The Strategy of Three

by Misty Phillips I love to hear of families who have had their kids impacted by the influence of a consistent Small Group Leader. It’s a beautiful thing! It thrills my heart to hear stories of kids and parents sharing sweet moments talking together about God at the end of their busy day. I get chills as I consider how many churches are doing creative, innovative services to reach families on the weekend. What a beautiful trifecta. When God, home and church align, it’s rarely by accident. It... Read More
Christmas and the G Word

Christmas and the G Word

Hi. My name is Carey, and I’m greedy. (This is the point where you all say, “Hi Carey.”) Gosh, I hate to say it. I mean no one goes around and says they’re greedy, right? We might think other people are greedy (it’s just so easy to spot the sins of others, even from a distance), but it’s so difficult to see in ourselves. But read this definition of greed and tell me if at least a piece of it doesn’t own you—or your kids. Greed is an excessive desire to... Read More

December YouLead Research: First Impressions of Your Community

How long have you been in ministry? Or if you’re not leading right now, how long have you been going to or involved in church? Another way of asking the question is: How long has it been since you’ve been the newcomer? Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what someone from the outside thought of our churches? Get some fresh perspective? I read a book (Jim and Casper Go to Church: Frank Conversation about Faith, Churches, and Well-Meaning Christians) several years ago that gave me a front row... Read More
The Grace of God Book Study, Part 2

The Grace of God Book Study, Part 2

I absolutely love a great story; one that draws me into the plot and surprises me along the way. God’s story is one that consistently amazes me—just when I think I know some of the scenes like the back of my hand, there goes God—surprising me with a new revelation in His script. As we move through chapters two through five in The Grace of God, be prepared to see new and insightful things in the familiar stories of Abraham, Joseph and Moses. We often associate grace with Jesus and the New... Read More
9 Reasons Google Reader Is Still Important

9 Reasons Google Reader Is Still Important

I’m still asked on a frequent basis how I keep up with the latest technology or how I keep up with so much information. I normally follow it up with a question to them, “Do you know how to use Google Reader or an RSS feed reader?” Most of the time, the answer is “No” or “I set that up and have forgotten about it.” If you answered “No, I don’t know how,” then here is a great video from Google explaining how to set it up and how to use... Read More