Youth Ministry 101: Free Webinar
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Youth Ministry 101: Free Webinar

This Thursday evening, August 9, I will lead a FREE webinar through Practical Resources for Churches. Register to view live or receive the recording via email. Recordings of my Prayground Activities  and Youth Ministry: 15 Minutes at a time webinars are also available. Youth Ministry 101: No two days are alike in youth ministry! This … Continue reading

Free 2018-2019 Planning Calendar
Faith Formation (formerly Sunday School) / New to Ministry / The Church Year / Uncategorized

Free 2018-2019 Planning Calendar

Click here to download the totally FREE  2018-2019-lesson-planner-blank. Over the years, I’ve found it helpful to have the ability to see an entire season of lessons for all ages laid out in once place.  Created in Microsoft Word, please feel free to adapt it for your needs. I’d love to see how it works for … Continue reading

Resources for Pastor & Staff Changes
Children's Sermons / New to Ministry / The Church Year / Thoughts on Faith / Uncategorized

Resources for Pastor & Staff Changes

Part III of the Collected Works series is an important one in this season of ministry transitions. You may have noticed I haven’t been blogging as frequently as usual. In addition to finishing up seminary and preparing for ordination interviews, I’m co-leading the planning of a conference youth ministry workshop and college searching with my … Continue reading

Welcome U: What churches can learn from college admissions
New to Ministry / Thoughts on Faith / Welcoming All Families

Welcome U: What churches can learn from college admissions

My oldest is a high school junior, which means we’ve been logging lots of miles on the road visiting colleges. I’ve discovered that some schools welcome prospective students in the way I remember from my own experience: watch a video, take a tour, offer a few minutes to ask current students questions. These visits are … Continue reading

To Do List for an (almost) Rocket Scientist
Faith Formation (formerly Sunday School) / New to Ministry / Thoughts on Faith / Youth Ministry

To Do List for an (almost) Rocket Scientist

Recently a colleague remarked that Christian education isn’t rocket science. Hmm. I’ve never been a rocket scientist. But, I did spend  two years in chemical engineering school and I can tell you that while there may be less math, children’s and youth ministry is still wonderfully challenging. I was pleased to see a recent article … Continue reading