Fig tree & recruiting #3 april Week 2

Hey Jedi and padawan. This week, how do you deal with people's "Nazareth" excuse (s) to not serve ("Is there something good that can come from Nazareth?") by giving them a fig tree answer ("I saw you under the tree!")!

We want every team member to serve on Easter.

Our easter teams should look good now...or be close to it. Let's get our teams rolling.

Let's encourage them by saying stuff like this.
  • I love you so much I WANT to serve with you
  • I miss you when you're not there, the team misses you in your absence
  • I don't want the enemy to rob your blessings
  • I know you're worth more than just not showing up
  • The kids miss you
  • We are incomplete when you're not here with us
  • We count on you
  • You are such a great person (and say one compliment that you really believe)
  • You are an addition to our fighting squad
  • Are you ok? We missed you last week.

It's about encouraging them to grow, to engage, to commit to their team, our kids, our families. "The We over Me" lifepoint cultural value.

Easter is our time of battle

Your people willingly follow you when you go into battle. ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭110:3‬ ‭NET‬‬

As a coach, you lead by example, you show the way. Together, we make it. And then, we celebrate!!

As a team leader, it is time to lead your team, to step up and follow your coach in this moment where hundreds of people will meet Christ for the first time. Let us serve with passion.

Let us push together, pull together, laugh together, win battles together and enjoy the blessings together


We all exercise faith on some level in our lives. We can reach greater heights in our faith when we make God’s word, God’s name, and God’s power the objects of our faith.

Go answer ponder these things, for your own growth
  • April 5th - It is my birthday :)
  • April 9th and 23rd - VO @ 8:30 & 4pm SHOW UP!!!!! I want everyone to show up and talk to some new recruits
  • April 23rd - Baptism
  • Good Friday prayer night: 7-8:30 PM. Let us get ready together.
Come on coaches, these times are specifically planned for you!!! If you've got another time, ask me. It can be live or by video.

Team leaders have been on top of this! Love meeting with you guys. Coaches, keep it up.

Richard Ramos, with Christina by his side, is now the First Time Families (FTF) coach.

They are still leading Echeck also with a great team of leaders. The echeck team and FTF one will be our WELCOME team. Their servant's hearts and attitude will keep on welcoming our team of volunteers, parents, kids and new families.

Our First time families will be going through a few normal changes. Keep them in prayer as they transition to new grounds.

Easter is coming.

It will be great. Tons of people have been becoming fully alive and committing their lives to Christ. This is a time for us to be a blessing and be blessed at the same time! We will also have a carnival feel to the services. It will be great.

  • Saturday 6PM
  • Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:30 AM. 1:30, 3:00 and 5PM.

Let's get our teams rolling!

  1. I've heard a few of you ask your team mates what 2 services they were helping put in....GOOD JOB!!!!!
  2. I know every one gives on a regular basis, but Easter is not business as usual. So we don't invest like our usual selves
Who are you teaching and entrusting right now?

Coaches, team leaders: who are you presently training to duplicate yourself?

  • Courtnie Wolfe (Quest) just got married with John last Saturday. Pray for them as they venture in new ways of doing life.
  • Jennifer Morse's father, our VO and connection coach, has undergone hip surgery and need to recover and gain strength.
  • Pray for Mildred Sherman has she faces a few health issues that need to be treated.
  • Nan Stewart had her house under contract but it fell through. Pray another buyer comes by quick.
As you read this, for the 2nd time, shoot me a 1 sentence good easter memory you have by email.

To my dismay, many of you didn't tell me a good Easter memory you had. I surely don't want to call people out:) But I just might.

Specifics in environments

We need to sign in the "roster" document. Just write your name down and check how many services you've ministered in. Simple. Efficient.

This document NEEDS to be signed


Every week, we have some material that goes to garbage at the end of service.

Let's do this together. Our 8 AM team sets everything up. Our 5 PM team "tears down". Throw away these

  • empty or empty water bottles
  • every piece of paper that is not reusable (lesson scripts, small/large groups script, extra craft stuff, etc)
  • Extra weekly handouts

Every week, we have some material NEEDS to come back to me at the end of service

This page is in your folder in EACH environment. Here's what to do with it.

  • Look for the noted material
  • Bring it back to the Production area in the Quest theaters.
  • There, you will find a small plastic bin where it is noted "Recyclable"
  • Put it in there.
  • Check the list :)
  • And thanks for doing this.

Fill out your attendance sheets have been better. Let's keep at it.

  • Before worship, during the 5 minute countdown, make sure all is done before the 4th minute. The last 30-45 seconds, our Large group leader will call everyone to the front and amp up everyone for worship
  • Engage into the worship experience, if you sing, dance, jump and clap hands, our kids are more likely to do so themselves.
  • Easter is coming soon, and you will get a great opportunity to be live out some "Christ-decision making". Get ready for it. Here's a video about that...even if it talks about Christmas!


  • Make sure your rooms are clean when you leave. Another group is coming after you.
  • When you starts your service experience, make sure you use the "intro" document so can ease in the topic of the day for our younger ones.
  • We are still using the stanchions at the end of service when parents pick up their kids. It makes the lines smoother and doesn't block the foyer!


  • Your small group experience has been rocking it. Kudos to you team.
  • Let's keep our check out system secure and fast.


  • There is a transition plan that will happen for our 5th graders.They're heading to our Student Ministry environments and small group. More on this in the coming weeks.
  • Students leaders will be coming into our environment in the coming weeks. Give them a chance to connect with both you and our 5th graders.
  • As leaders of that group, have an attitude of worship when you join Quest 2-3 in the theater. They will follow your lead. Participate. I should see and hear you singing and having fun

These need to be given away EVERY WEEK!

  • Make sure you keep one copy of each document at the 8AM service in case we need need to make copies.
  • Lately, we have been missing stuff for the 5pm service, which is not normal. We print enough material for everyone, every week. You will get your stuff for small group specifically assigned to you, for your service.
  • Lindsey has worked wonderfully on this last week. The 5 PM team had all the material they needed. Thanks guys.
  • Give new families and kids a special welcome.
  • Fill out you attendance and roster sheets.
  • Let's keep our parents feel like they're coming home. Parents trust us with their precious ones, so a good "HI" is always welcomed. Many did that last weekend, I'm sure parents appreciated.
  • We will have a few new ways to connect with our kids and parents in a few weeks. I'll keep you posted.
  • Try to memorize some parents' names this week

Nice cellphone there! I know how important the phone is.

  • You can text with it
  • You can call with it
  • It brings oxygen to your life, really. Some actually suffocate if they don't hold it.

But the cell phone does not help you connect with the kids and parents! Here's what King Solomon had to say about this in Proverbs 3: 2, 4.

I give you good advice. So don't turn away from what I teach you. My father taught me. He said, "Hold on to my words with all your heart but keep your cell phone in your pocket. Then you will live.

I still saw some people on their phones while the kids were there. Trust me, you can do without it for a few minutes, few being 90!

Honor is not only about words, it's about actions
  1. Let's honor every single one of our teammates by cleaning up our area after your done serving.
  2. Let's honor our families by leaving after them!
  3. We also honor by being on time at VIPs!

Take 2 minutes to fill this poll before you keep reading. We will do a Fred KP training soon.

So now you've read John 1: 35-51. Let's dig in

The fig tree is funny in this story because Jesus uses it to tell Nathanael (v 50) that his previous excuse (v. 46) was a bogus one.
  • Nazareth? Can anything good come from there? Nate was asking Philip. "Come and see was his answer".
Let's find out what "fig tree" answers you can give to "Nazareth" excuses or replies. Today, numbers 1 to 4.

NAZARETH excuse #1

I'm too busy to serve. (other versions may sound like this: My life is too hectic, i don't have the time)

What is (possibly) implied: the person IS too busy, ministry with kids might not be important enough for their busy life.

FIG TREE answers

  • I understand, aren't we all crazy busy right?!
  • It will take only 60 minutes of your time and you'll gain 60 years of gratefulness form parents, kids and church! (You can change the numbers)
  • I think we all agree we're never too busy to give
  • Who has invested in your life and you benefited from it? Be that person for somebody else.
  • Add your version of a fig tree answer
Always be respectful of the person and his concerns, yet, don't take a "no" for a final answer right away!

NAZARETH Excuse #2

I don't fit the profile. (other versions may sound like this: i'm not funny enough, I'm too serious)

What is (possibly) implied: you need to be a funny person to be able to have fun with kids, children's ministry is for clowns,

FIG TREE answers

  • We're not looking for clowns or comedians, we're looking for people who love people!
  • Tell the story of one of your team mates that IS NOT funny but does a great job with the team and the kids
  • We will make sure your talents (name one if you know one!) will be utilized at its best with us
  • Add your version of a fig tree answer

NAZARETH excuse #3

I hate public speaking. (other versions may sound like this: I'm too nervous in front of people, I'm not a teacher)

What is (possibly) implied: I can't teach or preach, children's ministry (or even Sunday school!). A lot of people are also telling themselves that Kidspoint WILL look like adult worship service, which is not exactly the case.

FIG TREE answers

  1. That's so understandable! Did you know that public speaking one of people's worse fears? That's why we don't ask everyone to do it, only those that want to!
  2. Our "public speaker" are our Large Group leaders. You don't need to become one.
  3. We are actually looking for people that will want to connect at a smaller scale, which seems to be your case.
  4. Remind them, we WILL NOT ASK them to do some public speaking.
  5. Add your version of a fig tree answer.

NAZARETH excuse #4

I don't know anyone

What is (possibly) implied: I don't want to be alone, i don't want to have all the weight of the service on me, I'm shy or not good at social relationships

FIG TREE answers

  1. Thanks for your honesty. The good thing about serving in Kidspoint is that we work as a team, no one is left alone.
  2. You'll be able to get to know people and serving is one of the best ways to do this.
  3. Add your version of a fig tree answer.
  • Your Arena rosters should be exact and precise now. Team mates should gave been contacted at the latest last Sunday.
  • If Arena notes need to be added, write them down, put them in your Sunday folder, Lindsey will note them in the system after.
  • Plan your Easter service schedules by this week.
The things you have heard me say, entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.

A little reminder of some goals that have not changed !!

Team leaders, make sure you send the TEAM Jedi News to your roster and teammates.

  1. Become 3 deep in all of our leadership positions by June 30th
  2. Have 1 ready-to-go padawan each by March 31sh. This should be DONE! I will ask you this Sunday!

Have a great one Jedi

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