Playing Well

Playing Well

By Kevin Ragsdale How many of you place value on being a part of your staff team? I am not asking about “your” team but the staff team as a whole. Do you interact well with the preschool director and the music guy? What about your Senior Pastor? Do you care about what goes on in their world? Do you ever jump in and help in their area? You might be thinking: “What does this have to do with my ability to do my job?” I think it has a lot to do with your success and would like to talk about the... Read More
Move ’em Up

Move ’em Up

One of my favorite parts of Middle School Ministry is watching 5th graders transition into our program each Spring. We realized several years ago that after spending 11 years in our awesome Children’s Ministry, students may be a little shy about making the transition to Middle School Ministry if they have never seen it in action. So, we started inviting students to a 5th Grade Welcome Night each May to build anticipation for the following year. After several years of doing this event, we’ve... Read More
Making Camps Small Group Friendly

Making Camps Small Group Friendly

I have worked as a speaker and leader at camps for over 30 years. Most of my summers have been spent training student pastors and small group leaders. After years of wrestling with what makes a camp experience work, I have become more determined than ever to help leaders rethink how they do camps. The optimal camp experience happens when the leaders who produce the camp and the churches who bring students both have a shared value related to small groups. Too many camps function more like a... Read More
Young Leaders

Young Leaders

I’m considered a young leader. Apparently once you hit your thirties, you think 23 is really young. C’mon. I’m only 10 years away from being the same age Jesus was when he left the earth. From what I’m told – he knew the ins and outs of leadership prettttttty well. I asked my Pastor, Brad Farnsworth, some questions about working with young leaders. He has been teaching and leading me since fourth grade and somehow looked past all the “that’s what she said” jokes in small group and saw... Read More
Eviction vs. Extension

Eviction vs. Extension

If I were honest, I’d tell you I don’t really like graduation Sunday. It’s not that I’m against the idea of graduating or of celebrating students who’ve been part of our ministry. It just seems that no matter what we do to make the event feel like a good thing, there always seems to be a hint, a shadow of sadness that goes along with it. I remember the first time I felt it. My sweet twelfth grade small group was graduating and one of them turned to me with wide eyes and welling tears and said,... Read More