How to Answer High Schooler’s Biggest Questions With Action

How to Answer High Schooler’s Biggest Questions With Action

Would you believe that the teen checking their phone during small group or strolling in late to your service has some questions stirring inside? We’re not talking about “how many people will respond to my latest snap?” kind of questions. We mean big, deep, questions. Questions whose answers can literally change the course of a teen’s life. Problems that demand to be solved, and ultimately will be—either by a teen’s own inner voice, their peers, or maybe even you. Resource: Playing for Keeps by... Read More
The Why and How of Building a Solid Lead Small Culture

The Why and How of Building a Solid Lead Small Culture

“Circles are better than rows.” Our church has been one of hundreds who’ve adopted this phrase over the last decade as somewhat of a rally cry for authentic community. For those on staff who lead the next generation, this means that we are going to prioritize relationships when it comes to how we want to organize and structure our ministry. From our babies all the way to our high schoolers, we desire for every child in our ministries to be known by name and given a place to belong. And... Read More
The Importance of a Small Group Culture

The Importance of a Small Group Culture

Memories of Sunday School I have sweet childhood memories of Sunday school. I remember sitting in the basement of the church early Sunday mornings (on a very cold, metal church folding chair) in a tight little circle. The room was tiny. There were several of these tiny rooms that went around the perimeter of the fellowship hall (that’s the place where amazing potluck dinners are held). Outdated décor was everywhere. A bulletin board did not make a big splash for me. Being taught a lesson from... Read More
Getting to the Heart of Service in Small Groups

Getting to the Heart of Service in Small Groups

After a day of learning about what advocacy looks like in organizations and churches, our compassionate ministry training landed on a question: “What breaks your heart?” Before the question was asked, I felt empowered with new knowledge, comforted that there was a plan in place to aim for community transformation through a network of churches and ministries around the world but I also felt somewhat detached from it. Because . . . information doesn’t always motivate me. Pain, however, does.... Read More
Carrying Out Mission With Strategy

Carrying Out Mission With Strategy

by Adam Duckworth A lot of people spend a lot of time talking about their mission but very little time talking about their strategy. You may have even heard me say that before—if we have ever spent any time together. I say it so much because I believe it. A lot of people confuse these two things: mission and strategy. Let me help to bring some clarity to it: Mission is what you are going to do, and strategy is how you are going to do it. When I came to First Fort Lauderdale in 2008, we had... Read More