Memphis Days One and Two: Prepping for Nationals

Let’s get one thing straight. I am not a children’s minister, nor do I feel called at this point to ever be a children’s minister. But I absolutely love children’s ministry.

I have been blessed with a lot of opportunities over the years. I’ve been able to serve with a lot of men and women of God in a lot of ministry areas. And the past two summers, I’ve interned at my church. This have given me the ability to dabble in all kinds of ministries. On Wednesdays, I work with the teens of groundZERO with Jason. On some Sundays, I get to minister through media with Dean. I work very closely with Dave on Merge Ministry, our church’s college-age ministry, which I am very involved in. I get to preach. I get to organize. I get to make calls. I get to make copies.

And I get to work with children. God was preparing me to do this type of ministry before I ever even started going to Cavanaugh Church. One year at church camp, Bro. Johnny, a man who I have revered since I was very young, was in desperate need of someone to run the computer for him during his songs. Bro. Ken, my youth pastor at the time, volunteered me, and that’s how I started working with Johnny Miller.

Apparently, I did a good job, because that wasn’t the last time I worked with him. After my family came to Cavanaugh, he invited me to go back to camp with him and run the computer. Then, he put me in charge of technology during the services on our church’s yearly mission trip. The next year, he invited me to join him at the Free Will Baptist National Convention and be in charge of technology for the children’s services, which he ran. Last year, I was even able to travel with him to Indiana to his home church and work at their church camp as their “techie”.

Needless to say, I’ve done a lot of children’s ministry with Johnny. And I’ve loved every second of it. This year, we’re at the Free Will Baptist National Convention in Memphis, Tennessee. We’ve spent the past couple of days preparing for the services that will take place this week. We’re expecting a pretty big crowd of 1st through 3rd graders, and we’re going to deliver the message of love and hope that Christ offers through music, drama, preaching, and technology. It’s going to be a blast.

Being at the National and getting ready for these kids has reminded me why I love ministry in the first place. I love doing something and knowing that it’s going to impact the life of someone else in a positive way. I love knowing that I’m sharing God’s love with someone else, and doing that through technology just makes it even better. Also, I love the rush of finding a solution to a problem that ultimately presents the message of Christ to others in a new and interesting way.

I’m really looking forward to this week. God has already blessed me through the convention, and it hasn’t even started yet. I can’t wait to see what’s in store. I promise to keep you guys posted. Until then!