Grace and Safety in Small Group

Grace and Safety in Small Group

One of my earliest memories of embarrassment came on a Sunday morning in my 4-year-old Sunday School class. I felt like there was something in my nose, so I did what every normal 4- year-old does – I reached into my nose and attempted to get out what was bothering me. (Let’s not pretend your 4-year-old self — and maybe adult self — didn’t pick your nose, okay?) My Sunday School teacher looked up and simply said out loud to me (and all the kids at the table), “Kelly, we do not... Read More
Someone, Somewhere

Someone, Somewhere

How will I find the time? Can I be “real” with other people? How much can I say? What if their opinion changes of me?   For those of us in ministry, the thought of community can be a bit conflicting. While we know that life is more meaningful done in circles than in rows (after all that’s what we tell our preschool small group leaders and parents), we also know that given our place in the local church this doesn’t come without a certain level fear – a fear that people hold us to an... Read More
No One Told Me…

No One Told Me…

 by Kelly Stockdale I am both a Worship Pastor’s wife and a Preschool Director. But long before I was a Preschool Director for our church, I was a Worship Pastor’s wife. My husband would come home with stories of celebration. Sometimes he would come home telling me of something new and exciting he was working on. Some days he would come home and tell me the hard stuff he and/or the church was going though. But no matter what may be going on in his ministry, I always felt like he was always... Read More
Influence

Influence

By Kelly Stockdale   How do we reach and influence as a people who have a passion for preschool ministry? The definition of influence is to have the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something.   It’s hard when you’re working with preschoolers, right? What’s the eternal difference you’re making when you’re working with preschoolers? To be honest, most children won’t come to know Christ as a preschooler. How do we... Read More
AD Space