Growth

CA: On the Grow!

I recently traveled to Seattle, Washington, for the Northwest Baptist Convention’s CM52 conferences. I led a series of conferences about kids’ missions discipleship and spent time hearing about children’s ministry work in the Pacific Northwest. While I loved every bit of my time there, a certain pastor will stick out in my mind for quite some time.

I never thought to ask him why a pastor was at a children’s ministry conference. I suppose that he was there to support his children’s workers who came to the conference. But when he found out that I work for national WMU and was there to talk about Children in Action, he and I became fast friends.

I heard stories about what the CA leader at his church is doing each week with children. And I got to meet her in person. The pastor’s excitement for missions discipleship was more than obvious—it was contagious! The CA leader was eager to share her work with me, and I was excited to walk away with a few new ideas.

Are Summer Camps Still Relevant Today?

We live in a world where technology is integrated into just about every aspect of our lives. Self-driving cars, microwaves, phones with computers in them (or is it the other way around?) and even electric toothbrushes! And yet, every summer, thousands of children and their leaders flock to summer camps all over the country. How can this be? No WiFi? No phones? Say it isn’t so!

Spring Is In The Air: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

Spring is often considered to be a time of renewal. The grass grows, trees begin to bloom, and pollen fills the air. (Aaaachoo!) The whole earth is waking up from a long winter’s nap.

We also enter into a period of change. We shake out the dust and stale air of winter from our homes in preparation for the activities of summer to begin. We break out our warm weather wear (including our ill-fitting swimsuits) and throw our heavy overcoats and decorative Christmas sweaters to the moths.

But if you live in the Southeast, odds are that Spring may not come as smoothly as you might expect. One day, the sun is shining and the birds are singing, but the next day the temperature drops 20 degrees and you’re breaking out the earmuffs!

Maybe that’s just how transitions go. Rarely in our own lives, do we ever experience a smooth transition. Renewal is full of fits and starts before finally settling in to something new. As Student leaders, have you seen this to be true?

Connect the Dots

dot-to-dot

Do you remember the dot-to-dot game? It consisted of a grid of dots in which you and at least one other person drew lines from one dot to another. When you connected the dots to make a square, you got to fill in the square with your initial. The thing about the game is that you cannot play it by yourself. It requires at least one other person to play.

In connecting the dots that more Mission Friends® groups means more missions discipleship, you can be a help to a Mission Friends group that is starting. Help them to know they do not have to do it by themselves! You could be a partner to help another church start Mission Friends. Is your church starting a new church plant? You could help them to have missions as part of their church from the beginning. Is there a church in your area that is interested in starting missions discipleship for their preschoolers? Check with your local Baptist association to find a church that you could partner with in starting Mission Friends. Is there a language church or an English as a second language program at a nearby church? Offer to help them start Mission Friends with their preschoolers.

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