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Jumping with God into Children’s Ministries

Ministering to children as the fully spiritually aware, intuitive thinkers they are.

After all, Trimble models a ministry of advocacy of spiritual growth for children and their families, as she juggles two vastly different—yet undeniably complementary—roles. Similar to many women in ministry, no day in her schedule ever looks the same. Like many of her peers in children’s ministry, her role at The Creek Covenant Church involves curriculum development, volunteer recruitment, staff meetings, teaching, safety training, as well as pastoral care for local church families. By creating a worship-focused (instead of an education-focused) environment for children to encounter God, she hopes to provide both parents and kids with opportunities for connection, empowerment, and growth.

Meanwhile, Trimble’s work with Faith@Home furthers the groundwork she’s already doing at the local level. As a denominational coach, she considers herself primed to meet the needs of church boards and ministry teams, as they “dream and vision, create customized events and materials, lead relevant workshops for ministry leaders and parents in their ministry, and generally, just be a comrade-in-arms.” The support she gives them also manifests itself by leading cluster groups of local ministry leaders, gathering parents into intentional Parents’ Leadership Huddles, and working with families one-on-one. Unbelievably, she provides these services free of charge because of the generosity of financial ministry partners.

Here, at the intersection of her vocational roles, Trimble finds connection for the staggering attrition rates of what she calls “our most captive audience and the people God has entrusted us to steward”—the children among us. In Church+Home, Mark Holmen suggests six to nine out of every 10 children raised in the church are walking away from their faith. Additionally, 73 percent of those who are claiming “no religion” have been raised in the church, according to Jen Hatmaker in For the Love. But hope is not lost; additional statistics from Holmen offer that any faith formation that happens in the home is two to three times more effective than anything that happens in the church—which means that Trimble’s work with coaching faith formation in the home is far from ending any time soon.

But Trimble wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, the various roles she juggles only serve to strengthen her role as a Christ-follower, as a woman in ministry, and as a single parent to her foster-adoptive son. In this way, following the directive of loving God and loving God’s children, Trimble shines a lantern of light everywhere she goes, just as she has learned from the children she loves and cares for in ministry.

August12, 2019 at 3:42 PM

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