The Parenting “Experience”

I don’t need to be educated on parenting! My parent(s) did a great job! Look how I turned out! I’ll just do what they did. I’ve also heard the opposite: I don’t need to be educated on parenting! My parent(s) did a horrible job! Look how I turned out! I’ll just do the opposite of [...]

Old School Volunteers

There’s an older gentleman who’s on our children’s ministry team. Don’t quote me, but I think he’s in his late 70’s. This man, whom I’ll call Gerald, is great. He loves the kids and is very faithful. The only issue with Gerald is that he’s old school. What I mean by that is it’s difficult [...]

Fun Is Not A Four-Letter Word

Outreach is good. Why? Well, not only does it attract new people to your church (which is good if you want to grow and minister to people), but because it communicates that your faith community wants to engage with people outside of the ones already in. A number of years ago, a lead pastor was [...]

How Are Your Ministry Plans Coming?

I don’t know about you, but I’m in the middle of planning for the next ministry year (2011-2012), which includes: [bullets icon="0253.png"] research, tons of internet searches, strategizing curriculum plans and themes, choosing curriculum and program elements, recruiting and organizing volunteers, and prepping communication structures and delivery vehicles. [/bullets] Sounds like fun, eh?! I imagine [...]

Curriculum?! Where Do I Start?

I was talking with a children’s ministry couple the other day and they were asking me about curriculum ideas. They had done what most people do: they got on the Internet and browsed for what came up in a “children’s ministry curriculum” search, went to the various sites and downloaded their samples. Well, in one [...]

What a Ride!

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he [...]

Trying to Find the Obvious

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. (John 11:25) My family has an Easter morning tradition My husband and I fill Easter baskets with candy and goodies on Saturday night and then hide the baskets. On Easter morning our kids (who are now [...]

In the Midst of All this Chaos

I’ve been reading through the Bible and this past week was the conclusion of Judges and the book of Ruth. The devotional I’m using provides some running commentary about the story – what’s happening behind the scenes, etc. The commentary in this last week highlighted the fact: Judges and Ruth occur chronologically at the same [...]