May 2010

I am continuing the series of posts on kidmin and video games.  In my research, I came across Evoke.  According to Evoke’s blog, “Evoke is a ten-week crash course in changing the world. It is free to play and open to anyone, anywhere.  The goal of the social network game is to help empower young […]

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“I am not an artist.”  “I cannot draw or paint.”  “I am not creative.” These are all lies that people tend to believe about themselves.  I know; I believed all of these fallacies.  I remember trying very hard when I was a kid to draw horses or castles or people.  The results were nothing more […]

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Part of my role in ministry involves the creation of video teaching resources for K-5th grade and 3-5 year olds.  Every month, we create an average of 80 minutes of finished video for these age groups.  The more video I create, the more I realize that video is one of the best methods to communicate […]

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I want to continue our series of posts about What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry with a few posts about the answers that really resonated with me.  Randy Isola contributed the answer “Wonder” to the What Matters Now project.  Randy is my boss, but that’s not why I’m reflecting on his contribution (I’m pretty sure […]

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I want to continue our series of posts about What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry with a few posts about the answers that really resonated with me.  The final submission to be turned in was by my friend and mentor Byron Ragains.  If you do not know Byron, who ministers with David C. Cook, just […]

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I want to continue our series of posts about What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry with a few posts about the answers that really resonated with me.  Many weeks ago when I started asking people to participate in this effort, the first person to respond was Dr. Brianne Friberg.   I have had the privilege of […]

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I wanted to post my answer to the question, What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry.  I chose the word, digital.  Here’s why… Research makes it clear that the generation of children in our ministries today is vastly different than any other group of children the Church has sought to reach.  They engage and edit media, […]

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Several weeks ago I was struck with an epic idea.  I wanted to create a book with insight from people across the field of children’s and family ministry, education, non-profit, and para-church ministry about what matters now in children’s ministry.  Like any great idea, it occupied all of my mental space until I finally shared […]

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SortFix is an interesting search tool that incorporates an intuitive, fun interface.  You type in the search terms, but SortFix scans and examines your results and kicks back a list of keywords that will help you define a search and narrow the results.  Call it “search by word association.”  Check it out.

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I’ve been reviewing a study entitled, “Life Support: Young People’s Needs in a Digital Age” which looked at the psychological and neurological effects of the Internet on young people.  The report, authored by Professor Michael Hulme, provides a new definition for the common term, “digital native.”  According to Hulme, “digital natives” are people under the […]

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