Sometimes we resist cross pollination out of fear. Fear of losing our youth to another youth group. Fear of our children leaving the protective bubble. The problem, of course, is the bubble works against resilience and spiritual confidence.
Lesli van Milligen
I work for Faith Formation Ministries and the Connections Project. I am also the Classis Toronto Youth Ministry Champion.
Rather than adding another program or creating a new ministry team, here’s one idea for enhancing one event most church members already enjoy: Add a storytelling activity to your next planned potluck.
Whoever designed the first Cracker Barrel restaurant was a genius. Everything in that place screams, "Welcome, we’ve been expecting you!" What if our church foyers radiated this same intentionality?
It can be tempting to fill volunteer spots and type schedules over the summer. But I've found that taking time to recalibrate can help us discover new ways of doing things and get excited for the year ahead.
I've spent plenty of time with other ministry leaders bemoaning the impact of the "fear of missing out" (FOMO). I'm done bemoaning this reality and instead want to ask: How can we find freedom from this idol?
Before the second half of your ministry season starts feeling too weighty, resolve to create some healthy ministry supports for yourself and for the folks you are ministering alongside.
Rather than advising flashier technology or younger staff, Growing Young helps churches address some cross-cultural barriers that will produce deeper, more lasting change in their engagement with today’s youth.
That nursery programs hold this much intergenerational ministry potential is often overlooked in churches where nursery is viewed as the hard to staff, catch all for kids who can’t be, or don’t want to be, in worship.
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.
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.
Thanks for your feedback, Mark. I hear what you are saying and I will have to give this some thought. Words matter. I do resonate with the idea of opportunity for the whole congregation to...posted on: Enough Room for Everyone
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