How to Handle Negative Comments Online

How to Handle Negative Comments Online

The good news about social media is anyone can interact with you. The bad news about social media is anyone can interact with you. Open access is the blessing and curse of online communication. Someone will eventually post something negative on your church’s social media page—it’s not a matter of if, but when. And it can turn ugly fast if you don’t handle it well. Start with Grace and Patience Regardless of the situation, always begin with a heavy dose of grace and patience. Respond to their... Read More
Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for July 2

Volunteer Pre-Service Pep Talk for July 2

Sunday mornings are like game day for children’s ministry. Just like any good coach, gather your team of volunteers for a pre-game pep talk. Answer any questions about the curriculum and ask for prayer requests. Then read the following devotion to kick the morning off: This month is all about uniqueness – discovering who God made you to be so you can make a difference. God didn’t make you to be anyone other than exactly who you are. As much as world screams at your kids to conform to be... Read More
Resolving Staff Conflicts

Resolving Staff Conflicts

Office politics and personal feelings can greatly impact staff dynamics. What might start off as a small slight can snowball into a full dispute. Sometimes it can start as a small thing. Someone might have been rubbed the wrong way from a comment that was said in passing. This can color the impression that person has of the staff member that said it. If it isn’t handled in a mature way, this can lead to passive griping between staff members or that negative impression finding deeper... Read More
Presenting Parents With a Plan: Phase Event Recap

Presenting Parents With a Plan: Phase Event Recap

Preston Trail Community Church in Frisco, Texas hosted a Phase event at their church. This wasn’t a small gathering for parents only, but a full Sunday take over for parents, kids and every member of the community! Cindy Fiala, who was the  Family Pastor at Preston Trail at the time, was able to join Kristen Ivy on the phone to talk about the event. She discussed what they did, what went well and what they would change. Listen to Cindy explain the full event recap and share her event ideas in... Read More
The Beautiful Cycle of Family Ministry

The Beautiful Cycle of Family Ministry

They’re gone. There was no goodbye, they didn’t leave a note, not even a text. As a nextgen or kidmin pastor, your heart breaks just a little when you realize they aren’t coming back. When you think Orange you desire to play for keeps. You can envision what life could be for the sweet baby you helped dedicate, and you imagine embracing them as infants learning their favorite toy and knowing what calms them when they miss mom and dad. You engage with them in the elementary... Read More