The Spiritual Discipline of Gratitude

The Spiritual Discipline of Gratitude

by Sam Luce There are many disciplines in the Christian life. When you start to quantify them you usually get into trouble. Of all the disciplines that can be practiced and demonstrated in the Christian life I believe Gratitude is the single most important discipline. Gratitude is the byproduct of something we can’t produce ourselves. Gratitude is something we feel when we have been given what we don’t deserve. Gratitude happens when we experience grace and it happens with regularity when we... Read More
Marriage Ministry: What Works, What Doesn’t

Marriage Ministry: What Works, What Doesn’t

by Ted Lowe and Doug Fields As you focus on marriage ministry, here’s an excerpt from our book, Married People: How Your Church Can Build Marriages That Last. For years, we’ve both experienced the joy and privilege of helping other church leaders. Some of this has taken place face to face; much of it has happened through gatherings at conferences. The point is, we’ve gotten a lot of feedback about what works and what doesn’t in marriage ministry. The good, bad, and ugly of feedback has become... Read More
Can Preschoolers Really Worship?

Can Preschoolers Really Worship?

by Jenna Kuykendall I’ve always known that the answer is YES but deep down inside, after writing songs, creating choreography, and planning large groups for preschoolers, I’ve found myself still asking this question. I’ve also asked: “Is my preparation even worth it? Do they even hear or understand what I’m saying?” As I’ve taken the time to get to know the kids in my ministry, and after 14 years of children’s worship ministry, I’ve learned that the answer is a complex YES! Jesus said, “Let... Read More
The Best Of Orange Tour Quotes

The Best Of Orange Tour Quotes

Many of you enjoyed last week’s post of quotes from Reggie Joiner at Orange Tour. There was so much wisdom shared during the 13 stops of Orange Tour that we wanted to share more quotes from the leaders who joined us on our journey. Carey Nieuwhof – @cnieuwhof Say YES to people outside the church by realizing they are spiritual and engage them in real conversations. People outside the church are afraid of coming; they think we’ll hold them to expectations we don’t... Read More
7 Questions Every Kidmin Leader Needs To Ask Themselves To Grow

7 Questions Every Kidmin Leader Needs To Ask Themselves To Grow

I am a question junkie! I’ve never met a question I didn’t like. Why? That’s simple: Questions make you think, questions make you evaluate and questions make you grow. I’ve also come to see questions cause you to learn as well as being a first step to change! In my opinion, there is no such thing as a dumb question. Jesus was a master at asking the right questions. Luke 2:46-52 tells us that He started early. He continued throughout His earthly ministry using questions to teach and encourage... Read More