Letting Kids Be the Tradition-Makers

When we allow children to have a creative voice in how we celebrate the holidays, we let them exercise the gifts and talents given to them by our precious Abba God. And we let them actively participate in the very heritage of faith and love they will then pass on to their children.

Do Your Volunteers Know You Care?

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself: How do our volunteers know we care? Your volunteers are your ministry gold. They are who makes your ministry happen.

Saying Less, More Often

You have about 40 hours a year . . . that’s it. After the sick days and vacation time, the kids and students who come to your church will have about 40 hours to hear you present to them the most important, life-changing, and essential message that they will ever hear.

5 Tips To Help Balance Your Time At Home And In Ministry This Christmas

I’ll be home for Christmas. You can count on me . . . [insert record scratch here] . . . well, unless you’re a ministry leader!

So, how do we do it? How do we strike the proper balance between serving God and serving our families, particularly at Christmas?

Letting Kids Be the Tradition-Makers

Letting Kids Be the Tradition-Makers

When we allow children to have a creative voice in how we celebrate the holidays, we let them exercise the gifts and talents given to them by our precious Abba God. And we let them actively participate in the very heritage of faith and love they will then pass on to their children.

Saying Less, More Often

Saying Less, More Often

You have about 40 hours a year . . . that’s it. After the sick days and vacation time, the kids and students who come to your church will have about 40 hours to hear you present to them the most important, life-changing, and essential message that they will ever hear.

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Comparison Is the Thief of Contentment

Comparison Is the Thief of Contentment

Comparison is the moving sidewalk you wander onto, the one that whisks you 50 yards away to a bad place before you take a step. It’s always right there, just one tiny thought away, ready to slide you silently, deeply into a mire of discontent.

Maximizing Family Time During the Holidays

Maximizing Family Time During the Holidays

The hustle-and-bustle of the holiday season doesn’t just pertain to shopping. Ministry work seems to get kicked up a notch between October and February. We have Fall Festivals, Hallelujah Nights, Trunk or Treats, Thanksgiving events, Christmas services, New Year’s services, and new families coming to jump-start their faith journeys this year. With all of these moments that are scrunched together by calendars, how we can make sure to protect our family time?

Big or Small, Your Church Matters

Big or Small, Your Church Matters

Fifty attendees or 5,000—your church matters. Because, while your church may have a paid staff of zero and a volunteer staff of a few that do multiple jobs, that is not what the kids in your church will remember. The kids in your church will remember that there were adults who cared about them and stayed consistent in their lives, regardless of whether they wore Carhartts or skinny jeans.

3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

11, 12, 13. These are the awkward years. You remember right? Greasy hair, frizzy hair, don’t care. Weight gain and weight loss. You feel like an adult but everyone treats you like a kid.

Life for a middle schooler is rough. Forget trying to figure out who you are in Christ. Preteens are hanging onto the struggle bus for dear life.

Why Every Generation Needs a New Revolution

Why Every Generation Needs a New Revolution

We have to be brave enough to challenge what is temporary so that we can highlight what is timeless. And we must stand against any theology that justifies mistreating others while rallying others to do the same. We must be revolutionaries.

Do You Know Where I Live?

One of the best ways to get to know someone’s context is to know where they live. Maybe that’s why Jesus invited Himself to Zacchaeus’ house. By doing so, Jesus modeled empathy.

How to Prepare Your Church for the Next Decade

How to Prepare Your Church for the Next Decade

Change is inevitable. A revolution implies something bigger, faster, or more impactful. Let’s face it, churches have not been known for being at the forefront of change. There have been major revolutions in church history before, but not with every generation. 

How To Lead Difficult Team Members

How To Lead Difficult Team Members

Chances are that along your way you will eventually be confronted with a ministry partner (volunteer) that causes some friction either with your ministry team, with your ministry direction, or with you personally. And although there are endless reasons (or excuses) why a team member might not be in sync with the direction of your leadership in ministry; the fact remains, God has placed you in a position of influence and authority for such a time as this.

Do You Know What Matters to Me?

Do You Know What Matters to Me?

What matters to someone actually matters. When the leaders in your environment take the time to figure out what matters to those they lead, children and teenagers in your ministry begin to believe they matter, too.