Married People Book Study, Week 5

Married People Book Study, Week 5

by Daron Dickens You want to know something a little scary? When I went to get my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and therefore, my license, I found out something really interesting. I found out that they actually let me see clients fairly quickly in the process. This was a two-year program and at the very end of that first year I was actually sitting in the therapy room with a real client. None of this actor stuff or mock therapy. This was somebody with real issues who was trying to... Read More
Don’t Forget the Parents

Don’t Forget the Parents

by Sarah Anderson Connecting with students is hard work. Ask any seasoned volunteer, ministry staff, or parent. But when it comes to relationships with teenagers, parents may need encouragement more than anyone else. When all they get at home is an attitude, they can often wonder if anything positive is happening internally. As a volunteer and leader, you get a glimpse into a student’s heart that a parent may not have. And what better way to encourage and spur on your parents than passing... Read More
Voice Lessons

Voice Lessons

by Abbie Smith Have you ever been in a meeting with a strong leader whose voice was so big that your voice seemed small? I was in a meeting like this recently with a highly respected leader who is very experienced and dynamic. His voice was so BIG that the other voices in the room actually became very small. The irony is that his experience and position did not translate into leadership and inspiration. I cannot speak for others, but I actually left that meeting feeling devalued rather than... Read More
Married People Book Study, Week 4

Married People Book Study, Week 4

by Daron Dickens I serve as a small group pastor at a fairly large church. From time to time people ask to sit down with me to talk through how they can make their church’s small groups run more smoothly. In each case, no matter who they are or where they come from, I have two key bits of advice I give everyone. In all kinds of churches, in all kinds of towns, in all kinds of systems, I have seen this advice played out successfully again and again. The advice that I give them is not... Read More
An Appealing FX

An Appealing FX

by Greg Payne FX, or Family Experience is a ministry area that uniquely targets a wide range of ages, cultures, and senses of humor. Baby-boomer parents and kids from five to twelve years old can be in the same room at the same time. It’s a challenge to say the least. We’ve found that when creating the FX, the best place to focus is the fourth grade. The fourth grade demographic will define what is cool for your families. If the fourth graders like it, chances are the fifth graders will too.... Read More