My love for winning drives my distaste for group projects.
As an adult, working on projects with others on my team, at least in my profession, isn't so bad. My teammates make me better. They help me get my vision out of the clouds and into the dirt where the ideas can take root and ultimately produce. Without their help, I'd just be a think tank.
But such productivity was the not the norm for group projects in high school, college or even seminary. These group projects usually had one of two outcomes.
1. The most likely scenario was that every group member did their specific task separately. Until the day leading up the project when these separate parts were united into the group's project.
The outcome. Hooray!! We worked as a team.
2. The other likely scenario went something like this. One person performed the majority of the research and actually produced the product so that they wouldn't have their grade reduced by the three other students who only show up at the end of the project and put their name on the assignment.
The outcome. Boo!! I hate everyone on this team.
Based on my hatred for group projects, you can probably guess which of those outcomes was my most common experience. However, neither of those outcomes express how we try to partner with parents. Because even if successful, both outcomes of a group project neglect relationships and leave me feeling like ultimately we all lost in spite of our grade.
As a parent and a ministry, each one of us could pursue inspiring faith in the next generation alone, but there is greater influence when we partner together.
When we work in relationship with one another, there is greater encouragement, satisfaction and level of accomplishment (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). Therefore at Northridge Kids we value...
We think life change and faith inspiration happen best within the context of relationships. Therefore, we seek to prioritize relationships with parents, relationships between leaders and kids, and the relationships between each kid who attends Northridge Kids. Our value of relationships is revealed by:
On average Northridge Kids has 40 hours with your children. Compare that to more than 3,000 hours the average parent has with their child. While our staff and volunteer invest countless hours to make sure we get the most out of our 40, we also invest a significant amount of time and energy into helping you get the most out of your 3,000 by working to cue faith conversations within your family's rhythm. How do we do that?
PARENT CUE - This monthly resource highlights the Bible Stories and Bottom Lines for each week of the month. Parents can utilize the Parent Cue throughout the month in order to synchronize their faith discussions as a way to amplify what is already taking place at Northridge Kids. You can also find that information online for both HighPoint and our Pre K environments.
CELEBRATIONS - We seek to connect faith to life by celebrating both annual (holidays) and milestone events (Parent & Child Dedication for newborns and Next Level Event for 5th Graders moving into Middle School) recognizing faith is a part of life, not apart from life. These events are our ways of trying to help you make the most of these special occasions within the spiritual journey of your child.
SOCIAL - We want to connect with you each Sunday when you pick up and drop off your child. We understand that even a short, simple conversation goes a long way. We also want to connect throughout the week. Let us know about special events in your kids lives that we can participate with you. Finally, join in the conversation taking place on Facebook and Twitter. Use the best of what we offer in your family's rhythm.
Our volunteers (whether leaders in Pre K or SGLs in HighPoint) strive to engage with kids as uniquely and specifically as possible through their consistent presence and ability to create a safe and accepting environment. When our leaders succeed at creating this community, they are able to engage in faith conversations that help kids apply the Bible to their life and encourage them take their next faith steps.
While we can't manufacture relationships, Northridge Kids does our best to develop environments which are conducive for relationships. By creating a safe place where kids are known, accepted and heard by adults and other kids, they become more open to connecting with those with whom they have fun, share faith and show and receive care. By developing strong relationships with others in their group, kids in turn experience a positive peer pressure to help them make wise choices from elementary to High School and throughout one's faith journey.