8 Steps for a Strong Volunteer Team

This may seem backwards, but you are called to first minister to your volunteers, then to your teens.  Your volunteers may need you to show them how to more effectively minister to your teens, but you must pour into your volunteers to help them learn, grow, multiply, and become disciple makers. 8 STEPS FOR A […]

You can’t Form Disciples without Community

Humanity, people, you…Every single person comes from community and is drawn to community. The Trinity, a community of 3 persons, one God, breathed us into existence. Biologically it takes a community of a man and a woman to create a child. Sociologically, community is essential in order for the person to develop and thrive.

4 things I learned about Evangelization from Vacation Bible School

This past week our church hosted Cave Quest VBS. It was an outstanding adventure… and a significant amount of work. Here are a few lessons I learned about Evangelization from Vacation Bible School. Evangelization is Joy-filled At the morning VBS meeting, the leaders reminded the volunteers that the energy they bring is the energy that […]

What do Gorilla Crawls have to do with Struggles?

The “Gorilla Crawl” and the “Frog Burpee” are two of the newest exercises that I tried this past week. The trainer, on my DVD, described the exercise and how to do it. Then the lady on the video demonstrated it. I told the TV straight up “nah, I can’t do that!!” I, then, thought to […]

Hold Out the Mic, It’s Not Your Ministry

I’m starting with a rant. I love going to concerts but I am bothered when the lead singer holds out the microphone and makes the audience sing. Yes, I know the song, but I also know how horrible I sound. I paid to see them perform the song, not for the artist to watch me […]

Hearing vs. Listening: What’s the difference? Pt. 1

In my experience of church ministry, I have often found that most people who approach the church are in need of something on their “to do” list, but are also in need of so much more.  They are in need of someone to listen to their stories and help them move forward. Since I was […]

3 Ways to Instantly Transform Your Relationships with Others

These 3 simple phrases when used more often between you and those you value or love (and even your enemies) can make a significant impact in your relationships with others. A few months ago, one of our deacons shared a link with me to Pope Francis’ Speech to engaged couples on February 14, 2014.  If you […]

5 Dangerous Don’ts of a Parent Meeting

Parent meetings may find themselves on top of your ‘necessary evils’ in ministry list. However, these meetings are your biggest opportunity and one of your most important ministry events. You can inspire, empower, enliven and equip parents at these gatherings. You can win their hearts over for Jesus and lead them to champion their primary […]