Confessions of a Ministry Conference Jumper

Confessions of a Ministry Conference Jumper

Okay, I’ll admit it. I am a recovering ministry conference jumper, or, as I like to call it, a MCJ. It’s not something I’m proud of, but it’s the truth. There are a lot of us out there in church world. For years, as an MCJ, I refused to attend the same ministry conference twice. I thought I had learned all that I possibly could that one year at “Fill in the Blank” Conference. I’d been there. Done that. Gotten the T-shirt (and the lanyard, the cool journal to take notes in, the mini-stress... Read More
Social Media Plan starting Feb. 4th

Social Media Plan starting Feb. 4th

Here is the Social Media Plan for influencing parents to have offline conversations with their kids. If you missed the first post explaining what that is then click here. The following information will be 6 tweets, 3 Facebook posts with 2 Facebook Timeline photos, 2 pictures for Instagram, and 2 articles to pin on Pinterest. Feel free to use any and all of this information but also don’t feel tied to these updates word for word. These are simply examples that you could copy and paste if... Read More
FUN is Only a Three Letter Word

FUN is Only a Three Letter Word

I recently attended my church’s Christmas services with my wife, my parents, and my wife’s mother.  We were very excited about it because we had heard that our church had prepared some great music, musical numbers, and an interactive thing using our phones. Now, you might be thinking ”interactive thing using our phones?”  “Musical numbers?”  Sounds like a show more than a church service. Well, there was a family sitting right in front of us that was visiting the church I attend that I am... Read More
Small Groups, Part 5

Small Groups, Part 5

This is the fourth post in our series about how and why we do Small Groups. Catch up on Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.   Something you’ll notice sometimes in the parenthesis after the name of the activity besides the four categories (Bible story review; memory verse review; application; and prayer) is the phrase “Great for Boys.” Basically, this highlights that this will be active and more high-energy than other options. In bold, at least once in each week’s Small Group activities,... Read More
Small Groups, Part 4

Small Groups, Part 4

This is the fourth post in our series about how and why we do Small Groups. Catch up on Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.   After Large Group (or Power Up), we suggest a follow-up set of activities that we call Catch On—because we want them to take what they just heard, to review and process it, as well as apply it. We provide four different types of activities each week and we recommend two not to miss right at the beginning if you’re having trouble choosing. (Remember, we don’t expect or want... Read More
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