PerSpectives12-Jan Paron All Rights                                      1          Reserved 2012
Move Forward →Intentional Multicultural Ministry                                                           Plan           ...
Next 10 Years =   Diverse Church Growth Explosion          “… it was God’s plan          for His church from the          ...
Jesus Wants His Church to Be One in Him                                     Алелуя            Hallelujah                  ...
Learn From Others →3,500 + membershipfrom a tri-state area                     66 Nations Strong      The Lighthouse Churc...
Intentionality in Action:Lighthouse Church of All Nations, Children’s Ministry                                            ...
Exploring Intentionality WithChildren’s Ministry Director, Rachel A. Cole                                          Questio...
How do you structure for intentionality?       Bringing the        body into                      PerSpectives12-Jan Paron...
Critical     Vision: Nurture and prepare a               diverse body of children Attitudes   for a  Sound        Core Bel...
Key Actions   • Is Christ-centered & biblically-based   That              • Built on a foundation of prayerStrengthen Stru...
What are your intentional actions?                             Plan using                                these            ...
Reconciliation                                    Invitation    Diverse Team                                              ...
Reconciliation                                    Invitation   Diverse Team                                               ...
Reconciliation                                    Invitation   Diverse Team                                               ...
Reconciliation                                    Invitation      Diverse Team                                            ...
Reconciliation                                    Invitation   Diverse Team                                               ...
Reconciliation                                    Invitation   Diverse Team                                               ...
Reconciliation                                    Invitation         Diverse Team                                         ...
Reconciliation           Invitation    Diverse Team                                                            Shared Powe...
What are examples of intentional activities?                            PerSpectives12-                   Jan Paron All Ri...
Youth-Led Worship        Illustrated Sermons     Puppeteering                                     Technology Assisted     ...
ProcessChildren rotate through differentrooms each week, learning aboutthe same biblical topic but invarious formatsLearni...
Youth TrainingTrain young adults in children’s ministryThey work along side the adults as they train, asequal partners in ...
What are your basic recommendations?        Let the Holy Spirit lead you…                            PerSpectives12-      ...
Be flexible   Be patient   Be strategic
ReferencesHunter, K. (1997). Your church has personality: Find   your focus-maximize your mission. Coruna, IN:   Church Gr...
Jan Paron                              ?                                                                            PerSpe...
Intentionality in Action: Lighthouse Church of All Nations Children's Ministry
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Lighthouse Church of All Nations,
Children's Ministry
Rachel A. Cole Director
4501 West 127th Street
Alsip, IL 60803
http://www.thelighthousechurch.org/

708-385-6020, ext. 109

From PerSpectives 12 Training
Contact Jan Paron at spectives12@yahoo.com for information

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  • Lighthouse Children’s Ministry is comprised of three different entities: Kidz Quest Kidz JamAdult and young adult training component.Multi-layered structure Hands-on experiences are provided to ensure real-life application of biblical principlesKidz Quest is run in small-group, workshop format. Every workshop features different intelligence (linguistic, logical- mathematic,musical,bodily kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal and intrapersonal) Each takes place in a different environment, around the same theme, Intentionally designed curriculum culturally responsive, inquiry based, multiple intelligences, integrating multi-media, fine arts, and high interactionDiverse, empowered staff – cross generational cross cultural
  • Visionto nurture and prepare a diverse body of children Goal: Provides expansive ministry for ages birth to 12 (?)
  • Four generations work side-by–sidein both Kidz Jam & Kidz QuestThere is both an adult and young adult training program
  • Acts 2:42-47 provides backdrop for spiritual growth measurements. It highlights four different measurements: maturity (v. 42), unity (v. 44), favor (v. 47a) and numbers (v. 47b).1 You measure for the purpose of monitoring the extent to which you accomplish God’s vision and purpose for humankind. This helps ministry members keep their focus on the spiritual realm, as opposed to the worldly. Let’s look at two contrasting examples of measurements. An example of spiritual growth measurement is the number of people baptized, while a worldly is dollars raised in a bake sale. Although fundraising plays an important role in ministry that you do want to monitor, it does not directly relate to a person’s salvation. The act of fundraising is for naught unless people come to Christ. Sometimes people get caught up in secular measurements and lose sight of spiritual. Let’s take a closer look at the four spiritual growth measurements by reviewing the definition and examples from the Lighthouse Children’s Ministry to each.Growing in Maturity"And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers" (Acts 2:42, KJV).DefinitionWhen a person grows in maturity you see evidence of a transformed life in Christ. Since every believer is in a constant state of maturation in their walk in holiness and relationship with God, you measure this state with every believer. By monitoring a person’s or people’s spiritual maturation, you gain feedback on ministry methods that equip and disciple them (the multitudes). In essence, the end result for ministry is to help people regularly practice the spiritual disciplines of Acts 2:42 , in turn, that these people would replicate the same with others. When you integrate intentionality with spiritual growth measures you also monitor the extent to which everyone comes together in unity and one accord as the body of Christ.Examples from Children’s MinistryNumber of regular participants in Sunday School classes, broken down by cultural factors (i.e. race, ethnicity, SES, family structure, language, physical abilities (special needs) Number of children who study the Bible at home, independently or with their parents, broken down by cultural factors (See above)Number of young adult interns integrated into the ministry, working alongside other generationsExtent to which cross-cultural and generational small and whole groups study, pray, fellowship and break bread together in unityOccasions when there are unity, whole-group fellowship events Growing in Unity "And all that believed were together, and had all things common" (Acts 2:44).DefinitionGrowing in unity shows the degree that people are in one mind and accord, united It is characterized by unity, harmony and interdependence in Christian communities.Examples from Children’s Ministry:Staff feedback about how well they work in harmony within the ministry communityStructured observations of cross-cultural interactions among ministry members and childrenInstances of table fellowshipGrowing in Favor"Praising God, and having favor with all the people" (Acts 2:47a).DefinitionFavor in this verse, is a condition of acceptability or benefit through the eyes of others regarding your ministry. Scripture quantifies favor by specifying the number of people as “all.” This means that ALL people view your ministry as being beneficial or acceptable to them. To know this you find out how people view your ministry, either formally or informally. Think about who you reach and don’t reach. You want to determine whether you intentionally reach the multitudes. The multitudes include ministry members and those who you reach.Examples from Children’s Ministry:Parent survey about different components of children’s ministryInformal parent pollsStaff surveys about whether the ministry accomplishes children’s ministry vision and purposeGrowing in Numbers "And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved (Acts 2:47b).DefinitionGrowing in numbers works with maturity, unity, favor and numbers. You use this in conjunction with the other types of growth measurements. In fact, they all work together as lead by the Holy Spirit. Simply stated this tracks the growth rate of the target population. It could be youth participants, but also the volunteers.Examples from Children’s Ministry:Number of children baptized by water immersionNumber of children touched by the Holy SpiritNumber of children baptized with the Holy Spirit (as evidenced by the initial evidence of speaking in tongues)Growth rates that are by service, as well as monthly, yearly or decadal1 For more information about the four types of church growth, see Bob Whitesel’s book, A House Divided: Bridging the Generation Gaps in Your Church (pp. 202-221). He provides a thorough analysis of the measurements in terms of church growth.
  • Get to know your immediate and broader communities. Since Lighthouse has children from a large metro area, it must look through a wide lens. They think about who they need to reach & how. Find out children’s & families’ felt needs. For example, do you have a population with a high unemployment rate? How many children are from single parent homes?Learn about the cultural backgrounds of families and children within and outside your church. Lighthouse uses this information in ministry design.
  • Children learn biblical topics by rotating through different rooms each weeks.Rooms feature one or more of the multiple intelligences.Learning experiences are engaging, interactive and focus on critical thinking.Instruction is culturally responsiveRooms are Heaven.com, Treasure Cove, The Tent, The Coliseum, Creation Station, Prop Room, Holy Word Studio, and Miss Penny MachineThe same shepherd stays with the children for one year and travels with them station to station
  • Intentionality in Action: Lighthouse Church of All Nations Children's Ministry

    1. PerSpectives12-Jan Paron All Rights 1 Reserved 2012
    2. Move Forward →Intentional Multicultural Ministry Plan Take Bringing the Identify the intentional body into multitudes actions to oneness = + PerSpectives12-Jan Paron All Rights 2 Reserved 2012 reach them
    3. Next 10 Years = Diverse Church Growth Explosion “… it was God’s plan for His church from the beginning” (Rainer Research, 2011). PerSpectives12-Jan Paron All Rights 3 Reserved 2012
    4. Jesus Wants His Church to Be One in Him Алелуя Hallelujah Halleluja ハレルヤ αλληλούια aleluia alléluia 할렐루야 aleluya аллилуйя PerSpectives12-Jan Paron All Rights Google Translator Reserved 2012
    5. Learn From Others →3,500 + membershipfrom a tri-state area 66 Nations Strong The Lighthouse Church of All Nations Chicago’s Bridging the Gap Church4501 West 127th Street, Alsip, IL 60803 5http://www.thelighthousechurch.org
    6. Intentionality in Action:Lighthouse Church of All Nations, Children’s Ministry Highlights• Culturally-relevant curriculum• Multi-layered structure• Culture of love & brotherhood• Diverse, empowered staff• Reconciling communication• Strong cross-cultural relationships• Consistent growth over an eight- year periodPerSpetives12-Jan Paron All Rights Reserved 2012
    7. Exploring Intentionality WithChildren’s Ministry Director, Rachel A. Cole Questions • How do you structure for intentional ministry? • What are the ministry’s intentional actions? • What are examples of intentional activities from the ministry? • Would you give recommendations?PerSpectives12-Jan Paron All Rights Reserved 2012
    8. How do you structure for intentionality? Bringing the body into PerSpectives12-Jan Paron oneness = All Rights Reserved 2012
    9. Critical Vision: Nurture and prepare a diverse body of children Attitudes for a Sound Core Belief: Forward the Gospel in Structure a way that is understandable to children from different backgrounds Ministry Philosophy: Children from a wide-ranging ethnicities & complex geographic areas need a curriculumIdentify the that meets their changing needsmultitudes +
    10. Key Actions • Is Christ-centered & biblically-based That • Built on a foundation of prayerStrengthen Structure • Has culturally appropriate communication & discipleship • Embeds real-life application Plan • Incorporates multi-sensory & culturally-responsive instruction Take • Uses contemporary worship thatintentional appeals to a wide range of children actions toreach them
    11. What are your intentional actions? Plan using these actions
    12. Reconciliation Invitation Diverse Team Shared Power Make time for reconciliation with God Children access Children worship the Good News together Children unified Children pray as one for children Brotherhood Community MeasurementPerSpectives12-Jan Paron All Rights Reserved 2012 Relationships
    13. Reconciliation Invitation Diverse Team Shared PowerInvite & welcome the multitudes in all facetsof the church Brotherhood Each small cluster of children has a shepherd assigned to them. The shepherd cares for the children, making each feel welcome and part of a community. Community MeasurementPerSpectives12-Jan Paron All Rights Reserved 2012 Relationships
    14. Reconciliation Invitation Diverse Team Shared Power Bring together a diverse ministry team Four generations Brotherhood Cross-cultural teams Adult and young adult training programs Community MeasurementPerSpectives12-Jan Paron All Rights Reserved 2012 14 Relationships
    15. Reconciliation Invitation Diverse Team Shared Power Involve diverse team members in the circle of power Decision Make Plan Members meet Brotherhood twice monthly with respect to the spiritual needs & cultural Design perspectives of children Community MeasurementPerSpectives12-Jan Paron All Rights Reserved 2012 15 Relationships
    16. Reconciliation Invitation Diverse Team Shared Power Live in brotherhood & esteem one another’s culture Brotherhood Multiple generations work side-by–side. They love, support and care for one another. Community MeasurementPerSpectives12-Jan Paron All Rights Reserved 2012 Relationships 16
    17. Reconciliation Invitation Diverse Team Shared Power Develop cross-cultural relationships with those of a different culture Brotherhood Create a culture of love and unity in Christ within relationships Community MeasurementPerSpectives12-Jan Paron All Rights Reserved 2012 Relationships
    18. Reconciliation Invitation Diverse Team Shared Power Use spiritual measures of growth1 with a diverse population (Acts 2:42-47) Growth rates by # Sunday Disaggregated Parent survey people groups School feedback about about different Growth in Numbers participants working in components of broken down by harmony within children’s different cultures the ministry ministry # Youth interns Structured Growth in Favor working w/other observations of teachers from Brotherhood cross-cultural different interactions generations Growth in Unity # Children praying with & for children across culturesGrowth in MaturitySee slide notes for other examples (1 Whitesel, 2000, pp. 206-21) Community MeasurementPerSpectives12-Jan Paron All Rights Reserved 2012 Relationships 18
    19. Reconciliation Invitation Diverse Team Shared PowerLearn about the community’s culture andfelt needs The ministry understands its immediate and broader communities. ?They determinechildren’s & families’ Brotherhoodfelt needs. They learn about the cultural backgrounds ? of families and children within and outside their church. ? Community Measurement 19 Relationships
    20. What are examples of intentional activities? PerSpectives12- Jan Paron All Rights Reserved 2012
    21. Youth-Led Worship Illustrated Sermons Puppeteering Technology Assisted Interactive, Engaging Games Treasure Chest TithingCulturally-Relevant Teaching
    22. ProcessChildren rotate through differentrooms each week, learning aboutthe same biblical topic but invarious formatsLearningEngaging, interactive, criticalthinkingCulturally responsive teachingMultiple intelligencesRoomsHeaven.com, Treasure Cove, TheTent, The Coliseum, CreationStation and Holy Word Studio.
    23. Youth TrainingTrain young adults in children’s ministryThey work along side the adults as they train, asequal partners in ministryAs they mature, young adults become teachers,shepherds and lesson designersLater, they also train the next generation ofchildren’s ministry members. 24
    24. What are your basic recommendations? Let the Holy Spirit lead you… PerSpectives12- Jan Paron All Rights Reserved 2012
    25. Be flexible Be patient Be strategic
    26. ReferencesHunter, K. (1997). Your church has personality: Find your focus-maximize your mission. Coruna, IN: Church Growth Center.Lighthouse Church of All Nations. (2012). Various Images. Alsip, IL.Whitesel, B. & Hunter, K. (2000). A house divided: Bridging the generation gaps in your church. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press. PerSpectives12-Jan Paron All Rights 27 Reserved 2012
    27. Jan Paron ? PerSpectives12 http://specs12.wordpress.com/ drjparon@yahoo.com Training, Jan Paron drjparon@yahoo.com Lighthouse Children’s ? Ministry, Rachel A. Cole 708-385-6020, Ext 109PerSpectives12-Jan Paron All Rights Reserved 2012 28

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