Free Advent Printable: Mission Compassion

Free Advent Printable: Mission Compassion

by Autumn Ward It was late fall in Georgia and the cold weather had finally come to stay. Thoughts of the holidays filled my mind as I sat in the car rider line to pick up my kids from school. They piled in with their coats and backpacks and we headed home.   As we sat at the kitchen table going through school papers and eating a snack, my oldest daughter, who was 6 at the time, announced,   “Mama, we need to get Quinn some socks so his feet won’t get cold when we play on the playground.”  ... Read More
VBS: More than Event Planning, Make it Intentional

VBS: More than Event Planning, Make it Intentional

by Rebekah Bullard   A few months ago, in a conversation with another ministry leader, I asked, “How does your church do VBS?” Her response caught me off guard. She said, “We don’t. I am not as brave as you.” I was taken back because, in my experience, VBS was seen as a non-negotiable staple in our calendar planning. As I replayed this interaction in my mind, I put on my critical thinking hat to empathize with her thought process. There are many reasons why she may have responded this way:... Read More
Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents starting November 15

Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents starting November 15

Racking your brain for a way to provoke meaningful conversations between parents and their elementary kids in less than 140 characters? Well, rack no more! Below, you will find everything you need to cue parents this week through every major social media outlet from Twitter to Pinterest (so you can focus your brain power on posting the really important stuff—like that picture you just took of your cat standing in a puddle). And if you missed our first post explaining what all this is, take a... Read More
3 Signs Families Are About To Leave Your Church

3 Signs Families Are About To Leave Your Church

by Frank Beeler Some things shouldn’t surprise us like they do. We’ve heard the warnings and seen the signs, but when something or someone finally fades away, we react as if we had no clue. In the world of family ministry, nothing seems to surprise us more than when families leave our church. Most of the time, our metaphorical mouths hang open, but should we really be shocked? I’m learning there are a few clear indicators someone is pulling back from the ministry but oftentimes our ignorance... Read More
Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents starting November 8

Social Media Plan for Elementary Parents starting November 8

Racking your brain for a way to provoke meaningful conversations between parents and their elementary kids in less than 140 characters? Well, rack no more! Below, you will find everything you need to cue parents this week through every major social media outlet from Twitter to Pinterest (so you can focus your brain power on posting the really important stuff—like that picture you just took of your cat standing in a puddle). And if you missed our first post explaining what all this is, take a... Read More
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