How to Coordinate a Community Service Day for Your Ministry Team

How to Coordinate a Community Service Day for Your Ministry Team

Love sacrificially serves. And if you are reading this, you most likely agree. Jesus essentially delivers that statement to the disciples, but they have no idea what they are in for. “Here is my command. Love each other, just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than the one who gives his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command,” (John 15:12-14, NIRV). Thousands of years later, we have the honor, privilege and choice to serve through sacrifice as well. In most... Read More
When Married Couples Serve Together

When Married Couples Serve Together

You could say that I grew up in a non-conventional family. Where a lot of families were going on family vacations to the beach, or the mountains, or Disneyland, my family went on mission trips. These weren’t necessarily the “glamorous” overseas mission trips to South America or a remote village in Africa. Often, these were the under-rated, off-the-beaten-path places that no one else wanted to go to. These were the small towns in the panhandle of Texas with a population less than my high... Read More
How to Show Appreciation to Your Ministry’s Volunteers

How to Show Appreciation to Your Ministry’s Volunteers

We all want to be appreciated for things we do, right? Of course we do! Anytime we hear the phrase “Good job!” or when we get that pat on the back, or even when we’re given a random gift card for a job well done, it is always great to be appreciated.  Years ago, Dr. Gary Chapman wrote a book called “The Five Love Languages.” This was written so spouses could understand how each other gives and receives love. The languages are: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of... Read More
Less of Us, More of God at Christmas

Less of Us, More of God at Christmas

For so many people this can be the most wonderful time of the year. A season of singing. Breaking diets without guilt. Ugly sweaters. Office parties. School plays that only a parent or small group leader could love. We will come up with great gifts for our volunteers and décor to enhance our kid and student environments. This is also the season where Christmas wish list might become extravagant. There will be 25 “Secret Santa” or “White Elephant” gift requests. And the demands on our time can... Read More
How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

I get asked a lot of questions about family ministry. The only question that ever gets on my nerves is when someone asks, “Do you guys break up into small groups at the end?” Now, I get it. It seems like a fair and harmless question. Maybe you’ve even asked it yourself. I know that there are semantics involved here, but the honest answer is, “No. We want our children and students to experience our entire Sunday program as a small group—not just at the end.” There might be a time at the end... Read More