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?
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
Small churches certainly come with their challenges. Funds may not be available to achieve certain visions, there is a smaller pool of people to pull volunteers from, less space is available, and people are often stretched across ministries. While these are certainly very real struggles, small churches have a lot to offer. This is no… Continue reading The Small Church Charm: 5 Things I Love About Ministry in a Small Church
Earlier today I was perusing a recent issue of Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Magazine. In it was an article where kids could discover if they were following “God-sized dreams,” or if they were just chasing earthly goals. I began to wonder how we as children’s leaders could help kids discover and pursue their own… Continue reading Encouraging Kids to Follow God-Sized Dreams
Life defining moments have several functions. They may show you where you’re going next, what changes you need to make, and even who you are. If life can be defined as a vapor in the wind, then these moments are no more than a molecule contained within that vapor. Yet these microscopic moments create an… Continue reading The Weight of Children’s Ministry