What is the Church’s Role in Teaching Teens About Social Media?

What is the Church’s Role in Teaching Teens About Social Media?

Much can be said about the way social media is used by young people today—and it’s not always favorable. From cyber bullying to catfishing, there is a lot to be wary of, for sure. But it’s not all bad! Especially when it’s used appropriately. So where does the church exist in all of this? How can we come alongside families to help teach teens about healthy social media usage?   Offer a social media class.  Pull together some resources and some experts in this field from those... Read More
The Power of Words in a Digital Age

The Power of Words in a Digital Age

There is something ironic about how we use social media. We tend to follow people who affirm our beliefs and opinions. I’d wager the same goes for most of our followers, yet we can tweet and update as if we are looking for a fight. We are too easily caught in a riptide where our words’ primary function is to let our homogeneity of followers know what we are against. There are already so many boundaries drawn in our culture. What would it look like if we intentionally used our words to express... Read More
How to Let Go of Control and Trust Your Team 

How to Let Go of Control and Trust Your Team 

I used to work at a very interesting place. The technical term for it was, Therapeutic Boarding School. This was a place where 12- to 18-year-olds with extreme behavioral issues were sent to get help when there was no other option. They would stay with us for two years while going to school and learning to interact with society as a whole. The process was organized in peer groups of about 12 to 15 teens with two counselors, one female and one male. I was one of the counselors. The idea was to... Read More
Why Bother Leading Small?

Why Bother Leading Small?

The second step in our volunteer orientation is the coffee one-on-one. We take a potential volunteer out to coffee to find out about them and share the vision, practices, and opportunities within Family Ministry. When I begin to talk about the role of the small group leader it is often followed by one question: What is a small group leader? This is still a relatively new concept to the Church world especially when we compare it to the traditions of Sunday School and Children’s Church. When new... Read More
Strategies for Creating and Keeping Team Alignment

Strategies for Creating and Keeping Team Alignment

“What are you doing?” said Chelsea. “Assembling a puzzle,” I said. Chelsea quickly responded, “How long will it take you?” “A few hours. Probably before you leave,” I answered. “No, you won’t!” she shouted in disbelief.  Four hours later the puzzle was completed. Here is a photo of it, taken the morning after. Yes, it is glued and ready to be framed. I really enjoy putting puzzles together. I don’t know why, but if I had to guess I would say it has something to do with this blog post.  Puzzles... Read More