The Greatest Journey Around A Mango Tree

The Greatest Journey Around A Mango Tree

Across the Pacific island nation of Fiji, the mango tree—a sacred object in Hinduism—is being used as a classroom for boys and girls of diverse religious backgrounds to learn about Jesus through The Greatest Journey, the discipleship course Samaritan’s Purse developed for children who receive Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts. Getting to one of these open-air classrooms on Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island, means traveling a long, gravel road lined with 10-foot high sugar cane. Nestled in... Read More
How To Evaluate Your Church Culture

How To Evaluate Your Church Culture

Recently I became a volleyball parent. My youngest has started playing volleyball, and with this season I find myself on Saturday at random gyms for daylong tournaments. In just a short time, I’m learning that there is a volleyball culture. The players’ possess apparel and use equipment uniquely designed for volleyball. Apparently, it’s important to have a collective team cheer for the various ways you can score. Also, at the end of a match and game, there’s etiquette to changing sides. The... Read More
Four Simple Steps You Can Take To Prep For VBS

Four Simple Steps You Can Take To Prep For VBS

by Abbey Carr In just a few days, we’ll be staring down the face of Memorial Day weekend. While this is a great opportunity to reflect on the lives of men and women who have served our country, it also signals something else for children’s ministry leaders around the world. The imminent countdown to VBS. The to-do lists grow at an unprecedented pace. The volunteer list continues to grow and shrink . . . morphing into the final listing of the finest people who will serve arm-in-arm with you and... Read More
How To Develop A Culture Of Worship In Your Church

How To Develop A Culture Of Worship In Your Church

  by Yancy Richmond I’ve been a part of leading worship for every age group in the church. “From birth till death” as I like to call it. I’ve organized and led teams that lead worship effectively for preschool, elementary, preteens, middle school, high school, college, and adult worship. Also, I’ve been a part of some ministries in a very disjointed way where each area did their own thing with little to no connection to the other age groups and ministries. I also was a part of a church that... Read More
Creating A Culture Of Fun And Celebration

Creating A Culture Of Fun And Celebration

by Ian Rock I remember the first time I learned about the work environment Google creates at its various offices around the world. I was blown away by the sprawling recreation and break rooms, world-class restaurants (which are free for employees), massage services (also free), and unique meeting spaces around their campuses. Year after year, the tech-giant finds itself among the ranks of the best companies to work for, and a major factor in their success is the enjoyable culture they have... Read More