In Times Of Crisis: Create Space For Grace

In Times Of Crisis: Create Space For Grace

Have you ever felt stunned when a child or teenager shares something shocking? Have you ever witnessed a crisis happening and wondered what to do? Have you ever watched a student leave your church knowing the fears that wait for them at home or at school? Have you ever been invited to know more about a kid’s inner battle but haven’t been sure what to say? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re probably a parent, a youth leader, or maybe even a loving friend who wants to help... Read More
For A Strong Team On Sunday, Invest In Them On Monday

For A Strong Team On Sunday, Invest In Them On Monday

Making the time to invest in relationships in ministry can be difficult with all the other things on our to-do lists. It can become easy to define people by how they serve our ministries and our purposes rather than who they are as people. I have made this mistake before and it is a big one! People know when you are just filling volunteer slots and not really seeing them individually. That’s how you lose great volunteers and employees and have to go back to the drawing board with new team... Read More
Kids Need Love (Over Time)

Kids Need Love (Over Time)

Maybe we didn’t always wipe our wet, filthy feet before entering the house, but you loved us anyway. Thanks for the fun celebrations after countless graduations. During many moments of utter sadness, your bony shoulder was a major comfort as tears dripped from our tired eyes. Your kind words and generous acts of kindness did not go unnoticed during the best sleepovers at your house. The discipline hurt in the moment, but I sure needed it after almost burning the woods down behind our house. We... Read More
3 Ways Your Church Can Leverage Facebook Groups

3 Ways Your Church Can Leverage Facebook Groups

Often confused with Facebook Pages, Facebook Groups are described by our friends at Facebook as a “place for small group communication and for people to share their common interests and express their opinion.” They even mention that Facebook Groups are perfect for church groups! So, while it is important for your church to have its own Facebook Page, Groups serve a much more specific purpose — connection for a smaller group around a specific cause. So how can your church leverage... Read More
How to Incorporate Healthy Pastoral Self-Care into Your Routine

How to Incorporate Healthy Pastoral Self-Care into Your Routine

I grew up in Sherman, Texas. Most of you have never heard of Sherman, but I can tell you it was a wonderful place to grow up. It was a middle size town in North Texas full of trees (despite what many think about Texas), with a laid-back atmosphere, and a love for the Dallas Cowboys. What more could you want in a hometown? Sherman is actually a sister city to Denison, Texas. If you grew up in a big city then it probably wasn’t strange to have cities delineated only by a few blocks of... Read More