Saying Less, More Often

Saying Less, More Often

“If you knew kids and students would be more engaged with your message if you packaged it differently, would you?” – Reggie Joiner You have about 40 hours a year . . . that’s it. After the sick days and vacation time, the kids and students who come to your church will have about 40 hours to hear you present to them the most important, life-changing, and essential message that they will ever hear. Those same kids will spend about 10 times that, 400 hours a year on video games. Upwards of 500... Read More
Sharing a Message That Won’t Get Lost

Sharing a Message That Won’t Get Lost

There are so many lessons that we can teach kids and students to introduce them to God, help them learn biblical truths, and live in a way that follows the example of Jesus Christ. We could teach about the ceremonial, civic, and moral laws of the Old Testament. We could spend Sundays teaching about every miracle and parable in the New Testament. We could get into apologetics and biblical history. But if we give each of those messages, I wonder how many will actually stick. Even more valuable... Read More
What It Means To Refine The Message

What It Means To Refine The Message

Refine the Message: Craft core truths into engaging, relevant, and memorable experiences. “Can you hear me now?” The pitch line for a cell phone service provider communicates the importance of being able to receive a message loud and clear. As a church leader, you have a high level of responsibility for how you handle information. The importance of crafting the message of God’s story in a relevant and applicable way won’t change the truth of the message, but it can make... Read More
Say it Simply

Say it Simply

Perhaps you are living the new craze! Rainbow Loom bracelets. They take the place of silly bands, slap bracelets, friendship bracelets, jelly bracelets . . . you know, it’s always something. So of course, my six-year-old couldn’t wait to start making them. What seemed like something so simple, ended up being quite the complicated project. But being the determined person I am, I wasn’t about to let loom bracelets get the best of me. After all, most eight-year-olds could do this. So, I did what... Read More