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Common Parenting Problems: Part 2

Last week, I talked some about some very common, but preventable parenting problems. This week, I’d like to follow up with a couple more. Again, keep in mind that these don’t come from parenting experience. These come from an outside-in look from kids’ ministry leaders that see how these things can affect your kids. Continue reading

Common Parenting Problems: Part 1

I’ve only been a parent for a little over a year now. Please keep in mind, this article doesn’t come at all from my experience as a parent. That would be like me writing about how to repair a Formula 1 race car. Sure, I’ve worked on cars, but I’ve got zero expertise in that area. Instead,  this article is coming from my experience working with kids as a children’s pastor. A lot of times, this helps because it’s often easier to see problems from the outside looking in. So what are some of the most dangerous parenting mistakes that your children’s leaders see? Take a look at these three, and then join up next week to see three more! Continue reading

3 Phrases that Kill Progress

I occasionally use phrases like these that I definitely shouldn’t. In fact, I can remember using at least one of these in the past week. What phrases do we use in the church that put the brakes on progress? Continue reading

How to Evaluate a Worship Service

Last week, I talked a little bit about the wrong ways to evaluate a worship service. This week, I am going to talk about a few of the ways that, when used correctly, will help to correctly evaluate a service. Some of these aren’t designed to be used by themselves or even all the time, but they’re definitely better ways to get a grip on what you’re doing right. Continue reading

How NOT to Evaluate a Worship Service

Any worship leader knows that evaluating a worship service is very difficult to do. First, it’s very hard to set a tangible goal of a worship service. An intangible goal is pretty much impossible to measure. Second, most evaluations of a worship service will be based on the evaluator’s preferences. This makes it difficult to get a solid evaluation on the service because people will often like or dislike it based on what they like or dislike. However, I’ve had a few suggestions on how to evaluate a worship service that will lead you to the wrong place almost every time. Again, these are often so difficult to put a finger on that often they will be inaccurate.  And, check it out next week when I’ll take a stab at some ways to evaluate a service correctly. Continue reading

Avoiding Quicksand in Ministry

I ran across a meme the other day that joked about how the poster assumed that, based on their childhood movies, quicksand would be a much bigger problem in their adult life. Seriously though, that stuff was everywhere in 80’s and 90’s movies. In churches, we have plenty of our own “quicksand” areas. These are areas in which people just seem to be moving forward only to drop off and completely disappear. This happens often in our generational ministries. Kids drop off in between kids’ and student ministries, between student ministry and college ministry, and between college ministry and young adult ministry. So how do we successfully guide people across these “quicksand” areas? Continue reading

Investing in the Next Generation

One of the most important things that we teach student leaders, kids’ leaders, and anyone that is involved at all with any younger generations is that they need to invest. Investing is a term that imparts the idea of giving something with the expectation of being able to use that investment in the future. So how do we get and use that investment? Continue reading

Common Core, Cursive, Harriet Tubman, and Church

Common Core. Harriet Tubman on money. Cursive handwriting in schools. I keep seeing all kinds of these things pop up on Facebook feeds, Twitter feeds, news articles, and more. What in the world does all of this have to do with church? Continue reading

Stuff Kids’ Leaders Say

One of the most awesome things about KidMin leaders is that they can, on the fly, construct sentences that no one should ever have to construct. If you get the privilege of working with kids in any role (teacher, pastor, leader, parent, etc.), you know that they can make you say some crazy stuff. Well, I got a text today from a KidMin leader that I’ve worked with for a number of years who is a teacher, and she sent me great one. I had a blog all ready to go for today, but just thought that maybe people out there would like a glimpse into some things that actually get said in kids’ ministries and schools all over the country. Yup, these are actually from my personal stash of “weird things that got said” and is added to from time to time by my leaders. Got any you want to add? Continue reading

Things Christians Probably Shouldn’t Say

I’ve used some pretty obnoxious phrases in my life, and so I believe (more than most) that Christians have got to watch the phrases that they use. Below, I’ve listed a few weird “Christian” phrases that we need to at least dial back on significantly. I’ve used them. You’ve probably used them. Let’s all agree that we should probably think a whole lot harder about our reasoning and our audience the next time we want to say one of these. Continue reading

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