Staying Connected with Volunteers and Parents During the Covid-19 Outbreak

Staying Connected with Volunteers and Parents During the Covid-19 Outbreak

Well, folks, it feels like we collectively blinked, and 2020 took a sharp turn into some pretty uncharted territory. Needless to say, the landscape of the world looks vastly different than it did a few months—even a few weeks—ago. And what we previously understood about our jobs, our schools, our churches, our social lives, and even what a trip to the grocery store looks like has been challenged. We’re in this together Right this second, I don’t know where you live or what you’re facing. I... 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
How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

How to Prioritize Relationships in Every Part of Your Ministry

I get asked a lot of questions about family ministry. The only question that ever gets on my nerves is when someone asks, “Do you guys break up into small groups at the end?” Now, I get it. It seems like a fair and harmless question. Maybe you’ve even asked it yourself. I know that there are semantics involved here, but the honest answer is, “No. We want our children and students to experience our entire Sunday program as a small group—not just at the end.” There might be a time at the end... Read More
10 Practical Ways to Partner With Parents

10 Practical Ways to Partner With Parents

“They do a great job with her but not so much with me.” This was the response of a friend of mine several years back when I asked how he and his family were doing at their church. He went on to explain that he loved what his church was doing with his kids on Sunday but he felt he needed more as a parent. Our conversation got me wondering if other parents felt the same way. Specifically, do the parents at my church feel this way? I decided to do a little informal survey. I asked about a hundred... Read More
Why Every Phase of a Child’s Life Matters

Why Every Phase of a Child’s Life Matters

If you’re reading this right now, we probably have a few things in common. You’re probably an adult. You probably like kids and teenagers. You definitely care about influencing the faith of those kids and teenagers. And you probably agree that the best way to influence a kid’s faith is to influence the people who influence them most—like their parents and their small group leaders. If you’ve been in ministry for more than a few months, then you probably understand something else too—that kids... Read More