You Can’t Have Impact Without Struggle

You Can’t Have Impact Without Struggle

I love story. It is my escape, the form in which I learn best and what makes my life rich. Story gives us texture and a way to relate. It’s more than just a picture of something where you have to interpret the meanings and how things relate to one another for yourself. It allows us to have something to compare our own experience with in order to relate. Even if the story doesn’t capture your exact experience, often the elements will resonate inside of you. When a story like this unfolds in... Read More
Refresh

Refresh

I’m not into New Year’s Resolutions. I know, goals are good. They keep us on track. They make us better. But this year instead of making resolutions, I’ve decided to ask myself this question, “What areas in my ministry or life need some refreshing?” re·fresh | rəˈfreSH | verb | to give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate. Here are a few spots I’m analyzing to see if they need a bit of strength or energy in them. Environments Are my preschool rooms looking tired? Are there broken toys,... Read More
What is the Purpose of Your Small Groups?

What is the Purpose of Your Small Groups?

My daughter signed up for an archery class last summer. It was just a beginner class to see if it was something she would like. She came home from the first day and announced to her mom, “I think I’ve found my sport!” What did she love about it? For her, it was easy to evaluate success or failure. Think about it. Archery has a clear target; you either hit it or you don’t. It’s a sport that provides instant feedback on how well you are doing. The same should be true for our groups model. We... Read More
What to Do When You’re on a Dysfunctional Team

What to Do When You’re on a Dysfunctional Team

Have you ever found yourself on an unhealthy, dysfunctional team in ministry? Serve for very long, on staff or as a volunteer, and you’ll discover that your team greatly determines whether you’re going to have an energizing or wearisome experience. WHEN A TEAM DOESN’T WORK Teams can have a tricky dynamic. When everything works well, working on a team is so much fun. When things are not working well, it can make you wish you could hole up somewhere and pretend you don’t need a team to get your... Read More