To S-T-R-E-T-C-H We Need People to Joing our Team

This truly is a year to S-T-R-E-T-C-H!!


We are expanding our WeGrowMinistries.com team and looking for ministry partners.

If you’ve ever launched a church or a new ministry you are all too familiar at that tipping point where unless others join your journey effective ministry cannot take place. We are in the middle of that exciting position as a ministry organization.
Has God gifted you with a heart to reach families, teens and kids through your gifts? Perhaps your understand how difficult it can be to find resources and motivation from time to time while fulfilling God’s call and want to help others find what they need. Consider joining our team.

We’re not asking for people to give beyond their margin. We’re not asking people to take on another hobby. We are looking for individuals who God has been tugging on their heart to make a difference and need a ministry outlet! In the ministry of WeGrowMinistry.com those who give impact lives through multiplicity. Team members not only impact one church or organization by their partnership, but hundreds of leaders and thousands of individuals.

We’ve got a few needed serving opportunities filled:
In most of the positions, flexibility and self-motivation is necessary.

Link Team Leader
Are you a “people person” who cares about helping others who are doing ministry…Do you like to talk and chat?

Administrative Assistant:
Do you enjoy accomplishing lots of tasks and helping others fulfill what they have set their mind to at meeting administrative needs where others?

Publications Partner:
If you enjoy knowing what you create in writing is helpful and informative. If you care about creating support for those in ministry that may not come to a conference or training but still need ideas, inspiration and initiatives to follow! This is a place designed for YOU.

We hope you’re excited about your future. We hope we get to be a part of helping YOU fulfill what God has asked of you through WeGrowMinistries.com

Check us out or Contact us:

Rhonda Haslett@WeGrowMinistries.com
Web: http://www.WeGrowMinistries.com
Facebook: Cultivate//WeGrowMinistries
Blog:WeGrowMinistries

Equipping, Encouraging, and Empowering for Ministry Growth

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At the Heart of Rhonda our WeGrowMinistry.com founder

Recently Rhonda had an interview about the initiatives of WeGrowMinistries.com for 2013 and a bit of the history of the ministry organization. There’s a lot of great things going on with WeGrowMinistries.com.  We thought we’d share them with you.

Rhonda Haslett

Rhonda Haslett

Could you tell me more about your conferences and your Third Thursdays with KidMin Mentors?

My heart with KidMin Mentors and Cultivate is to get

resources and help as well as encouragement to those in the trenches who are trying their hardest to fulfill the calling they’ve answered.
Many children’s and youth ministers are part time, volunteer or bi-vocational and will not have the opportunity to go to big, far away conferences. So, God put it on my heart several years ago to bring equipping and empowering people and resources to them so they can find the encouragement they need to keep growing (personally and within the ministry role they lead). With nearly 20 years of youth and children’s ministry, regardless of how gratifying it is to be in God’s will and serving His people, I know it is not easy.

The idea with the KidMin Mentors, is to provide a free training and networking opportunity. It is designed to be low-key so people can come with questions to be talked about around a table with people they will see again. People who can become a built in support system when inspiration and resource swapping is needed. I plan to bring resources to put in the hands of these amazing ministers but I’m going so I can learn too! People in ministry are so creative and resourceful. I love hearing what people are doing for the work of the Lord.

What if others are interested in joining the ministry team efforts…

As far as being included on the Cultivate team or KidMin Mentor or a consultant as a voice of influence; we are always looking for great people who have a passion to empower, encourage and equip people to reach their God-given goals.
We’re looking for speakers, administrative support, writers, team leaders, communication partners… whoever God sends, we will do our best to place them in a role that meets their gifts as well as personal boundaries (we care about the person; not just what he/she can do for the Lord).

How long have you been running your online ministry, with the workshops and conferences?

2013 STRETCH Cultivate

2013 STRETCH Cultivate

The ministry organization was started in Nov 2009…The website was launched by early March of 2010 and Cultivate conferences were on the calendar by the fall of 2010. IT WAS A WHIRLWIND of action. We began loading the website with written submissions… But with the growth of the ministry (and my family!- we have 4 kiddos) last year I had to make several tough decision on where to give my attention and time. I was spread pretty thin and doing all this on maybe 10 hours a week. I opted to let the website chill for a bit and focus on Cultivates because it seemed to give the greatest outflow of influence for the time invested (uh… just realized I was giving a lot more than you probably needed.).

This year God has called me to get busy again, (S-T-R-E-T-C-H -Isaiah 54:2-3) and this time He would send more people my way to help carry the load. We’re excited! And people are coming… just amazing. This year we’re adding a team member, Paul Kenneson who is taking the leadership development initiatives to a whole new level. Tiffany, our social network partner is adding her children’s ministry consulting platform to our offerings. (We’re still looking for specific positions to be filled though- pray for WeGrowMinistries.com if we cross your mind!) You see people are gifted and called to do something for God… WeGrowMinistries.com has the wonderful honor of providing an opportunity for people to use their gifts! We’re trying to help people find the activity of God and use their gifts regardless of church affiliation or denominational choice.

I have one more question for you: What are your passions in children’s ministry?
-There are a handful of topics that really get me stoked: (Probably in this order.)
The health of the minister and healthy ministry balance (Because I constantly have this topic in front of me personally.)
-The overlooked potential of the nursery and early childhood ministries.
-Kids and the presence of God. So many kid’s ministers don’t create the opportunity for kids to feel and experience the presence of God in worship and prayer. I have seen kids touched and changed because an environment and moment was created.
-Kids and ministers serving in their sweet spot. I love to help kids, teens (and adults) start using their gifts for the Lord as early as possible. There are no age limits for using the gifts of the Lord.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the activity of WeGrowMinistries.com find them on Facebook (WeGrowMinistries). To get in touch with Rhonda you can email her at RhondaHaslett@WeGrowMinistries.com.

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S-T-R-E-T-C-H Third Thursdays with Kidmin Mentors

S-T-R-E-T-C-H

Third Thursdays

With KidMin Mentors

 

 

S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G our thoughts with KidMin mentors and peers.

 

We’ve decided to go where you are!  You said you need support and lack the time; so we’re coming to you. 

 

You and your team can come S-T-R-E-T-C-H with us and talk about the hottest topics in kids ministry!

We will have facilitated conversation with your answers as our goal for the night.  We have no hidden agenda.  We simply want to help you grow ministries. NO CHARGE- just get yourself and your team there.

 

Topics on the agenda (in no particular order):

Getting and keeping volunteers                                      What Curriculum? 

Effective Preschool and nursery Ministry                  Personal Balance

Outreach and missions                                                     Seasonal ideas, too!

Knowing what to do when…                                            Effective large group and small groups

Creating and keeping vision for my ministry (leader or volunteer)

Behavior management (for your peers and your kids –go ahead and laugh…)

God’s presence and worship (large or small group ministry)

Partnering with parents / Equipping parents

 

DATES  

Times:  Evenings at 7:00 // Day times 10:00 am                                                                

March: (Evening)                                           October (Day)

3/14 Carmel                                                    10/17 Columbus         

(Yeah, we know… Not a third Thurs)                      

April (Day)                                                     November (Evening)

4/18 Indy                                                         11/14 Indy

 

May (Evening)                                                            December- No Gathering

5/16 Greenwood

 

June- No gathering                                         January 2014 (Day)

July- Not gathering                                        1/16 Carmel

 

August (Day)                                                  February 2014 (Evening)

8/15 Indy                                                         2/20 Greenwood

 

Sept (Evening)                                                            March 2014 (Day)

9/19 Kokomo                                                  3/20 Indy

 

 

RSVP and we’ll give you the exact location

RSVP: RhondaHaslett@WeGrowMinistries.com

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A Patience Leader

I have this problem…

I want children in my home to comply with my wishes. Sounds funny I know…What Mom wouldn’t want her kids to obey? I try so hard to get them to WANT what I want. I set up the moment by stating what is about to happen. You know how it goes; “In five minutes we’re going to turn the movie off and start homework.” “When we start our homework in two minutes you’ll need to be finished with your snack.” We set up the moment for transition.

Then it’s time.
No one moves.
No one gets going (cricket, cricket).
Within me, my preparedness to get the kids to obey unravels quickly. Then it happens. My type-A, controlling personality emerges and a firmness overtakes the conversation.
Kids begin to move.
They obey because of my controlling tone not out of their desire to follow me.
As a result, although they obeyed, I am not pleased nor satisfied with the way they obeyed.

[Not that it is like this everyday but it happens enough that I could articulate the example without much mental searching.]

What spiritual example am I displaying for my children; that it’s okay to give God push-back? You don’t have to obey God until He gets firm and demanding with you? Is there a way I could lead my children better so they learn to listen to the Lord and feel motivated to follow Him rather than be pushed by Him?

I thought of one specific characteristic I needed (at this time) as a mother leading children and realized this same characteristics must be prevalent in the leader of ministry teams.

As I teach my children to obey…follow, I must be patient. Patience for a strong controlling leader is not always easy (Think about it…type-A leaders want to be right all the time and be in control all the time…oooh that even hurts to write!). As I prayed about my thoughts, the Lord gave me some characteristics of patience.

To be patient I must:
Be STRATEGIC…… Think ahead
Be Motivated……By the end results
GIVE ENOUGH TIME……for my followers to do what I want them to accomplish
RECOGNIZE DIVERSITY……there is more than one way to accomplish something.
Be GRACE-GIVING……realize I may not be right in my idea or my timing.
Be willing to RELEASE……Sometimes my kids (or people on my team) can’t do what I THINK they can. I may need to release the expectations I have placed on them.

Here’s my prayer. If you can identify with what I’m saying, maybe you can echo this for yourself:

Lord, help me lead well FIRST in my home. Help me not be driven by impatience and the need for control. I desire to develop children who see you as a patient motivating leader they WANT to follow.

I’m going to look at my list above and see which I can focus on today.

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Hilarious! So after I posted this I headed to the store- I created a plate of lunch and off I went. As I unpacked my make up onto my lap to put on while I was driving and took a bite of my lunch I realized how quickly I had forgotten my focus of single-tasking! I guess I have a lot of learning to do!

My Blog

As I read a book recently I came across a strange phrase, “single-tasking.” I actually paused and had to read it again. I am so used to hearing the phrase multi-tasking with flashing strobe lights of delight that when I read this word, the simplicity actually struck me.

Every day I multi-task. I’m a mother of four, youth pastor’s wife and run my own ministry organization. I get multi-tasking. I actually thrive in that environment.

Over the last few years the Lord has asked and asked me to slow down. I say I do (and I do…if you know me then you know for me slowing down has it’s own definition). Again I felt the Lord prompt me to slow down.

Then I heard the words from my Lord, “You don’t trust me, do you?” Gasp! “Of course I trust You!”The Lord prompted, “Then why are you more worried about…

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Single-tasking

As I read a book recently I came across a strange phrase, “single-tasking.” I actually paused and had to read it again. I am so used to hearing the phrase multi-tasking with flashing strobe lights of delight that when I read this word, the simplicity actually struck me.

Every day I multi-task. I’m a mother of four, youth pastor’s wife and run my own ministry organization. I get multi-tasking. I actually thrive in that environment.

Over the last few years the Lord has asked and asked me to slow down. I say I do (and I do…if you know me then you know for me slowing down has it’s own definition). Again I felt the Lord prompt me to slow down.

Then I heard the words from my Lord, “You don’t trust me, do you?” Gasp! “Of course I trust You!”The Lord prompted, “Then why are you more worried about your image and forward progress than slowing down so I can show you a few things.” Suddenly there was silence in my soul.

After many days of conversing with the Lord, I thought I would try something new… different, unique and foreign to my personality and way of sharing my visions and dreams for ministry. I went to a conference and when I was asked how things were going and what was I up to (the common casual conversation starters) I paused. Was I going to share the many dreams and activity or would I actually say what I felt God telling me to do? Slight fear came over me followed by the desire to have God’s blessings more than accomplishment through my own doing.

Then it came out of my mouth. “Well, I’m trying to slow down. I’m doing less conferences, less speaking engagements and less summer outreach events than I ever have. I feel it’s what the Lord wants me to do.” As a consultant with a deep desire to become a helper to those in ministry, this is NOT the way to network and build a following where permission and confidence is gained to be able to speak in the lives of others (Well, not the way I believe it happens!). After the conversation ended I had peace but was nervous about how this would affect my reputation and voice. I still am to be fair. But I trust the Lord.

What caused me to bear my soul? To say what was actually going on? Trust. There is one way I understand to build a ministry and then there’s the way of the Lord that JUST DOESN’T MAKE SENSE sometimes. When I feel prompted to choose a way that doesn’t make sense, I believe there is a message and a lesson to be learned for myself and for those who watch me in ministry. I have to believe that!

So, for now, I am doing my best to be obedient in the slower pace (FOR NOW) so I can have a stronger voice for the Lord in HIS time. I’m trying to learn the skill of single-tasking; a foreign language to me. I think I’ll start practicing single-tasking on my days off when fewer people are around.

What do you do when the Lord asks you to slow or change in a way that seems foreign? Are you willing to trust Him so you can have the blessing of obedience?

Rhonda

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God supplies!

I wanted to share a testimony.

This whole summer (uh-and last year as well) Rob and I have struggled financially. Seriously, bounced checks up to hundreds of dollars a month. So Sad. We are at a very tough place. Summer, without doing a lot of work, for me is very hard.

Not only has Rob received the raise and Bonus for his Youth Ministry to bring us almost up to the positive per month but I was praying for some more events.

Tuesday I secured my position as a team leader (top speaker role) for How2, Wednesday I picked up 2 workshops for the IDAG Summit, Thursday I was asked by Group to be a team leader role in October (twice the pay of a workshop leader/presenter). Saturday I was asked to speak at a retreat in October and I was asked to be a camp speaker for the summer! God, THANK YOU! I was reminded that when I ask, knowing God will take care of us, He will provide. The check I got from my Portage event was very generous! We are trusting the Lord. Now I would like at least one more event in November and one for early December. Then 2 per month through winter and spring. (God, you know what we need… but I’m just asking!)

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School’s starting

Second day of school. The girls are doing well- happy with teachers, making new friends. It’s good.

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed with family, ministry, Rob’s ministry, and someone’s wedding plans. Ugh. I worked a bit this AM before the kids woke. Tough- I’ll tackle taxes after I drop off some kids. It was a relaxing time wth Him. No major fluff- Nice. Headed for a hair cut now- a gift! Thank God!

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What fills me?

As I close my day a question lingers in my head. “What fills me? What do I fill my life with?”

I pray my life will be full of truth and things that are true.

Others..  me.. God’s image are at stake. People are watching and following me. I live my life for others to see and others to see Christ in me.

May I fill my life with God’s love.

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Filling my life..

 

As I close my day a question lingers in my head. “What fills me? What do I fill my life with?”

I pray my life will be full of truth and things that are true.

Others- me- God’s image are at stake. People are watching and following me. I live my life for other’s to see- and others to see Christ in me. May I fill my life with God’s love.

 

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