3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

3 Easy Ways to Impact a Middle Schooler’s Identity and Faith

11, 12, 13. These are the awkward years. You remember right? Greasy hair, frizzy hair, don’t care. Weight gain and weight loss. You feel like an adult but everyone treats you like a kid. Life for a middle schooler is rough. Forget trying to figure out who you are in Christ. Preteens are hanging onto the struggle bus for dear life. Of course you now know that middle school drama, like everything else, won’t matter in a few short years. With the right approach you can help preteens focus on... Read More
For A Strong Team On Sunday, Invest In Them On Monday

For A Strong Team On Sunday, Invest In Them On Monday

Making the time to invest in relationships in ministry can be difficult with all the other things on our to-do lists. It can become easy to define people by how they serve our ministries and our purposes rather than who they are as people. I have made this mistake before and it is a big one! People know when you are just filling volunteer slots and not really seeing them individually. That’s how you lose great volunteers and employees and have to go back to the drawing board with new team... Read More
6 Tips for Playing or Working Well with Others

6 Tips for Playing or Working Well with Others

I remember when I was in high school, and even into college, I hated group projects. They always seemed to go the same way. One or two members of the group did all the work, and the entire group received the same credit. Or, one or two members would fail to do their part and would bring the entire group down with them in the process.   Why would teachers do this? It just seemed cruel and unnecessary. However, as an adult, I now understand that working together with others, sometimes even in a... Read More
Developing Your Ministry Volunteers to Serve Well 

Developing Your Ministry Volunteers to Serve Well 

As the breadth of your ministry grows, so will the opportunity and need for new team members. Maybe you’ve seen a consistent trend of growth in your preschool programming, and you’re running out of bandwidth to invest in and develop your growing team of preschool ministry volunteers. It could be that the number of small groups in your middle and high school ministry has grown to the point you can no longer model what you’re expecting your small group leaders to do—to know, care for, and follow... Read More
Conducting Effective Quarterly Reviews For Staff

Conducting Effective Quarterly Reviews For Staff

All of us in ministry wear many hats. Within all of our individual responsibilities whether it be children’s or student ministry you’ll find many similar roles. We all must align key leaders, we all must champion every age group, we all gauge effectiveness and success, we all access ministry systems, and we all expand learning, which includes the training of all staff and how your leaders are growing and developing as well as what’s happening in our classes and services. If you have ever read... Read More