Boundaries: 4 Practical Ways to Separate Work and Life

Boundaries: 4 Practical Ways to Separate Work and Life

In the article, “Your Mission Begins with Boundaries,“ we discussed the necessity of healthy boundaries. Boundaries are a tangible way that we show our faith in God to handle the aspects of our work that we cannot control. Instilling boundaries in our lives affects us physically and spiritually as we walk out our vocation and volunteer where we expend a large amount of time and emotional energy. Boundaries are a spiritual discipline that allows us to care for ourselves well, and... Read More
5 Ways to Reactivate Parents Every Year

5 Ways to Reactivate Parents Every Year

The start of a new school year usually means the start of new small groups, the start of soccer games, the start of PTA meetings, and the start of a busy season for parents. This is a perfect time to reactivate parents, so kids at every phase will stay connected to them. Regardless of how much a church learns about life stages, parents know things no one else knows about their own children. That’s why parents have an advantage the church will never have related to the future of a child. A... Read More
Embracing The Huge Potential Of Parents

Embracing The Huge Potential Of Parents

“Your job as a leader is to define spiritual leadership in terms for the family that are POSSIBLE and PRACTICAL so they can do the thing that they are wired to do as a family.” – Reggie Joiner The church has approximately 40 hours a year to invest biblical truths into a child. We need to do everything we possibly can to make those 40 hours as strategic and impactful as possible. A parent? A parent has 3,000 hours! The truth of the matter is that no one has more potential to influence a child’s... Read More
Six Ideas to Get Parents Involved in VBS

Six Ideas to Get Parents Involved in VBS

By Brian VanderArk I saw a strange site yesterday here in Michigan. It was a tulip starting to sprout from the ground (an orange one of course). Around here, that means Summer is closing in. And that means someone is planning a Vacation Bible School! Immediately, I had these visions playing out in my mind: Volunteers in a room with brainstorming cards or paper lining the walls filled with ideas. Staff or volunteers are feverishly inviting others to join them in reaching kids. Other team... Read More
Three Ways to Effectively Communicate With Parents

Three Ways to Effectively Communicate With Parents

by Bre Hallberg The other day I was driving down the road and I saw a truck with an ad on the back for Home Improvement Specialists followed by the number 407 797099. Uh, if these people aren’t getting a lot of calls, I’m pretty sure I know why. Maybe the details do matter. I feel like sometimes how we communicate to the families in our church may be missing a few numbers. Maybe we’ve got the right content, but not the right delivery system. Maybe we are putting all our energy in only one form... Read More