25 Lessons in 25 Years – Lesson 5: Choose Your Allies Carefully

I remember an episode of the show “The Office” in which the character Dwight asked his co-worker and rival, Jim, if he wanted to “form an alliance.” Dwight’s request was driven by office politics, not friendship. Typically, when we think of alliances we think of politics or shrewdness, but that is not the central idea behind my thoughts today. There is an interesting story in 2 Chronicles about King Jehoshaphat that speaks directly to the title of today’s lesson in the series “25 Lessons in … [Read more...]

25 Lessons in 25 Years – Lesson 3: Leave Well

Transition is a natural part of ministry. Some are fortunate enough to spend their entire ministry in one location, with one church. But the reality is, if you are in ministry for very long, you will probably have to make a transition at some point. And all too often those transitions do not go well. I would be willing to bet that you know someone who had a bad experience in a ministry transition. In fact, some of you reading this blog have experienced that personally. Whether you leave by … [Read more...]

25 Lessons in 25 Years – Lesson 2: Submission to Authority is Underrated

Today we continue a series I started several weeks ago called “25 Lessons in 25 Years.” Today's lesson is this…submission to authority is underrated. I know the word “submission” is not a popular word in today’s pop culture and for some people it carries negative connotations. But I know this to be true, submission to authority brings blessing. I have heard some say that there is no clear Biblical support for the principle of submitting to authority. I have also heard some say the … [Read more...]

Did I Sign Up For This? – Part 3

In the third installment of this series, Amy Kendall, Saddleback Kids Disabilities Ministry Coordinator, will talk about the things we can do for these kids so they are successful in our classroom settings. It is our desire (and I am sure yours as well) that no child leaves our classrooms not knowing the Good News of Christ so sometimes we need to look at the best ways possible to teach this to children. So now we have figured out what SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) looks like. But what do … [Read more...]

PODCAST 19 – The Relationship Between Kid Ministry and Student Ministry in Your Church

How do we close the gap and have a seamless relationship between kid and student ministries? Kurt Johnston joins us as our guest for this episode as we discuss how kid ministry and youth ministry can co-exist in your church. Are you willing to ask the Youth Ministry leader what you can do that will help them succeed?   Make it a priority and strive to partner together to have Kid Ministry and Youth Ministry co-exist in your church. It can be done! Simply Youth … [Read more...]

Did I Sign Up For This? – Part 1

Today we begin a new four part series called “Did I Sign Up For This?” Amy Kendall, Saddleback Kids Disabilities Ministry Coordinator, will give us a better understanding on how to work with those who simply need a little extra grace. Kids come in all shapes, sizes and personalities. Some kids are just easy to love and some kids are what we call at Saddleback, EGR kids (Extra Grace Required). There is another category of kids that often gets looked at as behavioral kids. When you look at it a … [Read more...]

25 Lessons in 25 Years – Lesson 1: The Unexpressed Thought

Today I am beginning a series called 25 Lessons in 25 Years that I will post on Fridays. Simply put, these are ministry and life lessons I learned the hard way. I am sure your experiences have brought similar learnings, but my hope and prayer in sharing these simple lessons is to give you an “edge” so you can learn new and different things and share your learnings with me. That's life…live and learn! Put 10 people in a room with one topic and you will have 10 different opinions. Which, by the … [Read more...]

Hanging On and Letting Go

The world is full of mixed messages. Like when I ask my wife, Stephanie, where she wants to go for lunch on my day off. Most times she will say, “Wherever you want.” So my response is “Ok, how about In and Out” (a local burger joint). She may say the word “fine,” but I have learned over the years that when a wife says “fine,” it does not always mean “fine” as the word “fine” is actually defined. I learned this the hard way, several times in fact. The world is full of mixed messages and the … [Read more...]

Where Are You Going?

What is the one common denominator in all our lives regardless of where you live, the size and scope of your ministry or your family situation? We are all BUSY! Almost everyone I know is “busy.” Even if they really aren’t busy, they feel compelled to say they are busy because everyone else is. We all agree life is just a little more complicated than it used to be and it does not seem to be letting up. But no matter what demands or expectations are placed on my shoulders, the stewardship of … [Read more...]

PODCAST – Episode 15

We see a lot of kids from divorced families and it is a reality we all have to work with. Most of us do not have a lot of training in this area either. In this podcast, we talk about how to communicate and support the child whose parent has died or their parents are getting a divorce. Resources (Books We're Reading Right Now) The Two Sides of Love by Gary Smalley and John Trent Restoring Joy-Ordering Your Private World by Gordan McDonald Practicing Greatness by Reggie … [Read more...]