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  • Writer's pictureCarolyn Wiebe

Teamwork! KidMin Plugged In

Do you like honey? Maybe you like it drizzled on top of your cereal or stirred into tea. Honey can also boost energy and even soothe a cough!

Bees fly about 55,000 miles make just 1 pound of honey. That’s more than two times around the world! God created these amazing insects to be great at teamwork. As many as 80,000 bees live in a hive, and a hive can produce more than 80 pounds of honey each year. That’s a lot of honey!

The incredible part is that each individual bee makes only 1 ½ teaspoons of honey during its entire lifetime. But bees can make a lot of honey because they work together.

On the opposite end of the ‘size scale’, draft horses can also teach us a lot about teamwork. These gentle giants have greatly impacted the way humans have lived throughout most of recorded history. Weighing between 1,400 and 2,000 pounds, draft horses are very large and incredibly muscular and have been used for pulling great loads and moving very heavy objects. A single draft horse can pull a load up to 8,000 pounds. The strength involved in this is hard to imagine! If you speculate what would happen if two horses were hooked up to a load and assume that they could pull 16,000 pounds, you would be wrong. Two draft horses pulling together cannot pull twice as much as one. In fact, they can actually pull three times as much! The two draft horses that can each pull 8,000 pounds alone can pull 24,000 pounds working together. This is a clear lesson in teamwork, but there’s more than can be learned from this example. If the two horses that are pulling together have trained with one another and have worked together before, they can’t just pull three times as much working together as they can by themselves. The two trained horses, in tandem, can actually pull 32,000 pounds, which is a load four times as heavy as either of the horses could pull by themselves.

Teamwork also allows people to more together than they could on their own. The writer of Ecclesiastes knew the benefits of working together. His description of a man working alone is heartbreaking; in the end, all of that man’s labor is meaningless.

‘Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.’ (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

For a moment, think about the Bible story recorded in Mark 2 about the friends of the paralyzed man who lowered him through a roof to set him in front of Jesus. While this story is about so much more than just teamwork, imagine if one person had tried to lower the man through the roof instead of a group of them. How well would that have worked out?

Teamwork allows people to do more together than they could on their own and gives greater reward. Like the bees and those incredibly strong work horses, God created us to work together and support one another.

There are a few awesome opportunities for KidMin leaders to be empowered, equipped and encouraged! You may want to consider participating in:

ReFuel Workshops are designed to keep kidmin leaders equipped, encouraged and empowered, these workshops are a great resource! Consider zooming in to hear about a variety of relevant topics with valuable tips and strategies to inspire, equip and support you in your children’s ministry. To stay informed about upcoming ReFuel events, watch for updates on our KidMin Plugged In Facebook page or visit the AKC website.

Thriving in the Midst of Ministry Noise, November 16 @ 1:30 p.m. Ministry is not for the faint at heart, whether you are a full-time children's pastor or a faithful volunteer teammate! Caring for ourselves may be the most strategic thing we can do to expand our leadership capacity, since creativity, relationships, vision, and spiritual depth overflow from who we are. Learn how to develop a joy-filled and sustainable pace of life, establish liberating boundaries and develop powerful habits that will help you trade business for strategic fruitfulness.

Online community for support to KidMin leaders - If you aren't able to attend the conference in person, make sure to watch for important updates to the Awesome KidMin Community in their newsletter. If you haven't subscribed and would like to receive regular updates in your inbox, CLICK HERE.

Awesome KidMin Conference 2024, March 8-9 at Eastview Community Church, Winnipeg – Early bird tickets for the Awesome KidMin Conference are now on sale! Mark your calendars for March 8 & 9 and buy your tickets early and save big! Bring your team of KidMin staff and save a little more! Early bird tickets are $50 each, or $45 if you bring 3 or more members of your team. Join us at Eastview Community Church, 315 Maxwell King Dr, East Saint Paul, MB to network with KidMin leaders from other churches and be equipped, empowered and encouraged with tools to enhance your children's ministry! To find out more about the theme for this year's conference, read a short bio on keynote speaker Connie Jakab, or to register, CLICK HERE

Leadership Opportunity -

We are looking to reinforce our KidMin Plugged In leadership team! If you are a kidmin leader who would like to get involved in creating opportunities for kidmin leaders in our conference churches to connect, support, and encourage each other to learn and grow, we invite you to join our visionary team! We would love to continue building and supporting our kidmin community by sharing amazing experiences, sharing information and resources, and providing encouragement and prayer support for one another as we continue to serve and minister to the kids (and their families) in our churches!


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