An Introduction to Our Interim Children’s Ministries Coordinator, Lisa Nauman
by Ursa Shaw
On any given Sunday, we have about 25 busy children, ages infant through 5th grade, sharing, laughing, and learning at NFC. Alongside those children, you will see at least ten children’s ministry volunteers teaching and interacting with them. We are SO thankful for these precious children and for our many faithful volunteers!
With children in our midst, many important tasks and responsibilities present themselves. In children’s ministries we are charged with things like safety procedures, curriculum choices, volunteer coordination, reordering supplies, organizing summer camp details, and forming relationships with our smallest members.
Last summer, the responsibility for children’s ministries shifted exclusively to volunteers. The Christian education committee was formed in order to help support volunteers in their work. I have been happy to serve on this committee during this time of transition in our church, as we have tried to provide the best possible environment for kids to learn about God.
This winter, our CE committee began to talk about hopes that we had for the future of NFC’s children’s ministries. We talked about wanting to grow our program, as well as ways we felt we weren’t able to meet some of the basic needs of our children. We watched important matters fall through the cracks. Who cleans the nursery toys? What safety procedures were we overlooking? What about the allergy precautions in our classrooms? Where do we order supplies and curriculum? The list went on.
One day, I felt God’s specific prompting toward action. I sat down and typed out a proposal for a quarter-time children’s ministries coordinator and presented it to the CE committee. They added their input and encouraged me to take it to the administrative committee. After the AC meeting, the proposal went to the stewards and the elders who discussed it and sent it back to the AC for final approval. The position was created and later offered to Lisa Nauman.
I am delighted to report that Lisa will be taking on the interim position of NFC’s children’s ministries coordinator! Praise God! Lisa is a long-time NFC member and volunteer. She and her husband, Josh, have two children, Elli and Nate, who are in high school and middle school, respectively. As a teenager, Lisa volunteered as a cadet teacher and grew to love helping children. Subsequently, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from George Fox University. After that, she taught for eight years at Dundee Elementary School before deciding to stay home with her young children. For the last seven years, Lisa has worked as a substitute teacher in the Newberg School District.
As she steps into this new role, Lisa says, “I hope to create belonging and space for the young kids and families of NFC to get to know each other. I plan to do this through organizing fun events, coordinating summer camp needs, and giving space for intergenerational interactions and relationships.” Lisa will be serving as children’s ministries coordinator in the capacity of ten hours per week on an interim basis. Please join me in welcoming her into her new position! We are so thankful for Lisa and for her love for God and for children.