Helping Your Community Through Social Media Education

Helping Your Community Through Social Media Education

Parents care very much for their kids. This seems like a no-brainer statement but the reality is parents want to make sure their children, no matter what age they are, are safe. This is particularly important when their children are exposed to something that parents are not 100 percent informed about. Enter social media. Social media has taken the world by storm and is such a HUGE part of peoples’ lives today, especially older children and teens. Whether it is Instagram, Facebook,... Read More
Responsibility Is NOT Genetic

Responsibility Is NOT Genetic

The following is adapted from Intentional Parenting, by Doug and Cathy Fields. Parents want to raise kids who grow up to become self-sufficient, responsible adults. You’ve probably never met a mom or dad who says, “I really hope my kids live with me until they’re 40.” So, why are so many kids these days so irresponsible? What can parents do to raise independent self-starters? And what can you, as a leader, do to help them? (More on that later.) But first . . . Let’s consider a few examples of... Read More
Maximizing the Four Most Pivotal Times of the Day

Maximizing the Four Most Pivotal Times of the Day

Every so often the alarm sounds. Sometimes, even before the alarm, something else may trigger it—a pleasant smell or maybe an appealing commercial. It can be a little different for all of us, but one thing is for sure. There is no Do Not Disturb button for the hunger alarm within us. We have to eat! Oh, yes! The alarm sounds at different times for us all. When we awake. Before we sleep. At lunchtime. Dinnertime. Snack time. During a long meeting. During our commutes. At the best times and at... Read More
Why My Church is an Orange Church

Why My Church is an Orange Church

I remember standing in a mall bookstore looking for some new reading material to challenge me to the next level as a leader. I was drawn to the bright, strangely shaped book called, “Think Orange.” At the time, I was not a youth pastor but was serving as a young adult pastor in a very large church. My heart has always been for youth but I took the job to serve young adults largely because—after being a youth pastor for about 10 years—I was frustrated at two things. First, I was frustrated that... Read More
Engaging Parents to do One Thing More

Engaging Parents to do One Thing More

“If we add one more thing to our plates, we will implode,” they said as they looked at the board. Though Darren and Agnes desperately wanted to invest more into their family, they did not see how they could make the kid’s ministry strategy into their already hectic family rhythms. To us, our ministry strategies may seem pretty simple and easy to execute. That is probably because we created it and understand how I all works together. Sometimes our strategy is not so easy for others to... Read More