9 Tips For Email Communication With Parents

9 Tips For Email Communication With Parents

Every leader I talk with who leads in children’s or student ministry wants to improve their partnership with parents. We all recognize the power that comes from our church and our parents being on the same page. A core part of our church’s strategy for partnering with parents is communication. The premise is simple. The more parents know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, the more equipped they’ll be to continue conversations at home. What’s the best... Read More
The Impact Your Church Can Have On Married People

The Impact Your Church Can Have On Married People

Back in 2013, I was finishing up my first year of serving a new church and loving every minute of where God had called me. Ministries were thriving and, after almost 20 years in professional ministry, I felt content and happy with where I was serving. However, I wish I could say that I felt that same joy in my personal life. You see, my marriage had been struggling for several years. We were going to counseling and trying everything to keep our marriage together. I look back now and wonder if... Read More
A New Kind Of Startup Church

A New Kind Of Startup Church

Back in the 1940s, when my grandfather started his first church in a wheat field, there were no church planting conferences, no church planting networks, and no money for new churches. It was just my grandfather, his family, and an abandoned church building. His strategy for reaching unchurched families was my grandmother teaching a Sunday School class to the neighborhood children. And it worked. My grandparents were able to start new churches across western Oklahoma, reaching many families... Read More
Why Core Essential Values Is A Cornerstone In Our Children’s Ministry

Why Core Essential Values Is A Cornerstone In Our Children’s Ministry

Two years ago, our children’s ministry invested in the incredible community influence of the Core Essential Values program. We felt it was a unique opportunity, 1) to connect our ministry (from the church) to children (outside the church), and 2) answer the need of a positive character development program in school. We chose excellent volunteers, rehearsed every month, and put together a high-quality monthly assembly and gave the school outstanding curriculum for their classrooms. Last year,... Read More
Embracing The Huge Potential Of Parents

Embracing The Huge Potential Of Parents

“Your job as a leader is to define spiritual leadership in terms for the family that are POSSIBLE and PRACTICAL so they can do the thing that they are wired to do as a family.” – Reggie Joiner The church has approximately 40 hours a year to invest biblical truths into a child. We need to do everything we possibly can to make those 40 hours as strategic and impactful as possible. A parent? A parent has 3,000 hours! The truth of the matter is that no one has more potential to influence a child’s... Read More