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8 Signs of an Unhealthy Youth & Children’s Ministry Worker

“The way you invest in your own family will significantly affect the influence you have with parents.” Team Up! The Family Ministry Playbook for Partnering with Parents.  God has called parents to be the primary investors of their child’s faith journey. It’s essential that we comprehend the greater influence of time that parents have with their […]


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Team Up! How to Become an Expert in Partnering with Parents!

 photo credit: Light bulb on desk via photopin (license) Partnering with parents to reach the next generation for Christ should be an essential component for every children’s and youth ministry. While we get to partner with them through our weekly programs, it’s imperative that we understand that God has called parents to be the primary […]


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Kidmin 2015 Deep Learning Track Notes

Thanks to everyone who came to the deep learning track called Parent Pain Points. A great deal of the content came from my recently published book, Team Up! The Family Ministry Playbook for Partnering with Parents. As promised, below is a link to shortened outline with the main points and quotes from the 4 sessions […]


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Hanging in for the Long Haul of Ministry

Ministry can feel like climbing a huge mountain at times can’t it? When I first started out things seemed so simple… If you are like me, while ministry is exciting and fulfilling, you have also come to realize that ministry can be challenging and overwhelming at times. What began as clear-cut becomes confusing… What began […]


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Is it Time to Change Things for the Sake of Your Kids?

This week I read an astonishing article about a prominent businessman, (Mohamed El-Erian, pictured below), who quit his career after his 10 year old daughter gave him a list of 22 milestones that he had missed as a result of his demanding investment career. As I read the article I was sad to hear that it took […]


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Perspective Provides Purpose

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14 Recently I went back to my hometown in the UK to see my mother. Just over a year ago she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She has deteriorated […]


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Creating a Family Rhythm in the Polar Vortex

For our family here in Michigan, this is the 6th day school has been canceled due to snow or extreme cold temperatures, (also known as the Polar Vortex). I know friends in Minnesota who have much colder temperatures, but this morning they are predicting wind-chills of -35f! I came from the UK in 2000 and […]


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The Influence of Time On A Child’s Life

I saw this video last night that caught my attention… It’s already gone viral with many TV networks and has become a talking point for many in the news. Perhaps it’s because a for once a Police car dash cam is capturing a positive moment rather than some destructive or violent scene? Maybe it’s because […]


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How To Have A Greater Influence With Your Kids

Parenting in our world today can be scary as we see so many negative inputs in the lives of our children. From a skewed media, to negative peer pressure, our kids are under a constant barrage from negative influences. How can a parent compete? How can a parent protect their kids? How can a parent […]


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4 Essential Times for Families

Recently I wrote a post titled, 5 Priorities for Families in the New Year. One priority I mentioned was the importance of creating quantity and quality family time. The challenge for most families is trying to find quantity and quality family times in our increasingly busy lives. Before we know it, we have no time for […]


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