KidZ at Heart Podcast

KidZ at Heart Podcast

We're sharing relevant conversations and content focused on the intersection of children's ministry and spiritual formation. Our goal is to equip and encourage our global Christian community to nurture the hearts of children to fall deeply in love with Jesus.

Episodes

February 3, 2022 37 min

Our good friend, Melissa J. MacDonald, returns to the podcast nearly two years after she helped us launch KidZ at Home. At the onset of the global pandemic KidZ at Heart discerned the need for a free resource to get into the hands of parents, grandparents, teachers, and ministry leaders. Something that could be used at home as a supplement to churches and children's ministries who were all trying to figure out how to embody the...

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We're really happy to welcome Curtis Zackery to the KidZ at Heart Podcast to talk about living in rhythm with God, nurturing our desire to continually say "yes" to the Holy Spirit, and setting ourselves up to sustainably live out our calling.

Curtis Zackery is a popular speaker, teacher and author, with decades of pastoral experience in the local church. We can't say it any better than what is already written on his ...

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Gordon West and Adam Ormord welcome Justin Earley to the KidZ at Home Podcast to discuss the habits that form us.

Justin Earley is a husband and father, an attorney, a former missionary to China, a speaker, and an author. Justin hosts a blog, "The Common Rule," and is the author of the recently released book: "Habits of the Household: Practicing the Story of God in Everyday Family Rhythms.

This is part two of a conversati...

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Gordon and Adam welcome Shelly Henning (Co-founder & CEO of Grow Family) to the podcast for a conversation on the urgency and intentionality of Christ-focused mentoring in the lives of our children.

Shelley Henning has served, not only as a children’s pastor, but also in the training and mentoring of pastors and ministry leaders. In addition to being a wife and mom, she serves as the Children’s Ministry Catalyst for the Reformed...

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We're excited to welcome Ann van der Merwe to this episode of the KidZ at Heart Podcast. Ann's greatest joy is using the creativity God has given her for his glory. She grew up singing and dancing, which led her to pursue a BM in Voice at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then explored creativity more deeply and discovered a love of writing while earning an MA and PhD in Musicology at The Ohio State Univer...

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Keith Ferrin is an author, speaker, and an advocate for enjoying God’s Word in deep ways. Here's how Keith describes his ministry: "My passion and mission is helping individuals, families, and entire churches realize that the Bible isn't only true and relevant. It's also outstanding and enjoyable! I always believed the Bible was true. I was a Christian for 25 years before I realized it was awesome! I want to make su...

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 Special guest, Elaine Baillie, and her husband, Ray, have been married for 44 years and have 3 married daughters and 5 grandchildren. They have pastored throughout Alberta and are presently pastoring New Destiny Church in the urban center of Edmonton. Ordained in 2010, Elaine holds her license with the Ministers Network of Canada. Her love for children and youth is what led Elaine to work as an Educational Assistant at Fort Saskat...

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We're thrilled to welcome Holly Catterton Allen to the podcast to revisit the spiritual practice of lament. We encourage you to go back and listen to our initial conversation with Michayla White on Episode #8 of The KidZ at Heart Podcast.

Holly Catterton Allen (PhD, Talbot School of Theology) is a professor of family studies and Christian ministries at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has previously taught at Joh...

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Get ready for a conversation that will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you want to get some yogurt with sprinkles. We're thrilled to welcome Amberly Neese to the podcast to talk about what it looks like to follow Jesus in our own unique ways...

...and to nurture GREAT children who are crazy about Jesus!

Amberly Neese is a popular speaker/teacher, comedian, author, and all-around encourager dedicated to helping you become ...

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Gordon West (President/CEO of KidZ at Heart) and Adam Ormord (Chief Culture Officer) share a rich conversation with Dr. Deb Moncauskas about the spiritual practice of encouragement.

Deb is a minister, coach, wife, mother, and grandmother. She currently serves as a children’s pastor and professor at Bethel Seminary. Certified in StrengthFinders, Deb is a sought after leadership coach, writer, teacher, and speaker. Her doctoral disser...

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Amy Linnemann is a writer, public speaker, mother, child advocate, home educator, and roller derby enthusiast. Along the way, she looks for opportunities to feed hungry people (because she has been hungry), share water with thirsty people (because she has been thirsty), and spend time with people who find themselves trapped or suffering (because she sometimes finds herself trapped and suffering).

Gordon and Adam (KidZ at Heart) welc...

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Gordon West and Adam Ormord sit down with Michayla White for a complicated and heartfelt conversation on the spiritual practice of "Letting Go of Getting Even."

Michayla White is the Executive Director of the International Network of Children's Ministry (www.incm.org), an important partner with KidZ at Heart. She is also a wife, a mother, and our dear friend.

The benefits of forgiveness go deep. A healthy, loving environm...

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Gordon West and Adam Ormord welcome Debby DeBernardi back to the podcast to discuss the spiritual practice of "Reviewing the Day."

Debby is a pastor, an experienced children’s minister, a mother and grandmother - and the spiritual director for the KidZ at Heart board.

“Reviewing the Day” is the simple habit of using questions to notice God.The Holy Spirit uses our questions to help us pay attention to when we noticed God in o...

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Gordon and Adam welcome special guest, Jan Johnson, to this episode of the KidZ at Heart podcast to discuss how we can invite children to join God in the adventure of being 'on mission' and growing in compassion for the people around them.

Jan Johnson is the author of twenty-three books and more than a thousand magazine articles and Bible studies. Also a speaker, teacher and spiritual director, she lives with her husband in...

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Gordon West (KidZ at Heart President/CEO) welcomes Scottie May back to the podcast to talk about the spiritual practice of Visio Divina, or "Worshiping God with Our Eyes."

Scottie May is a retired professor (Wheaton), author, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and KidZ at Heart board member. This is Scottie's fourth time as a guest on our KidZ at Home Podcast. Be sure to listen to her other conversations  (#5, #19, ...

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Gordon West (KidZ at Heart President/CEO) and Adam Ormord (Chief Culture Officer) welcome Aja Carr-Favors back to KidZ at Home for an honest conversation on the spiritual practice of gratitude.

Aja is a KidZ at Heart board member and an attorney for a large church denomination. She has also been appointed to the Medical Disciplinary Board for the State of Illinois. Most importantly, Aja is a mother of a delightful kindergartner.

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Trillia Newbell is the author of several books including A Great Cloud of Witnesses, Sacred Endurance, If God Is For Us, Fear and Faith, and the children’s books, Creative God, Colorful Us, and God’s Very Good Idea. When she isn’t writing, she’s encouraging and supporting other writers as an Acquisitions Editor at Moody Publishers. Trillia is married to her best friend, Thern, and they reside with their two children near Nashville,...

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Gordon and Adam welcome Melissa J. MacDonald back to the podcast, one year after she helped launch KidZ at Home, for a special conversation on the spiritual practice of Practicing the Presence of God.

Melissa is often found speaking on children's ministry related topics as well as leadership, discipleship, healthy churches, soul care, and more. She's a trainer, coach, and in-demand speaker for kids camps and youth events - a...

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Lacy Finn Borgo (Good Dirt Ministries) joins Gordon and Adam on Episode 28 for a timely and important conversation on the spiritual practice of Listening Prayer.

Lacy is a spiritual director, and professor, as well as a mother and wife. She also teaches and provides training for spiritual directors. She is the author of "Spiritual Conversations with Children: Listening to God Together." You will also find resources at her we...

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Our 27th podcast episode features a very special guest. Thank you to Valerie Hess for joining our conversation on the spiritual practice of "Unity."

Valerie is the co-author of “Habits of a Child’s Heart: Raising Your Kids with the Spiritual Disciplines." She is also a retreat speaker, musician, mother, grandmother, and pastor's wife. Valerie was an Adjunct Professor at Spring Arbor University (Michigan) in the Maste...

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