At CentriKid I learned…
Quite a lot, actually. Since 2002, God has used CentriKid Camps to teach me tons about Himself, about myself, about leadership, grown ups, kids, and ministry. Here are a few simply things I learned at CentriKid:
*Kids are quite intuitive. You can’t fool them too easily. They want to see and know the REAL you. Kids are waiting to be taught and led by grown ups who make mistakes and admit them… trying to be perfect doesn’t get too far, and kids can see right through it!
*The team you work with can become like family. So love them. Respect them. Genuinely get to know them, and remember that the Lord has placed you on a team with them to make us ALL more like Christ!
*People desire to be led, and led well. They recognize a lack of leadership. Someone is always going to fill a leadership void… so if you’re the leader, let it be you!
*High fives give you an instant connection with anyone. At camp there’s a high five waiting every time you turn around. Why does it have to be just a camp thing? Let’s give high fives 52 weeks out of the year… it’ll bring a few more smiles to all of our faces.
*You can jump up and down anywhere, anytime. And when you do, it automatically makes things more fun and energetic!
*A cheer can be composed and chanted about any game, group, gizmo… or anything else for that matter. How can something NOT be fun when you’re cheering about it? Cheers get us excited, at least on some level!
As you reflect on your own team, ministry, and relationships — Do you show the folks you work with that you really value them? Do you treat kids in a way that recognizes their intuition? When’s the last time YOU jumped up and down? Gave a high five? Made up a silly cheer? Don’t wait for camp to make that happen!