A Joyful Christmas

A Joyful Christmas

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord”. – Luke 2:10-11 There are a handful of passages in the Bible that speak to the Christmas story. Isaiah’s prophecies are rich, powerful, and moving. His words, along with the words of other prophets, give insight to the beautiful story of redemption God was writing. Matthew’s writing highlights... Read More
Explaining Orange to Holiday Visitors at Your Church

Explaining Orange to Holiday Visitors at Your Church

The holidays are here and so are new families. Something about fried turkeys and cute baby Jesus draws people to our ministries like a powerful magnet, during this wonderful time of the year. Though some of these families are visiting cousin Jeffrey for Thanksgiving, or visiting their in-laws for Christmas, or maybe ringing in the New Year with Grandma, other families live near our churches and are visiting because of the holiday season. Regardless of their reasons for visiting, sharing the... Read More
Christmas, Volunteers and All-The-Things

Christmas, Volunteers and All-The-Things

We all know when you are in ministry world you have to start thinking about Christmas a few days after you survive promotion Sunday. Our minds are always thinking ahead to the next thing. And Christmas is a biggie! So, now that your pastor has made the final call on the days and times of the Christmas Eve service, you’ve reviewed the curriculum, planned your volunteer Christmas party, planned a family Christmas night, scheduled an event to promote your missions emphasis for the month, set the... Read More
3 Biggest Hiring Mistakes Pastors Make

3 Biggest Hiring Mistakes Pastors Make

By Tobin Perry James looks like the perfect candidate for your church’s new youth minister role. His resume is spotless. His experience is unquestionable. His leadership credentials are off the charts. So you hire him right on the spot. At first, it seems like a great hire. The rest of the staff loves him. He does a great job of engaging your youth. Parents think you hit it out of the park. But a few months in, you notice something. Your new youth minister isn’t fitting well in the new... Read More
In Times Of Crisis: Create Space For Grace

In Times Of Crisis: Create Space For Grace

Have you ever felt stunned when a child or teenager shares something shocking? Have you ever witnessed a crisis happening and wondered what to do? Have you ever watched a student leave your church knowing the fears that wait for them at home or at school? Have you ever been invited to know more about a kid’s inner battle but haven’t been sure what to say? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re probably a parent, a youth leader, or maybe even a loving friend who wants to help... Read More