The Best Way to Mobilize Teens to Serve in Family Ministry

The Best Way to Mobilize Teens to Serve in Family Ministry

Let’s start by being honest. Improving the way you mobilize teens to serve in your church probably isn’t on your list of things to do this week. Or if it is, it’s right below “fix the broken urinal handle in the men’s restroom” on your task list. Mobilizing teens just doesn’t feel like a pressing issue. But what if mobilizing teenagers is a bigger deal than we think? What if it has a greater long-term impact on our students and our church than we give it credit? The truth is, mobilizing... Read More
WIN TICKETS TO OC17 or RL17! Tell Us How You Are For Your Neighbors

WIN TICKETS TO OC17 or RL17! Tell Us How You Are For Your Neighbors

If we are for the Gospel, for the church and for the next generation then we probably need to be for our neighbors. You may be asking yourself what that really means or how that might look in your community? Well, to us that means . . . Your church is a place where people in the community can build friendships. Your church is a safe place for kids to talk about important stuff. Your church actually helps when something goes wrong in your community. Your church can help any family win at being... Read More
What Exactly Is NextGen?

What Exactly Is NextGen?

Sure, it sounds like a subgenre of science fiction novels or a creative rebrand of a student ministry. But NextGen isn’t really about spaceships or youth ministry terminology. It’s far more strategic than that. Actually, NextGen is one of the fastest growing ministry movements in the local church today. NextGen is simply about the Next Generation, typically infants through high school or sometimes including college. For the last several decades, the local church typically had a children’s... Read More
Pursuing The Next Generation

Pursuing The Next Generation

With all of my heart, I think that the gospel of Jesus Christ is always good news. I also believe with all my heart that at different times and in different cultures what is seen as good news is much different than what the generation or people before them saw. And it just so happens that we are living right in the middle of this cultural change. Thinking back to how my parents’ generation would answer this question, the good news of the gospel was that Jesus Christ died for their sin. Sin... Read More
Four Ways To Engage Millennials In Your Family Ministry

Four Ways To Engage Millennials In Your Family Ministry

“Millennials care more about dogs than kids.” Those were the words of a frustrated pastor, struggling to involve millennial leaders in the children’s ministry of the church. The church had found some success connecting Millennials to various missions and service opportunities around the city, but couldn’t seem to engage people in one of their most important ministry opportunities . . . family ministry. There are about 80 million Americans born after 1980 and before 2000. TV networks are trying... Read More