Why Combining Influences at Your Church is Better for Kids

Why Combining Influences at Your Church is Better for Kids

If you are a parent, you probably know the feeling “I’m not qualified for this!” In fact, I first had that thought as I was leaving the hospital with my firstborn. Sure, there have been seasons when I felt like, “Okay, maybe I’ve got this!” Brief, brief seasons. That was typically right about the time I’d get the call from the school, or a note sent home that a teacher wanted to meet with me, or someone would paint their brothers hair with my mascara, or someone pushed someone else off of the... Read More
From Sunday School to Small Groups: Why and How

From Sunday School to Small Groups: Why and How

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been a part of a local church for most of my life. When I was two years old, somebody invited my mom to church and she took them up on their offer. I always say it’s because she had this crazy little boy that only God could help her control. Our church was like many churches, with a Sunday morning schedule that included Sunday School and two worship services. I was in Sunday School classes up until I was about 20 years old, at which point I began teaching a... Read More
The 3 Elements of Every Phase

The 3 Elements of Every Phase

Every phase is crucial. Every phase has its own: 1. Significant Relationships. The significant relationships in a child’s life include parents, small group leaders, decision makers, first cousins, and senior pastors. If you gain influence in a kid’s life now, you stand a better chance of having influence with them later when it matters even more. That’s why every phase of a kid’s life gives your church a new opportunity to connect kids to a significant relationship. Remember,... Read More
The Art of Complete Appreciation

The Art of Complete Appreciation

It’s often not the leader that makes a team great, but the team itself. When you look at a successful leader just about anywhere in the world you will most definitely see a team of supporting people not far behind them. What we do day in and day out as we build great ministries to reach people and draw them closer to Christ wouldn’t be possible without the great staff and volunteer leaders that God has entrusted us with. As leaders, we are given the great honor of providing vision, direction... Read More
When Students Serve, Everybody Wins

When Students Serve, Everybody Wins

Anyone who has ever tried to teach a child to do pretty much anything knows that it’s just easier to do it yourself. When my daughter, Lucy, was young, she always wanted to “help” me cook. And I really wanted to be the Pioneer Woman who thought of her kitchen as the heart of the home and invited everyone to “gather ’round.” But honestly, I wanted her out of the way so I could get in and get it done. Fortunately for me, I kept those feelings to myself, sucked it up and allowed her to “help.”... Read More