I recently wrote this text to bless our children's ministry leaders and volunteers after their fall informational meeting. Feel free to use and adapt for your own fall ministries.
The Building Blocks of Faith answer a simple question: “What do people need in order to grow in their faith?” The Building Blocks are based on four themes of faith development for all ages.
The Welcoming Children to the Lord’s Supper toolkit contains excellent resources to support parents/caregivers and children’s leaders as they engage kids in conversations about the Lord’s Supper.
In my Facebook feed, I've seen many mothers express the sadness of having a child start college and leave home. But these transition times remind me of all the people in church who have influenced our kids.
So, why all of this emphasis on collaborative learning? And, why should those of us who have been let down by “group” work try it now? Here are 6 compelling reasons for churches to consider peer learning groups.
Back to School Litanies includes 3 great resources: an encouraging Back-to-School Liturgy for children, a positive Back-to-School Liturgy for Youth, and an understanding Back-to-School Liturgy for Educators.
Do you long to see teens and young adults more solidly connected to your church? Are you a preacher or do you belong to a church that has a preacher? If so, I invite you to take the “Preaching Tag-team Challenge.”
For most people the idea of being interviewed by the church council is somewhere on the spectrum between anxiety-producing and utterly terrifying. Here are a few ways to make the interview a more joyful, life-giving process.
Do you love the Olympics? If so, here is a great devotional for your family to use as you cheer on athletes, root for underdogs, and learn how Jesus paints a different picture than what we see at the Olympics.
Because in that moment when I felt like a total and complete failure, she gave me a new a brand new outlook. She wanted to hangout with me even if it meant changing her own pace to go my speed.
As the end of the summer approaches, kids start thinking about the changes ahead. This week I came across two wonderful ideas for ways that God’s family can encourage school aged kids this fall.
To use an overworked metaphor, our lives are a journey. A journey where we are constantly becoming. We are becoming either more who we were meant to be or less.
When people around us begin to struggle with faith, what's our response? Are we standing on the pier shouting, “Read your Bible" or are we willing to dive in for the difficult, slow work of helping someone sort through their faith?
I wonder, can we imagine Jesus doing the things we will do today? Might we be able to say because I painted this room, because I cleaned this kitchen, “Today I feel a little bit more like Jesus.”
Katy and her husband shared this blessing that they speak to their children nightly. Speaking this to children not only blesses them but it reminds them (and us!) of why we tell these stories.
Congregations always have a culture. You won’t find it written down in mission statements or council minutes but walk into any congregation on a Sunday morning, and you will gradually gain a sense of who is welcome.
When I picture that mic stand, I'm reminded of Jesus’ intentional endeavor to enfold the least, the last, the lost, and the little. It may seem like that spot was only significant to our friend, but to be honest, it meant a lot to me too.
Why is there a desire to ignore having construction done on the soul? I think maybe it has something to do with the fact that, just like road construction, it gets in the way of our hurrying.
I recently talked to Bekki about her relentless joy in spite of ongoing health and personal challenges. She candidly told me her story and encouraged all of us to avoid the temptation to throw ourselves a pity party.
Life is a paradox. There are days when life seems “self-contradictory” and “absurd.” We can't make sense of the great joy and stomach-turning sorrow. But are these situations really paradoxes?
I'd heard the word "mentor" before but it always had a certain amount of formality attached to it. After learning more, I realized the potential for our churches.
Coffee time connects us in a very real way to our brothers and sisters in Christ who worship with us each week. How can we find ways to ask and tell each other how God is working in our lives?
Do you desire rest? Do you desire to have the burden lightened? Come, seek the ancient paths and you will find rest for your souls.
The puzzle pieces (painted on the wall of the children's wing) are a metaphor for the many pieces of the Bible fitting together into a coherent whole. It's a great teaching piece and reminder for all who see it.
In a recent article for this very Network, Syd Hielema wrote:
Like many preachers I know, I often have stomach cramps on Sunday morning while going through a final sermon review before taking the pulpit. The calling to declare the Word of the Lord to a community is overwhelming, and it...