Children’s Ministry

Erik & Chrissy Nilsen

Children’s Pastors

Erik and Chrissy Nilsen are the Kid’s Pastors here at Discover Community Church. They are passionate about teaching God’s word to the children of our church in a loving way. Erik and Chrissy believe that each child has been gifted with a unique treasure that can be discovered by finding where their passion and the needs of the world intersect. Every child is treated with respect and encouraged to grow in their knowledge of God’s character and their own individual passions.

Erik enjoys the great outdoors, mountain biking, and spending time with his family. In addition to teaching in Kid’s Church, Erik also leads the Men’s Ministry and serves on the security team for DCC. He sees the value of equipping men to be spiritual leaders in their households, families, and relationships.

Chrissy enjoys photography, and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and their pet pig, Lucy. She loves coffee and can occasionally be found serving behind the coffee bar here at DCC. Although she keeps plenty busy here in Colorado, she uses her skills as a dental assistant to serve families in Cambodia every year.

June Lessons

This month we will be exploring and discovering what our spiritual gifts are, and how we can effectively use and apply those gifts to serve others.

Identifying spiritual gifts is important to help find places to plug into service in the Body of Christ. We often think of how this relates to our church community, but what do spiritual gifts mean to the family? They can reveal God’s calling to each person, including our children!

Although there can be some slight variation between lists of spiritual gifts, these are the main passages we will be using: 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28; Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:11; and 1 Peter 4:9-10.

The following is a list of the gifts found in these passages along with some hints or clues on how they might start to show up in a child. Obviously, the older your child is, the clearer things are going to be as their personality begins to form and cement. However, I see some of the same personality traits in my daughters today as I did when they were first born. What fun it is to see a little person growing into the person God made them to be!

(Keep in mind, too, that God is surprising and so often uses us in spite of our natural abilities so that He might get the glory! While our gifts may tell part of the story of God’s calling on our life, they may not reveal the whole story. They are, however, a great place to start.)

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul points out that God has purposefully made each of us unique. He never intended us all to be the same. Rather, His mission is fulfilled through very differently gifted people working together to accomplish the same purpose.

Blessings to you and your family! We are so excited to seek out and discover the gifts that God placed in each of these kids!

Wisdom

Wisdom

  • Special insight into practical problems
  • Peacemaker in a conflict situation (perhaps with siblings)
  • Concrete in applying Bible verses to everyday life
  • Excellent “common sense”
Knowledge

Knowledge

  • May be studious and love learning new things about faith
  • Wants to know what every Bible verse says about a question
  • May “know” things about God that you haven’t taught them yet
Faith

Faith

  • Easy, breezy when it comes to trusting God
  • Not much of a questioner; accepts what he/she is told about God
  • Not thrown by difficult circumstances
  • Prays naturally and without worry
Healing/Miracles/Tongues/Interpretation of Tongues

Healing/Miracles/Tongues/Interpretation of Tongues

Many people differ on whether these gifts still are around today. It is our belief that they were never revoked in Scripture and God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. However, it goes without saying that if your kid has these gifts, it is probably going to be pretty obvious!

Prophecy

Prophecy

  • Truth teller
  • Rarely, if ever, lies
  • May sometimes come across as harsh in speaking truth
  • Hits the nail on the head
  • Is often convicting, even to Mom and Dad
Apostleship

Apostleship

  • Full of new ideas
  • Loves to start something new
  • Creative
  • Concerned about people who don’t know Jesus
  • Interested in other cultures and peoples
  • Interested in doing something to share Jesus with others
Teaching

Teaching

  • Loves to come alongside younger siblings and teach them
  • Patient
  • Able to use multiple methods and words to get an idea across
  • Conscious of whom he/she is talking to and able to tailor the message to them
Helps/Service

Helps/Service

  • Happy to be in the background
  • Loves to help with practical tasks (loading the dishwasher, dusting, sweeping, setting the table)
  • Is always following you around and wanting to work together with you
  • Asks for jobs to help with
Administration/Leadership

Administration/Leadership

(two separate gifts that often—but not always—come together)

  • Always organizing friends (“you do this, you do that”)
  • The kid who comes up with the ideas that everyone else wants to do
  • Uncomfortable following others
  • Likes a clean, organized room
    Inspiring
Encouragement/Exhortation

Encouragement/Exhortation

  • Frequently reminds others “you can do it!”
  • Sees the good in others, even when some people don’t
Giving

Giving

  • Willing (or even offer) to give away their toys
  • Love to always have something to give to a friend
Mercy

Mercy

  • Might cry at the thought of children going hungry or suffering
  • “First on the scene” when a friend or sibling falls or is hurt
  • Big hugger
  • Careful to speak kind words
  • Tender and loving with animals or small children
Evangelism

Evangelism

  • Invites friends to church
  • Shares with friends about Jesus
  • Even talks to grown-ups about Jesus
  • Writes evangelistic letters to friends or family members who may not know Jesus yet
Shepherding

Shepherding

  • Nurtures friendships
  • Helps people join together and belong
  • Caring
  • Good listener
  • Gentle
  • Concerned for others
  • Notices the person who doesn’t have friends and includes them.

Just for Fun!

https://youtu.be/fh0NLQJfAYU

Erik & Chrissy Nilsen

Children's Pastors

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Re: Children's Ministry

Awe, I love it! Thank you guys for always being such a beautiful influence of our Lord to our children. You are priceless 😍