If you have been in ministry longer than a minute, you know that it is not always sunshine and roses. There are days that are hard and things go the exact opposite of how you would hope they would go. Sometimes there are many of those days strung together and ministry is a season of […]
I read 56 books this year but I didn’t mean to. In 2017 I decided I was going to set an audacious reading goal. I had always loved reading but had gotten out of the habit while raising little people. So in 2017 I set the goal of 50 and surpassed it. I learned that […]
Who is this Christmas all about for your family? I know the Sunday School answer is “Jesus”. I also know that personally in our own family there have been years that December has been filled with school events, parties, decorations, buying gifts, concerts, final exams, etc…, that by the time we actually got to Christmas […]
I have so enjoyed my time at ETCH. This afternoon in my workshop, we discussed looking at behavior problems as discipleship opportunities, as well as practical do’s and don’ts for handling specific behaviors. You can find the powerpoint here.
I have asked people to do stuff for 20 years. Recruiting is not always the most favorite part of ministry, but it is part of our calling. How do we not hate it? Here is a link to my powerpoint for this workshop I presented today. I would love to hear your thoughts!
Ministry has a lot of pieces, right? Kidmin especially. There are so many moving parts to think about, so many volunteers to recruit and train, so many supplies and goldfish to stock, and so many games and crafts to prep. It is so easy to lose sight of the center of what we do. Several […]
If you are in leadership, there is a good chance that you have seasons where you feel isolated. Somewhere along the way someone decided that church leaders in particular must be separated from everyone else. Sometimes that is self-imposed. We need boundaries and sometimes we place them too tightly. Sometimes we are worn out with […]
We moved last summer and our two minute commute to school is now twenty minutes, or thirty during snowbird season (if you don’t live in Florida – that’s a real thing). One of the blessings of this change is that my girls and I read Scripture together every morning. We started in Philippians and have […]
It always happens at the weirdest times. Kids will pop out with questions that you just didn’t see coming. One minute they will be telling you about Paw Patrol and the next they will be asking a deep question about the Trinity. Their questions could be deep and theological such as, “Where did God come […]
As we began using our language of “neighborhood church for the nations”, one of my convictions is that there are lots of children who live right around our neighborhood who have no connection to our church. Our church is two blocks from a large elementary school. Here are some of our steps to intentionally connecting […]