October YouLead Research: The Importance of Family Time and Spiritual Growth

If you knew that there were three things that would help your families’ spiritual formation the most, would you encourage the parents and kids you serve to try them? If you had to guess what those three things were, what would you say? Here are some interesting findings when it comes to the importance of family time and spiritual growth: The Search Institute (2007) found that the three factors as predictors of faith development in teens were: 1) Frequency of discussions about faith with... Read More

There's a U in Volunteer!

by Danielle Schneller There is no “I” in team but there is a “U” in volunteer! Precisely why you and/or your team shouldn’t miss out on volunteering at the 2012 Orange Conference, right?! This will be my fifth year to volunteer at The Orange Conference and it has become a yearly trip that I wouldn’t miss out on. First off, it’s fun! There is an instant friendship with the other volunteers. The volunteers at The Orange Conference are people who have traveled from all... Read More

Mentoring Tidbits

by Abbie Smith In a random coffee shop on a random day recently, I asked 10 people what came to mind when I said the word mentor. Answers ranged from “my dad” and “a man in my AA group,” to work-related responses and even a 20-minute conversation about “a woman in grade school who changed my life.” What can I conclude from these responses, I wondered? Well, I could at least say that “mentor” means different things to different people. Had I surveyed 10 people at my church one Sunday morning, I... Read More
The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family Book Study, Week 4

The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family Book Study, Week 4

So, after a month of reading The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family, is your house chaos-free? Do you come home from work and say, “Wow, I can’t believe how our household is so together!”? And the kids—of course they’re cleaning their own rooms, helping with chores, and doing their homework without prompting or complaining. Of course not! Does this mean that reading the book has been a waste of time? Or that your family is a failure when it comes to having a calm and peaceful family? Rest... Read More
Poisonous Statements

Poisonous Statements

by Billy Phenix James 3:8 is a scary but important reminder. “No man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” As parents, we must realize that one of the most defining influences on our kids is our words. What we say can make or break our kids. James reminds us that in our broken state our tongue is restless. That means it’s going to take a lot of energy to tame our words and to speak deliberately to our kids. This is especially true when we are frustrated or angry.... Read More