Navigating the Three Phases of Elementary School

Navigating the Three Phases of Elementary School

Phase Defined: A time frame in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future. The phase that should matter most to you is the phase they are in now. The phase that matters most happens before or after this phase. Adults tend to assume, “They are like me now.” Adults tend to assume, “They are like I used to be.” Every kid at every phase is changing in six ways: physically, mentally, relationally, culturally, emotionally, and... Read More
Difficult Conversations: Asking Leaders to Step Down

Difficult Conversations: Asking Leaders to Step Down

There are basically two mindsets you can have when it comes to volunteers. One mindset is that they are serving and helping you and you are grateful for anything they can provide. The other mindset could be described using a phrase our pastor likes to say: It’s a privilege to serve. It’s not a right. It’s not a requirement. It’s not an obligation. It’s a privilege. Now, it may not feel like a privilege, but that’s a challenge for another day. The point being, we should take the mindset that... Read More
What Do You Do That Matters?

What Do You Do That Matters?

A man boards a plane after closing the biggest deal of his career, one that will make him wealthy for the rest of his life. He sits next to a saintly older woman, and after getting settled, she touches his hand gently and says, “What do you do . . . that matters?” He doesn’t have an answer. In another part of the country, a young woman steps into a worship gathering for the first time. She searches for purpose in her life, in the things that she does—her friends, family, career, and more. She... Read More
The Best Way to Mobilize Teens to Serve in Family Ministry

The Best Way to Mobilize Teens to Serve in Family Ministry

Let’s start by being honest. Improving the way you mobilize teens to serve in your church probably isn’t on your list of things to do this week. Or if it is, it’s right below “fix the broken urinal handle in the men’s restroom” on your task list. Mobilizing teens just doesn’t feel like a pressing issue. But what if mobilizing teenagers is a bigger deal than we think? What if it has a greater long-term impact on our students and our church than we give it credit? The truth is, mobilizing... Read More
Celebrating the Value of Your Ministry’s Volunteers

Celebrating the Value of Your Ministry’s Volunteers

My husband once volunteered for a team at a church we attended that meant he had to spend long hours at church. When big events would come up it would mean that he spent entire weekends prepping for it—weekends that took him away from his family. I remember being so angry that the leader of this team expected so much from my husband and his team but never showed up to cheer them on. While this leader was enjoying his weekend with his family, his team of unpaid volunteers were at the church... Read More