Impacting Foster Families in Your Church

Impacting Foster Families in Your Church

A lot can change in 24 hours: One evening you’re lounging around, watching a hockey game or strolling around the block hand-in-hand with your spouse; the next night you’re unpacking plastic bags of clothing and wondering how to fight traffic for the school drop-off and still get to work on time. Such is the life of a foster parent! And as our churches seek to serve families that host foster children, here are some ways that we can provide support during these busy times. Keep in mind, this... Read More
5 Ways to Build Celebration Into the Rhythm of Your Ministry

5 Ways to Build Celebration Into the Rhythm of Your Ministry

A couple of years ago, my husband and my volunteer team at our church completely shocked me with a Starbucks-themed surprise birthday party (complete with “Frappy Birthday” signs and Starbucks-brand drinks—which is a big deal since our nearest Starbucks is an international flight away!). I’d never had a surprise party before, and was thrilled and thankful for a team that showed their love so sweetly! Since my team’s generous gesture meant so much to me, I wonder why I tend to forget to... Read More
Never Lose Ministry Vision Again

Never Lose Ministry Vision Again

by Carla Bregani Aaaahhhh, the New Year. A time to review, refresh, slow down, and move forward with a renewed sense of purpose and vision, right? Which must be why I cleverly agreed to my husband’s plan of getting the most out of our Christmas vacation by arriving home from the holidays on a 10 p.m. Saturday night flight and jumping into the first Sunday morning of 2016 a mere nine hours later. Because that’s obviously a scenario that promotes a refreshed children’s minister, right?! Clearly,... Read More
14 Keys To Leading Orange Cross-Culturally

14 Keys To Leading Orange Cross-Culturally

by Carla Bregani Some of us have a tendency to do things a little backwards—like falling in love with Caribbean culture before ever living in or visiting the region, earning multiple degrees in other fields before being called to children’s ministry, or using Orange curriculum as a volunteer for more than a year before realizing the “big picture” of Orange Strategy. I can plead guilty to all three. And now here I am: a hockey-loving Canadian girl serving on staff as minister to children... Read More