Raising Kids in the Ministry

April 06, 2012

Easters past and present

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Happy Good Friday!  I just love the Easter season!  These are pictures from our staff Easter party, we had such a great time. 

The anticipation of this weekend is so exciting.  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to preview our worship experience at Elevation and it is going to be spectacular.  I am so proud of our team.  I cannot wait for tonight.

Today I thought I would link a few blogs I have posted from Easters past...

Posted 4/9/09, in this post I talk about raising kids in the ministry (there may or may not be pictures from my childhood)
Who says you have to hunt eggs on Sunday?

Posted on 4/2/09, here I talk about praying against attacks from the Enemy.
Put up your dukes

Posted on 3/31/10, it's an oldie but a goodie!  4 year old Elijah tells the Easter story with props (man he is growing up fast!)
Elijah Furtick presents the Easter Story

Posted on 3/30/10, I share one of the Easter activities we like to do with our kids.
Celebrating Easter

Posted on 4/1/10, more the seriousness of the Enemy that we face and our need to fight back.
Keep your dukes up

October 12, 2011

Raising Kids In The Ministry

Hubatka Family PicHolly asked me if I would guest post on her blog this week about raising kids in the ministry. I was honored that she would ask, as this is something that I am definitely passionate about. I'm Kelly and my husband Larry (Creative Pastor here at Elevation) and I have 4 daughters-ages 4, 6, 8 and 10. Yes, there is a lot of hair, talking, nail polish, tears and a little drama, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. They really are great little ladies. I tell him he is so blessed that he gets to come home to 5 women who think he is absolutely the greatest guy ever. It takes a special man to have a chatty wife and 4 daughters!

When it comes to raising a family in the ministry of Elevation Church, we are so fortunate that Pastor Steven is passionate about staff families being healthy and our kids not being left behind. Our girls get a front row seat to the movement we are part of just as much as we do, and I’m extremely thankful for that.

As our girls grow and seasons in our family change, I know the way we do certain things  as it relates to ministry will change as well. But there are a few core values that we have established as a family in ministry that I believe will really help us go the distance and keep a strong family unit along the way.

We keep our calling and the vision of our church in front of our kids.

It is so important to us that our girls know why we do what we do. We talk to them about the calling on our family, not just saying it’s “Daddy’s job.” They also know that Elevation has a vision to see people far from God filled with life in Christ. We talk to them about life change stories that we are getting to be part of - people coming to know Jesus, marriages being restored, families being put back together. I love that they will always be able to say they have seen God move first-hand!

We don’t blame anything on the church.

This one is huge because perspective is everything. I often hear from families in ministry, “we don’t have time...”. There is never enough time, let’s be honest. Prioritizing time well can be one of the hardest things in ministry. You’ve got to make time for what matters to you, and sacrifice other things. But none of it is the church’s fault. In certain seasons of our time on staff, we have had to get real creative with our family time, but we make it work. We rally around each other and Larry in our busy times. We even decided that home educating was the best option for us right now so we can have a flexible schedule as a family. You’ve got to do your best to make your family successful where you are at-it is not the church’s job to do it for you!

We are intentional

We try to be very intentional with our kids. In conversation, in time. Ask them questions about what they are learning and how they are doing. One of the practical ways we do this is that Larry takes one of them out on a small date each Monday night-nothing fancy most of the time, but just a time for him to connect with his daughters and speak life into them so that they would know he is invested in them and wants to know them. Being intentional takes effort but the payoff is well worth it!

We are in it together

I said this previously, but we make sure our girls know that this isn’t just a job-but a calling on our family. Each Sunday morning we meet together in the auditorium of the Uptown location and pray for the day-that people would respond to God’s word & that He would use our girls to make an impact in their classrooms. We truly enjoy doing ministry together-whether that be serving on Sunday at Uptown, doing an outreach project together, reaching out to a neighbor, praying together etc. We want our kids to own their faith and feel like they can serve in ministry as well.

February 08, 2011

Can kids fast?

My husband has done several extended fasts.  Currently he is on day 8 of an 11 day juice only fast (read more about that here).  Since our boys are now able to understand so much of what we do, and since we invited our staff and many volunteers to join my husband for 5 of the 11 days, we decided to involve our kids too. 

We talked about how daddy is fasting from food and how that means he would only drink juice for 11 days.  We talked about how fasting means you are giving up something important to you in order draw closer to God.  We suggested that they give up desserts for the last 5 days of the fast and they agreed.

Then this past Sunday Elijah had a huge crying episode over his video game.  These episodes seemed to be happening too often for my liking.  So I suggested to him that maybe he should fast from all video games as well.  He was not very receptive to this suggestion, at first.  Then my husband and Elijah prayed about it and afterwards, Elijah agreed that he thought God would want him to include video games in his fast.

We have now completed day two of the no desserts or video games fast.  I was surprised today when Elijah refused a lollipop at the office (totally unsolicited) because it was dessert.  We did not have any qualifying conversations about our definition of dessert.  I have also not heard one mention of his DSi or Playstation.

I am not sure what their little minds understand about God and the purpose of a fast but I do believe that God honors their obedient hearts to their parents.  After all God asked us to simply have faith like a child.

November 12, 2010

Refreshing Conversations: Tiffany Cooper, Julie Richard, and Jessica Cornelius

We continue our series, Refreshing Conversations.  For the past several Fridays, I have been playing back videos recorded from a pastors' wives retreat that I hosted called Refresh.  I couldn't help but take advantage of all the wisdom that was present.  I called in my good friend, Tonia Bendickson, to interview some of the leading Christian women in this nation.  You will hear about a full range of topics from ministry to family to leadership. 

Today we will hear from 3 of my friends, all discussing family and raising kids. 

First up is Tiffany Cooper.  Tiffany and her husband, Herbert, lead People's Church in Oklahoma City, OK.  Tiffany and Herbert planted their church about 7 years ago.  They also have 4 very young children.  Hear Tiffany speak about raising a young family while planting a growing church.

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Julie Richard is married to Mac.  Together they pastor Lake Hills Church in Austin, TX.  Julie is the life of every party, a truly hilarious individual to be around.  She and Mac have two teenagers.  Hear Julie talk about raising teenagers and ministering to their friends.


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Finally we will hear from my good friend, Jessica Cornelius.  Jessica is married to Bil.  Together they pastor Bay Area Fellowship in Corpus Christi Texas.  Jessica and Bil have three children.  Recently their oldest turned 13.  Listen to Jessica tell about the unique rite of passage they created for their son and how it impacted his life.



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October 28, 2010

The Holy Ghost Offering

This weekend we are taking up a special offering at Elevation, the Holy Ghost Offering.  Because our finace team plans so well, Elevation will be able to take the entire offering given this weekend and put it towards expansion (and of course giving 12% to our outreach). 

We are asking everyone to give big.  To be generous.  For some people, this will mean giving 10% of their monthly income for the first time.  For others, it will be finishing their Kingdom Come commitment.  Still others, who did not have the opportunity to participate in Kindgom Come, will be giving a generous gift above and beyond their regular committment .

My husband and I try really hard to teach our children to be generous.  This is no exception.  For the past few weeks Elijah and Graham have been earning stickers.  We are still working on our Spirit Tree so recently, everytime they display one of the fruits of the Spirit (kind to their brother, patient while waiting for a toy, joyful instead of whining, etc...), they put a sticker on their picture.

On Saturday we will count up all the stickers.  Each sticker represents 1 dime and 1 M&M.  The money will go in the offering, the candy in their tummy.  My husband and I will be giving big too.

I am praying for all of the Elevators that they would be able to experience the joy and the blessings of generosity and that it would begin with the Holy Ghost Offering. 

October 08, 2010

Refreshing Conversations with Sheila Gerald and Wendy Perez

Today we begin our series, Refreshing Conversations.  For the next 10 or so weeks I will be playing back videos recorded from a pastors' wives retreat that I hosted called Refresh.  I couldn't help but take advantage of all the wisdom that was present.  I called in my good friend, Tonia Bendickson, to interview some of the leading Christian women in this nation.  You will hear about a full range of topics from minitry to family to leadership.  And you will hear from amazing women like Amy Groeschel, Lori Wilhite and Brandi Wilson.

Today we'll start with the topic of Raising Kids in Ministry.

First off is Pastor Sheila Gerald she and her husband, Pastor Kevin, lead Champions Centre in Tacoma, WA.  Sheila and her husband have been pastoring for over 20 years.  Sheila is a wealth of wisdom.  When I am around her, I just love to hear what she has to say.  Listen to her share about her past and hear her challenge to pray over your children...

Next we will hear from Pastor Wendy Perez.  Wendy is married to Pastor Benny Perez and together they lead The Church at South Las Vegas.  Wendy is a pastor's kid herself.  She is daughter to Pastors Wendell and Gini Smith who started The City Church in Seattle, WA, where her brother Judah Smith and his wife Chelsea now pastor.  Listen to Wendy talk about what her parents did right in reguards to raising kids in the ministry...


August 31, 2010

Just One

Sidebanner_justone1-300x172 My friend Lori Wilhite is hosting a innovative conference this fall.  You don't have to pay, you don't have to get on an air plane.  You don't even have to leave your house because it is a virtual conference.

The topics include: Marriage, Relationships, Family, Time and Balance, Growth and Passion.

And Lori has an amazing line up of women speaking on a variety of topics (I was so honored to be included with these women).


Speakers include:

Lisa Jernigan and Patty Wyatt…………Donna Politz

Lisa Young………………………………Jenni Clayville

Cindy Beall………………………………Holly Furtick

Tiffany Cooper…………………………..Heather Whittaker

Kay Warren………………………………Lisa Hughes

Kerri Weems……………………………..Sherry Surratt

Natalie Witcher………………………….Amy Groeschel

Jessica Cornelius……………………….Brandi Wilson

DeLynn Rizzo……………………………Lori Wilhite

The conference will take every Tuesday from September 7th to October 12.  You will have two chances to listen each day, at 12 pm (EST) and at 9 pm (EST).  This is an amazing line up of women, I promise you won't want to miss it.

You don't have to register for the event.  You can simply log on each Tuesday at this link.  If you would like to receive reminder emails before each session, you can register here.

I am so thankful for innovative people like Lori who have a vision for the women of our generation, and she thinks outside of the box when it comes to reaching us.  I am also thankful that I live in a day and age where I can learn from amazing women like these with out even leaving my home.  Lori has been putting this conference together for months and I promise it is going to be amazing.  I hope you will be a part!

July 07, 2010

Community Service With My Kids

I finished reading Same Kind of Different as Me this week  It was a great story (more on that in another post).  My greatest take away from the book was that I do not want my kids to grow up with the idea that serving the community means working at a homeless shelter in November and giving presents and canned goods to a needy family in December.

I want them to have a role in their community.  I want them to play a part in their community that will be missed when they go away to college.  I am not talking about the part they will play at our church.  That is a post in and of itself. I don't know how I will go about doing this, or what it will look like, but it is a dream vision I have for my children.

My kids are small, so I start small.  Friendship Trays (previously blogged about here and here).  The first time we delivered Friendship Trays Elijah was about 18 months old.  On and off for the past 3.5 years, my friend, Amy Corbett and I, have had several different routes.  When the kids started preschool, we decided a summer route would be easiest.  So for the past 2 summers, every other Tuesday we deliver food.

It only takes about 1.5 hours from start to finish.  We keep the kids involved by letting them help us bring the food to each home and they enjoy it.  I know it is not much when you consider the needs of our community, but it is something.

Pictures from last Tuesday...


April 15, 2010

Spiderman's Elevation welcome

Once in a while, I do the announcements/welcome at our church.  The message is always the same (whether I do or someone else).  If you attend Elevation regularly you know it too.  It goes something like this...

Welcome to Elevation, if you are a first time guest, you are our VIP.  When you walked in you received a connection card.  If you would, please fill out the card and take it to our black tent, we have a gift we'd like to give you.  If you have been coming to Elevation for a while and are ready to get connected, head to our orange connection tent to sign up for community groups, volunteering and more.

Every once in a while I bring Elijah or Graham on stage to help me.  I guess they have heard it a lot.  Recently the have started playing "Elevation."  Elijah is Mr. Luke (one of our drummers), Graham is Mr. Mack (one of our worship leaders) and I will hear one of them say "You are our VIP."  One day I heard Graham say "In Jesus name, Amen!"

So the other day Elijah grabbed a toy mic and did the announcements for my husband.  You may have already seen it on his twitter but just in case you missed it, here's the link.  Maybe one Sunday you'll see Elijah do it all by himself.

Raising kids in the ministry is about accenting the positive and making church fun.  Its seems easy when they are little, but I have pastor's wives friends all over the country who have given me great ideas for the future.  One of them has a teenage son who runs a video camera, another one runs sound in their children's ministry.  It's all about ownership and responsibility.

I'm wondering if there are any ministry families who want leave a comment sharing how you get their kids involved at church?  I'd love to hear from you today.

March 31, 2010

Elijah Furtick Presents: The Easter story

Yesterday Elijah came up to me insisting that I give him the keys to our car.  There was something out there he needed to get, he called it homework from church.  I showed him how to unlock the car and let him retrieve his stuff and never payed much attention to what he was doing.  He came in and got to work coloring and cutting.  Eventually he moved on to other things.

Several hours later, after dinner, he announced that he had a puppet show to do for us.  This recording is his second go at it, I just had to get it on tape.  Everything he says, he learned at church.  I couldn't have been more proud of our children's ministry. 

So without further adieu, Elijah Furtick presents: The Easter Story...