Conversation: Lynn Krogstad
Lynn Krogstad, children’s pastor at Valley Community Church
in Sacramento, Calif., started volunteering in children’s ministry in 1975, the
year after she accepted the Lord. During her time as the director of children’s
ministry at a church, the senior pastor suggested she go through the
credentialing process, which she finished in 1993. She has been married to her
husband, Michael, for 35 years. They have two grown sons and four
grandchildren. Kelly Bevill, an intern at the Pentecostal Evangel, recently
spoke with Krogstad about how adults can connect with kids in their church’s
evangel: You’re big on the value of volunteers.
KROGSTAD: I have a passion for volunteers because I came in
as a layperson not knowing anything. I love to train leaders from that
evangel: What can adults learn from kids about having a
relationship with God?
KROGSTAD: Kids have a simplicity of faith. They read or
learn something from the Bible and take it as true without questioning it.
evangel: How can people in the church address needs that
arise as a result of broken homes?
KROGSTAD: It’s important not to judge a person by their home
situation. Promote your church’s family events in a way that welcomes single
evangel: How can a church meet the needs of kids whose
parents don’t attend with them?
KROGSTAD: For the kids who are dropped off, it is especially
important not to make them feel like they’re different because their parents
aren’t there. Look for opportunities to build a bridge to the parents, like
inviting these parents to watch their child in a program or come to the park
for a special event. Make sure that every child is treated as an important
participant in the program, never as an outsider.
evangel: How can adults bridge the generation gap and reach
out to kids in the church?
KROGSTAD: Adults need to love the children in their
congregation unconditionally and not allow an age difference to hinder them.
Love will transcend any difference. It doesn’t matter how old we are. If we
just love the kids, they feel it, they know it, and they receive it.
Also, I encourage my volunteers and parents to turn on the
TV and watch the shows that most of the kids are watching and read some of the
books they are reading. You may not want your kids reading them, but it is
important for you to know what the kids are involved in. This helps bridge that
gap, because then you have an understanding of what their world is like.
evangel: As kids go back to school, what can parents do to
encourage the spiritual lives of their children?
KROGSTAD: Going back to school is a great time to
reprioritize the family. Make sure that spiritual opportunities are plugged
into the family calendar before the kids take on extracurricular activities. Be
selective and you’ll have a balanced and less stressful schedule.
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