Sunday night, we kicked off a brand new, two week Christmas series with your students. "Christmas in Disguise" is designed to talk about the stuff we don't often talk about around the holidays - the messy stuff. It is all about those awkward moments that don't feel much like the hope and joy that Jesus … Continue reading Christmas in Disguise: Week 1
70% of students will leave the church for at least one year after leaving our student ministries, regardless of how involved they have been (http://feeds.feedburner.com/cnlpodcast - episode 69). Let that sink in - 70%... Two things come to my mind, knowing that: Why do I even try? Seriously, if you are invested in NextGen and … Continue reading Where do we go from here?
I never realized how hard it was to be a part of the Church as a single adult until I went through a divorce and became one. When I worked full-time on church staffs, I honestly never thought about our programming implications for singles. We programmed for families, marrieds, even seniors but never singles. Looking … Continue reading Singling Out
Those words popped up on my Twitter feed this afternoon. Check out Darrin Patrick I've spent nearly two years trying to identify the issues that plagued my life in marriage, parenthood, and ministry. One of the places I've landed? Passivity. Passivity is the tactic used by the Enemy that gets me to disconnect, to withdraw … Continue reading Passivity. Will. Kill. You.
Originally posted June 5, 2008 In ministry, criticism comes early and often. I believe that mostly this happens because people understand what they want, but mostly they have no idea what they really need. Everyone of us in ministry has gotten one of those criticism-laden, UNSIGNED letters about how we are totally missing the mark, … Continue reading How Do You Handle Criticism? [REPOST]
My close friend Alan Danielson wrote a post yesterday on God ordained events that happen in our lives. It reminded me that this season of my life is important to the next one. If you haven't read it, please do it now! Thanks Alan for reminding us that God puts us right where He wants … Continue reading Loved this post…
I watched the mini-series, "Band of Brothers" for the first time last week. It is an incredible depiction of the journey of Easy Company from the 101st Airborne Division from before D-Day until they were brought back home. One of the things that caught me early on in the series was the leadership of Major … Continue reading Leadership Lessons: Band of Brothers – #1