4 Reasons Why The MVP Box Volunteer Kickoff Event is Indispensable

4 Reasons Why The MVP Box Volunteer Kickoff Event is Indispensable

Full disclosure: I’m a huge fan of the MVP Box, especially the leader components like the Volunteer Kickoff event. While there are a plethora of reasons that I’m such a fan, the main reason is that I’m only one person. I don’t have the convenience of a staff writer, graphic arts designer, event planner, marketing developer, or volunteer trainer at my disposal. You can imagine the elation of opening up one volunteer kickoff folder to find that all of these resources are already prepared and... Read More
How to be a Small Group Leader When Church is Cancelled

How to be a Small Group Leader When Church is Cancelled

Remember the good old days when you could grab a bag of Doritos (cool-ranch fans, anyone?) and pass the open bag around your small group to munch on? Living dangerously and diving in with unwashed hands and all. Now we find ourselves living in a new reality of social distancing where you can’t share a high five or a table at a restaurant. You might not have the weekly gathering in a building like you used to, but you still have a small group of students who need encouragement and connection... Read More
How to Help Volunteers Have Conversations About Sexual Integrity

How to Help Volunteers Have Conversations About Sexual Integrity

Have you ever had one of those insightful moments that changes the way you approach a topic in your ministry? I did just last year when I spoke with the volunteers in our student and children’s ministry about sexual integrity.  Our Next Gen team asked me to spend an evening helping our volunteers navigate the often-complicated world of sexual integrity with children and students. No big deal. I speak and write on the subject all the time.  But this time was different.  Why Our Volunteers... Read More
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
Can You Influence Someone You Don’t Know?

Can You Influence Someone You Don’t Know?

Kids know more about you than you know about them. People are wired to pay closer attention to someone who has power over their world. Think about it. You probably know more about the President than he knows about you. As kids and teenagers grow up, they depend on the adults in their world to get food, to have transportation, and to pay for something on occasion. It just makes sense for them to . . . Pay attention to what you like—so they can sweet-talk you later. Listen to what you dislike—so... Read More