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WHY DOES KIDTREK DO WHAT IT IS DOING?

HOW IS KIDTREK DIFFERENT FROM AN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM OR DROP IN CENTER?

WHAT WILL THIS COST MY MINISTRY?

WHAT ARE KIDTREK'S BASIC THEOLOGICAL TENETS?

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN KIDTREK'S BASIC TRAINING?

WHO ARE THE ROLE PLAYERS AND WHAT IS EACH OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES?

WHAT IS THE TYPICAL TIMELINE FOR SEEING CHANGE?

HOW DOES KIDTREK ASSIST OUR LOCAL MINISTRY?

WHAT ABOUT FUNDS FOR MY MINISTRY?

HOW CAN I PERSONALLY CONNECT TO A LOCAL MINISTRY?

WHO ARE AT-RISK KIDS?

WHY DOES KIDTREK DO WHAT IT IS DOING?
KidTrek's ultimate purpose is to equip (model, train, coach) the church to reach families in crisis.

Our desire is to see at-risk kids become Christ-changed, hope-filled, productive adults by connecting them to the local Bible teaching church through the presence of committed, consistent, long term Christian adults in their lives.

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HOW IS KIDTREK DIFFERENT FROM AN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM OR DROP IN CENTER?
KidTrek is not a program, but a philosophy of ministry. KidTrek cannot be explained in a five minute conversation because it is "caught, accepted and believed" as a way of life. It is a person's paradigm, or way of thinking, about how to raise up Godly adults.

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WHAT WILL THIS COST MY MINISTRY?

For the Associate Ministry, the overall cost of running a ministry of this nature will vary depending on available facilities and whether using paid staff or volunteers.

We help each ministry think through all of the costs that will best serve their needs (including providing specific training on fund development), but the Associate Ministry is ultimately responsible for it's own fund development and program costs.

  1. Financially
    KidTrek model for reaching families in crisis, is an investment; it will involve commitment and sacrifice. Investments are typically not cheap, and at the very least they cost us something. KidTrek, as an organization, is committed to excellence for which we are prepared to pay what it costs.

    As King David told Araunah in 2 Samuel 24: 21-24,
    "And Araunah said, 'Why has my lord the king come to his servant?' David said, 'To buy the threshing floor from you, in order to build an altar to the LORD, that the plague may be averted from the people.' Then Araunah said to David, 'Let my lord the king take and offer up what seems good to him. Here are the oxen for the burnt offerings and the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood. All this, O king, Araunah gives to the king.' And Araunah said to the king, 'The LORD your God accept you.' But the king said to Araunah, 'No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God that cost me nothing.' So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver."

  2. Commitment
    KidTrek is not a program, but a philosophy of ministry; it is a way of life. Each ministry, whether church or Para church, will need to weigh the cost of their commitment (click link above formore information on this) ; this will involve sacrifice and trust in the LORD to truly be effective in doing His work in the children's lives.

    While Associates may have more "direct" financial responsibility, they will also have many challenges dealing with commitment (e.g., staff vs. volunteers). But it will also mean, based on their source of funding, their commitment may not need to be as in-depth as KidTrek originally trained them to do...concentrating more on drop-in-centers, outreach nights, and after school programs.

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WHAT ARE KIDTREK'S BASIC THEOLOGICAL TENETS?

Due to KidTrek's desire to reach as many children as possible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we have adopted the Lausanne Covenant as our statement of faith in an effort to be more ecumenical.

"The Lausanne Covenant is a declaration agreed upon by more than 2,300 evangelicals during the 1974 International Congress to be more intentional about world evangelization. Since then, the Covenant has challenged churches and Christian organizations to work together to make Jesus Christ known throughout the world."

KidTrek Associate Ministries
KidTrek will expect Associates to understand where KidTrek is coming from theologically before they attend Basic Training. All training and curriculum will be taught and used in a manner reflected by the Lausanne Covenant.

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WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN KIDTREK'S BASIC TRAINING?
ANYONE interested in changing a child's life by introducing him/her to Jesus Christ and connecting him/her to a local bible teaching church.

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WHO ARE THE ROLE PLAYERS AND WHAT ARE THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES?

  1. Local-Church
    Can choose to develop its Sunday and midweek ministry to own kids (Sunday Plus) or begin an outreach minsitry to the kids in its syrrounding community (After School Program):

    1. Sunday Plus
      Sunday Plus is our partnership with churches who have a desire for an excellent Sunday morning, mid-week and beyond ministry to their church kids.

      As able (Deuteronomy 16:17), KidTrek will assist in the raising of funds to support ministry.

    2. After School Program
      After school programs have become a popular means for the local-church to reach at-risk kids in their community. KidTrek equips the church to implement a high quality after school program.


      “We need to be sure that programs don’t do more harm than good.”
       
      Dr. David DuBois, Researcher and Professor of Psychological Sciences

      Dr. Dubois also says faith-based after-school programs often lack excellence due to the lack of training provided those who work with the kids, KidTrek seeks to provide this much needed resource.



  2. Para-Church
    After School Program
    • Ministry considers the cost
    • Works with KidTrek to develop a Memo of Understanding which defines partnership unique to that ministry
    • Has a commitment to fold community families, regardless of economic/social status, into ministry
    • Commitment of staff who attended KidTrek Basic Training to train additional staff and volunteers

  3. Partner Church or Parachurch
    • A ministry may choose to partner with another ministry who also desires to reach "at-risk" kids from the same community
    • This partner ministry will not have any direct partnership with KidTrek
    • Ministry may provide volunteers and/or funding for Associate Ministry
    • More than two ministries may choose to partner together to have an Associate Ministry for one community
    • KidTrek suggests Partner ministries develop an MOU between them to avoid misunderstandings

  4. KidTrek
    1. Works with ministry to develop Memo of Understanding which defines partnership unique to that ministry
    2. Works with ministry to develop a plan for training staff and volunteers
    3. Provides on-going training, coaching and nine units of curriculum for 12 months
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WHAT IS THE TYPICAL TIMELINE FOR SEEING CHANGE?

  1. Change in kids' grades seen in first three months
  2. Change in attitude and behavior of kids in first year
  3. School acceptance in second year
  4. Community awareness of results in second year
  5. It takes three years minimum before families will trust a church enough to begin attending
  6. Kids remain in home of origin who otherwise may have been placed in foster homes
  7. Visible signs of community change-ten years
  8. Fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ-twenty years

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HOW DOES KIDTREK ASSIST OUR LOCAL MINISTRY?

         KidTrek’s 880

  1. Eight-day, eighty-hour “Basic” Training, some of which includes:
    • Children & Salvation (leading a child to Christ)
    • Understanding Reality Learning (experiential lessons)
    • Child Development, including the emotional needs of a child
    • Safety & Emergency Issues
    • Volunteer Recruitment
    • ASP’s** learn to work with Schools and Social Services
    • Learn how to build intentional relationships with kids and their parents
    • Administration
  2. In addition, Associates receive:
    • 8 days, 8 nights Room and Board
    • Hard copy Director’s Manual; (650 pages)
    • Hard copy Staff Manual (500 pages)
    • CD containing Staff Manual and needed Forms
    • Assistance in ministry specific strategic planning
  3. Goal Boarding – Throughout week develop specific steps to accomplish goals for your unique ministry
  4. Sunday Plus Ministries receive added pages for manual specific to Children’s Ministry
 

         Nine Units of Curriculum
         Bible centered, character based curriculum with material showing how to
         minister to the whole child/teen.

  1. Each Unit contains Four full weeks of Lessons
    • Each week breaks down into 3-day, 3-hour lessons and activities
  1. Each unit is created to be flexible to meet unique needs of ministry
  2. Each Unit is thematic in nature; using both lessons and life
        experiences to teach kids God-centered, Bible-focused topics.
        For example:
    • Confidence
    • Choices
    • Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving
  3. Kids learn Jesus is a part of each aspect of his/her life through:
  • Bible Focus, Life Skills, Arts n Crafts, Recreation, Family Time
  1. A Leader’s Guide containing:
  • Detailed instructions for implementing each lesson
  • Devotional for Leader; focus on own need for lesson

    Needed resource list

       Twelve Months of Coaching

  1. Unlimited phone support
  2. Two Webinar
  3. Two site visits
    • Additional travel costs may apply; dependent on ministry location.
    • Purpose: Observation and assistance with problem areas

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WHAT ABOUT FUNDS FOR MY MINISTRY?
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HOW CAN I PERSONALLY CONNECT TO AN ASSOCIATE MINISTRY
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WHO ARE AT-RISK KIDS?
At - Risk Kids Defined (a partial list)

  • Have experienced abuse or neglect-safety issues
  • Live in low income homes
  • Substance abuse in the family
  • Mistrust/disrespect of authority
  • Absence of one or both parents
  • Live in court-placed homes
  • Involved in the juvenile court system
  • One or more siblings involved in gangs
  • Poor language skills
  • One or both parents unemployed
  • Poor communication in the family
  • A physical or emotional disability
  • Retained in school grade level one or more times
  • Family annual income less than $20,000
  • Absence of role modeling
  • No consistent participation in a church community
Multiple At-Risk Factors (2000 U.S. Census data)
  • 80% of children in low-income families or where no parent works have at least one other risk factor.
  • 56% of children in low-income families have three or more risk factors.
Probable Outcomes as Adults when mentoring does not occur
(a partial list)

  • Teen pregnancy
  • Crime/violence leading to incarceration
  • Public dependency
  • Chronic unemployment
  • No spiritual dimension-unaware of God's love and presence


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