A Place of Protection

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.

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Diary of a Middle School SGL: The Meeting

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.

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The Truth About Lies

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.

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#PartneringWithParents

#PartneringWithParents

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...

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Tell It Again.

Tell It Again.

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...

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Following the Leader

Following the Leader

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...

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