Turn Up the Volume On Engaging Through Worship

Turn Up the Volume On Engaging Through Worship

When you plan a trip, rarely do you hop in the car and start driving with no plan of where you’re headed, much less have a plan for stops along the way. Leading a worship set is similar to taking a trip. It’s important to think about and develop a plan for where you want to take the participants. What’s the goal? How will you determine the “win”? Or think about it like planning a party. Most of us don’t just invite a bunch of people over and have them show up without first having planned a... Read More
Being For the Families in Your Church at Christmas

Being For the Families in Your Church at Christmas

There is a real desire in all of us as parents to create meaningful traditions for our children at Christmas. Most of us look at the church for this help by attending a Christmas Eve service together as a family or going caroling to different homes of people from church to brighten their spirits! Something that occurred to me back when I was a children’s ministry leader and a mother of three small children is that there never seems to be a place where we can bring little children and not break... Read More
Storytelling at Your Church This Christmas

Storytelling at Your Church This Christmas

What would Christmas be without great stories? Rudolph, the Grinch, and A Christmas Carol are just a few of the many beloved fictional yuletide tales. However, Christmas is also a prime opportunity for your church to feature a few true stories from around your congregation and community. Remember, when Charlie Brown was having some holiday doubts, Linus didn’t preach a sermon. He didn’t invite his friend to an event. Or tell him about a great podcast he should listen to. No, Linus told a... Read More
What is Our Real Purpose? Three Reminders from the Vicar in a School Cafeteria

What is Our Real Purpose? Three Reminders from the Vicar in a School Cafeteria

“You are never more like God than when you invest in other people.” Reggie Joiner The Vicar of the small church in a Texas suburb adjusts the colorful stole that’s draped over his blue jeans, boots, and button-down shirt. It’s a decidedly different look than the traditional vestments he wore when he pastored an Episcopalian church on the eastern seaboard. There, history was rich and long, and the pews and stained glass reminded all who attended that the building they were in was designed for... Read More
For Our Neighbors Part 2: From Belonging to Believing

For Our Neighbors Part 2: From Belonging to Believing

Orange Tour is now wrapped up, and we are heading into the holiday season. Truthfully, some of us probably already started with fall parties. Whether you’ve started or are planning parties for your neighbors now, we want to remind you that sometimes it takes a party to show that we are for our neighbors. We want our neighbors to be invited and know they belong. (If you missed it, check out this article for more on inviting your neighbors and letting them know they belong.) But after they’ve... Read More