This morning I’m flying out to Atlanta for North Point’s “The Orange Conference,” a student ministry conference. I am beyond excited at the prospect of learning how to do more, whatever that may look like. Continue reading Ministry in the Way of Ministry
With all the scuttlebutt about NBA owners and high profile ranchers using racist language and stirring up an atmosphere of hate once again, I would like to take time to encourage us as Christians to try and institute “hate free zones” in our sanctuary and in our homes. Continue reading Hate Free Zone
Yesterday in our modern service, we sang a gospel song that is more than a couple years old. Tommy Walker wrote a song that in very simple words tells of Christ’s love for us. “He Knows My Name” speaks some of the most beautiful lyrics I’ve ever heard: Continue reading He Knows My Name
In a conversation with someone this past week, we were discussing some of the reasons churches die and eventually close. He was reading an article written by a female pastor within the Reformed Church of America who had both experienced and watched church dwindling and death. As he read the list of her “Top Seven,” we discussed the implication of each within the church. Continue reading Empowerment of the People
A question I asked the children who attended the last Kids’ Club sessions: “If a friend/person asked you what Kids’ Club is, what would you say Kids’ Club is all about?” Continue reading And the Survey Says…
Last week for youth group we went to see “God’s Not Dead” instead of having a regular night at the church. This happened partially due to the overwhelming requests of students, which is exciting as a youth pastor. They were adamant that we needed to see this movie. Continue reading Just Walk Through the Door
A few years ago I ran across a story about a lady named Edith Burns who was a woman filled with love and compassion. She was famous for her interaction with patients in the hospital. She would open her conversations with people something like this, “Hi, I am Edith, what do you believe about Easter?” When they would respond about eggs and bunnies and butterflies, she would courageously go on with the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus. It allowed her to share her faith testimony in a special way. It was not as intrusive or offsetting as asking if they believed in Jesus.
So, last week I talked about how religious holidays are crazy for church staff members. That being the case, yesterday was no different. Easter around our church gets a little hectic. We add a third service, at the ungodly hour of 6:30am. We also serve omelets between all three services. Continue reading Easter Worship
Last February we attended the Dare 2 Share “Reverse” conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. We were offered a question that seemed really simple in its concept, but very profound in its potential. What are you willing to risk for victory? Continue reading The Risks of Victory
A discussion with the children… Chicken or the Egg?
This past summer before school started, I went shopping with my sister who is a teacher. We stopped at the “teacher store” for some needed supplies. I enjoy these stores because of the organization and endless materials to enhance a better learning experience. This Continue reading The Chicken or the Egg