Balancing family and ministry

A New Vision For Balancing Family & Ministry

Every time we say “yes” to something will always mean that we are saying “no” to something else. For those of us in ministry, it’s often easiest to say “no” to our family. They understand better, right? But, fast forward a few years and your spouse (if you are married), and your kids, (if you […]


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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 Resources to Partner with Parents

Thank you to all those who attended my track at Kidmin 2015 in Chicago. I had a blast and loved spending time with Children’s ministry and family ministry workers who are committed to partnering with parents to reach the next generation for Christ. One of sessions involved table groups brainstorming their “go to” websites, books, […]


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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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Team Up! Partner with Parents with a Web of Support

For years, there’s been a tendency for us to focus solely on church programs and miss helping parents succeed at home. While many of us have heard of the importance of partnering with parents, there’s not always been a clear and practical picture of how to do it. That’s why I wrote Team Up! The Family Ministry Playbook […]


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Announcing: Team Up! The Family Ministry Playbook for Partnering with Parents

About a year ago I began writing Team Up! The The Family Ministry Playbook for Partnering with Parents with GROUP Publishing. Today, I am excited to announce that it is available for purchase! Why Did I Write It? About 15 years ago I realized that my ministry impact was limited if I only focused on the kids in my […]


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Leading By Example… When Our Words Are Not Enough

It’s natural for followers to begin to take on the personality, habits, theology, and core values of the leader. Just walk into any organization and you can quickly see what the leadership stands for by seeing the employees at work. If you were to walk into a church, what would the people and culture tell you […]


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5 Social Media Ministry Boundaries for Leaders

I wrote this article a while back, but recently I have heard about friends in ministry who have been burned by some poor decisions when using social media. I’m reposting this today in the hope it will be helpful to those of us who are in ministry and use social media… Using social media can be […]


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The Missing Ingredient to Healthy Discipleship?

The way we are discipled will correlate into how we disciple others… Who’s discipling you? That is one of the most pertinent things that has ever been said to me. It was at a time when I had hit a roadblock in my ministry and was struggling personally. I had been working so hard taking others […]


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