Working Through Struggles in Your Faith Journey

Working Through Struggles in Your Faith Journey

The role of a leader can be a difficult one. It’s interesting that as we look at those in leadership positions we forget that often they are going through the exact same process we are. Almost every teacher I have ever spoken to tells me that they learn themselves as they teach others. It is a very symbiotic process. The problem comes when we as leaders struggle in that process. It is difficult for me, at times, to lead parenting seminars when I am struggling to parent my own sons with wisdom... Read More
Leveraging Influence and Building Faith 

Leveraging Influence and Building Faith 

Orange—a strategy that combines the love of the family (red) and the light of the church (yellow) to make a greater impact. Our strategy has five essentials that help churches to influence the faith of the next generation. One of these essentials is Leveraging Influence. We believe that this puts hands-on faith that would otherwise just be head knowledge. We fear that would never make its way to change hearts. Leveraging influence is providing consistent opportunities for kids, student,... Read More
A Dynamic View of God: Helping Kids Connect with God at Every Phase

A Dynamic View of God: Helping Kids Connect with God at Every Phase

Imagine going to a U2 concert with a group of toddlers. Or buying tickets to see Yo Gabba Gabba with a middle school group. Or watching Barry Manilow with all 3rd-grade boys. Hopefully, you’ve never done any of these things. Musicians, even great musicians, play for a specific audience. Not everyone relates to country music, or hip hop, or jazz. That doesn’t make those genres less inspiring. It just means the musician has to know more than music if they hope to connect with their audience. The... Read More
God Is like a Balloon

God Is like a Balloon

Maybe God is like a balloon. There are two ways to think about thinking. Maybe that sounds too philosophical to be practical, but it may be the most critical idea when it comes to how a kid relates to God. It’s also just one more thing that separates humans from the rest of creation. Animals don’t have the same created ability to… Self-reflect Tell a personal narrative Carry on an inner-monologue What’s fascinating is that there are two basic views people hold about intelligence. Some people... Read More
Leading Well Through Seasons of Doubt

Leading Well Through Seasons of Doubt

Leadership continues through difficult seasons of spiritual growth. Difficult seasons are met with moments of doubt, confusion and anxiety. Yet, these seasons can be leveraged to grow our faith. Those difficult seasons, or “faith spurts,” allow us to grow in our relationship with Christ and others. These faith spurts might affect our behaviors: Behavior that we once thought was okay, we might begin to question whether it’s truly in line with biblical truths. Faith spurts might challenge our... Read More