Your Mission Begins With You

Your Mission Begins With You

“If you preach from your weakness, you’ll never run out of material.” This is a popular quote from Andy Stanley. He’s right about that, and if we just change “preach” to “write,” it will be a fitting description of the perspective of this article. All of us have a mission and most of us struggle at times with the tension between carrying out our mission and prioritizing our own health. Ministry has a way of becoming our life and pushing out the very relationship that is the reason we serve in... Read More
How Every Married Person Can Take The Summer Off

How Every Married Person Can Take The Summer Off

For as many years as I can remember, my daughter, who is now 11, has always been appalled that I have to work in the summer. She says, “Oh Daddy, it’s just not fair.” I say to her: “Yeah, what’s that all about? Down with the establishment that’s trying to keep me down.” She has no idea what I’m talking about, neither do I, but she is pleased I agree. I wish I could take the summer off, but I can’t. And I bet you can’t either. While we can’t take the summer off we can take a vacation from our... Read More
3 Keys To Keeping Boundaries In Ministry

3 Keys To Keeping Boundaries In Ministry

Real questions I’ve been asked by students and parents… So, what’s your real job? Umm . . . what do you actually do all day? So, you just take the summer off then? How was your vacation to Mexico? (It was a mission trip, you Jerky McJerkyson.) For whatever reason, some people think that family ministries staff don’t work very hard or very often. This of course, is utter nonsense. In fact, it can be incredibly difficult to maintain appropriate boundaries in ministry. The events, problems,... Read More
Help For Fighting Holiday Overwhelm

Help For Fighting Holiday Overwhelm

by Ron Brooks Summer came and went for another year. It wasn’t easy, but you survived the back to school kick-off season. Then came the Halloween costumes. You were either sewing ears to hoodies and finding the perfect color face paint, or running store-to-store hoping to find that last pair of Yoda ears or light saber to make “Luke Skywalker” the true Jedi that he is. No sooner had Halloween passed, and the store shelves were quickly filled with turkey window clings and... Read More
“Season” Can Be A Four-Letter Word

“Season” Can Be A Four-Letter Word

by Joe McAlpine It is 5 p.m. on a Friday night in December. The kids have finally decompressed from a long week at school and the fallout from the backpack emptying ritual has finally settled—I still don’t know why the school needs to send so much paperwork home. I am walking through the door after planning for the upcoming weekend services. My wife is fried from laundry, cooking, cleaning and all the other household duties that seem to never stop. We are finally ready to just kick back and be... Read More