Ending on Purpose

I don’t know about you, but this particular season of the ministry year is kind of weird for me. Recently we mailed out Ministry Letters of Intent to all of our Small Group Leaders (SGLs) and volunteers. These letters allow them to each think and pray over where God is guiding them in His ministry … Continue Reading

Free Faith-Filled Father’s Day Activities

Father’s Day is fast approaching! Here are three fun activities from DADventures: Activities for Dads to Lead. Use these ideas to celebrate the dads, granddads, and other male role models in your church. Popsicle-Stick Flingers Materials: Five popsicle sticks or tongue depressors for each person. Description: Demonstrate how to make the flinger using this short video. … Continue Reading

Moms, Can You Laugh at the Future?

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” (Proverbs 31:25) There was a time when my clothing didn’t look very dignified to others. With a toddler and newborn in tow, spit up often adorned my shirt, and there were times I couldn’t even remember the last time I showered. No … Continue Reading

How Can I Teach that Jesus is Still with Us After Ascension?

It seems that late winter and early spring afford us nothing but letdowns. Thanksgiving starts the Christmas season. With Advent our hearts gear up for the coming of Jesus! Then the decorations come down, the hymns are gone. Wait, we’ve still got New Year’s! If that’s enough to repulse the winter blahs, how about the … Continue Reading

Our Identity in Christ

Take a look in your wallet. If you are like me, you likely have at least a few cards that identify you. Maybe you have a Costco card with a grainy, slightly out of focus photo that you might not have been ready to take. This card is important. It allows you entry into a … Continue Reading

Recognizing Children’s Ministry Volunteers

Before you can effectively recognize your children’s ministry volunteers, it’s a good idea to ask, Why do people choose to volunteer for children’s ministry? What motivates them to serve in the first place? Small gifts are nice, and the occasional “thank-you” is appreciated, but children’s ministry volunteers really want to know they are serving God and … Continue Reading

Encouraging and Involving Parents

Parenting is tough work. It is a demanding vocation when there are two committed, Christian parents in the home. It is ever harder when there are any of the all-too-common complications—single parents, joint custody, to name a few—and the reality of sin and the temptation of the devil and the world. In short, most parents … Continue Reading

Three Fresh Ideas for Easter

We all have our tried and true Easter activities. Are you ready to make a switch from the familiar egg hunts, Easter breakfast, and resurrection egg stations?  Here are a three ideas to use for your children’s or family events. 1. Easter Cross Crystals Experiment Why not incorporate a little science into the event with … Continue Reading

Seeing Joy in Lent?

Lent is a penitential season of the Church year. As such, it is a time for sober reflection on the reality of our sins and the burdensome cost that Christ paid to set us free. So, it is appropriate for Christians to take on a somber mood. At the same time, we recognize that we … Continue Reading

Three Tips for Easy Teacher Prep

For many of our students, the lessons we teach enhance the things they are learning in worship and at home. For some, these lessons are the only opportunities they have to hear the saving Gospel. We want to share the Gospel effectively. We strive to find time for lesson preparation. Here are three easy tips … Continue Reading