Do You Know Where I Live?

by Emily Meredith, adapted from the book It’s Personal When I took my older son to his kindergarten assessment, I was prepared for him to answer questions about letters and numbers and shapes. But there was one question I had completely neglected. When the teacher asked him to say his address and my phone number, he looked at her with a blank stare. Two kids later and several grades behind us, I now understand why that question was included in his assessment. Knowing where you live is... Read More
Do You Know What Matters to Me?

Do You Know What Matters to Me?

What is it that matters the most to you? Your kids Your job Your 401K Your next vacation A favorite hobby or sports team There are a million different ways you could answer this question. And the same is true for the kids in your ministry. For every kid, something matters. Maybe for the children or teenagers in your ministry . . . Homecoming matters. Unicorns matter. K-pop matters. Slime matters. Chocolate donuts matter. Instagram matters. Play-doh matters. Fornite matters. Pepperoni pizza... Read More
It’s Personal During Orange Blogger Week!

It’s Personal During Orange Blogger Week!

Jesus made it personal—being born into a family, ministering to and with friends, and dying on a cross for you and for me. Ministry is personal. It always has been. It’s just sometimes we get so busy in the work we do, we may forget why we do it. But when we act like it’s personal it changes how we . . . Say what we say Spend our budget Design our programs Lead our volunteers Work together as a staff Prioritize our calendars Care about our communities OC19 will be a challenge to start over... Read More