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The Last Word with Nelly Arnold

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Thanks for sitting down and being willing to able to chat with us Nelly! To give some background information, what is the ministry that you work in?

I work with the Connections team as the Connections Coordinator. I lead volunteers that help others get connected to E91. This includes the moment when people get out of their car to the moment they sit down in the sanctuary. We attempt to make people feel right at home and being at E91 an easy and enjoyable experience. I work with volunteers to train them and give them information that they can give to all those who attend here.

Why did you decide to work in Connections?

There were many signs from God that I should apply to work in Connections, but I was hesitant to start. Taking this step was a big leap of faith for me. Working at E91 has caused me to develop my current strengths and discover new strengths and skills. I love being at the front lines with new people. There are no masks with this role, just simply developing authentic relationship with others. The best part is that Connections is the first step for people coming to Christ.

What does the day-to-day work look like for you?

Everything I do during the week is geared toward preparing for the weekend service. Volunteer spots are scheduled every week. I reach out to our volunteers to remind them of upcoming events and give them information for the upcoming weekend. I also train new volunteers that sign-up fro connections on our green “I’m Stepping Up” cards. Finally, I spend time on Sunday's preparing volunteers to answer our most frequently asked questions.

Currently, what’s the biggest need in Connections Ministry?

The big need is getting more people on the schedule. Our goal is to have a rotating schedule so that we have enough people to spread the load of volunteering in Connections. This helps to avoid burnout and exhaustion from our volunteers. Easter was a blessing because they had enough people to help and we hope to continue to have an increase in volunteers.

What are some new things happening in the connections team?

The newest and most exciting update is the Connections parking team! Anyone who attended the Easter service had the opportunity to see some of our volunteers waving signs and welcoming everyone to E91. This is a new team development and right now it’s in the beginning process. Currently, our parking team will be available for big events, so say hello to our volunteers when you see them!

Do you have any tips for a new family joining E91?

My major thing when I was a new guest was that I was too afraid to ask questions. I wanted to be involved, but I didn’t know how. I encourage new guests and members to not be afraid to ask questions. The Connections Team is always working together to help you find an answer. We want to help you and we want to work with you. That's why we are here.

You’ve survived all of my questions. Is there anything you would like to share about Connections to the E91 audience?

Firstly, I encourage you to keep volunteering at E91. We have a variety of places at E91 that can fit your skills and strengths. If you don’t find one that fits, then we will work to find a place for you!

I also want to update everyone and let you know to keep your eye out for some great things coming to E91. I can’t give the full details just yet, but the Connections team is excited for great things to come!

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3 Lessons About Kid's Ministry

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I am very excited to be returning to East 91st Street Christian Church! It is the church that my own children grew up in, and the church that we all call “home”. I look forward to doing ministry with you, and to being a part of guiding this next generation of children closer to Christ!

It has been my greatest privilege to be a part of Children’s Ministry for over thirty years. Hopefully I don’t seem that old yet, but I have learned a few things along the way. First, children deserve the very best that we can give to help them to know, follow, and love Jesus. Jesus loved children and put a high priority on them. He knew that kingdom belongs to even the littlest one and that how we teach and reach them today will have a ripple effect for decades to come. We have to be a church that strongly believes in ministry to young people, and it should our number one priority as a church.

Secondly, to really make an impact in kid’s lives, we have to diligently seek after their hearts.  We must provide an excellent ministry, simply so that the door to their hearts will be open. That excellence can be flashy and fun, Bible rich, community deep, or quiet and meaningful. We provide a variety of growing experiences that create space so that they will be able to “hear” God in the way that connects with them the most. We strive to reach EVERY child for Christ. These created moments allow Christ’s message to seep into their hearts, take root, and grow into a living faith that they will one day call their own.

Thirdly, partnering with families is a key element to a successful Children’s Ministry.  The church has roughly 40 hours to make an impact in the lives of kids. We will do everything we can in those 40 hours to point them towards Christ. Families though, have 3,000 hours a year to nurture spiritual development, and we are called to help parents leverage their hours for lasting spiritual rewards. The time spent with family is a game changer, and we want to help you make the most of every minute!

I look forward to meeting you all, and growing together!

With joy, Gerri


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