Using the Week Gap Between Christmas and New Year’s to Plan Ahead

Using the Week Gap Between Christmas and New Year’s to Plan Ahead

You’ve almost made it through Christmas. All of your planning and hard work are shaping up to be another successful holiday season at your church. At this point in December, you may be looking at next week as an opportunity to sleep late and binge-watch Netflix. As tempting as that may be, the down week between Christmas and New Year’s is probably the best chance you have to get ahead for next year. Use this time wisely. Rest While you probably shouldn’t go into full hibernation mode, rest is... Read More
Why Deuteronomy 6 Matters

Why Deuteronomy 6 Matters

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. – Deuteronomy 6:4-7 You have probably heard or read these verses many times. Maybe you learned about how it is part of the Shema, a prayer that... Read More
One Topic Your Community Agrees On

One Topic Your Community Agrees On

Let’s pretend that we are playing Family Feud. We have asked parents in every community who has a kid age 7-15 what they wish they could do for their child. I am going to guess that in the top three responses one answer you will get, “Help with technology.” In fact, almost every parent I come in contact with, no matter what country I happen to be in at the time, says, “Help me with technology.” Not only is this why I wrote the book, Parent Chat: The Technology... Read More
10 Practical Ways to Partner With Parents

10 Practical Ways to Partner With Parents

“They do a great job with her but not so much with me.” This was the response of a friend of mine several years back when I asked how he and his family were doing at their church. He went on to explain that he loved what his church was doing with his kids on Sunday but he felt he needed more as a parent. Our conversation got me wondering if other parents felt the same way. Specifically, do the parents at my church feel this way? I decided to do a little informal survey. I asked about a hundred... Read More
Prioritize Your Family Time This Christmas

Prioritize Your Family Time This Christmas

I love Christmas. I love the amazing story of Jesus’ birth and all the hope, joy and promise that is found in it. I love the atmosphere at church as we celebrate each week leading up to Christmas. I love the movies, the family gatherings, the food (especially the cookies), the decorations, the presents (mine in particular), and I love many of the traditions we take part in each year. However, I don’t love everything. You may have noticed I left out Christmas music. I like Christmas music, but... Read More