I have been thinking about children's ministry some lately.
On Sunday morning, we had 107 shoeboxes that had been packed and wrapped for Operation Christmas Child and placed around our communion table. I asked the people of the congregation to each take one at the end of the service and move it to the church entryway so they could be loaded into a member's truck to be delivered. What I saw amazed me - many people took boxes and helped move them, but several of the younger boys really got into helping load the truck with enthusiasm and joy. I didn't plan for it to be a tool of engaging the boys in the church in something meaningful - just kind of happened that way (grace?!)
With the general imbalance in today's church between adult men and women, I had a glimmer of hope in watching the boys enjoy what they were doing. I would love to hear ideas about how to specifically minister to boys? Any success stories out there?