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Showing God’s Kingdom Values

February 6th, 2015

by Dean Hollenbeck

Does God look at the different ministries of Crossroads and distinguish one as being more important than another? Will He say that the Elder’s prayer for the church is more important than the sermon? Does God think that singing songs of praise is more important than tithes and offerings?

I will admit that I don’t know the answer. I will also admit that I have a finite capacity to see how God’s Spirit is moving and working within the different ministries of Crossroads. Maybe the real question for us is not what is more important, but how is each ministry of Crossroads displaying God’s kingdom values.

The ongoing ministry to our youngest children in the nursery is often overlooked. Maybe some would even suggest that it is less important than other ministries in our church. However, as the Next Gen Pastor, I reflect with delight about how God’s kingdom values are proudly displayed in the nursery.

What are some values on display in the nursery?

Love – Jesus commanded His followers to love the neighbor (Mark 12:30-31).

Including children in the family of God – Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 19:13-15)

Mutual Submission and Service – “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:1-17)

Caring for the Least of These – “… as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matt 25:31-46)

My goal for listing the above values is not to guilt anyone into service. Rather, I share with a sense of delight that God is using this ministry to bless precious hearts in our congregation, which includes our parents and visitors. It is also a blessing for those who serve in the nursery. Our nursery workers have been given an opportunity to display some of God’s kingdom values to our little ones.

Thank you to everyone who has chosen to serve in the nursery. I know that it can be difficult at times, and you probably do not receive all of the appreciation that you deserve. Again, thank you for caring for precious hearts within our community.

And a special thank you to our Super Awesome Nursery Coordinators! They oversee recruitment, training, cleaning, and managing the nursery schedule. I appreciate each one of you!

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