I have met over the last few years a large number of incredibly faithful kids pastors and leaders. A large percentage of the people who lead children’s ministries in Australia are volunteers and give a large chunk of their time to their local Church to see the ministry to children move forward.
I think these leaders have a HUGE amount to say to everyone involved in ministering to children. I am fascinated with the different forms that our little world of ministry takes on. Just last year a network that had seemingly languished here in NSW was resurrected and is finding it’s feet again. I have been able to be a part of a few of the gatherings and it has been such a blessing just to connect with leaders from other denominations across the spectrum of ministry in Australia. The Salvation Army people, Anglicans, Baptists and representatives from World Vision.
Now I don’t travel around very much except perhaps to the Kidshaper conference each year. But mainly I get to invite hundreds of pastors to the kids stream at our annual Hillsong Conference. So for me the net is a vital connection to leaders around this sunburnt land.
Maybe it’s the Tall Poppy thing in our culture – but my experience is that very few leaders in Australia a good at telling their own story.
There is so much God stuff going on with our kids in Australia I want to read some more about this, I want to hear more about this.
The most significant thing we have done in the last few years is start a preteen ministry. I wrote about it here: Re: Ideas for Children’s Ministry and have spoken about it everywhere I get the chance. What a WASTE if I had never shared the experience of starting this program and the blessing that it has been (I think I should talk more about it actually), and simply kept it to ourselves.
Right now someone is sitting on a story that will inspire me (or anyone) to greater effectiveness and new vision but they choose the path of least resistance and keep it to themselves. That’s not humble, that’s irresponsible.
Here are some people telling the story of what God is doing in Aus:
Rob Bradbury is the Godfather Children’s ministry in Australia of has a new blog.
Children’s Ministry 1234 – The Planetshakers kids team
Brendon and Cathie Clancy – Kids worship leaders and pastors
Chris Neal – Keep writing Chris
Nathan Mclean – On Hillsong Kids staff at our Hills Campus!
Andrew Shepherd – 25 years in ministry and passionate as the day is long!
Funny Man Dan – My very own muffin of mirth keeping you smiling since 1984
Kathryn Macdowall – Hillsong Kids staff and the worlds greatest curriculum writer
Uniting Church – News from the Uniting Church in Australia
This was a pretty quick list and far too small. I am sure it needs to grow. If you know of others please leave a comment below and I will edit this post!
P.S. This is kinda like a part two of my last post Blogging Matters.