My Family / Taking the Lessons Home / Thoughts on Faith / Uncategorized / Welcoming All Families

Taking Stock in the Wilderness

With the  sun raging high in the sky, I begin making a mental list of the resources on hand, an instinct gained leading youth mission trips.  I am on a two week vacation with my family – the luxury of time together meant to make up a little bit for the countless family moments I missed … Continue reading

Resources for Pastor & Staff Changes
Children's Sermons / 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
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