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
How to Activate and Motivate Ministry Volunteers This Season

How to Activate and Motivate Ministry Volunteers This Season

(Cue the music) It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Everywhere you go. Take a look at the 8 and 10 Vacancies once again. With not enough help and too many kids, oh no! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  And volunteers, you need more. ’Cause the scariest sight to see are the rosters that will be Empty and forlorn. It’s Christmas, and you need more. More time, more supplies, more space and more ministry volunteers. As exciting and rewarding as Christmas is, for those of us in... Read More
Less of Us, More of God at Christmas

Less of Us, More of God at Christmas

For so many people this can be the most wonderful time of the year. A season of singing. Breaking diets without guilt. Ugly sweaters. Office parties. School plays that only a parent or small group leader could love. We will come up with great gifts for our volunteers and décor to enhance our kid and student environments. This is also the season where Christmas wish list might become extravagant. There will be 25 “Secret Santa” or “White Elephant” gift requests. And the demands on our time can... Read More
Ways to Appreciate and Encourage Volunteers This Season

Ways to Appreciate and Encourage Volunteers This Season

This is a wonderful time of year. It’s a great time to be with friends and family as the weather gets colder, the food gets more delicious and it is a much more festive time of year. Unfortunately, as great of a time of year it is, it is also a very busy time of year. Between family gatherings. holiday parties and family time and traditions, it can be a really challenging time of year. Maybe not only for you, the ministry leader, but for your volunteers as well. So does that mean you give up... 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