Small Groups: Learning and Growing in Community

Small Groups: Learning and Growing in Community

Occasionally, potential small group leaders tell me they don’t know enough or aren’t good enough to be a kid’s leader. I understand the feeling, but then I take a look at the people Jesus chose to be His disciples. Two of them were quarrelsome men with the nickname, “Sons of Thunder.” Peter was a guy who took matters into his own hands before thinking it through, and Matthew was a tax collector. God had a plan for each of them –  long term, ministry plans. It all started with 11... Read More
The Trip to Orange – Step 3

The Trip to Orange – Step 3

Up to this point in your trip preparation, you’ve decided that you are definitely traveling to Orange and, specifically, First Look. You gathered information, decided who will go with you (your volunteers) and shared some of the trip details with those very special travel companions. You will arrive at your destination in about 2 months. It’s time to prepare your team. In order to have access to all the tools you need to prep your team, this is the time to sign-up for your First Look annual... Read More
Social Media Plan for Reaching Parents Starting July 20th

Social Media Plan for Reaching Parents Starting July 20th

Here is the First Look Social Media Plan for influencing parents to interact with their preschoolers. If you missed the first post explaining our plan, please click here.  The following information will be 6 tweets, 5 Facebook posts, 2 pictures or ideas for Instagram, and 2 articles to pin on Pinterest.  Feel free to use any and all of this information but don’t feel tied to these updates word for word.  These are simply examples that you could copy and paste if you wanted or you can add your... Read More
Be Present. Be There. Be Tuned In

Be Present. Be There. Be Tuned In

You’ve probably seen a preschool boy walk beside his dad with his hands in his pockets while imitating a long stride “just like Daddy.” Dad proudly smiles at the little munchkin, scoops him up and plops him on his shoulders. Just like that little boy, kids are always watching and imitating parents and leaders. It makes me want to be a better example and be there for the kids I lead. John 15 reveals God’s word “Abide” or “be present.” I like to think of it as constantly tuned in.... Read More
Setting the Stage – Away We Go (August 2015)

Setting the Stage – Away We Go (August 2015)

For many of us, August is the end of summer, it’s when school is starting back so we use August as our kick-off month. For others, it’s the final month of the “year” when everybody is returning from vacations and getting ready to launch in September. No matter in which category you fall, August is going to be an awesome month for you! The visuals of Away We Go center around beautiful hot air balloons. You’re going to want to use the theme art in your space if you can... Read More
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