Dealing With Failure

Dealing With Failure

Ever hear of the McLobster? How about the Sony Betamax? Okay last one, have you ever heard of the Pepsi A.M. breakfast cola? NO!?! Really?!? Well, that’s okay, not many people have. And, to be honest, I only remember the Betamax machine. I actually had a friend that had a Betamax machine to watch videos. What do you think all these products have in common? You guessed it, they were failed products released by BIG companies. The reality is every day, month and year people, churches and... Read More
Saving Yourself From Irrelevance

Saving Yourself From Irrelevance

by Aaron Buer Last night I had a nightmare. I was at my church campus, leading a ministry event for students but everything was wrong . . . way wrong. My hair was bleached blond, I was wearing a seashell necklace and carpenter jeans. Petra was blasting out of the PA and I was unwrapping marshmallows for an epic game of pudgy bunny. Did I mention there was no one there? Zilch! The only person there was my mom, and even she looked bored. The event was a tragic hodgepodge of irrelevance. Then I... Read More
The Secret To A Great VBS

The Secret To A Great VBS

by Holly Crawshaw “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” – Stephen Covey Does your countdown to VBS have you jumping for joy? Does it have you grinning from ear to ear? Or does it have you checking under your arms for sweat stains? Does it have you giggling nervously when someone asks you how planning is coming along? If you’re like most ministry leaders, your answer may change depending on the day, or even the hour. That’s okay. Putting on an effective and engaging VBS is... Read More
Keep Your Eyes In Your Lane

Keep Your Eyes In Your Lane

by Leslie Galema The other day I forced myself downstairs to our basement to get on our treadmill. As I was running walking, I decided that the hardest part of working out is not seeing immediate results. It takes repetition and time. Just as a rule of thumb, I like seeing results—immediately. I am impatient and—okay, fine—a little lazy too. Sometimes when I’m driving, fast food splayed across the passenger seat, I’ll see an Athleta-outfitted fitness enthusiast jog by me and... Read More
Change Is A Trust Step

Change Is A Trust Step

by Misty Phillips What do seasons and cashiers all have in common? Change. Now more than ever, change is an aspect of our daily lives. At times, change personally sneaks up and knocks on our door. Some open the door and invite change in. Others crack the door just a bit to scrutinize what this “change” is all about. Let’s be honest. We all resist elements of change in some area of our lives. Bad habits. Eating healthier. Trying new things. Stories of change are throughout the... Read More