Sharing a Message That Won’t Get Lost

Sharing a Message That Won’t Get Lost

There are so many lessons that we can teach kids and students to introduce them to God, help them learn biblical truths, and live in a way that follows the example of Jesus Christ. We could teach about the ceremonial, civic, and moral laws of the Old Testament. We could spend Sundays teaching about every miracle and parable in the New Testament. We could get into apologetics and biblical history. But if we give each of those messages, I wonder how many will actually stick. Even more valuable... Read More
How to Determine if Risk is Worth It

How to Determine if Risk is Worth It

There is one sure way to never fail. That is to never take any risks in the first place. Taking risks is a part of life but it is also a part of ministry. Taking risks is the part of ministry that is a requirement for forward movement. We take risks when we realize a system that previously worked has now become dated. We take risks when we institute a new program that we think will help us connect with our community. We take risks every Sunday when we put kids and students in small groups that... Read More
Aligning Leaders: Drawing a Straight Line

Aligning Leaders: Drawing a Straight Line

Have you ever heard a basketball coach talking to their team during a time out? Everyone is huddled around each other listening for what to do next. They are not listening for the vision. The vision is clear. We want to score more points than the other team so that we can win. However, during the time out, while the coach is not casting vision, they are taking a few seconds to clarify strategy. They are taking those crucial moments in the game to align the leaders on the floor around the... Read More
How Self-Control Affects the Whole

How Self-Control Affects the Whole

One of my favorite fruits is the pomegranate. It is complicatedly beautiful. If you’ve ever cut one open, it is made up of several little seeds, held together by cream-colored borders, protected by a hard-red shell. Once you cut a pomegranate open though you will quickly notice that if you expose one part of the fruit to the elements the other parts of the fruit will start to dry out and won’t taste as good. I promise that God had the pomegranate in mind when His Spirit inspired Paul to write... Read More
Bringing the Vision Back into View

Bringing the Vision Back into View

Your team was intentional during your fall launch. You came up with creative and fun ways to reiterate vision to parents and volunteers. There were events, giveaways, take-homes, and all kinds of things to remind parents how your church is working to partner with them to influence the faith of their kid or student. Now it is a New Year, your core parents are busy, new parents are coming, and this is a great opportunity to re-vision parents and remind them of the important partnership between... Read More