Does Your Family Matter?

Does Your Family Matter?

We’ve all done it. Cringed when someone asks our child what they learned at church today, and their slow response is, “I don’t know.” If anyone should know that the lesson was about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, it should be your children! How did they miss the fiery furnace you constructed out of a refrigerator box and tissue paper that took up the whole living room for a week? We can fall into the trap of thinking that because our kids are surrounded by our ministry, they are a part of... Read More
Two Habits To Help The Next Generation Win Friends And Grow Their Faith

Two Habits To Help The Next Generation Win Friends And Grow Their Faith

If we lead the next generation to love and serve others, their faith will move in a positive direction. If we don’t, their faith will become shallow and superficial. Not only does loving God affect how we love others, but loving others affects how we love God. That’s the genius of what Jesus was implying in the Great Commandment. Your relationship with God and your relationship with others is intricately connected. Here’s the practical point. We often miss the link between loving others and... Read More
Can You Really Balance Ministry and Life?

Can You Really Balance Ministry and Life?

I married my high school sweetheart. Frank was the lead guitarist in a local band, two years older than I, a rebel with a cause, and he was hopelessly in love with me. The good news…I felt the same. I was smitten, and at the age of nineteen I stood before God, friends, and family and promised to love him forever. I always have and I always will, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t experienced bumps along the way. As I mentioned, we were practically kids when we recited our vows. We literally grew... Read More
Planning a Personal Retreat

Planning a Personal Retreat

You likely read that title and felt one of four emotions: Curiosity, excitement, skepticism or the universal, “Yeah, right!” But guess what? Personal retreats are not a myth, not only available to the rich and famous, and not a luxury. They should be an important part of your life. Here’s why you should make them a priority: Personal retreats provide clarity. They allow you to put some space between your regular environment and routine, which gives you a fresh perspective for problem-solving,... Read More
5 Ways to Reactivate Parents Every Year

5 Ways to Reactivate Parents Every Year

The start of a new school year usually means the start of new small groups, the start of soccer games, the start of PTA meetings, and the start of a busy season for parents. This is a perfect time to reactivate parents, so kids at every phase will stay connected to them. Regardless of how much a church learns about life stages, parents know things no one else knows about their own children. That’s why parents have an advantage the church will never have related to the future of a child. A... Read More