Worship Leaders: One Thing To Stop Doing

Worship Leaders: One Thing To Stop Doing

I’ve noticed something about supervillains recently. They’ve got massive resources. Their genius is boundless. They always have a carefully crafted plan and focused vision. But still, they’re always brought down in the end by the same thing: the monologue. You know what I mean, right? They’ve finally got the hero right where they want them, but before they can finish the job, they always pause to give some long speech, inevitably creating just enough time for the hero to come up with a plan to... Read More
Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Road trips. We all take them. We might be able to recall a memory from our childhood sliding around in the backseat (yes, we used to be ok not wearing a seatbelt.)  I remember flipping my cassette tape over to side B and adjusting my headphones while I strategically positioned my pillow in between the headrest and the door. Road trips for me were all about music and food! I loved getting to go through a drive through at the half way point where I could super-size my meal for .25 cents and have... Read More
Sights, Eats, and Sounds Around Orange Conference 2018

Sights, Eats, and Sounds Around Orange Conference 2018

Whether you live here in Atlanta or will just be visiting for The Orange Conference, there is never a shortage of fun things to do and fantastic places to eat. We’ve been told that many organizations use our event as a team-building experience. So, if that’s your group or you’re just flying solo, plan on spending a little extra time in our Southern hub, where the hospitality is free and the tea is always sweet. It’s a great place to explore! Here are a few of our favorite suggestions: Near the... Read More
Three Keys for Finding Great Volunteers

Three Keys for Finding Great Volunteers

We’re all in need of volunteers. If we’re going to build a great student ministry—the one that we believe God wants us to build—we’re not going to be able to do it alone. We’re going to have to find great people to help. In fact, I would argue that your student ministry will rise and fall based on the quality of your volunteer team. And that’s because a great ministry is more than just a great building, a great budget, or a great strategy. Great volunteers make great ministries. Great... Read More
May 2018 Editor’s Notes

May 2018 Editor’s Notes

Hello, First Look Friends!  We see works of art every day that have a Maker and a plan. We pass them on the street, at work, and every Sunday they play around our feet. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yes, I’m talking about people! People are God’s works of art.  He is our Maker. And, He has a plan for each of us. Every neighbor. Every preschooler. Every parent. God has a plan for all of us, because He made us and loves us. We want to teach our preschoolers this month that God has a plan... 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