When I’m feeling pressed, oppressed, and compressed, I revert to my huge sense of curiosity and learn things. The learning curve for 2020 has taken a hard right turn. I’m learning new things every single day. Every. Single. Day. Yet in my role as the lead for ministry with children I must be learning things, sharpening my sword, in very specific areas; building on my skills and knowledge to equip not just me, but the saints who make up the church where God has called me to serve. I make it a matter of prayer and pray the Lord will lead me to keep learning….

the Gospel – The good news is (1) God created all things good, (2) Sin entered the world and made the world groan, (3) God made way for us to be reconciled to His holiness through the life, death, and resurrection of His one and only Son, Jesus, (4) God invites us to use the giftings placed within us by the Holy Spirit to make good in the world. God turns all things for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28) Learning in developmentally appropriate language for kids makes it super easy to share it with kids.
Discipling Your Grandchildren by Dr. Josh Mulvihill
This Is The Gospel: A Kids Read Truth Story & Scripture Book
Mama Bear Apologetics by Hillary Morgan Ferrer
Kids Ministry 101 Podcast
Lord, let the gospel of Jesus burn in my bones.

to be a great teacher – Teaching in person is one thing. Teaching online is totally different. They both require skills to not just know the material. Only a great student can be a great teacher. I must learn how to present information which is engaging (music in the background is a distraction), sticky (sing it!), and transformational (keep the conversation and connections going in the relationships that matter most: kids/parents/grandparents/teachers).
Show Them Jesus
A Little Spot of…. series of books by Diane Alber|
D6 Podcast
Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast
Lord, let me walk in a whole new level of effectiveness and be a great teacher.

to equip the saints – Once on staff, I can model processes and discipleship, but my ultimate daily goal is to equip the saints. I want to listen to how the Holy Spirit is speaking to, challenging, and convicting the saints of the church to live out their Jesus-following. My role is to resource (reading and learning how to be a Christian-empower-er), coach (provide processes for communication, implementation, measurement, and follow-up), and cheer them on to excellent experiences as they answer God’s call, challenge, and conviction; so much so that they want to do it again!
Resilient by Valerie Bell
Raising Boys and Girls Podcast
The Lead Volunteers Podcast
Lord, give me fresh traction under my feet to equip the saints who lead the littles.

Podcasts are helpful when I’m short on time to read a book from beginning to end. Podcasts are helpful to listen as I go throughout the day, on the drive, or walking the neighborhood. I listen at 1.50 speed. If I find an interview or conversation on a podcast particularly interesting, I then search that ‘teacher’ or ‘topic’ on YouTube. People are teaching on lots of platforms and it’s never been easier to search and learn from the best of the best. 

How are you learning new things?

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it.” 2 Timothy 3:14