for camp this summer!
If you’d like some more information about all the fun things that are happening today, check out this blog post!
Here is a great game that is simple, tons of fun, and you can scale up or down depending on how many will be playing the game. If you came to camp in 2015, your kids played this game, so they might still remember it.
–Large area space (depending on number of kids, the area of half a basketball court can work…a larger space just works better, especially with larger groups).
–Lots and lots of frisbees.. the more the merrier
–Buckets or hula hoops
Setting up the playing field:
–The field should be a large, flat area. Ideally outside, but inside a gym is plenty of space and tons of fun too!
–You should mark off a launch zone in the center of the field (this is where a few volunteers will be launching frisbees the entire time).
–Depending on the number of teams, you’ll need that same number of buckets or collecting zones where each team will bring their frisbees back to.
–At the beginning of the game the frisbees start in the center launch zone.
Game play and rules:
Once the game begins, the volunteers in the center circle will start throwing out the frisbees every which way, and this should continue happening essentially the whole time. The goal of the game is to get the frisbees into your team’s bucket/collecting zone. The winner in the end is the team who gets the most frisbees to its bucket.
Once a player has a frisbee in hand he cannot move his feet. Instead he must throw the frisbee to someone else on his team. A member of another team cannot steal a frisbee from the hands of another player, but can intercept or knock down a pass in the air.
–Have a goalie who catches all the frisbees to put them in the bucket.
–Make a rule that players cannot steal from the buckets.
–Assign runners (either volunteers or players) whose job it is to bring frisbees from the buckets to the center circle..bringing them back in groups of ten helps keep track of points.
We all love this game, and we hope this game helps you in your ministry. Have fun!
How many of you are enjoying your new iPhones since the release? Whether you’re using the new iPhone 6S (like my wife), or still using an older model (like me), it’s time to get your phone in the CentriKid Camps spirit! We know how sad it must be to look at your phone and not be reminded of CentriKid!
We’ve got your covered! We just released brand new CentriKid iPhone wallpapers for your lock-screens featuring our 2016 theme, Unseen! These are optimized for the iPhone 6, but work on all iPhones as well.
Also, while you’re on that page, be sure to check out other fun resources to get your kids excited for camp! We’ve got poster downloads, brochures, and even logos that you can use as you make posters and t-shirts! Don’t forget to also check out our video page where you can download fun videos to show at church.
Every year, CentriKid fans around the world celebrate National OMC Day to celebrate our favorite game in the world: Organized Mass Chaos!
So what is #NationalOMCDay?
We’re glad you asked! Organized Mass Chaos is the incredible, messy, and fun game that we play every year at CentriKid Camps. I ask hundreds of kids each summer, “What are you most excited about for camp?” Every single one of them responds “OMC!” OMC is a game worth celebrating, and National OMC Day is a time during the regular school year that is almost as fun as a game of OMC (but unfortunately less messy)!
1. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 11.
2. Change your profile pic to our #NationalOMCDay graphic on that day.
3. On November 11, be watching the CentriKid social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). We’ll post tasks all day. Take a pic of you doing the task and post it using #NationalOMCDay. Whoever posts the most completed tasks at the end of the day will be featured on our blog and receive a limited edition CentriKid journal in the mail!
4. BONUS: If your kids ministry plays OMC on #NationalOMCDay, then you guys will be featured on our blog and you will get a few fun OMC related items in the mail!
See you November 11 for #NationalOMCDay!
When you begin a new role in ministry, you are sometimes just trying to keep your head above water, and you think that you could never be bored. However, after you finally have your feet under you, and you have everything running like a well oiled machine, you may have an unfamiliar sense: BOREDOM. Let’s look at three methods that can help as you continue preventing boredom in your ministry.
One of the first instincts that you can have when you settle into boredom is to change things up. Change for the sake of change is never the right answer. If you are feeling bored with what you are currently doing, this is a great time to step back and evaluate the programs in your ministry. Are your programs lining up with the mission of the church and your ministry? Is your team working toward that mission? When boredom settles in, this is the perfect time to step back and evaluate the correlation between your mission and your programs.
When things are incredibly busy one of the first things to be put on the back burner is relationships. Instead of giving in to boredom, take a look around and see what relationships you can begin to invest in more. See if there are parents or volunteers that you can meet for coffee. Not only can you get to know the people in your ministry better, but they can get to know you better. A laugh between friends is the best cure for boredom.
Another way to fight boredom is to focus on your own personal spiritual growth. What are you reading? What is challenging you? You should always be striving towards a goal. Currently the CentriKid office team is going through the book “Spiritual Leadership” by J. Oswald Sanders. This book has really been challenging me as a leader and a Christian. Intentionally take the time to stimulate your mind and find motivation outside of normal everyday tasks. Intentional growth will help keep things fresh for you!
Boredom is something that always seems to creep into our routines from time-to-time, but it doesn’t have to stay for long. By evaluating your ministry, investing on relationships, and focusing on your own spiritual growth, you can give boredom the boot and continue to passionately make the message of the gospel clear to the kids and adults in your ministry.