Reading Suggestions to Close Out the Summer

Reading Suggestions to Close Out the Summer

I absolutely believe that leaders are learners and while there are tons of ways to learn, reading books is a must for everyone who wants to grow. I listen to a ton of podcasts and I enjoy learning through other mediums as well, but it’s hard to replace the excellent content you can get from books. Whether you opt for the hard copy, an ebook, or the audio version, these last few weeks of summer can be a great time to dig in and read more to help you grow. Below, I’ve suggested a few books you... Read More
Summer Is The New January 1!

Summer Is The New January 1!

If you’re a woman in ministry, particularly a mom, you probably look forward to summer for the same reason your children count down the final days of school: VACATION. The heat brings road trips to the beach, poolside parties, and lazy lemonade stand days. For many of us, summer feels like a three-month hiatus from reality. But what if this summer could actually be a catalyst to change? Suppose you could utilize this time to find a rhythm that helped you communicate expectations, set... Read More
Four Simple Steps You Can Take To Prep For VBS

Four Simple Steps You Can Take To Prep For VBS

by Abbey Carr In just a few days, we’ll be staring down the face of Memorial Day weekend. While this is a great opportunity to reflect on the lives of men and women who have served our country, it also signals something else for children’s ministry leaders around the world. The imminent countdown to VBS. The to-do lists grow at an unprecedented pace. The volunteer list continues to grow and shrink . . . morphing into the final listing of the finest people who will serve arm-in-arm with you and... Read More
The Secret To A Great VBS

The Secret To A Great VBS

by Holly Crawshaw “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” – Stephen Covey Does your countdown to VBS have you jumping for joy? Does it have you grinning from ear to ear? Or does it have you checking under your arms for sweat stains? Does it have you giggling nervously when someone asks you how planning is coming along? If you’re like most ministry leaders, your answer may change depending on the day, or even the hour. That’s okay. Putting on an effective and engaging VBS is... Read More
Sporadic Summer Attendance

Sporadic Summer Attendance

Summertime usually equals sporadic attendance in the student ministry world. You’ve probably witnessed this firsthand if you’re a small group leader. Sometimes only one student may show up for small group—and it may not be the same student from week to week! How can you make sure your students don’t fall away during summer? One thing to do is contact them during the week. Using social media is helpful, but sometimes a phone call does so much more. Also, set aside some time to... Read More