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Kids get it; why don’t adults?

 —  June 18, 2011 — Leave a comment

I’m at the playground at B Concourse in SLC killing 3 hrs with two kids in tow. Its not the greatest airport kids venue…but it doesn’t seem to matter.

At this moment my two blondies are playing with 2 french-canadians sisters, an asian boy, a hindu little one and other assorted small travelers.

No one knows anyone’s name; they don’t all speak the same language. Apparently – they don’t care. They are having a ball!

I think churches could follow this example. Who cares who is from what denom? Really – who cares what language or tongue believers use to talk to the Almighty? These kids aren’t divided into church political camps so why do grownups?

Uh-oh. I may have spoken too soon. A bigger, bossier girl has taken over the play house and won’t let anyone inside, including my g-babies. Kids are hanging around the play building looking sad. Bossy says its because she’s trying to make it nice and everyone will mess it up.

Sounds like some churches I’ve been to and their response to youth ministry: Kids on the outside looking in.

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Stephanie Caro

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Stephanie Caro has been involved in ministry to youth and youth workers in the local church since…well, a long time – 30+ years. Her humorous, straightforward style keeps her busy presenting and coaching at conferences, training events, camps, mission trips, retreats, churches, etc. Her latest books are, “Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches” and “99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker,” published by Group/Simply Youth Ministry. Stephanie is a contributing author to several youth ministry resources in addition to her regular column “Smaller Church Youth Ministry” in Group Magazine. Stephanie is Senior Consultant for Mark DeVries’ Ministry Architects and the director for their Small Church Ministry Architects division. She and her hubby, Steve, live in Houston, TX. All 7 kids are grown and out – praise God!

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