Help For Fighting Holiday Overwhelm

Help For Fighting Holiday Overwhelm

by Ron Brooks Summer came and went for another year. It wasn’t easy, but you survived the back to school kick-off season. Then came the Halloween costumes. You were either sewing ears to hoodies and finding the perfect color face paint, or running store-to-store hoping to find that last pair of Yoda ears or light saber to make “Luke Skywalker” the true Jedi that he is. No sooner had Halloween passed, and the store shelves were quickly filled with turkey window clings and... Read More
How To Help Your Church Engage Families Through Serving

How To Help Your Church Engage Families Through Serving

by Joe McAlpine Imagine taking your first born into a foreign environment for the first time where no one speaks the language and there is extreme poverty all around you. This is exactly what I had the opportunity to do with my son Elijah about a year ago. We went to Brazil to work with a group of young people. The mission was to spend time with them and help them learn how to dream for their future. These kids all came from extreme poverty and dreaming would actually be discouraged by parents... Read More
Family Worship Nights For The Season

Family Worship Nights For The Season

by Yancy Richmond ’Tis the season for special events and breaking out of the normal routine of how we do church. I love the inspiration and the creativity that this time of year brings and how it so often makes us dig down deep to find and give our best. Even in all the hustle and bustle we can provide a way for families to stop, reflect and worship the Lord. Look up the passage in Luke 2:13-20. I love how it tells us the angels and shepherds praised God! There was a lot of worship happening... Read More
Act Like Every Parent You Meet Is Coming To Your Church This Sunday

Act Like Every Parent You Meet Is Coming To Your Church This Sunday

What if the parents you met last week at the ball game showed up at your church this Sunday? What next step would you give them to connect them to a better strategy? Would you be ready to help them engage? Would they see your church as a source of energy for their families? The real question is, how do you see your role as a church when it comes to the family? Not only should you think Orange, you should start acting Orange. You may have figured out by now that you have influence as a church.... Read More
Equipping Parents to Create Traditions

Equipping Parents to Create Traditions

by Jenny Zimmer A few weeks ago, my youngest daughter had her first day of school. However, to me it wasn’t just her first day of school, it was her LAST first day of school! It’s her senior year in high school! Looking at her marble jar, which now has 42 marbles remaining, has been harder for me than ever this summer. I can’t tell you how many times I have asked God to just slow time down! You see I have an older daughter as well; she in fact is starting her senior year of college. Here is... Read More