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Surely, God has done extraordinary works in our lives through King's kids ministry.
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Surement, Dieu a accompli des œuvres extraordinaires dans nos vies par le ministères des Fabricants de Joie.
Nous voulons constituer un journal de souvenir de ses œuvres merveilleuses dans nos vies !
Peux tu donc nous envoyer ton témoignage à cette adresse : firstname.lastname@example.org
Sois bénis alors que tu le fais.
Check out on our Material and Curriculum section, we just posted two excellent bookelts to help you start prayer groups with your children. We used to call them Daniel Prayer Groups in KKI, and it's time to relaunch a new generation of prayer warriors. These materials will help you get started, as they are filled with creative ideas, vision and practical content.
God already began speaking to us several years ago about this, through a Scripture in Revelation 3:1-3:
I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. 3 Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.
So we’ve begun working on this issue. Realignment is already in process. We just finished our KKI Leadership meeting in Steenwijk, Netherlands, where we addressed this Mission Drift dimension and tried to identify what are the main drift factors in our midst. Our international leaders reacted very positively to this processing. The following chart shows us which factors are perceived as the most real and which don’t seem to be so dangerous. The highest bars represent what our leaders perceive as the most significant drift risk factors, and the lowest bars representing the least threatening risk factors:
From this chart, we can deduce that our international leaders perceive the loss of our Levitical anointing and the danger that our ministry doesn’t flow anymore from the presence of God as the two main threats. The main theme of our meeting was taken from Exodus 33:15: “Without your presence, we will not go any further.” The lack of parent involvement, the lack of linking between the generations and the lack of supporting community leading to isolation are also among the top five risk factors.
On the other hand, failure to address the spheres of society is not perceived as a threat, nor is the multiplication of KKI expressions. Distance from the rest of YWAM doesn’t seem to be perceived as a major problem either.
Our leaders also mentioned a few other drift risk factors:
At the point where we are, I think there are several ways to address potential mission drift. In the next few months, we can:
We intend to take several practical steps in the next few years to bring life and correct any drift tendency. Most of all, we need the grace of God and His Spirit of resurrection, and I believe we also need the prayers and support of the wider YWAM community as we obey the Lord and do our part to move in the right direction. In the next few months:
In an organization like YWAM, with over three decades of existence, he said we are clearly not just dealing with structure but with culture, i.e. a YWAM culture. Therefore we must see a change in our cultural ways of doing things in order to see structural change come.
He went on to say that there must be a core of influencers in the mission who will act as motivators for change. They must buy in first, and they must become a movement through which change comes. With a group the size and age of YWAM, everyone is totally immersed in “the culture”.
To have change, it must be deliberate, intentional, and radical or the natural “drift factor” will bring us back to where we are now, even though people embrace new concepts in their heads and hearts. The core group must be totally committed to this change and willing to slug it out and pay the price to see it come. There are, of course, some scriptural guidelines and boundaries that we must not cross.
I underline the aspect of a core group of influencers who will act as motivators for change in a deliberate, intentional and radical way.
If we do not come back to our roots, we will lose our anointing. And if we lose our anointing, we lose our purpose, our raison d’être. If we want to see a new season of multiplication, we need to realign with our original purpose and strengthen our fundamental values and principles. If we let the Lord search our hearts and ministries, He will show us whatever needs to be strengthened, changed or even cut off. And as we humbly and radically obey, make difficult decisions and receive His correction, I believe His favor and anointing will be renewed, and the best is yet to come.
 Darlene Cunningham, History of YWAM Governance, December 2011, working document given to the participants of the Executive Master in leadership of the University of the Nations, San Antonio del Mar, February 2015.
Through the years, KKI has changed. Let us think about the element that drew us to this ministry:? How and why did God call us? Are those elements still present?
I believe we are in danger of losing our anointing, and in some places it may already have happened. Let me suggest some dimensions where we may have drifted, or where we are in danger of drifting:
So, are we drifting because we organize fewer schools and consequently have fewer long-term staff, or are we organizing fewer schools and consequently have fewer candidates because we are drifting? In other words, is the decrease in schools a cause or a result of the drift?
I have also sensed some responsibilities on the KKI side, although I haven’t been able to get official confirmation. Unequivocally, I always get the same answer from YWAM leaders: “We love KKI, it’s a great ministry.” They often speak about a certain image they have of KKI, and not necessarily of what KKI is meant to be. Speaking with Alejandro Rodriguez, YWAM leader in Argentina, he confirmed a feeling of “polite distance” or even indifference from the YWAM community. Actually, a lot of people in the new generation of YWAMers don’t even know about KKI.
KKI is no longer championed by the rest of YWAM as it was back in the eighties, and there may be several factors for that: multiplication of trans-national ministries, tendency to highlight the new things - but there may also be a feeling that KKI is “a thing of the past”. We tell the stories of the glorious old days, but we need a new generation with fresh stories to fire the imagination of current leaders. Otherwise, it gives the impression we are just maintaining an old ministry that has lost its anointing, giving it some palliative care before its inevitable death.
This feeling is not worldwide. It mainly reflects some regions or nations in North America, Europe and Africa. Many of our leaders in South America, in Asia or in the Pacific don’t distinguish KKI from YWAM. But still, I think there is a breach that needs to be recognized and closed. At the same time, YWAM regional leaders in Africa have clearly expressed this last year their need of KKI and their desire to build together. If there is drift, perhaps we have not veered to far off yet. And in many places, it has started to be addressed and corrected.
In other places, it’s the name, “King’s Kids,” that poses problems. In English-speaking regions King’s Kids denotes a children’s ministry, which turns off teenagers that otherwise may have been interested in joining. The question is regularly addressed during our leadership gatherings. Would a change of name contribute to drift? Would it affect our calling and anointing? Or would it correct some of the drift?
Joining global movements like 4/14 or others may also be tricky and have some dangers, especially if we become so involved that it becomes more important than our own ministry. To illustrate, it’s like a father neglecting his own children and family because he becomes so passionate about something of his own interest.
Are we proud of who we are (in the good sense of the term)? Is our way of doing ministry contributing to its health and growth?
As I was pondering on this last year, I got a picture from the Lord. It was a barrel made up of staves joined together. The problem was that the staves were not all the same length. The barrel could be filled only up to the level of the lowest stave. It represents KKI around the world. The staves represent the values. To get the full KKI anointing, we need to make sure we live out the values the Lord has given us and don’t neglect some of them because they are less appealing or seem less relevant to our vision. Are we in the second generation where it’s already a matter of preferences?
 Ibid., 107.
 Loren Cunningham, YWAM UofN Growth, pdf document of a Power Point Presentation brought during the YWAM Singapore Gathering, September 2014.
 How to start a missions movement (Short section), extract of a Power Point Presentation sent by David Hamilton during the Executive Master in Leadership third intensive in San Antonio del Mar, February 2015.
 Skype discussion with Dale Kauffman and the author in January 2015, following a personal discussion of the author with Alejandro in Buenos Aires in December 2014.
A. What is our mission as KKI?
King’s Kids was birthed in 1976 in Kona, through Dale and Carol Kauffman and a few other families. During their DTS outreach, they took time to teach the children and teenagers to listen to God’s voice. Thus the children became active participants and took ownership of the ministry as the words they received from God became true. Even the name, “King’s Kids,” was received by a child.
A. What do we mean by “Mission Drift” and “Mission True?”
Mission Drift is a book written by Peter Greer and Chris Horst, of HOPE International. They have done an amazing work, researching dozens of organizations, ministries, universities and companies to see which percentage of them have stayed faithful to their original mission. They have tried to identify the factors representing a danger for mission drift, of slipping little by little away from what the founders had in mind when they started. They also give strong recommendations on building safeguards in different elements.
How do Greer and Horst define a Mission True organization?
In its simplest form, Mission True organizations know why they exist and protect their core at all costs. They remain faithful to what they believe God has entrusted them to do. They define what is immutable: their values and purposes, their DNA, their heart and soul.
This doesn’t mean Mission True organizations don’t change. And it doesn’t mean they aren’t striving for excellence. In fact, their understanding of their core identity will demand they change. And their understanding of Scripture will demand they strive for the very highest levels of excellence. But growth and professionalism are subordinate values. To remain Mission True is to adapt and grow, so long as that adaptation and growth does not alter the core identity.
Darlene Cunningham challenged us to read this book during the YWAM gathering in Singapore in September 2014. After reading it and having heard Darlene speak about it during our Executive Master in Leadership in February 2015 in San Diego-Baja, I have become even more convinced that we need to consider this warning seriously and to let the Holy Spirit search our hearts and highlight the way we function as King’s Kids International, as this puts words on something we have been sensing as a Core Leadership Team for several years now.
B. Examples of Mission Drift
The book describes scores of organizations that have drifted from their original mission, like YMCA, Harvard, Yale and many others. Over time, new leadership came in, with new ideas, and new ways of doing things. The Christian aspect became less and less important and at one point they decided to get rid of it. Other times, it is caused by unwise handling of finances, or by inviting business-oriented people onto their board that didn’t understand the DNA of the mission and wanted to run it like a business.
Other companies or organizations are good examples of what it means to stay Mission True: Cru, Compassion, and Intervarsity have stayed committed to their original mission and even improved their effectiveness and clarity of mission through the years.
I would like to highlight one sentence of the book: “The founders’ passion rarely translates to subsequent generations of leadership. Too often, the passions of the first generation become the preferences of the second generation and are irrelevant to the third generation.”
King’s Kids will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year. Are we still in our original mission? Our founders are still here, and we have the chance to have an international fellowship of leaders with a healthy mixture of ages, the younger ones having opportunity to rub shoulders with older ones and draw from their DNA. But we are not immune to mission drift and we need to process together how we can safeguard what we consider as essential.
 Peter Greer and Chris Horst, Mission Drift, Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 27.
 Peter Greer and Chris Horst, Mission Drift, Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 27.
This article was prepared for the YWAM Africa magazine end of 2014
King's Kids International was born in 1976 in Hawaii through Dale and Carol Kauffman. God led them during their DTS outreach to teach the children of the base to listen to God's voice together with some of the parents and to obey what He would show them. That was the beginning of a movement that spread throughout the nations - children, teenagers and their families were also part of the Great Commission. The waves Loren had seen also included under eighteen, actually a lot of them!
I was excited to walk on the 4k map in our YWAM gathering in Singapore last September. It was a big map, about 20m long and 15m wide certainly one of the biggest I’ve ever seen… I need to say I always loved maps. When I was a child and a teenager, I even used to create my own geography books, copying maps, studying borders, rivers, specific characteristics… I was especially attracted by remote islands or little countries lost in the mountains….
In Singapore, I enjoyed so much this 4k approach, to help us see where we are and where we are not; this gives us so much more insight than traditional maps with the nations of the world. I found this was a strategic tool in using research and intelligence to better define the remaining task in front of us.