If you’ve spent much time in elementary classrooms, you’ve probably noticed that boys and girls tend to behave a little differently in class. A big component to the difference in their behavior is simply that boys and girls learn differently.
If you’ve ever wondered what those differences are and how these differences impact the way we teach in church, tune in today for a live Q&A with Mark Entzminger (one of our e2 Conference Speakers and Senior Director of Children’s Ministries for the Assemblies of God) and Doug Marsh (National Royal Rangers Director) as they talk about how boys learn best.
The conversation will begin at 2PM today at http://www.MinistryDirect.com/LIVE. You can join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter (use #MinistryDirect) or e-mail your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although working with kids is never boring, we can lose our passion and motivation in kid’s ministry. Here are a few great resources to help you find renewed passion, motivation and maybe even a few ideas. (And the best part? It’s all free!)
AGTV Did you know that AGTV has an entire channel devoted to ministry to students? This channel is packed with great videos from BGMC, Girls Ministries, Royal Rangers and interviews with children’s leaders!
Orange Even if you don’t use the Orange curriculum, they still have a lot to offer. They have a leaders’ blog, parents’ blog and tons of great articles to add fresh perspective to working with families within the context of church.
Children’s Ministry Group Publishing offers several great resources for training leaders, teaching and planning children’s lessons. Plus, they offer several free downloadable lessons and activities to get you started.
You might have noticed things look a little different around the website. (You can read this great post from Pastor Tom to gain some insight into our reasoning for the change.) Since things look a little different, we thought it might be a good idea to give you a quick tour of all the new website has to offer.
Home Page is the first thing you see when you make your way to the website. We have a scrolling banner highlighting upcoming events and important information. Along the side, we have links to our latest videos, the RedCulture portion of the site and a link to Sunstream’s brand new website. Plus, we have a calendar highlighting upcoming events and the latest from our Twitter feed. Along the bottom, you’ll see some links we think you might find helpful. Across the top, you’ll see About Us, Departments, Resources, ISOM, Calendar and Media. These six tabs will help you to navigate the website.
About Us gives a basic overview of our staff, our history, what we believe and our contact information. These pages are intended to help those interested in our network find information quickly and to help those in our network learn more about our staff, history and beliefs.
Departments gives information about the different ministries and supports available to our churches and leaders. This is where you can find information about Children’s Ministries, Girls Ministries, Royal Rangers, Red Culture, Chi Alpha, Women’s Ministries, Men’s Ministries, Discipleship Ministries, US Missions, World Missions, Music and Sunstream. We have resources available for those just starting out in these ministries all the way up to those looking for advanced training with more to come.
Resources gives pastors quick information about credentials and renewals and finance. The downloads tab will be a place to find any downloadable resources we offer on the website.
ISOM gives you opportunity to learn more about the Iowa School of Ministry, download information and (eventually) register online.
Calendar stores all of our information about upcoming events.
Media provides information about or blogs, photos, podcasts and videos. This is a great way to stay connected and interact with what’s happening around IMN.
We are so excited about everything our new website has to offer. If you’re having trouble finding something on the website, please call Ashley at (515)276.5493.
We’d like to thank Disciple Portal for their design and support as we make this transition. For more information about Disciple Portal, click here.
The Iowa Ministry Network Girls Ministries and Royal Rangers Ministries will both be hosting training events for leaders. Plan now to take advantage of these incredible leadership development opportunities.
On Saturday, October 8th, Iowa Girls Ministries will host a training for all Girls Ministries leaders at Berean Assembly of God in Des Moines. The day will consist of two parts: training and planning. From 9:00AM – 1:00PM leaders will work through the Girls Clubs Leader Training Guide, which outlines the basics for effective ministry to girls through Girls Clubs. From 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM, leaders will plan events for the 2012 Girls Ministries calendar.
The cost for the morning session is $25 and includes the Leaders Guide, test and lunch. The cost for the afternoon session is $10.00 and includes lunch.
Also, don’t forget: it’s time to charter your clubs for the 2011-2012 academic year. You can download a charter form by clicking here.
The 2011 Iowa Royal Rangers Leaders Conference will be October 7-8, at Sunstream Retreat Center. Training opportunities include Ranger Basics, Ranger Essentials and CPR/First Aid. There will be information about TracClub, merit revisions, mentoring, chartering, 2012 Camporama, sharing wins, new leaders, 2012 plans and using the national Royal Rangers website. The training materials presented will benefit leaders with all levels of experience.
The training will be held in the brand new conference building. For a map to Sunstream, click here. Women are welcome to attend this event. The $35 fee includes lodging and two meals (Saturday breakfast and lunch). Bring a sleeping bag or bedding for a mattress.
A Royal Ranger leader is a man who understands his biblical role to mentor future men. A Ranger leader sees the challenges boys face today and “with God’s help” as the Ranger pledge says, he is determined to use the best mentoring ministry for future men in America (Titus 2:2,6). Royal Rangers is a spiritual ministry, and we intend to minister in the power of the Spirit.
The Royal Ranger ministry exists to provide men a medium “to evangelize the world, to equip the next generation of Christlike men, and to empower lifelong servant leaders”. The mission of a Ranger leader in his local outpost is to inspire the journey! That is, to motivate future men to live the ministry purpose:
- To reach their friends by inviting them to their fun and meaningful Rangers group
- To grow in Godly manhood by earning merits within which is embedded in ranger ministry discipleship in life skills, biblical behaviors, and leadership competencies
- To develop leadership skills by serving others in the power of the Holy Spirit
Ranger leaders must be unalterably committed to the biblical evangelize-equip-empower mission, not our methods. Oh yes, we will learn, plan and train ourselves to keep our methods relevant to boys lives so they remain receptive to the message. God has given us national leaders who recognize this concept and have implemented major adjustments in methods and curriculum. Local churches may choose from a wide range of activities around which to build the mentoring relationship and minister to boys – outdoor recreation, sports, trades, technologies, arts and more.
The mission takes place in the local church where boys are mentored. Network team leaders cannot substitute for this role. The Network team does have a responsibility in each aspect of the mission, however. Its “evangelism” role is not event-related. Rather, it is by encouraging, promoting and training so that more churches use this ministry. When more churches implement Royal Rangers, a greater number of boys and families are influenced by the gospel. The “equip” role of the Network involves inspiring, resourcing and mobilizing adult and junior leaders (Eph 4:12). The “empower” role of Network leadership involves enabling strategic events to build wholesome relationships among men and boys throughout the state (John 13:35) and opportunity to serve one another.
With God’s help, we can influence more boys and young men than ever, more effectively than ever.