I’d had enough. I sat alone, curled up in a corner with my knees to my chest. I didn’t know how I could continue like this. I had done everything I was supposed to do: I was praying, I was reading the Bible, I was going to church and serving in ministry. I felt like… Continue reading Hope Was Waiting on the Other Side
If you’re reading this close to publishing time, Christmas is still a couple months out. That gives you some time to plan out this missions fundraiser if you choose to use it. This is a great hands-on opportunity for kids to get involved in raising money for missions. Each year as Christmas approached, the kids… Continue reading Fundraiser Idea: Christmas Bazaar
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