Retaining Volunteers

After the Holy Spirit, volunteers are the most valuable asset to your ministry. It often seems like a battle to recruit volunteers, but once you’ve got them, retaining them can provide lasting, sustainable fruits in ministry. Here’s why: Retained volunteers already know the program, the process, and the people. Retained volunteers are trained, even if […]

Youth Rooms: Creating an Environment for Encounter, Part 1

This is it. The moment you’ve been waiting for. School’s back in session, and that means your youth are about to start arriving for youth group again, with some maybe coming for the very first time. If you’re like me, your mind has been focused on making sure your kickoff is ready, getting all the […]

Staying Plugged In

How do we stay connected with our children and teenagers in a post-modern world? Matt has some great examples and ideas so that you are a consistent and natural presence in your youths’ lives. Welcome back to Beyond the Pew. My name is Matt Rice, and we’re continuing with our series on teens and technology. […]

Talking About Las Vegas

How do you talk with your teens about what happened in Las Vegas? Gwen has great advice for having a hope-filled discussion when talking about tragedies and events like the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Be Confident and Courageous

Fear 15,000 years ago when you went out into the wild and you got nervous, you turned the other way. Journeying into the uncomfortable or unknown could be fatal. Today that same instinct exists. When you meet someone new or find yourself facing an uncomfortable situation, your mind and body often tell you to run. […]

Who Are Your Child’s Friends?

Who your children spend time with matter! In this video, Matt Rice talks about why it’s important that your sons & daughters learn how to be a good friend by following your example and how you guide them to choosing friends good for them. Welcome back to Beyond the Pew. My name is Matt Rice, […]

Your Schedule is a Theological Statement

Howdy and welcome back to Beyond the Pew. We are out here recording in the hot sun in front of Brian high school preparing for the new school year to start as I am sure that you are as well. One thing I want to talk about as school is getting started is balance and […]

Toilet Paper Solutions

Sometimes there are unexpected solutions to the obstacles in your ministry. And sometimes God uses you in a way that seems counter-intuitive. But trust in His plan and invite Him into your problems

Setting Goals for Your Family This Year

Hello and welcome to Beyond the Pew. August is here and school is officially in session. I remember back when I was starting school, that I was always filled with a little bit of dread when school is about to start but also a little bit of excitement. Dread because oh no we have to […]

Spiritual Advisory

Do you take precautions and protect yourself and your ministry spiritually? Gwen talks about the importance of always looking forward and remembering the battle is already won.