Tuning Up The Band: Using The Summer to Cast Vision

Tuning Up The Band: Using The Summer to Cast Vision

Have you ever noticed that as soon as the last bell rings, classes are dismissed, and the hallways in your local schools are empty for summer break, that your ministry spaces may not be as full as they were for the previous season? Welcome to summer. Welcome to vacation season. Welcome to attendance fluctuation. Even though this just-short-of-phenomenon occurs annually, sometimes it still shocks me when our first (earliest) of three services on Sunday mornings goes from 40 kids to 12 kids... Read More
Transitioning To An Orange Strategy In A Denominational Setting

Transitioning To An Orange Strategy In A Denominational Setting

Working with kids and families in denominational churches can create unique challenges. I often hear phrases such as, “I loved this when I was a kid,” and “This is what makes the (insert your denomination) program for kids so unique and important.” As rich and important as some of our denominational traditions are, they can also prevent us from making the changes necessary to influence the lives of young people. When we look at moving from a denominational curriculum or strategy to adopting an... Read More
It’s Always Time to Get Personal

It’s Always Time to Get Personal

By: MB Mooney It’s always time to get personal. As with any organization, Phoenix Roasters has our own catchphrases and statements that define our mission and culture. Any good business will have these embedded into their DNA. These statements help to remind us of the vision and mission of #CoffeeThatMatters. One of those statements is – “Life is about relationships. The rest is just details.” Phoenix Roasters is a coffee company created from a ministry, a church plant dedicated to the... Read More
Four Choices Good Leaders Make

Four Choices Good Leaders Make

My friend, Hal Runkel, just wrote a book that I think is brilliant. The book is called Choose Your Own Adulthood and it is formatted like a choose-your-own adventure book. It is written for adolescents moving into the adult phase of their journey from letters he wrote his daughter along their journey. In the book, he talks about choices that we face that often look very similar, but by choosing one over the other we often get much different results. I think that is true for many things in... Read More
Strategy, Not Curriculum

Strategy, Not Curriculum

A curriculum provides information, but a strategy teaches with the end in mind. There are key things a child needs to learn at each age from birth to graduation—age-specific core concepts, principles, and experiences to have a real, growing and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. By having an overall strategy, a master plan exists that keeps the end result for a child in mind. A curriculum equips leaders, but a strategy develops them. A strategy helps leaders focus on the right... Read More