3 Signs Families Are About To Leave Your Church

3 Signs Families Are About To Leave Your Church

A few months ago, my nine-year-old son, Isaac, wanted to take up gardening. We acquired a few containers and a variety of vegetable seeds and got to work. It wasn’t long before we began to see all kinds of sprouts, and his plants began to flourish. One afternoon, he asked me to transplant his cucumbers into a bigger container. The plant was very young and was doing just fine where it was but he was expecting a “big” harvest. I tried to explain it wasn’t a good idea to move the plant so... Read More
The Volunteer Party Of The Year!

The Volunteer Party Of The Year!

by Amy Fenton I had coffee a few days ago with some awesome kids ministry leaders. They are at a new church that is growing and thriving. So exciting! As we talked, their love for their church was evident. They had a passion and excitement for this new path God has put them on, and joy was oozing out of them. As I begin to ask questions about their ministry structure and environment, they were saying all the right things, until we started talking volunteers. Suddenly their countenance changed.... Read More
How To Support Your Local Schools This Holiday Season

How To Support Your Local Schools This Holiday Season

by Leslie Bolser It may seem a bit early to think about Christmas, or even Thanksgiving. Over the last few weeks, my daughters and I have spent an unhealthy amount of screen time on Pinterest, seeking Halloween costume ideas, then last-minute trips to the craft and hobby store to stock up on glue sticks, fabric, and sequins. But while there, I’ve been reminded by the rows of wreaths and pre-lit evergreen trees that Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner. In the church world, that... Read More
5 People Who Should Be On Your Speed Dial

5 People Who Should Be On Your Speed Dial

by Matt McKee How do you know if you are part of the community as a pastor, a business leader, or the CEO of a non-profit? For me, there are two questions that I ask myself: If something happens in the community who calls me? If something happens in the community whom do I call? Those may be simple questions, but I believe that they are very telling of how well you are connected and how well you have communicated that you are a resource that is willing to help. If I could wave a magic wand... Read More
Social Media Is Waiting For You To Connect

Social Media Is Waiting For You To Connect

A few weeks ago, I sat at a lovely dinner and listened as the folks talked about how they had met. Most had found each other through social media groups; in fact, very few of us had actually initially met in a traditional, “in-person” setting. Everyone at the table was actively involved in local church fellowships in various communities, yet I noticed something was missing in their conversation. As they praised the power of the newest social platform, the message loudly proclaimed... Read More