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.
It’s a new year. A new year always brings a fresh breath, maybe some crazy resolutions, and a new semester in student ministry. As leaders, sometimes we can get into a point where we kind of feel like we have our lives together (or at least in comparison to the...read more
It’s funny how partnering with parents is a little like starting a new dating relationship. No matter how excited we may be about getting to know the new person, for them to be just as excited about getting to know us may simply take time. After all, you can’t hurry...read more
Last fall, my son began attending a new preschool in our area. Our first afternoon of picking him up, we experienced the dreaded conversation every parent fears. Apparently, he cried for much of the day, was angry at certain points, and refused to participate in many...read more
The best and worse thing to happen to me as a small group leader is a co-leader. But you probably knew that already. There’s a part of us that always thinks it’s a good idea to have another adult who can. . . Step in when we’re sick Keep track of our students at a...read more
Even though the new year can sometimes feel a little bittersweet because it’s the end of something, it’s also very exciting because it’s the beginning of something else. And even if you’re like me and resolutions aren’t really your thing, there is still something...read more