Why We Use a Check-In System?

In the upcoming weeks, I will be changing our check-in system over to a new program.

Why Have a Check-In/Out System In Church?

Why Have a Check-In/Out System In Church?

Once I complete the testing to work out any bugs, I hope to flip the switch and everything go well! However, I get asked by people why do I insist on using a check in system at our church?

  • We are a church that knows everyone.
  • Nothing is going to happen here.
  • It’s church, you got to show some trust with the people.
  • It’s a hassle and I think it’s childish for my kids.
  • These are some reasons that I get for not having a check-in / check-out system from parents and guardians. I consider each child that steps into the 4:12 Ministries area of Mountain View one of my kids. I have the same hassle checking in my kids, and thankfully getting my kids. Just because I am the Children’s Pastor, that does not give me any special right to have my kids treated special. They are held in class until someone with the correct parent tag comes along to get them, just as other kids are.

    Today I came across an excellent short article that ties into a book that I am getting to help me out with “our” kids. It states without any apology why children’s ministry and the church are the perfect target for predators of kids. It is a sad fact, but true. If you will, click on the link below and take a few minutes to read the article. I hope that it will give you some insight into why I have instated a check-in / check-out system, background checks, cameras in rooms and other procedures. The safety of our children and your peace of mind while you are in a worship service is of great importance to me. I am not saying that everything that we have done is perfect. And I am quite sure that there are bugs in the system that need squashing. But if we work together, I think we will make it the best system that we can.

    6 Reasons Why Sexual Predators Target Churches

    Lastly, if there is anything that you believe could improve or better our Children’s Ministry, please take the time to call me, email me or just talk to me. I am willing to listen to any suggestion and see what, if anything, can be done.

    Till next time…
    Keep loving on the kids

    Steve Blackston
    Children’s Pastor
    Mountain View Baptist Church
    706-741-0584

    Looking For Some Fun This Weekend?

    You know, many times in life we as the parents are always on the go!  We have yard work, house work, home projects, and a plethora of other things that always need to be accomplished.  But how many times do your kids want you to stop and play with them?  If your house is anything like mine, it is constantly!

    That is where we as the parents need to STOP and PLAY!  We need not to worry so much what others think about the way our house looks, how dirty our car may be, or if the yard is manicured to perfection.  Those things will be there after the chance you had to play with your kids are gone.  There are only a few chances that we as parents will get to enjoy with our kids.  Just to see how many, check out this app from Orange that will let you put in your kids graduation date (or other important dates) and let you see how many weekends, days, hours, minutes and seconds you have left.  Once you see it, I think you will be shocked!

    Here are a few things that you can do with you kids over the next days, weeks, or months.  Pick out a few and go for it.  Be a kid with your kids for a bit and have some fun, not only will you build a bond with your kids, but memories will also be built that will last longer than fresh cut grass!

    Till next time, keep loving on the kids!

    Steve Blackston,
    Children’s Pastor

    What’s Up Next?

    Parents,

    Are you like most people and can never seem to get your life organized? You never know what is coming up next? Well here is a bit of help! Each month, there will be a new calendar posted here at 4:12 Ministries that you can print off and use. There will be church activities included that will let you know what is going on at church and places you can add your own events. Being a parent can be tough enough, being a dis-organized parent, can be tougher!

    August Parent Calendar