Family Mission Project: Backpack Buddies

One of the most startling realizations I’ve had over the past few months is the statistic that in our little Alabaster, Alabama (suburb of Birmingham) there are 2,000 kids on free or reduced lunch.  We have a fantastic group that has grown out of Westwood called Sowers of Seed, whose mission is to provide lunch […]

Helping People Take “Next Steps”

My pastor is passionate this year about helping people find their next step in their walk with God.  For some it may be big like joining a small group or going on a mission trip.  Many, though, need a smaller step.  Some people’s next step might be come to church 2x a month instead of […]

What We Put in Little Hearts

Both my undergrad and master’s degrees were in education.  I know textbook child development and I have learned what the books say about how impressionable little minds are.  Brain research intrigues me, especially what discoveries have been made about how much even babies can learn. But none of that really registered until I had two […]

Local Family Mission Opportunities

So, as I’m working on our family mission trip to Belize,  I’m pretty convicted about offering missional opportunities for families to serve together in local settings.  One of our core strategies for our family ministry is for kids to have “challenging spiritual experiences”. To be honest, though,  it was my almost five year old who […]