Volunteer, You Are The Awesome Secret Sauce

Volunteer, You Are The Awesome Secret Sauce

Dear Volunteer, Thank you. Thank you for being on the frontlines of ministry each week. You play a unique role to help shape the future of a child’s life. There are not enough thank-you cards to say how grateful we are. Week by week, you plant and share God’s Truth in a relational way kids can put into practice. You prepare before you arrive on Sunday. You meet kids in their world to help them talk through and embrace faith. Thank you for choosing to develop relationships with kids to have... Read More
The Insanity of God Film

The Insanity of God Film

Will you follow Jesus even when it doesn’t make sense? Let me introduce you to someone you may have never heard of . . . Nik Ripken. Nik has walked with followers of Christ from the hills of Kentucky to war-torn Somalia. Faced with suffering in his own family, the realities of war around him, and the systematic destruction of the work he felt called to do, the evil was at times overwhelming. How could God be good, when life was so dark? How could Christ reign victorious on a day when a... Read More
3 Keys To Keeping Boundaries In Ministry

3 Keys To Keeping Boundaries In Ministry

Real questions I’ve been asked by students and parents… So, what’s your real job? Umm . . . what do you actually do all day? So, you just take the summer off then? How was your vacation to Mexico? (It was a mission trip, you Jerky McJerkyson.) For whatever reason, some people think that family ministries staff don’t work very hard or very often. This of course, is utter nonsense. In fact, it can be incredibly difficult to maintain appropriate boundaries in ministry. The events, problems,... Read More
What Proverbs 31 Can Teach You About Rest

What Proverbs 31 Can Teach You About Rest

Social media is littered with stories of the rise and fall of leaders in the Church. Infidelity, misuse of finances, abuse of staff and volunteers, and pushing loyal congregations into the shark-infested waters of bad doctrine seem to be a common theme on news feeds and websites. We can blame it on a culture where celebrity is king and idolatry is easily mistaken for admiration. We can blame it on the pressure of a society that pushes against truth if it limits liberty. But if there’s... Read More
Leading Up

Leading Up

When we think of leadership, we typically think of the people we are leading who are under us. The people who report to us or who look to us for leadership. We sometimes forget that there is a way to also lead up to the leaders above us. This is a lesson I learned early on in my career in sales. I was responsible for my sales only, and didn’t have anyone reporting to me. But what I always had were leaders that I reported to. They were the ones who would help guide me and support me as needed.... Read More