What the Church Needs to Know about Families with Special Needs

What the Church Needs to Know about Families with Special Needs

You see them. You know they’re there. You might even provide a great Special Needs ministry for their child or young adult. But have you ever focused on what a family who has a kid with special needs might want you to know? After talking with lots of churches who serve families who have kids with special needs, and with the families themselves, here are some things we’ve learned and wish you’d know too. Their kid is awesome Every kid is unique and special to their parent, but here’s what we... Read More
Comparison Is the Thief of Contentment

Comparison Is the Thief of Contentment

“Gracie gets super excited when her big brother comes into the room and calls out ‘bubba!’ Plus she says ‘doggy’ and ‘book’ and ‘ball’ and ‘milk.’ She’s just so bright and never stops chattering!” My Facebook friend was enthusing about her 9-month-old. My 15-month-old son was currently stuck on “dada” for everything. Even “mama,” which had shown up for a while, had dropped out of the rotation. I gritted my teeth and scrolled down past another friend’s professional family photoshoot in a sunset... Read More
Why Does Your Church Need a Communications Plan?

Why Does Your Church Need a Communications Plan?

Most churches understand the significance of communications and the importance of planning. However, far too few churches actually take the time to create and implement even a basic communications plan. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This adage holds true because those churches without strategic communication are often the same churches that fail to reach a wider audience. They struggle to grow and wonder why their message falls flat. But the obvious reason is the lack of a clear... Read More
An Often Overlooked Measure Of A Successful Sunday

An Often Overlooked Measure Of A Successful Sunday

It’s Monday morning and the weekly debrief meeting is about to happen. You know the normal questions that are about to be asked. How many people showed up? How much money was given? Who was missing as a volunteer? How many guests did we have? How many views did we get on our online campus? How many likes or retweets did we get? How many people accepted Christ this weekend? These are all of the measurements that your typical staff at a church will look at week after week. These are not... Read More
Social Media Tips for Leaders

Social Media Tips for Leaders

Social media is a great tool for student ministers. At almost any time of the day, a youth leader can interact with their student. Whether it is reminding them of a youth event, following up on a life event, or tagging the youth kids in a humorous meme, it is a tool to maintain contact throughout the week. Social media is a big part of the lives of this generation and therefore must be important to those that are their leaders.   Be Aware of the Dangers As helpful as social media is for... Read More
Making Necessary Changes in Your Ministry 

Making Necessary Changes in Your Ministry 

Loss is Not Fun Losing something is never fun, but sometimes it’s necessary. Maybe you disagree because you celebrated pretty wildly when you finally broke up with a significant other that was no longer significant. But the process leading up to the loss wasn’t fun, nonetheless. Or maybe you disagree because you couldn’t wait for your child to lose that dingy, germ-filled blankie. But it may not have been a joyous occasion for your little one.  Loss hurts. But we also know that intentional... Read More