4 Ways to Win the Week Between Christmas and New Year’s

4 Ways to Win the Week Between Christmas and New Year’s

For weeks and weeks, we prepare for the big day. With anticipation, excitement, and a bit of stress—we make plans at home and at church, and hustle until it all comes together. And than in a matter of 24 crazy hours, it’s all past. There are probably still remnants of Christmas reminders—candle wax in the carpet, shreds of wrapping paper in the living room, and classrooms still decorated with trees and gifts. In the midst of the exhaustion, mess, and hint of relief—what happens in those... Read More
What If Your Personal Development Plan Was Better Than Your Ministry Plan?

What If Your Personal Development Plan Was Better Than Your Ministry Plan?

by Nick Blevins What do you think of when you think of leftovers? I think of so many family dinners as a kid where there weren’t many leftovers. Dad and I really liked to eat. Some things never change, I suppose. I also think of times I missed dinner, came home, and only got leftovers. That was definitely not as fun. My question is this: who gets the leftovers of your leadership? Maybe you never thought of it in those terms. But, we all have multiple areas of our lives where we should be... Read More
Flipping the Comparison Game on Its Head

Flipping the Comparison Game on Its Head

I have a superpower. I discovered it about four years ago. I have always been a fan of superheroes whether in the comics or the movies. As I have had kids, this has been a great love of theirs too, so we are constantly surrounded by the idea of ordinary people who discover they have a super gift. That is the problem, though. My superpower is not necessarily a gift. It only happens in one general location and it is not really that beneficial. You see, my superpower is that, at church, most kids... Read More