WE ARE KIDMIN exists to be a place of encouragement, inspiration and hope to the faithful shepherds of children who are too often overworked, overlooked, over committed or just plain, over it. Like literally, you want to quit. We get it. We've been there. We know that ministry to children is rarely easy. It takes a compassionate heart, a quick mind, a willing spirit and a TON of patience. In spite of everything, you have stuck it out. And boy, are we glad you have. You see, we believe with all of our hearts that children's ministry is one of the most sacred callings. You are reaching out to the most vulnerable, most open-hearted, most moldable people in your church. This is not something to be taken lightly. You are NOT a babysitter. You are a soul changer, a destiny shaper, a wound healer, and yes, probably a nose-wiper and a fight breaker-upper.
We believe it is ALL sacred work and it is our desire to come alongside you in the journey. You see, we are in the midst of it ourselves. I, Dema Kohen, am currently a children's pastor (and have been for 25+ years) and my sweet bride spends her days discipling our two little boys (which at this stage looks a lot like changing diapers and cleaning up toddler messes). Join us as we blog about everything from sticky situations (literally) to the heart and soul behind what we do. We want to give you practical solutions to the myriad of problems you regularly face,the encouragement you may need to keep pressing into your calling and hopefully, some fun times along the way.
Serving the KidMin community through:
Have you ever wondered what is happening behind the walls of other churchs? What is working? What are they struggling with? Why are their kids thriving? Why are they not? Our mission is to break down the metaphorical walls between us and take a look into what is working and what is really going on in the churches all around you.
Are you new to ministering to kids? Have you been doing it for years without the results you long to see? Are volunteers hard to recruit? Are fresh ideas hard to find? Discipling children is a multi-faceted calling. Our mission is to equip you with fresh ideas and time-enduring principles that will take your children's ministry to a new level.
All of us have been tempted at times to give up or to simply not give it our all. We want to help give you the motivation you need to keep leaning into your calling! We love Challenges and you will see them promoted regularly, giving you the tools for accountability, fun and engagement with others that are walking the same road you are.
"Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God." - Jesus
This little boy..this sad little boy in short little shorts next to a goose. Yep, that’s me. This is the beginning of my story. I was born in a country that no longer exists. The implosion and collapse of the Soviet Union was worldwide news when I was 16 years old.
THE TURNING POINT
When I turned 14, my mom started dragging me to church. Even as an unbeliever she was wise enough to know that it was the safest place for a teenager. It didn’t take long before I fell in love with Jesus and gave my life to him.
HERE & NOW
Fast forward about 20 years. I found myself visiting America. I had been in ministry my whole life. Ministering to children. Pastoring a church. Soul-care counseling. Traveling a lot. I was recently widowed and feeling lost.