[Jesus] sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all." Then he took a little child and put it among them [in their midst]; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me."
Mark 9:35-37 NRSV


Phil Day

children and families ministry specialist

Phil is the author of midst.com.au with over 40 years of experience in this area.

This website offers excellent insights & help for parents & churches in their faith journeys with the children in their midst.

There is something for everyone!

If you are:

  • a parent doing life and faith with children
  • a church going really well and needing a review process to confirm that
  • struggling to hold on to children during the transition stages
  • wondering about ministry and mission principles
  • looking for some parenting or small group leading ideas around the topic of the discipline of children

… then you will benefit from the kaleidoscope of principles and ideas here.

The name for this website is derived from a story about Jesus where Jesus too a child and placed that child in the middle of the gathering. A child in our midst is meant to make a difference to everything including the way we do life, explore faith and be followers of The Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. If children are excluded or removed, intentionally or unintentionally, we are missing all the benefits that children bring to us.

Phil is a strong advocate for the children in our midst however much of the content found here can be read through the lens of your particular advocacy interest. Just re-read the last sentence: If [advocacy group] are excluded or removed, intentionally or unintentionally, we are missing all the benefits that [they] bring to us. Enjoy doing that!

Phil is available for presentations, support and encouragement (coffee & a chat), ideas, coaching, training or consultancies … working with you to transform your ministry … helping to get the direction right for you.

The following list of areas of midst.com.au give an indication of the breadth of interest and focus for Phil’s ministry.

a kaleidoscope of ministry options

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    5 Keys

    for ministry with children and families
    Discover 5 of the keys for effective ministry with loads of articles and suggestions.

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    for growing great kids for growing great kids
    Tools for helping parents, teachers, children’s workers in their vitally important roles. Tools for helping parents, teachers, children’s workers in their vitally important roles.

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    The first 20 minutes

    Are children engaged or just waiting to leave?
    We can do more to help children be more engaged in our celebrations of worship.

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    Faith journeys

    with children and families
    Looking at practical ways to understand how faith grows and how then to empower parents and workers to find their roles in the discipleship of their children.

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    The ethos … the vibe … of ministry and mission

    Getting the direction and the culture of your team just-right!
    When ministries or missions fail it’s sometimes hard to work out why they don’t work; why they don’t achieve their goals; why they implode; why they fail without anything being learnt. You will either be affirmed in what your doing right or here’s why its a mess and here’s how to improve things or get it right next time.

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    Help for you

    Presentations, training & consultancies
    Working with you to help get the direction right for your context …

    • ‘Presentations’ for a variety of contexts helps to not only communicate a message but to also demonstrate many of the principles of ministry with children and families.
    • ‘Consultancy’ helps you to see if a review is needed. This will identify and affirm that which is effective and helpful as well as show up areas that need adjustment or change.
    • ‘Training’ helps leadership, workers &/or parents to gain the fresh insights or motivation to implement more effective faith forming approaches.