Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 4: Set the Core

Whether you have inherited an existing children’s ministry or are working from the ground up, it’s vital to set the CORE of your ministry.  These are the essential components that are (humanly speaking) unmovable and unchangeable–the backbone of your entire ministry to children.  And, just like your own body’s “core,” your ongoing task is to strengthen…

You Never Graduate from the School of Christ

Two weekends, two graduations.  Our daughter number three graduated from high school, and daughter number one from college (that’s right, my children have no names, just numbers).  It’s that time of year in America!  As we transition to summer, hoards of young people walk across the stage, and into another chapter of their lives.  They are told…

Fun isn’t the Antidote for Boredom

Back in 1985, I had the privilege of spending nearly nine months in Brisbane, Australia as a missionary intern.  At the time, I had absolutely no idea I would one day be a Children’s Ministry guy (I was a journalism major at the time).  There were so many highlights to that trip that are all…

The Highlights are not Enough

I’ve been a big NCAA March Madness fan ever since the 1979 match up of Magic Johnson’s Michigan State Spartans vs. Larry Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores.  I have watched many a basketball game since then, and filled out a ton of brackets (even before it was cool).  Now, my wife would rightly point out that…

What’s in a Name? (part 2)

You don’t have to read very far in the Old Testament to learn the importance of names.  Adam’s name for his wife certainly summed up her role as the “mother of all the living.” Jacob’s name captured a theme of much of his life, until God graciously changed it to Israel.  And, most importantly, the…