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7 Keys to Influencing Church Leadership to Partner with Parents

You’ve likely heard it said that our time with kids and students is getting shorter in an increasingly busy extra curricular culture. Parents however, still have the greatest influence with their kids, While what we do on a Sunday or midweek program is vital, it’s imperative that we make a shift in our time and […]


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4 Healthy Defaults for Balancing Family and Ministry – Part 3

In my first post in this series I talked about the importance of seeking out a vision for our own family while we journey through ministry together. So often we are quick to craft vision statements and values for our churches, yet we neglect to have a God-given vision for our own family. If you are […]


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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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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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10 Reasons Why You MUST Delegate to Volunteers

As a Family Ministry Pastor, I get to oversee our staff, and volunteers from birth through high school. On any given weekend it takes a massive amount of volunteers to pull off a great children’s and student ministry experience. If you add in events, partnering with parents, and the day to day running of our […]


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The Importance of Saying “No” to ‘Yes People’.

If you are like me, it always feels good to hear affirmation as a leader. If I am honest, there are times when I wish everyone would agree with my vision, philosophies, and my day-to-day decisions. But, sadly, as a leader that is not the real world… Every leader should expect push-back, criticism, and opposition […]


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Simplify Your Communication to Volunteers and Help Them Succeed!

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” — General Colin Powell As a pastor to families, I directly and indirectly oversee staff and volunteers in our children’s and student ministries. With busy volunteers, and with so many competing messages in their […]


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How to Lead and Leverage the Opportunities in Difficult Times

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ― Winston Churchill No one has ever said that leading people would be easy. Leading all kinds of people to a compelling vision and direction can become messy and challenging at times. Whether it is conflict, misunderstandings, disappointments, or failures, […]


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Leadership Realities: Can Your Weakness Actually Become a Strength?

One the greatest challenges I have faced as a leader is being uneasy with admitting weakness to my followers. There’s just something about admitting a weakness that seems to go against the laws of leadership. But, is that really true? You see, I am experiencing more and more that the inability to admit weakness is […]


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