How To Support Your Local Schools This Holiday Season

How To Support Your Local Schools This Holiday Season

by Leslie Bolser It may seem a bit early to think about Christmas, or even Thanksgiving. Over the last few weeks, my daughters and I have spent an unhealthy amount of screen time on Pinterest, seeking Halloween costume ideas, then last-minute trips to the craft and hobby store to stock up on glue sticks, fabric, and sequins. But while there, I’ve been reminded by the rows of wreaths and pre-lit evergreen trees that Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner. In the church world, that... Read More
Three Doors of Partnership

Three Doors of Partnership

by Leslie Bolser Several months ago, I noticed something strange about my youngest daughter’s school. On the exterior of the building, every 20 feet or so, there seemed to be a vertical rectangle of bricks whose color was slightly mismatched from the other bricks. As I looked more carefully, it was clear that those mismatched bricks covered what used to be doors . . . in fact, one door for every classroom. Imagine: open access to the grass, trees, and playground outside. A breeze blowing... Read More
It Matters What Words You Use

It Matters What Words You Use

by Leslie Bolser Last night, my daughters and I walked to our local park with a group of family friends. As we enjoyed one of the first official nights of summer break, we bumped into Emily, a young lady from our church who is home for college break. Over the spring, she had asked me to be a reference for a summer job she was hoping to land working with kids in our parks and recreation department’s summer day camp. In front of the whole group, I casually asked her how it was going,... Read More
Student Led Culture Change

Student Led Culture Change

by Leslie Bolser Several years ago, I had laser eye surgery to correct a pretty bad case of nearsightedness. I read all the pamphlets, so I knew what I was getting into. The process was never painful (although maybe a bit uncomfortable at times). A few months later, as I reflected on the change in my vision and perspective, I was very grateful. In the fall of 2011, our student ministry experimented with the idea of using a monthly value word and definition in the high school. The idea was that... Read More