Every time we turn on the TV or get on Facebook, it’s easy to see how broken our world is. Even if we’re not looking for it, we hear story after story of hate and evil in our world. It is easy to get caught up in it. And it’s easy to forget that we have nothing to fear.
There’s this little dance that always happens right after you tell a leader at a church you are sorta kinda maybe interested in serving in their environment. They try not to act too excited. They’re try to act like they’re only slightly interested.
When I was nine-years-old, I was sent home from school because I had head lice. These little black bugs made a grand, unwelcome entrance into my Mexi-Rican, medium-sized afro. I still remember my teacher’s dreadful stare. I had no idea where I’d gotten these critters. All I knew is I was being sent home for my mom to deal with them.
Have you ever been frustrated that the parents of the kids in your small group barely make eye contact with you each week? I lead a second grade small group at my church, and I’m familiar with the practice. Oftentimes, it seems like they’re in a hurry to get their...read more
Imagine you have a bucket. Every time you try to fill the bucket, 85% of the water leaks out instantly, and you’re left with a measly 15%. I’m guessing that you probably won’t attempt to fill that bucket more than once or twice before you either fix the bucket or get...read more
When we think about being truly engaged with our few, we often consider the distractions that can take away from our already busy lives. But the truth is we all have certain tricks up our sleeve to help us to be more engaging, to be more relevant, and to be more...read more
As a parent, there is nothing harder than handing your child over to someone else—especially a complete stranger—but that’s what we do on the first day at a new church or in a new preschool classroom. I used to work in our church’s preschool ministry where I knew all...read more
We’ve all been there. It’s a Wednesday night. If you’re a volunteer, you may have already put in an 8-10 hour day at your job. If you’re church staff, you’ve probably been at the church all day. Either way, you’re exhausted. The youth pastor tells you about the crazy...read more