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)
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
Family ministry is quickly becoming a buzz word in the church. More and more resources on how to equip families to disciple their children are cropping up each and every day. With all the hype, I have one concern. I’m worried it will become a fad. This isn’t going to be an “X Amount of… Continue reading Don’t Let Family Ministry Be A Fad: A Plea to Children’s Leaders
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