Small Groups: Learning and Growing in Community

Small Groups: Learning and Growing in Community

Occasionally, potential small group leaders tell me they don’t know enough or aren’t good enough to be a kid’s leader. I understand the feeling, but then I take a look at the people Jesus chose to be His disciples. Two of them were quarrelsome men with the nickname, “Sons of Thunder.” Peter was a guy who took matters into his own hands before thinking it through, and Matthew was a tax collector. God had a plan for each of them –  long term, ministry plans. It all started with 11... Read More
Be Present. Be There. Be Tuned In

Be Present. Be There. Be Tuned In

You’ve probably seen a preschool boy walk beside his dad with his hands in his pockets while imitating a long stride “just like Daddy.” Dad proudly smiles at the little munchkin, scoops him up and plops him on his shoulders. Just like that little boy, kids are always watching and imitating parents and leaders. It makes me want to be a better example and be there for the kids I lead. John 15 reveals God’s word “Abide” or “be present.” I like to think of it as constantly tuned in.... Read More
MINE: A Favorite Preschool Word

MINE: A Favorite Preschool Word

Like “NO”, “Mine” is the universal signal of a young preschooler on a learning adventure. Both words tell parents and leaders where a child is on the social, emotional and cognitive learning curve. We’ve all watched an infant’s limited core body movement and his surprise when his own hand flashes by. His body is developing controlled muscle movements from the center outward. Emotional, social and cognitive development works the same way. It’s how we’re designed. I praise you because I am... Read More
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