Kelly Stockdale

Kelly is a preschool director turned family director who’s currently serving at Grace Hill Church in Collierville, TN helping to lead the family team where her husband, Jason, serves as the Lead Pastor. She’s got four awesome kids whose ages stretch from the preschool phase to the middle school phase. When she’s not adulting you can find her vegging out on reality TV and cookies ’n cream milkshakes, because for real…adulting is hard! You can connect with her on



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.

  1. Environments

Are my preschool rooms…

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The New Kids

New environments make me so nervous. At the heart of it, I don’t want to feel stupid. And, not knowing what the routine is, what I can expect, or what the proper etiquette is will drive my inner self crazy with anxiety.

If, as an adult, I feel this way, I can only imagine what a preschooler must feel when he encounters a new environment run by a bunch of “big people.”

If we want to create a safe place for…

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