An Experiment in Creating Parent Small Groups

An Experiment in Creating Parent Small Groups

This fall, we launched an experiment as a NextGen team. We’ve been wrestling with what it looks like for us to better partner with parents—to move beyond handouts and to work together. For us this has resulted in a small group experiment. For the past several months, our NextGen staff has been working on a small group experience for parents. With the support of our leadership and adult ministry, our children’s and student ministry is taking the lead on adult small groups targeted at parents.... Read More
Behind the Smile: What You Want Every SGL to Know

Behind the Smile: What You Want Every SGL to Know

You know them. You see them every week. They are students in your ministry. They walk in without a care in the world (or it seems), a smile on their face, phone in their hand and a hidden secret that no one knows. These smiling faces represent broken families, baggage, scars from failures, anxiety, pressures from social media, addiction, walls built to avoid disappointments, and a longing for someone to know the real them. These are the smiles we see week in and week out. As SGLs we are... Read More
How Your Church Can Partner With Others to Impact Your Community

How Your Church Can Partner With Others to Impact Your Community

Teamwork makes the dream work and two heads are better than one. These statements are so true. And, if any group should be able to work together to impact the community, it is the Church. With our faith and efforts combined, we can leave a tremendous impression on the lives and hearts of our neighbors. Imagine communities that knew their local churches work together to serve them. What kind of message does that communicate about our faith? How much greater influence will our churches have as... Read More
Creating Church Events That Soar

Creating Church Events That Soar

There’s nothing quite like spending time and budget on an event that is poorly attended. We live in a culture that is always looking for something to do. Something to attend. Somewhere to spend their family time. So when our churches put an event together and it is poorly attended or misses its target audience it can leave us feeling defeated and frustrated. If we knew the secrets to plan an event that will succeed, I believe that no one would take a loss in this area ever again. These losses... Read More
What I’ve Learned About Being a NextGen Pastor

What I’ve Learned About Being a NextGen Pastor

A year and half ago I transitioned from middle school ministry into a role as NextGen Pastor. I immediately began asking, “What does this look like?” Since that time, I’ve asked that question and have heard it asked countless times. Just a few days ago, I was talking with another Family Pastor before Orange Tour and she was asking, “So what do you do every week.” Another new NextGen Pastor asked the same thing days earlier online, “What do you spend most of your time on?” My first answer:... Read More