Why NextGen Ministry Matters

Why NextGen Ministry Matters

If you’ve been in ministry for any length of time (especially recently), you’ve probably heard the term “NextGen” thrown around a lot. It’s pretty trendy these days. But it’s one of those rare trends that actually lives up to its hype. Buzzword or not, it’s something you should be exploring further —especially if it’s not something your church is currently pursuing. What is NextGen? Before talking too much about the why of NextGen Ministry,... Read More
Mobilizing Your Church to Reach Its Community

Mobilizing Your Church to Reach Its Community

November is here and Christmas is right around the corner. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year. It is so amazing to see all the sights and sounds of the holidays this time of year. Whether it is the Christmas music, the lights, all the great holiday parties with great food, it is a very joyous time of year. As great of a time of year it is for many, there are some that are going through a very non-joyous time of year. Maybe they have lost a loved one recently, or are without family... Read More
Creating Small Group Traditions for Any Phase

Creating Small Group Traditions for Any Phase

We all have traditions. Some we may dread, like visiting an eccentric aunt’s home every Thanksgiving. Others we may cherish, like making gingerbread cookies with our kids every Christmas. No matter our feelings toward the various traditions in our lives, each one contributes an important role in our sense of belonging and value. We know we are part of our family when we are part of our traditions. Similarly, our small groups can discover a deeper bond when we intentionally use traditions to... Read More
For Our Neighbors: From Inviting to Belonging

For Our Neighbors: From Inviting to Belonging

Being for our neighbors is the gospel in action. It says we are for the people God loves above the positions that we take on issues that divide us. We are for people that look differently, think differently, and behave differently than we do. Being for our neighbors says that we are for God’s love being shown to everyone! No hidden agendas. Without preconceived notions. We are simply, “FOR THEM!” We know that sometimes it takes a party to show our neighbors that we are indeed for our... Read More
When a Church is so Much More

When a Church is so Much More

Classrooms are filled with preschool kids. Rooms are filled with people from the neighborhood. The halls are filled with multiple languages. Couples are meeting for professional counseling. The parking lot is filled with cars. All the lights are on all the time! At Storehouse Church, this is what every week looks like as our building is filled with people, even when it has nothing to do with our direct church ministry. From 2001-2013 we were a “church in a box,” meeting in a middle school.... Read More