Love Over Time is the One Thing That Matters Most

Love Over Time is the One Thing That Matters Most

It takes a village to nurture kids over time. Sometimes, it is not until we become parents that we realize how much our caring parents and key influencers have loved us over time. Single acts of love are quite powerful, without a doubt. But, experiencing love over years and decades communicates an exponential impact on each of us. Maybe we didn’t always wipe our wet, filthy feet before entering the house, but you loved us anyway. Thanks for the fun celebrations after countless graduations.... Read More
Today, This Week, Next Year—What Your Church is Doing Matters

Today, This Week, Next Year—What Your Church is Doing Matters

And the winner is. . . . What an exhilarating, stress-filled rush, right? Why do we put ourselves through the surge of overwhelming emotions? We already know what is going to happen. The camera is going to zoom in on the lid that covers the unforgivable dish of the chef that will be unfortunately eliminated, then immediately cut to a commercial segment that we cannot wait to end (unless we were smart enough to utilize the DVR). Oh, the intense agony of waiting for the outcome! But we still... Read More
Following Up With Guests Using Surprising Intentionality

Following Up With Guests Using Surprising Intentionality

Have you ever seen an ad appear—about something you mentioned in passing—while you’re browsing the Internet? It can be surprising. How did they even know that?! Sometimes we don’t even remember saying the words. We thought it was just the tiniest thought in our minds. Yet, boom! There is a specific ad for what we’d talked about or thought about. How? A simple swipe, slight tap, usual click or scroll and the very things we had on our minds show up in our various feeds. We don’t know whether to... Read More
Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Setting Goals for Community Outreach This Year

Wow! What a fiercely passionate holiday extravaganza! Maybe by now we have caught our breath. For a moment there, we were hands on knees vigorously mouth-breathing. In ministry, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s make for an exhilarating ride. Every holiday season, we can expect changes in weather, parking lot and traffic congestion, and more families visiting our churches. The holidays have a way of bringing so many people together. We know this. But we also know that the rest of the year... Read More
Explaining Orange to Holiday Visitors at Your Church

Explaining Orange to Holiday Visitors at Your Church

The holidays are here and so are new families. Something about fried turkeys and cute baby Jesus draws people to our ministries like a powerful magnet, during this wonderful time of the year. Though some of these families are visiting cousin Jeffrey for Thanksgiving, or visiting their in-laws for Christmas, or maybe ringing in the New Year with Grandma, other families live near our churches and are visiting because of the holiday season. Regardless of their reasons for visiting, sharing the... Read More