GUEST POST – Panic or Paddle

I’ve been thinking lately about how God has ordered the steps of my life to follow this path of children’s ministry.  I am thankful for what He has called me to do and where He has placed me. I’m so grateful that I get paid to do what I enjoy so much. In the early days of my career, I was thrown into a situation where it was literally sink or swim.  Just prior to graduation from college, God radically called me to children’s ministry.  It was such a shock and surprise to me. I hadn’t put much … [Read more...]

Darwin Got This One Right

Before you cast judgment or label me a heretic, read the next few lines. Darwin once said this, “Survival goes not necessarily to the most intelligent or the strongest, but to the one that is most adaptable to change.” Even though he missed the big picture and built his life's work on the wrong principles, he did get this statement right. Change is necessary in order to survive. In a previous post I talked about RUTS and how dangerous they can be. You see, God likes variety…just look … [Read more...]

Simply Youth Podcast

I had the privilege of being invited to participate in a Simply Youth Ministry podcast with Kurt Johnston and Jake Rutenbar.  Simply Youth Ministry has weekly podcasts that are geared towards those in youth ministry. In this podcast, we had a blast talking about the relationships we can have and the things that come up with children's and youth ministry. … [Read more...]

How NOT to Communicate to Your Sr. Pastor

Maybe you have learned some valuable lessons when it comes to communicating to your Sr. Pastor. If so, I would love to hear them. But there are some simple things I have learned over the years, mostly the hard way, when it comes to communicating to my Sr. Pastor and I thought I would share one of those lessons today. Here it is…TIMING IS EVERYTHING! When you have something important to share with your Sr. Leader, always remember that timing is everything. Sometimes we don’t get the … [Read more...]

How to Deal with Encouragement

Sounds strange doesn’t it. We talk about dealing with discouragement but not too often do we talk about dealing with encouragement. I don’t think there has ever been a time when I have thought to myself…"Wow, I hope no one else encourages me today. I don’t think I can take one more kind word." There have been those days when I have thought the opposite...”Wow, I don’t think I can take one more complaint, negative criticism, argument or a well intending soul letting me know what we should … [Read more...]

GUEST POST – Full Circle Ministry

As our pastor would say, my husband and I are “doing our part for church growth.”  With soon-to-be two little ones, we are blessed with what I call “Full Circle Ministry.”  Let me explain. My ministry has come full circle as far as life stages.  I hope in sharing a snapshot of my ministry testimony it is a source of encouragement as you are reminded of the value of what you do in children’s ministry. I began serving in children’s ministry as an over-involved high-schooler.  Goes to show you … [Read more...]

The Calling

Here is a short video we put together in 2008.  It is still so relevant today and speaks directly to the heart of children's ministry. The Calling by Roger Fields I am a minister, I minister to the largest mission field in the world. My calling is sure; my challenge is big; by vision is clear my desire is strong; my influence is eternal; my impact is critical; my values are solid; my faith is tough; my mission is urgent; my purpose is unmistakable; my direction is forward; my heart is … [Read more...]

Should We Play Games at Church?

Well of course we should! I had a church member ask me this question. But in this particular case, they were using a question to make a statement. Hidden inside the question “should the kids be playing games at church” was the statement “kids should not be playing games at church.” My immediate response was “Well of course they should. They are kids and kids love to play games.” The reality is this. Games can be a great tool in connecting with kids. Not only are games fun, but it helps to lower … [Read more...]

I’m a human rubber band

Do you remember a super hero team called “The Fantastic 4”?  These guys gained superpowers after exposure to cosmic rays during scientific mission to outer space (Nerd alert). There was The Invisible Woman, The Human Torch, The Thing and lastly Mr. Fantastic. Mr. Fantastic, the scientific genius and the leader of the group, could stretch his body into incredible lengths and shapes. He was a human rubber band. Sometimes I feel like a human rubber band. No one has ever called me “Mr. Fantastic” … [Read more...]

“Pointing is not always bad”

My wife Stephanie volunteers in the 4 year old class at our church. She loves teaching these guys and every week has a funny story to tell. This weekend was no exception. She was teaching her class the story of Jonah. As you are well aware, God gave Jonah a specific command to go to the city of Nineveh. Steph was trying to help her class of 4 year olds understand that Jonah disobeyed God. So she told them this, ”God told Jonah to go to Nineveh (she points to the left), but Jonah disobeyed and … [Read more...]