discipleship

Helping Children and Teens Discover and Use their Spiritual Gifts

I don’t have it all figured out. I’m learning as I go. Life is a constant stage of growth, or at least it should be. Parenting is not easy, plain and simple, it ain’t easy. The discipleship of our children should start at home. We, the parents, should be the main source of discipleship of our children, not the church, the church should be our support in this process. My child’s kids’ church teacher or my teen’s youth pastor has…

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Ministry Leadership

Culture Change in Church (Part 2)

  Quite often when we realize a change needs to happen we want to rush in and make immediate and drastic change without thinking through the whole process. You cannot turn a big ship on a dime. For most of our churches, we have been around a long time, in that time a certain culture has been developed and more than likely it wasn’t a planned out process as to what culture to create. This applies to the church as…

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Ministry

Culture Change in Church (part 1)

Our church has seen many changes over the past twenty-something years: A small group of older adults to a church with a good mix of ages. A handful of children to a church with a growing group of young families. Traditional music to a church that was blended to a church that is using more contemporary music in worship services. Hymnals to overhead projector to video projectors. Sunday school to small groups that meet in homes. From the old little…

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Ministry

Great Leadership

He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” Mark 9:35   Jesus sets the example of leadership in this one verse. The disciples just wrapped up an argument as they walked along the road. After hanging out with Jesus one would think they would totally understand humility from Jesus’ example but apparently that lesson had not sunk in yet. I…

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Ministry

Take a Break

Ministry can be tiring, ministry can be draining. Ministry, at times, can wear you out. We have probably all experienced those times where we look back and we haven’t had a real day off in fourteen to twenty days. The week before summer camp is spent taking care of the final prep for camp and then that flows right into the week of camp then you return on Saturday from camp, work all day Sunday then spend the next Monday…

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Volunteer

Having “The Talk”

Most people don’t like confrontation. We don’t want to have a confrontational conversation. Confrontation doesn’t have to be a negative it can be positive and have positive results. In fact if someone who was once active in serving in ministry starts to be hit and miss or drops out of serving all together that is a red flag that something is happening in their lives and we should want to reach out to them. 

If you have been leading ministry…

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Volunteers

Moving Away from a Rotating Schedule

I get it. Some churches feel they have no option but to have a rotating schedule for certain ministries on Sunday mornings. Most have the rotation because the church only offers one worship service so if someone served in the nursery each week they would miss corporate worship. Most churches seem to always struggle to fill the nursery with needed ministers/volunteers. Here is what happens when we have rotating schedules: 35 spots to fill on Sunday morning. 100 church members…

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Ministry

Square Peg Round Hole

A few days before Christmas I found myself in my bedroom with my wife staring at wrapping paper, tape, scissors and some gifts that needed to be wrapped. I had volunteered to help Misha wrap the gifts for the kids. I was only about 5 minutes into the project and had only wrapped two presents and I was done both mentally and physically. I’m the worst gift wrapper ever. I don’t enjoy it and when I’m done it looks like…

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Leadership

Handing off the Baton

As I wind down my last week and a half as youth pastor at our church I think about the changes ahead but I also have my replacement, Ramon, on my mind. Ramon has been serving on our volunteer team for at least ten or eleven years. So as I turn my attention to new areas in our church I have total confidence in Ramon’s ability to lead the student ministry.
 
So these are the words of advice I gave…

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Student Ministry

The “Catch All”. Learning to say “No”

Every home has a “catch all” place.  It may be a desk, table, top of a dresser, a drawer, a place where stuff gets dropped.  Some of those things have a place they should go but the person doing the placing is too lazy to take the extra moment to put the item in its proper place.  Some items we just aren’t sure where to put it so we put it in the “catch all” place.  If you don’t have…

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