Less of Us, More of God at Christmas

Less of Us, More of God at Christmas

For so many people this can be the most wonderful time of the year. A season of singing. Breaking diets without guilt. Ugly sweaters. Office parties. School plays that only a parent or small group leader could love. We will come up with great gifts for our volunteers and décor to enhance our kid and student environments. This is also the season where Christmas wish list might become extravagant. There will be 25 “Secret Santa” or “White Elephant” gift requests. And the demands on our time can... Read More
Voices of the Phase Project :: Stuart Hall

Voices of the Phase Project :: Stuart Hall

Every good comedian has to know his audience if he wants to make them laugh. Every good teacher has to know her audience if she wants to make them think. Every good reality reality TV script writer (don’t think about that job title too long) has to know their audience if they want to make them come back for more.   As one of the premiere communicator’s to students for the past fifteen years, Stuart Hall has learned enough about students to master the art of making them laugh, making them... Read More
Showing Up For People Who Are Hurting 

Showing Up For People Who Are Hurting 

When my daughter was two months old, she was diagnosed with a terminal condition called SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). It was hard to look in her eyes that were so full of life, her face that was so full of joy, and think that she was going to die in a matter of months. We were devastated and were forced to spend the next couple of weeks wrestling with what we believe. You see, our decisions for her care would look very different if we didn’t believe God was real versus if we 100 percent... Read More
Intentional Ministry to Families of all Types

Intentional Ministry to Families of all Types

The percentage of kids growing up in homes with their birth father and birth mother is lessening over time. According to the Pew Research, as of 2014, only 46 percent of kids will grow up in what is defined as a “traditional family.” The percentages of kids growing up with a single parent or in blended families is steadily climbing and were at 26 percent and 15 percent respectively in 2014. In addition to single parent and blended family homes, we are continuing to see a rise in grandparents... Read More
Ways to Appreciate and Encourage Volunteers This Season

Ways to Appreciate and Encourage Volunteers This Season

This is a wonderful time of year. It’s a great time to be with friends and family as the weather gets colder, the food gets more delicious and it is a much more festive time of year. Unfortunately, as great of a time of year it is, it is also a very busy time of year. Between family gatherings. holiday parties and family time and traditions, it can be a really challenging time of year. Maybe not only for you, the ministry leader, but for your volunteers as well. So does that mean you give up... Read More