Family Friday Links 10.13.17

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Here's what we've been finding helpful online recently:

Mathew Gilbert had a post encouraging those who work in children's ministry. He says, "Kids ministry is foundational in the spiritual, theological, and worldview formation of a person," and "...know that your work is most valuable not only for the spiritual formation of the kids you teach, but also for the future of the church." Workers and leaders be encouraged; your work is valuable and worth the effort, even if you can't see it right now.

Becky Mansfield had a post on what's hurting our kids. She writes that kids today are more depressed and hopeless than ever because of electronics. She goes on to say that this leads to less sleep and feelings of isolation. What I love about this post is the fact that she's not just pointing out the problem but offers solutions. Parents we need to be intentional with our kids, especially in our information over-loaded society.

Dan Istvanik had a guest post (by Doug Clark) on networking. It reads, "So, for all the right reasons, network with other leaders. Pray together. Build relationships. Develop a strategy that reaches more kids collaboratively than you could reach individually. Ask God to provide the resources to make it happen." Pastors and ministry leaders, we need to network. For encouragement. For kingdom impact. For accountability. Remember, all of us are smarter than one of us. There's always something you can learn from someone else, even if they are outside of your particular tribe.

What have you been helped or encouraged by online lately? Leave us a link in the comment section for us to check out.