Bikes, students, and Rwanda

This note came to us from Brent Isbill of Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Texas. In a recent XP3 series called New Friend Request, we encouraged ministry leaders to host a coffeehouse night (in partnership with Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee) as a community outreach event and fundraising opportunity for the people of Rwanda. What a great night we had last night! I am so proud of our students. We raised $2000 last night which will buy eight bikes for families in Rwanda. That is eight... Read More

Ten Marks Of A Super Leader

Jim Wideman is doing a great series of posts about the ten marks of a super leader – something we can all learn from! 1. A super leader has to see things before they happen. Long before I ministered to thousands of kids I saw it. Long before I had a national ministry I saw it. I don’t pastor the ministry I have, I pastor the ministry I want to have. See the vision. Set the right goals. See what needs to be improved. Develop the plan to get it done! 2. A super leader connects with other... Read More

Spiritual growth

Breaking news: Attendance in your student ministry does not equal spiritual growth. Sorry to have to break it to you, but just because you’ve got teenagers coming to your ministry each week doesn’t mean they’re being developed spiritually. We believe there are five catalysts God uses to elicit spiritual growth: Life-Changing Truth – Teaching applied in contextSpiritual Disciplines – Prayer, reading Scripture, giving, fastingPersonal Ministry – We gain by... Read More

"But I'm only a volunteer"

Sometimes we get fooled into thinking we can only create change in our churches if we’re full-time, paid staff. Not so! We recently heard from Marcia Becker, a volunteer at Timber Lakes Baptist Church in Houston, TX, who turned her church Orange after decades of traditional children’s ministry. How did you go about presenting the idea to your church’s leadership? I had been challenged by the leadership team to go find something that would engage and excite our children and... Read More

What you say in private …

You’ve seen it happen on Twitter or e-mail: Messages that were intended to be direct messages (DMs) or private replies go public instead, all because the sender hit the wrong button. Fun times. Especially if you enjoy mild heart attacks. Almost happened to me today on e-mail. It turns out I did NOT send what was supposed to be a private note to our leadership team as a “reply all” to a wider community. But for ten minutes, I was away from my screen and convinced myself I had... Read More