PODCAST – Episode 12

Welcome back to another episode of More Than Puppets. What processes do you have for reporting and dealing with child abuse in your children’s ministry? In this podcast, we talk about having the “what if” discussions and the processes needed as a required mandated reporter. We also take some time to answer a few of your email questions. Do you have a “what was I thinking” dumb thing that you have done or said? Come on, we all do! If so, please email us at steve@morethanpuppets.com. We would … [Read more...]

“Raising Spiritually Healthy Kids” – Part 2

Here is another step in our journey of raising spiritually healthy kids: Be Authentic We don’t want to create the allusion that we never make mistakes or that we know it all. Be honest about temptations or mistakes you’ve made and what you’ve learned from them. The more open you are with them, the more open they will be with you. Of course, you must use discretion and discernment when sharing your mistakes or temptations. But if we as parents never discuss our difficulties, no mater how … [Read more...]

I Can Predict Your Future

I don't know who will win the Super Bowl, who will win the next presidential election or even what I will have for lunch today. But I can predict your future. No, I have not been a part of a traveling carnival and I will not be starring in my own reality TV show. I will, however, share my “secret” technique for predicting your future. Here it is: You reap what you sow. Ok maybe this is nothing new to you so consider it a friendly reminder of a truth we all know but sometimes … [Read more...]

PODCAST – Episode 11

Can you fire a volunteer? The answer to that question is YES YOU CAN! Today we talk about how to fire a volunteer and when you might need to do that. This is sometimes a necessary thing to do for that person’s growth and the health of the children’s ministry you lead. Also, do you have Jr. High, High School and College students serving in your ministry? We couldn’t do Kid Min without them! They are a huge asset to us, very committed and we see this as a great opportunity to build into our next … [Read more...]

“Raising Spiritually Healthy Kids” – Part 1

Of anything I could ever ask for or want, my wife and I want our kids to be spiritually healthy. We all know the importance of raising spiritually healthy kids so it is not necessary to spend a lot of time making a case for those efforts. What I would like to do is offer several simple steps that will help us along this journey. This is not an exhaustive compilation of “what to do,” it is just four ideas that I thought might be helpful. The first thought is…Be AWARE. Teachable moments … [Read more...]

I Have an Agenda

Many parents are intimidated by the fact that the Bible says parents are the primary people responsible for the discipleship of their kids. They think, “I’m not a pastor. I didn’t go to seminary. I’m just a mom or dad.” Well, I’ve decided to begin a grass roots campaign at my church that will generate some confidence for our parents in becoming the disciplining agent of their kids. It doesn't happen all at once. Think like this…Crawl – Walk – Run. What is a “crawl” step our parents can … [Read more...]

PODCAST – Episode 8

We pray you are having a great ministry week. Some of our team went to the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta. In this podcast, we talk about some of the concepts and ideas we gleaned from the conference. Are you willing to be and do your best and let God speak through you each week? Stay consistent and faithful to what God has for your ministry and find out who you are so you can be the only you God wants you to be. Resources: Christine Caine Catalyst Conference Simple Truths Books … [Read more...]

“Mister, neither would I.”

Hey guys, Someone sent this to me and I thought it might encourage you today. One day while Mother Theresa was changing the dressing on a man's wound, another man watching said, "I wouldn’t do your job for all the money in the world." She replied, "Mister, neither would I." During this Labor Day season ask yourself, "Why do I do what I do?" Many people are trying to pursue other jobs, but perhaps all they need is to change the reason or remind themselves why they are performing their … [Read more...]

The Things We Do To Get By

The really smart people call it “coping mechanisms.” I like to simply call it things we do to get by. Think about it. Has something come up at work or at home and at the moment it was just too much to handle? You already have so much on your mind and whether you say it out loud or not, in your mind you scream “WHATEVER.” Or another response we use is “IT’S NOT MY PROBLEM.” Then there is the classic “IT’S NOT MY JOB” (which is close to the unpardonable sin on my team). At times we do employ … [Read more...]

Dealing with Difficult People – Part 3

Okay, let’s quickly review. We are talking about three key strategies in dealing with difficult people: Listen Learn Love We talked about “Listen” in the last blog so today we’ll focus on “Learn.” How do you learn from a difficult person and why should I? For two reasons: Learning is an opportunity to understand how they feel. It’s putting yourself in their shoes. Once they realize you are at least trying to understand how they feel, it removes some of the emotion that tends to … [Read more...]