Scripture Reading: James 5:7-11 “11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” (James 5:11, NIV) Just before 5 a.m. on a Tuesday morning in 2015, the last participant… Continue reading Weekend Word: The Blessing in Perseverance
[I decided to restart my blog with some weekly devotions. I know for those in ministry weekends can be draining (though still good!), so I wanted to offer these to leaders and anybody else who needs some refreshing over the weekend.] Scripture Reading: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,… Continue reading Weekend Word: You Can Endure
The summer is a busy time for me. When busyness comes around, you know that burnout is not far away, threatening to destroy your will to continue on in work or ministry. Burnout is ugly, but we all face it from time to time. I’d like to share what I do to stave off burnout… Continue reading Countering Burnout
When I am more concerned about what I am doing rather than the people I am doing it for, my ministry ceases to be a ministry; it becomes a program. What is the ultimate goal of our children’s ministries? Even though I am sure we all want to have an excellent kids’ service, I don’t… Continue reading Are We Living Sunday to Sunday?
Imagine how reassuring it is when these young sixth graders see a familiar face.Have you ever continued to participate in something just because you have always done it? Why do I, as a children’s leader, volunteer my time in the youth group? Sometimes, I wonder if I continue to volunteer because it is something I… Continue reading The Value of Volunteering In Youth Ministry (As a Children’s Minister)
This past weekend I was able to bring a few teenagers to Northpoint Bible College’s Campus Experience. As I sat in the auditorium for the first chapel service, I looked around at the teenagers and college students who had gathered there and smiled. My heart was full. Four years ago I attended the same Experience.… Continue reading Knowing Your Calling
No matter where you go or what you do, discouragement seems to be at every turn. If we aren’t careful, it can choke the dreams and visions right out of us. Any aspirations that we may have had are slowly suffocated in a sea of defeat. We can’t let discouragement be the end of the… Continue reading Handling Discouragement