May 2018 Editor’s Notes

May 2018 Editor’s Notes

Hello, First Look Friends!  We see works of art every day that have a Maker and a plan. We pass them on the street, at work, and every Sunday they play around our feet. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yes, I’m talking about people! People are God’s works of art.  He is our Maker. And, He has a plan for each of us. Every neighbor. Every preschooler. Every parent. God has a plan for all of us, because He made us and loves us. We want to teach our preschoolers this month that God has a plan... Read More
Refresh

Refresh

I’m not into New Year’s Resolutions. I know, goals are good. They keep us on track. They make us better. But this year instead of making resolutions, I’ve decided to ask myself this question, “What areas in my ministry or life need some refreshing?” re·fresh | rəˈfreSH | verb | to give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate. Here are a few spots I’m analyzing to see if they need a bit of strength or energy in them. Environments Are my preschool rooms looking tired? Are there broken toys,... Read More
Leading Small Groups in Kindness

Leading Small Groups in Kindness

Kindness is one of those Life-Apps that is always in season. More than just having good manners, kindness reflects a core principle: that every person is made in the image of God, and is valuable to Him. Being nice seeks no one’s harm; being kind seeks others’ good. Kids are often told to “be nice”, “share” and “get along”, but how can we as Small Group Leaders encourage them to treat others as God’s special creation? “Treat others as you want to be treated” is a pretty good rule of thumb,... Read More
Re-imagine the Potential You Can Have as One Voice

Re-imagine the Potential You Can Have as One Voice

Momentum is never an accident. It happens when everyone on the team is moving together in ONE direction. Whenever . . . parents and small group leaders are working toward common goals staff and volunteers are compelled by a common vision those who have influence speak a common language the church and the home are connected by a common strategy an entire community is inspired to champion common values . . . things tend to move forward in a powerful and positive way. Let’s be honest. Every... Read More
What Smart Leaders Know About the Holidays

What Smart Leaders Know About the Holidays

The holidays are upon us! Family calendars fill up fast. We check our list and check it twice. There are choir concerts, school parties, teacher gifts and more. Jingle here. Jingle there. Smart leaders like you understand that while it’s the most wonderful time of year, it can also be a tumultuous time in families lives. Shared custody challenges, loss of loved ones, absent military family, job loss, finances and so much more. Emotions run high during the holidays. Middle and High School kids... Read More