Navigating the Three Phases of Elementary

Navigating the Three Phases of Elementary

With this year’s conference we unveiled new resources and shared insights from our research in The Phase Initiative. We also offered a series of breakouts all about navigating the phases of your phase. To serve leaders who attend our talks and those who are following along online, I’m posting notes from each session on The Phase Initiative blog. Whether or not you were able to make the conference, I hope you gain something from these notes that prevent you, your team, and your parents... Read More
What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

One of my first experiences with change in a church environment happened when I was in high school. For as far back as I could remember—and let’s be honest, that wasn’t very far—our high school church environment was called Power Source. Power Source was the place where I watched the upper classmen hang out. Power Source was the place we talked about at school with our friends, “Are you coming to Power Source tonight?” It was, for me, like the name of McDonald’s, AMC or Six Flags. So, when a... Read More
No Bible Story?

No Bible Story?

You know that feeling when you accidentally pick up someone else’s drink and take a big sip? Maybe you were drinking water and they had a Sprite—whoa, your whole body seems to react in surprise! We’ve heard from some leaders that when they open up a 252 Basics lesson plan and don’t see a full-on Bible story complete with setting, plot and characters, it’s hard not to panic. They might even wonder if there’s any way to keep kids engaged when all you’ve got is a... Read More
Virtue Preview Videos Get New Look (& Name!) for Fall

Virtue Preview Videos Get New Look (& Name!) for Fall

This past Sunday, I had the privilege of “directing” one of the easiest video shoots ever. To be honest, there’s just not a lot to direct when you are simply filming an incredibly talented artist. Beginning with this September’s curriculum, we decided to add illustrations to Reggie’s preview videos (renamed 252 Preview)  to help the Bible stories come to life and really connect the pieces between the story cards and posters and Large Group visuals you have all come to know and love. So, we... Read More
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