BUMC Children's Ministry Summit Brainstorming

As we prepare to discern the goals and mission of the children’s ministry we feel an important first step is to take a minute and read and reflect on what scripture tells us we are called to be and do as followers of Christ and also as mentors, teachers and fellow travelers along the journey of the children of BUMC.  Below are a couple of scriptures for you to read and reflect upon.  Please feel free to also include your own scriptures as well, as these are simply suggested ones we have found useful in this process.  Take a minute and write down or ponder thoughts that come to your heart and mind after reading and reflecting.

Matt. 22:36-40 - “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”  Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Mark 10:43-45 - “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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Example: In an effort of a parent to teach their child how to clean his/her room the parent can go about accomplishing that task with a spirit of yelling, anger and frustration or they can go about that task with a spirit of encouragement and patience.
Example: love, serve, worship
(i.e. 30 children at a midweek program; 3 service opportunities for youth; XYZ policy has been approved; Sunday school with a dozen parents in it.) You don’t have to know how to do it. Just list it.