How to Connect with Christmas Visitors at Your Church

How to Connect with Christmas Visitors at Your Church

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Really! It is! Not only do we get to exchange gifts, watch classic movies, eat well, and maybe play in the snow. We get to host more visitors than usual at our churches. For various reasons, many people choose to visit our churches for Easter and Christmastime. What an amazing opportunity for us to connect with families from our communities, who don’t usually visit. Now, it is time for us to get ready for them. How will we connect with them? What will... Read More
Three Things Kids Need to Hear From Ministry Leaders

Three Things Kids Need to Hear From Ministry Leaders

It’s the most wonderful time of year! The holidays are a fantastic few months of pure joy and hope. It’s an opportunity for people to share thanks for the blessings God has done, rejoice in the love of God through Christ’s birth and hope for a new year and a fresh start. As joyful and happy as these months are for a lot of people, it can also be a very challenging time of year for others. Just because someone is supposed to feel joy and hope over the holidays doesn’t always translate into real... Read More
Keeping an Intentional Connection on High Attendance Holidays

Keeping an Intentional Connection on High Attendance Holidays

Holidays and high church attendance days seem to go hand-in-hand. People we’ve never met and people we haven’t seen in a while all seem to be present at once on Sundays connected to holidays. In addition to the Sundays, we have special events and services that are designed as easy on-ramps for people to join our communities of faith. Holidays give churches a great impetus to influence the faith of parents, kids, and students that we don’t get during the rest of the year. However, because of... Read More
Maintaining Marriage Sanity During the Busy Holiday Season

Maintaining Marriage Sanity During the Busy Holiday Season

Although Summer is my favorite season, I’ve always loved the events that happen this time of year. I love bundling up in a blanket on cold metal stands watching a football game. I love the smell that permeates the neighborhood that comes from roaring fireplaces. I love the hot beverages that usually accompany this time of year. Most of all, I love the holidays! Holidays have always been a very special time of year for me. As a kid, they meant being able to play with the cousins that I hadn’t... Read More
Making a Place in Your Ministry for Children With Special Needs

Making a Place in Your Ministry for Children With Special Needs

“The King will answer and say to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me.’” – Matthew 25:40 (AMP) Oftentimes when we think of this verse, our thoughts are drawn to the homeless, the helpless, the sick or the poor. We think of third-world countries, people without food or clean drinking water, and children who are growing up without opportunity. During the last five years, our... Read More
Maximizing Family Time During the Holidays

Maximizing Family Time During the Holidays

The hustle-and-bustle of the holiday season doesn’t just pertain to shopping. Ministry work seems to get kicked up a notch between October and February. We have Fall Festivals, Hallelujah Nights, Trunk or Treats, Thanksgiving events, Christmas services, New Year’s services, and new families coming to jump-start their faith journeys this year. With all of these moments that are scrunched together by calendars, how we can make sure to protect our family time? Establish your family time early in... Read More