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We're sharing relevant conversations and content focused on the intersection of children's ministry and spiritual formation. Our goal is to equip and encourage our global Christian community to nurture the hearts of children to fall deeply in love with Jesus.

KidZ at Heart Podcast KidZ at Heart

    • Religion & Spirituality
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We're sharing relevant conversations and content focused on the intersection of children's ministry and spiritual formation. Our goal is to equip and encourage our global Christian community to nurture the hearts of children to fall deeply in love with Jesus.

    43. Showing Others How to Live with God (with Shelley Henning)

    43. Showing Others How to Live with God (with Shelley Henning)

    Gordon and Adam welcome Shelly Henning (Co-founder & CEO of Grow Family) to the podcast for a conversation on the urgency and intentionality of Christ-focused mentoring in the lives of our children.

    Shelley Henning has served, not only as a children’s pastor, but also in the training and mentoring of pastors and ministry leaders. In addition to being a wife and mom, she serves as the Children’s Ministry Catalyst for the Reformed Church of America. She is the co-author of the Mourning Star Grief curriculum for children, teens, and adults, as well as "24 Family Ministry Events for the Holidays" from RoseKidz.

    Jesus continually mentored and repeatedly invited us to “follow” as he showed us how to live and how to love – even to the point of dying. Mentoring is a mandate from God for the benefit of all his people. “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” (Hebrews 10:24 NLT). Scripture invites us to share in one another’s transformational processes. But only as we, ourselves, have a familiar walk with God can we say to the children we love, “You should imitate me as I imitate Christ.” (I Corinthians 11:1 NLT).

    Mentoring and parenting are inextricably bound. Mentoring and Christian community are inextricably bound. And there is no age limit. Even children can enjoy the formational practice of having a mentor – and being a mentor, helping someone else know how to live life with God.

    Recommended Resources:
    Grow Family (www.growfamilyministry.com)

    To download our free Resource Guide for this episode, please visit www.kidzathome.org and scroll to the bottom of the page. This episode is listed under the category "Reflecting God's Love."

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    KidZ at Heart Podcast Hosts:
    Gordon West (KidZ at Heart, President/CEO)Adam Ormord (KidZ at Heart, Chief Culture Officer)

    • 51 min
    42. Thankful for the Trip (with Ann van der Merwe)

    42. Thankful for the Trip (with Ann van der Merwe)

    We're excited to welcome Ann van der Merwe to this episode of the KidZ at Heart Podcast. Ann's greatest joy is using the creativity God has given her for his glory. She grew up singing and dancing, which led her to pursue a BM in Voice at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then explored creativity more deeply and discovered a love of writing while earning an MA and PhD in Musicology at The Ohio State University.
    She met her husband Geo, a native South African, while in graduate school. After they married and welcomed a daughter and a son to their family, Ann began to use her creative gifts in Children’s Ministry. She quickly realized that God had been preparing her for this all along, and she has become passionate about engaging children in scripture in creative ways, helping them unleash the creativity God has given them, and reminding them of God’s presence in their everyday lives.
    Ann is excited to bring her creativity to the KidZ at Heart community as the Director of Content Development. Working alongside others, she will use her talents to develop resources that help leaders and children fall deeply in love with Jesus.
    The Trip by Ann van der Merwe (at the 54:52 mark)
     
    Have you ever thought about a long trip as a good thing? I'm guessing not. Long hours in the car probably just seem boring...not something for which you are thankful, right? But what if it is actually good for us to go on that long drive? What if waiting to get where we want to go is a gift from God? What if we need that time to learn...to see...and to be even more thankful for what we experience when we get there?
    Think about the journey of the Israelites after God parted the Red Sea and rescued them from slavery in Egypt. They were so excited for the place God had promised them...they even called it the Promised Land! It was going to be great! But God did not take them straight there. They had a long trip ahead of them. They complained. They got tired. They were probably bored. They might have even asked, "Are we there yet?"
    How could that be good? Well, during that trip, God gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments...and a lot of other guidelines for living. During that trip, God worked miracles before their eyes. During that trip, God forgave them when they disobeyed and complained. During that trip, God was working in the lives of the Israelite people.
    God is working in your life in every trip you take, too...and I don't just mean road trips. God works in our lives even when we are between the big things. Maybe you feel like you are on a trip right now...away from the last big thing that happened and waiting for the next one to come. Maybe you are starting to feel bored, or worried, or asking God, "Am I there yet?"
    If so, remember the Israelites. Remember that God not only keeps his promises; he sticks with us while we wait for them to come, teaching us and guiding us to make sure we end up in the right place knowing everything we need to know. When we remember that God is faithful, we can be thankful not only for where he leads us but for the things he shows us along the way.

    Recommended Resources:

    Guerillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle, by Ted Loder

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    KidZ at Heart Podcast Hosts:
    Gordon West (KidZ at Heart, President/CEO)Adam Ormord (KidZ at Heart, Chief Culture Officer)

    • 58 min
    41. Truth in my Soul - Part 2 (with Keith Ferrin)

    41. Truth in my Soul - Part 2 (with Keith Ferrin)

    Keith Ferrin is an author, speaker, and an advocate for enjoying God’s Word in deep ways. Here's how Keith describes his ministry: "My passion and mission is helping individuals, families, and entire churches realize that the Bible isn't only true and relevant. It's also outstanding and enjoyable! I always believed the Bible was true. I was a Christian for 25 years before I realized it was awesome! I want to make sure it doesn't take you that long." (www.keithferrin.com)

    Join Gordon and Adam as they invite Keith into a rich conversation on the spiritual practices of memorization and meditation. Keith uses the word "internalizing" as a way of bringing memorization and meditation together in our hearts and minds. This is a fantastic conversation that is sure to inspire and challenge you to "know the Word" rather than merely "knowing the words."

    As a special gift for our KidZ at Heart community, Keith is offering a discount of 30% off his new course, "The Simplest Way to Internalize (Not Just Memorize) Any Verse, Chapter or Whole Book in the Bible."

    Simply go to www.keithferrin.com/internalize and use the code: KIDZ30

    Recommended Resource:
    Bible Praying for Parents, by Keith Ferrin and Judy Fetzer

    To download our free Resource Guide for this episode, please visit www.kidzathome.org and scroll to the bottom of the page. This episode is listed under the category "Receiving God's Love."

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    KidZ at Heart Podcast Hosts:
    Gordon West (KidZ at Heart, President/CEO)Adam Ormord (KidZ at Heart, Chief Culture Officer)

    • 1 hr
    40. Called to Make a Difference (with Elaine Baillie)

    40. Called to Make a Difference (with Elaine Baillie)

     Special guest, Elaine Baillie, and her husband, Ray, have been married for 44 years and have 3 married daughters and 5 grandchildren. They have pastored throughout Alberta and are presently pastoring New Destiny Church in the urban center of Edmonton. Ordained in 2010, Elaine holds her license with the Ministers Network of Canada. Her love for children and youth is what led Elaine to work as an Educational Assistant at Fort Saskatchewan Christian School, beginning in 2004

    In 2015, Elaine took on the full-time role of Chaplain at her school. She joyfully filled that role until her retirement in 2020. Teaching and equipping children to hear the voice of God has been, and continues to be, the highlight of Elaine's ministry.

    Gordon and Adam welcome Elaine to the KidZ at Heart podcast to share some incredible stories from her time with the "New Generation Prayer Team," a special group of kids who learned to listen to God through prayer and respond with awe-inspiring courage and boldness. This group of children embodied Daniel 11:32, which says, "...the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits (for God)."

    Elaine's book, "Youth Called to Make a Difference," is the retelling of the exploits of a dedicated group of children who dared to believe that God was (and is) speaking to us and calling us to action. All we need to do is slow down and learn to listen.

    If you would like to purchase Elaine's book, you can find it here: pagemasterpublishing.ca/shop/youth-called-to-make-a-difference
    We're excited to share Elaine's stories with you in this podcast episode. We hope they will inspire you, too, as you continue to invite your children to draw closer to God's heart and listen for that still, small voice of love.

    If you have a story you would like to share on the KidZ at Heart podcast, please send an email to info@kidzatheart.org. We would love to share your testimony of God's faithfulness and goodness as a source of encouragement to others all around the world. You really are making a difference in the lives of children...and in the world!

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    KidZ at Heart Podcast Hosts:
    Gordon West (KidZ at Heart, President/CEO)Adam Ormord (KidZ at Heart, Chief Culture Officer)

    • 45 min
    39. Facing and Feeling Hard Things - Part 2 (with Holly Catterton Allen)

    39. Facing and Feeling Hard Things - Part 2 (with Holly Catterton Allen)

    We're thrilled to welcome Holly Catterton Allen to the podcast to revisit the spiritual practice of lament. We encourage you to go back and listen to our initial conversation with Michayla White on Episode #8 of The KidZ at Heart Podcast.

    Holly Catterton Allen (PhD, Talbot School of Theology) is a professor of family studies and Christian ministries at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has previously taught at John Brown University, Biola University, and Abilene Christian University.

    Allen is the author of Forming Resilient Children: The Role of Spiritual Formation for Healthy Development (IVP Academic, 2021). She is also the editor of Nurturing Children's Spirituality and InterGenerate and the coauthor of Intergenerational Christian Formation.

    Lament comes as we face the inevitable dissonance found in a world broken by sin. While, as adults, we may have a more comprehensive understanding of the reality of life in a broken world, we don't need to be "all grown up" to be invited into the spiritual practice of lament. This is a fundamental way to help strengthen our children in their relationship with God.

    Lament, as we will discuss, is different from complaining. It takes our complaints a step further and allows us to be formed into a people of hope who yearn for a deliverance found in the character of God.

    Showing our children biblical habits of lament will invite them to enjoy the companionship of the Comforter. Practicing facing and feeling the inevitable hard things of life gives them the ability to adapt and increases the likelihood that they will endure.
    To download our free Resource Guide for this episode, please visit www.kidzathome.org and scroll to the bottom of the page. This episode is listed under the category "Respond to God's Love."

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    KidZ at Heart Podcast Hosts:
    Gordon West (KidZ at Heart, President/CEO)Adam Ormord (KidZ at Heart, Chief Culture Officer)

    • 56 min
    38. Free Yogurt, Punch Cards, and Being Crazy About Jesus (with Amberly Neese)

    38. Free Yogurt, Punch Cards, and Being Crazy About Jesus (with Amberly Neese)

    Get ready for a conversation that will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you want to get some yogurt with sprinkles. We're thrilled to welcome Amberly Neese to the podcast to talk about what it looks like to follow Jesus in our own unique ways...

    ...and to nurture GREAT children who are crazy about Jesus!

    Amberly Neese is a popular speaker/teacher, comedian, author, and all-around encourager dedicated to helping you become the joyful person you were created to be. She is a featured speaker for the Aspire Women’s Events and the main host and female comedian for Marriage Date Night, two popular Christian events that tour nationally.
     
    Amberly has written three studies and devotionals:
    Common Ground: Loving Others Despite Our DifferencesThe Friendship Initiative: 31 Days of Loving and Connecting Like JesusThe Belonging Project: Finding Your Tribe and Learning to ThriveAmberly and her husband have two teenagers and live in Prescott, Arizona, where they enjoy the great outdoors, the Food Network, and all things Star Wars.

    You can learn more about Amberly by visiting her website: www.amberlyneese.com

    Special Gift! Amberly wants to connect with you and give you a free resource: 50 Ways to Initiate Great Connections With Others. Simply visit www.amberlyneese.com/join and sign up to receive her newsletter.
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    KidZ at Heart Podcast Hosts:
    Gordon West (KidZ at Heart, President/CEO)Adam Ormord (KidZ at Heart, Chief Culture Officer)www.kidzatheart.org

    • 53 min

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