Parents Need Encouragement, Too

Parents Need Encouragement, Too

One of the interesting things I’ve discovered as I have been training groups of parents is their need for affirmation and praise. I have been surprised by how many of them feel like they are failing most of the time when parenting their children. Think about it: Where do parents hear that they are doing a good job? The school system? No, parents tell me all they get there are lists of things they “should” do next year. Talk shows? Nope, they mainly highlight the problems parents are... Read More
Do Big Things By Leading Small

Do Big Things By Leading Small

by Mike Clear We have a big challenge. A BIG challenge. Most studies today indicate that at least half of students will walk away from their faith in college. Why? Professors that are too pushy? Roommates who are too radical? Cynical sweethearts? Although these may be the easy mark, the reason they walk away from their faith is not something they come across on campus. Rather, it’s something they bring from home. For most, it’s an immature, borrowed, untested or fragile faith. Now, before you... Read More
5 Qualities of an Amazing Small Group Leader

5 Qualities of an Amazing Small Group Leader

by Kendra Fleming If you’re anything like us, you’ve just spent the summer recruiting and training new small group leaders for the fall. As we interviewed and talked to these leaders there are always a few things that we’re looking for. Here are five qualities I think are most important. If you’ve been doing this for a while, then you know ’em when you see ’em! 1. They care. I’m not talking about someone who is tenderhearted or hugs a lot. I’m talking about someone who genuinely feels... Read More
Stop Apologizing

Stop Apologizing

by Carey Nieuwhof If you’re a typical church leader (and I’m sure you’re not; you’re an exceptional church leader), you probably feel a twinge of guilt every time you recruit someone into your area to serve. After all, these people work forty (or more) hours a week and you’re asking them to give away extra time for free. Sometimes we drift into apologizing for inviting people to serve. We tell them it won’t require much. It’s just for a season.... Read More
Time for Kickoff

Time for Kickoff

by Misty Phillips Do you have a game plan to connect with parents this fall? It’s a great way to kick off the fall season since families are back in the swing of school and routines. As leaders, we want to do all we can to help parents create a rhythm with their families as they build on what is taught in church each weekend. Fall is a great time for not only a team huddle, but also connecting with parents to share your game plan in your ministry. Here are a few ideas for your game plan from... Read More