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
The year is coming to an end so fast. Every time a school year comes to a close, I think back over the previous months and wonder to myself if this year has really made a difference in the lives of any of these students. Or did we just create more reasons to be busy, getting lost in the academics, rehearsals, practices, and jobs that already occupy their time. Continue reading Deeper Than Noise and Busyness
Some of my confirmation students have shown struggle through the class with some of the ideas I was presenting. It is okay to question faith. Not everyone knows what to believe. And it is up to us to encourage one another and teach one another along the way. Jesus did a faith check with his disciples to see if they were tracking. Matthew, Mark and Luke, all three, have the following conversation of Jesus with his disciples. The conversation marks a new time of revelation of Jesus to the disciples. He wants to do a ministry check and find out what people are saying, and what they have come to believe. Mark 8:27-29 says, “And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ And they told him, ‘John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.’ And he asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Christ.’”
Easter is just around the corner. As a church staff member, I find it difficult to pull myself into worship during the high church holidays. Easter, Christmas, Groundhog’s Day… Okay, so the last one isn’t really a church holiday, but Puxatony Phil is regarded as a mystic religious symbol when we are mentally finished with winter. Continue reading The Busyness of Holidays
Last Friday’s blog on church membership was met with, shall we say, mixed reviews. On one side, I heard about how many churches feel like they are in the same position that I talked about last week, where their regular non-member attendees feel disconnected with the membership. On the other, I heard from the other side of what our current membership model looks like. Continue reading We Want You…Kind Of – Part 2