Getting Everyone to See That Every Phase Matters 

Getting Everyone to See That Every Phase Matters 

The phase, or the time in a kid’s life that we influence significant relationships, understand present realities, and leverage distinctive opportunities, flow in a continuum that requires all kid and student ministry workers to have a basic knowledge how one impacts the other. The four phases that allow us to embrace, engage, affirm, and mobilize a kid from birth into adulthood do not stand alone. One phase directly affects another and the needs of one phase never completely dissipates. They... Read More
Planning Ministry Transitions Well

Planning Ministry Transitions Well

Whether you’re resistant to change or love to seek it out, one thing is for sure—it’s coming. No matter how much you love your current role, at one point or another, it’s going to come time to transition to a new season. In NextGen ministries, leaders typically stay in their roles anywhere from 2-5 years, so the question really is much more about when a change will happen, rather than if it will.  After spending nearly nine years on staff at the same student ministry in Austin, my wife and I... Read More
Viewing Transition Through Three Lenses

Viewing Transition Through Three Lenses

A friend of mine hiked the Appalachian Trail about a year ago. When he came home, I anticipated hearing him rave about amazing views and a victorious feeling of accomplishment from just hiking through 14 states. I did hear those things, but to my surprise what I heard about most were stories about the people who were right alongside him in the trek. He could have highlighted the 2,200-mile hike, but instead he told me stories about the people that got him through the journey. When you are... Read More
Transitioning To An Orange Strategy In A Denominational Setting

Transitioning To An Orange Strategy In A Denominational Setting

Working with kids and families in denominational churches can create unique challenges. I often hear phrases such as, “I loved this when I was a kid,” and “This is what makes the (insert your denomination) program for kids so unique and important.” As rich and important as some of our denominational traditions are, they can also prevent us from making the changes necessary to influence the lives of young people. When we look at moving from a denominational curriculum or strategy to adopting an... Read More
Five Stages Of Lasting Change

Five Stages Of Lasting Change

by Daron Dickens I am obsessed with the topic of change. As a marriage and family therapist and pastor for 20 years it is intertwined with my daily life. For a while, I even wanted to change my job description to change agent. The reason I didn’t was because change is not always looked on in a positive light. In fact, many would say change is very scary for them. Unfortunately, both my spiritual gifts assessment and personality profile say that the thing that irritates me most is when people... Read More