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Created on Thursday, 28 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, young, pastors, learner, church, stories, people, grandparents, children, patience, laughter, investment, ministry, apology, spouse, children, accountability, apathy
Last week, a friend asked me what general advice I would give to young church leaders. I'm sure this list is not complete, but here's a start: 1. Always be a learner. Degrees don't signal an end to learning. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Tiffany Sullivan, youth, pastors, advice, parents, Word of God, middle schooler, impact, follow, lead, pop culture, God, actions, words, time, technology time, read
Every youth pastor out there has young people in their youth group. Hence the name "youth group." And those youth have parents. This article is an open letter to them, the parents of youth, from a teen. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, Simply Youth Ministry, parents, youth, untraditional family, grandparents, fatherlessness, house parents, registration, stepfather, connection
The "nontraditional family" has become the "traditional" family. The U.S. census indicates that more than 3 million grandparents in the United States are raising their grandchildren. I have found on some ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 / Youth
Tags: teen, advice, youth group, leader, Tiffany Sullivan, connect, Facebook, Instagram, platform, communicate, parents, Christ, name, favorites, get real
Kids these days need encouragement, mentorship, and lots of love. And sometimes, youth group is the only love they get. So, you need to make sure you're taking advantage of this small window of opportunity ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 May 2014 / Seniors
Tags: Dale Hudson, Relevant Children's Ministry, gray hair, healthy, church, families, generations, grandparents, culture, past blessings, kids, pastors
Let me preface this post by saying I love the wisdom, faithfulness and depth that older Christ-followers bring to a church. At 47, I have some gray hair myself.  That being said, if your church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Greg Atkinson, Easter, church, guests, visit, front door, attire, odor, smell, parking, parents, kids, classroom, free, giveaway, Chris Hodges, Church of the Highlands, Alabama, security, visible ...
... Author and international speaker Greg Atkinson has been in ministry for two decades and has been writing, speaking and training thousands of church leaders since 2000. In late 2003, Greg launched MultisensoryWorship.com ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 April 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, walk, chalk, talk, John F. Kennedy, observe, update, lesson, parents, volunteers, smiling, families
Our ministries are a work in progress—and always will be. There are three simple steps you can take to improve your children’s ministry. Though simple, they can accelerate your ministry if implemented ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 / Children
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, Easter, children, return, fun, learn, Jesus, unchurched, marginal parents, love, gospel, age-appropriate, presentation
Troy Page recently noted on TonyMorganLive.com, “Remember that the win is not how many people show up for Easter—it’s how many people come back. Shoot for 75% of your Easter crowd.” Recently ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Jonathan Cliff, books, Reggie Joiner, Andy Stanley, impactful, Tom Schefunus, kids, students, next generation, Michelle Anthony, George Barna, revolutionary parenting, Tom Rath, Kara Powell
When I’m talking with potential leaders, I’m usually investigating how much knowledge they have and how they learn. One great question is “What are you reading right now, and what books have impacted you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 April 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, goals, Jesus, personal relationship, gospel, leader, forgiver, friend, Bible reading, parents, spiritual, child
Yesterday, I had a phone interview with someone who is finishing up a degree in children’s ministry. He asked some great questions. One that he asked was, “What should be the big 'wins' for a children’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 / Teens
Tags: Smartphones, technology, Pentecostal Evangel, Assemblies of God, parents, texting, video games, friends, connect, Common Sense Media, TextPlus
JJ Shackelford loves his iPhone 5. He uses it to check sports stats, stay in contact with his parents, play video games and connect with his friends. He keeps it with him and checks it multiple times throughout ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Youth
Tags: Brandon Early, Simply Youth Ministry, too long, too boring, teaching, communicate, message, trust, parents, short attention span, Jesus, speaking skills, edification, rambling, unconnected
I have been teaching and speaking for a couple decades now, and I am still growing. While I have not figured out how to give a perfect talk week after week, I do have a list of misses to avoid when teaching. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 / Vision
Tags: Dr. Bob Rhoden, Four Faces of a Leader, Christian, thermostat, boldness, courage in action, culture, singles, newlyweds, busy parents, Generation X, Millenials
The main point for a pastor or any Christian leader is not simply to keep a lid on things, to maintain the status quo, to keep the wheels greased. A leader is to be a thermostat, not a thermometer. Leaders ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Ron Edmondson, struggling, ministry, counseling, sanctuary, business leaders, Christian leader, transparent, reputation, protection, God, counselor, coach, couch, mentor, friends, family
This is written to the struggling leader. I frequently hear from you. Email appears to be a safe place to reach out to someone—and for that I’m thankful. Some of my pastor friends are lonely or about to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 March 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, avoid, responsibility, task, not to do, kids, quiet and still, volunteers, gifts, rules, relationship, baptism, events, programs, email, feedback, Jesus, parents, ...
Children’s ministry leaders have a great deal of responsibility, and sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with every little task that needs performing. Here, however, is a list of things for leaders not ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 February 2014 / Children
Tags: Parents, invest, extra-curricular activities, children, martial arts, tutoring, sports, spiritual investment, worship training, peace, environment, creativity, inspiration, memorization, the Wor
Parents typically spend hundreds of dollars on extracurricular activities for their children. Money spent on training in martial arts is considered an investment in children’s safety. Private tutoring ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 February 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Rick Warren, Paul, Timothy, relationship, multi-generational, parenthood, pacesetting, Great Commission, partnering
Every leader needs mentors and models—typically other leaders just ahead of where they are in their growth and journey. And every leader also needs to be mentoring and modeling those just behind them. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, students, volunteers, high schoolers, middle schoolers, kids' ministry, student gaggles, parent, mentor, small group
Recently I posted about student volunteers and the consistencies I see in those that are highly engaged in serving. Sarah Dunn from Southpointe Church in Oklahoma City asked a few great questions:  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, youth, students, volunteers, middle school, worship service, fpKIDS, church, kids ministry, team, parents, service, love, encouragement
My daughter is allergic to mornings. Given the opportunity, she would easily sleep until 10 a.m. every day. But school requires that she rise a little earlier. So we push through the pain and crawl out ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Youth groups, National Center for Family Integrated Churches, John Blanchard, Rock Church, youth ministries, statistics, youth pastor, desertion, church, entertainment, flaws, safe place, counter ...
A recent study conducted by the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC) concluded that youth groups are to blame for the high dropout rate of young adults in church attendance. Their findings ... [ +++ ]
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