Not an hour….eternity

Talking with people this week made me realize how quickly people can loose sight of what we do in Journey Kids.  Without the vision and “keeping the end in mind” a lot of volunteers can forget why they get up an hour early during the week, or come in and fill out supply buckets once a month.  The hour a week that volunteers are investing in our kids is not just to ‘babysitting’. It’s all about eternity.  We have to make sure we keep the end in mind.  What will really matter in 100 years?  The extra hour of tv or sleep?  Or could it be seeing kids trust in Jesus for the first time.  Showing kids God’s love.  Letting God use you in the life of another.

Remember that when you’re changing diapers or calming down a group of 3rd graders.  It’s more than just about us.  It’s BIGGER than that.  It’s all about an eternity with Jesus.


Supplies in Journey Kids

Have you ever thought about WHO puts together the supplies every week in Journey Kids?  Well, at first, I did it all.  (Not the right idea, and something I knew couldn’t last).  Before long we had some awesome volunteers step in and take over.  Now, as Journey Kids grows and we figure out the best fit for their leadership levels, they’re shifting how they volunteer.  With this, leaves some empty spots for others to step in and fill.  It can some days leave a pit in your stomach thinking, “well, who’s going to do it now?”  At other times it’s exciting to think of who God is going to use through these spots.  If we have the “do-ers” do everything in our ministry, 1 – it will burn them out, 2 – it will take away the joy of serving from someone who actually would be a great fit, 3 – it takes away from the area that they could be leading in that is the best fit for them. Continue reading


I ran across this post on Gina McClain’s blog today.  She talks about delegating,….the right way.  I’ve been working on this myself.  I have to admit, when I first started at The Journey, I probably was delegating the wrong way, delegating because I knew it was something to be done.  Now I find myself looking at what goes on in Journey Kids, figuring out systems and then finding the right person for the job.  I’ve also been reworking our job descriptions as no year is ever the same.  Things shift and processes become better (I hope) so things are never the same.  Gina explains so well some of the things that I’ve been trying to explain myself to some of our coaches in a lot fewer words.  Thanks Gina =)

I just forwarded this to leaders in Journey Kids.  I asked them to read the article and let me know where I maybe be falling short with each of them.  Then, I’ve asked them to think through how they are delegating/leading in their own areas.  It’ll be good to come back to and talk about later when we’re assessing our areas.

How do you do at delegating?  Are you just clearing your plate?  Have you asked your volunteers to assess your skills in this area?

Orange Conference

I love some parts of technology and streaming live is one of my favorites! There’s an amazing conference called Orange where church leaders and volunteers from all over the world come together and talk about kids, teens, family and the church. They’re doing some pieces live from Atlanta for those who can’t make it.  Although the breakouts are where I found most of the ideas when I went a few years ago, I loved the main group sessions for reenergizing!
Next Wednesday through Friday – check it out!


A quick download of what we’re working on in Journey Kids:

  • 3 services – who/how often/ and a million other questions for the 3rd service starting this fall.
  • An awesome team of volunteers/coaches who are “all in” and willing to step out of their comfort zone and serve or lead.  How can I help support/encourage them to continue to take next steps personally and in JK?
  • A new training video for the fall.
  • Journey Kids Hosts set up and ready to go this fall.
  • Child Dedications – we’re switching it up, so there’s more to plan.
  • Next Steps Night – Coming up May 2 – actually getting together tomorrow for creative planning and thinking of a funny video to help get the points across.
  • Summer Volunteers in Journey Kids.  We try to give the people serving consistently all year a break in the summer.  We invite parents to plug in and check it out and help lead a few Sundays in the summer.
  • Parent Check-it-out Sundays (obviously need to think of a name/how to “market” this) for our 1st-5th grade room.  We want parents to see what their kids are doing (and maybe, just maybe some of them will see that’s it’s so much fun and want to volunteer in the summer or fall!)
  • …..and with all of this, trying to keep up with the daily/weekly/monthly tasks that aren’t mentioned above.  We all can/do feel overwhelmed at times, but it’s nice to know that God’s in control.  (and also to take time to pray/dream big!/cast vision)

Blog much?

I haven’t been blogging much lately, but I have been reading blogs.  I sometimes find myself so overwhelmed with thoughts and ideas that I just can’t put them down.

Over the next few days I’d like to share a few posts I found either fun or interesting from the blogs I read (also listed on the left).

To begin here’s a fav. from Sarah Thompson who leads kids in Australia.New Zeeland =)

The Agency

I’m excited about next Monday Night – The Agency.  Yes, it’s time again for all of the volunteers to get together, see what the big picture is and hear about all that God is doing through all of you.  We’ll be breaking up into our separate areas for the second hour.  What will that look like you ask?  Will it ‘just be training?’…..NO!

To give you a sneak peak into each of our areas and what we’ll be doing I’ll give you a hint with this wordle from

Don’t miss it – Monday Night, 6:30-8:30p.m.