When Married Couples Serve Together

When Married Couples Serve Together

You could say that I grew up in a non-conventional family. Where a lot of families were going on family vacations to the beach, or the mountains, or Disneyland, my family went on mission trips. These weren’t necessarily the “glamorous” overseas mission trips to South America or a remote village in Africa. Often, these were the under-rated, off-the-beaten-path places that no one else wanted to go to. These were the small towns in the panhandle of Texas with a population less than my high... Read More
The Upside Down Kingdom of God

The Upside Down Kingdom of God

Not everyone is going to like you. Not everyone is going to like your ministry. Not everyone is going to like your church. You’re going to make strategic decisions that frustrate people coming to your church. From making modifications to the flow of traffic in your parking lot, to small groups curriculum, to the songs people wished you sang on Sundays, you’ll have critics in your church. The Jesus way of responding might feel strange, but so do most things in the upside down nature of the... Read More
The Benefits of Team Service

The Benefits of Team Service

– Chelsea had no idea why the stream of tears flowed down Alex’s face. He seemed like the most put together man. But this day, Alex lost it. I mean, all she did was accidentally empty the shovel of dirt on his boots. But they are all the better for it. – Baxter’s day was one of the best he could remember, until he really met Philip. Sure, he had met Philip several times, but this time Baxter would never forget. One high-five took coworkers and turned them into besties. Discovery is all around... Read More
Small Groups Will Change Your Church and Community

Small Groups Will Change Your Church and Community

“I want to be a Sharon Battson for someone else.” That’s how 7th-grade Ella answered the question: “Why do you want to be a small group leader in kid’s ministry?” Sharon had been leading Ella’s small group since they were in first grade, and Ella, who is now in 10th grade, has been leading her girls for the last three years. Sharon answered the call 10 years ago, when our church decided to start asking small group leaders to commit to leading groups every week and over several years. For many,... Read More
How the Church can Help Those in Recovery

How the Church can Help Those in Recovery

In my opinion, there is no greater environment with the potential to impact the world of those in recovery than the church. The church is for broken people. The church is made of broken people. If we could all come together to work mutually on our brokenness using God’s power, then nothing would be unachievable. However, the church and the recovery community haven’t always made for a healthy combination. Here are a few suggestions both logistically and congregationally that I believe would... Read More