Working ON It and IN It

Congratulations on making it to a huge moment in time!  It’s almost fall and you’re doing an FX!  Or at least thinking enough about it to read a blog.  Either way that’s a big step.  You’ve committed to a unique ministry that can influence the next generation in ways that simply aren’t possible in any other way. I used the word “unique” and now that I see it on the page, I’m remembering that word stands for a lot of other things. “Remarkable” “New” “Different” “Noteworthy” And of course –... Read More
Back to School, Back to FX

Back to School, Back to FX

Ah, back to school. It’s that time when families start thinking about putting systems in place, and getting life back on a regular schedule. It’s a time when the sound of someone asking “Can I go to the pool?”, turns into the comment of “Mrs. Templeton’s class is too hard.” It’s a time when the families in your FX are trying to sort out the new challenges for a new school year. As this school year begins you can help the families in your community by . . . Communicating clearly your FX... Read More
FX Checklist

FX Checklist

July – Now is the summer of our discontent.  Vacations, work trips, parties, camps… It’s tough to get anything consistent at church during the summer.  FX is no exception.  In fact, FX is probably the toughest place to coordinate leaders, presenters, families, tech teams …There are a lot of moving parts to try to mesh on a great day, but when you add in summer it gets nearly impossible. That’s why a lot of people decide to heavily modify their FX or even take some down time during the summer. ... Read More
Three Questions You Should Ask about FX Costumes

Three Questions You Should Ask about FX Costumes

“Let’s see, what should I wear today?” How many of us had a moment at the beginning of our day when that thought crossed our mind? What we wear can make a difference in what activities we pursue, how we are perceived, and how you feel. I have two daughters that spend lots of time thinking about that question. Lots. I’ve never been very good at that question (either answering it or asking it at appropriate times), but I’d like to ask it in a way that will help anyone producing a Family... Read More
It’s Not a Show

It’s Not a Show

I just returned from the Orange Conference 2016 where I was fortunate enough to have dinner with some FX leaders. One man in particular stands out for me. We were having a quick dinner together (quick because we were on a conference schedule), and he told me that his entire view of FX changed at Orange conference four years ago. I stopped eating and leaned in, wondering what he would say next. Did he realize FX was a great outreach tool for families in his community?   Did he understand that... Read More
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