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
10 Practical Ways to Partner With Parents

10 Practical Ways to Partner With Parents

“They do a great job with her but not so much with me.” This was the response of a friend of mine several years back when I asked how he and his family were doing at their church. He went on to explain that he loved what his church was doing with his kids on Sunday but he felt he needed more as a parent. Our conversation got me wondering if other parents felt the same way. Specifically, do the parents at my church feel this way? I decided to do a little informal survey. I asked about a hundred... Read More
Why Every Phase of a Child’s Life Matters

Why Every Phase of a Child’s Life Matters

If you’re reading this right now, we probably have a few things in common. You’re probably an adult. You probably like kids and teenagers. You definitely care about influencing the faith of those kids and teenagers. And you probably agree that the best way to influence a kid’s faith is to influence the people who influence them most—like their parents and their small group leaders. If you’ve been in ministry for more than a few months, then you probably understand something else too—that kids... Read More
Retain SGLs By Asking These 5 Questions

Retain SGLs By Asking These 5 Questions

For the past month, GoWeekly has focused on the importance of retaining Small Group Leaders (SGLs). We talked about the 4 Strategies for Retaining Small Group Leaders, and had Darren Kizer explain How to Retain Small Group Leaders. Now that SGL retention is on your mind, here are five discussion questions to ask yourself or discuss with your staff. We hope that these questions will help you understand some of the challenges your SGLs face and point you towards solutions you can take to retain... Read More
4 Ways To Help A Kid Through A Crisis

4 Ways To Help A Kid Through A Crisis

Crisis is a moment that can affect many moments. It can be a loss. It can be a change. It can be a shift or an imbalance that rocks reality. You can’t predict or prescript a crisis, but you can help kids navigate through them. Here are four ways to do just that. 1. Create a connection. It’s easy to feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day with the families we minister to. But don’t let the time you don’t have keep you from making the most of the time you do have. Remind your team—staff... Read More