Book Study: Make Believe, Week 4

Book Study: Make Believe, Week 4

by Leslie Galema For week 1 of the Make Believe book study, click here. For week 2 of the Make Believe book study, click here. For week 3 of the Make Believe book study, click here. Last week, I woke up early, packed up my younger two kids, and headed two hours south to pick up our oldest daughter at camp. She had been gone for a week, and I missed her! We arrived, and as I scanned the large group of sleepy 10- and 11-year-olds—and saw her—she locked eyes with me with a look of annoyance. I... Read More
Four Principles for Leaders About Change

Four Principles for Leaders About Change

by Tyler Reagin Why is it so hard to change? I mean seriously. How many times have you tried to change a habit, a routine, even an attitude and you come up short? You keep repeating your same mistakes. Maybe for you it’s not even mistakes, it’s just continuing to do the same thing you have done for years. I recently read Henry Cloud’s book, Necessary Endings, where he talks about the idea of pruning. Things that are good, or even great, for a season have to be cut away and changed because they... Read More
It Matters What Words You Use

It Matters What Words You Use

by Leslie Bolser Last night, my daughters and I walked to our local park with a group of family friends. As we enjoyed one of the first official nights of summer break, we bumped into Emily, a young lady from our church who is home for college break. Over the spring, she had asked me to be a reference for a summer job she was hoping to land working with kids in our parks and recreation department’s summer day camp. In front of the whole group, I casually asked her how it was going,... Read More
Book Study: Make Believe, Week 3

Book Study: Make Believe, Week 3

by Leslie Galema For week 1 of the Make Believe book study, click here. For week 2 of the Make Believe book study, click here. Make Believe, Chapter 5 Your Children’s Pastor is Cool I am writing the study of this chapter from the standpoint of my 10 years worth of experience in kids’ ministry. (I only started serving in youth ministry two short years ago.) I know exactly how it feels to be tempted to compete—from both sides of the fence! Kids’ ministry versus student ministry is a battle of... Read More
Oakwood and Orange: How a small church implements the Orange Strategy

Oakwood and Orange: How a small church implements the Orange Strategy

by Dave Dorsey, Oakwood Community Church I became the director of ministries for our church just over four years ago, and a big part of my responsibilities is the kid’s ministry. Early on, I began to assess how effective we were in our kid’s ministry. We were using a number of different curriculums for the different age groups and I thought that was how you do kid’s ministry. It was all good stuff, but it seemed to be fragmented. Additionally, the kids were hearing different... Read More