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3 Reasons Every Kids Pastor Should Be Involved in Missions

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Since joining the staff of Northbrook Church last summer I have learned so much. At first I was a little nervous about moving to a position where I would no longer be directly leading a Children’s Ministry…after all it has been my bread and butter for a long time. I can honestly say now that I have learned so many things that I WISH I had known during my time as a Children’s Pastor. One of these things is missions. I wish that I had been more involved globally in missions as a Children’s Pastor because there are SO many needs. Here are 3 reasons why every Kids Pastor should be involved in missions:

1. There are kids EVERYWHERE in the missions field: One thing I have learned in missions is that EVERYTHING is subject to change at a moments notice. It is important not to hold anything too close regarding schedule and ministry. There is one constant though… kids. Children are everywhere! No matter where you go in the missions field there will always be children around to love on.

2. The world needs Children’s Ministry training: The concept of Children’s Ministry in the global church is one that hasn’t taken off yet. Many churches haven’t learned the value of investing specifically in their children. Because of this there aren’t really many Children’s Pastors out there. The more Children’s Pastors that get involved in global missions the more the global church will see the need to provide ministry to their children on an intentional level. The more Children’s Pastors that are involved in missions the more training opportunities we will have to raise up leadership in these places.

3. The kids of YOUR CHURCH need to understand and participate in global missions: Kids today need opportunities to learn about what is happening around the world. They need to learn about what life is like for children that aren’t in America and how they can be a part of loving people and showing them Jesus even if they aren’t in the same country. When a Kids Pastor is deeply involved in missions that will overflow into the kids AND the volunteers!

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About the Author

Joe McAlpine is the Pastor of Share at Northbrook Church. Northbrook is a growing church just outside of Milwaukee WI. He has been in ministry for over a decade, serving in staff leadership at churches ranging in attendance from 500 to 7,000. Prior to his current ministry, Joe had the privilege of leading the children’s ministry at Northview Church, the 5th fastest growing and 85th largest church in America in 2013. In 2009 he created www.joemcalpine.com, a website dedicated to helping leaders in next generation ministry grow spiritually, relationally and organizationally. Joe has a passion to help young leaders of next generation, family based ministries grow into seasoned ministry professionals oftomorrow. Joe lives out his passion for next generation leaders by tapping into his experience as a husband of one, father of four, pastor and life long lover of of learning. Joe has been happily married to his wife Christy for longer than he can remember and has four children, Elijah, Selah, David, and Elisabeth. The McAlpines are originally from the Chicago area. In his spare time you can find him hanging with the family and connecting with as many kidmin people as he can!