Signing Day

Signing Day

Several weeks ago was the NCAA College Football National Signing Day. This was the day that all the top (and not so top) high school football players had to sign their letter of intent to attend certain colleges. It’s a huge day in the life of college football teams and their future players as ESPNU dedicates a whole day of programming around it. If your team signs the right players, they have a great chance to be a top-tiered team. If not, there is a good chance that they are going to be just... Read More
Married People Book Study, Week 1

Married People Book Study, Week 1

by Daron Dickens I’m both a pastor and a marriage and family therapist, so it may come as no surprise to you that I’ve always been very interested in what makes a great marriage. As early as age 11 or 12, I remember having “interviews” where I would ask married couples what made their marriage so great. They thought it was cute, but for me it was no game. I really was curious. Through the experience, I gained a lot of important insight that’s helped me even today.... Read More
Football, Leadership and Ministry

Football, Leadership and Ministry

by Matt Norman I know I’m the only one. I am probably the only children’s pastor/worker/ministry leader/business leader that has ever done this, but I am going to share anyway just in case. When I took over our children’s ministry and our children’s church, the pastor and I had a big vision. After spending some time developing this vision into something I felt like I could communicate clearly, I attacked it like an NFL line backer attacks the quarterback. Pushing aside any lineman that might... Read More
Camp Reflection: Speaking to Kids

Camp Reflection: Speaking to Kids

Last August, we wrapped up our Kids Ministry Summer with the annual Camp Woodside, our overnight camp for 3rd-5th graders at Center Lake Bible Camp in Tustin, MI.  My primary role for the week was to speak to the kids at the morning and evening sessions.  As I reflect on our week, I had a couple of thoughts about speaking to kids.  This may surprise some, but speaking to kids is different than speaking to teenagers or adults. Here’s 8 things to consider: 1.  Schedule – think about the time of... Read More
The Key is the Heart

The Key is the Heart

by Sarah Bragg I love coffee. More than that, I love Starbucks coffee. There is just something about it. Something different. Maybe it’s the aroma or the environment or the cup. When I was in seminary, I was asked to read Pour Your Heart Into It by Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, for my class on the church. Seemed kind of weird to be asked to read a book about coffee for a class about the church, but I ended up finding it fascinating. Howard Schultz said, “A company can grow big... Read More