Podcast 3 – How to Intentionally Use Events that Draw Kids to Your Church

We have a special guest, Randy Isola from Chicago, IL, with us as we discuss how to intentionally use events to bring kids onto our campus. Think about how you plan an event. Do you strategically plan and approach an event in how it can lead to the next one? Are they a one-off event? Are they balanced in how they can move a child in their spiritual maturity? Are you going after the kid, but also highlighting the parent’s experience and gaining a new leader in the process? Today we talk about … [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...]

PODCAST 2 – Yup, we’re back!!!

Welcome to another one of our podcasts. We have given our lives to Children’s Ministry just like you and would like to share things we have experienced and things we have heard from you. In this podcast, we will talk about “Keeping Your Ministry in Front of Your Senior Pastor” and also “Trends in Children’s Ministry.” We would love to hear from you so please email us at steve@morethanpuppets.com. … [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...]

Dealing with Difficult People – Part 2

Today I want to share with you some practical steps you can take when dealing with a difficult person. Many times we are approached by an angry parent, volunteer or co-worker at a time when we are the least prepared to deal with an emotional or heated conversation. In those moments, it’s all too easy to… Say something we will later regret. Make promises we can’t keep just to shut them up. Say nothing in hopes they will just go away. In the “heat of battle,” there are a lot of … [Read more...]

I Never Thought It Could Happen To Me

Have you ever heard someone say these words? It’s typically followed by a tragic story of personal loss or failure. Most of the time when someone confesses to having an affair, being addicted to pornography, dealing with dark depression, wanting to quit their job and simply run away, the story begins with those words…“I didn’t think it could happen to me.” In the last several weeks, I have been a part of conversations with people who unfortunately uttered those words as they confessed a secret … [Read more...]

An Easter Prayer

Well, it's time. It's time to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.  That means the crowd will be a little bigger, the excitement level will be a little higher and the opportunity to share one of the greatest events in the history of mankind will be right in front of us. It's going to be a great weekend! Today you will probably be running around picking up supplies, preparing your rooms, making a few more calls or maybe rehearsing that song one more time. Whatever you are doing today to … [Read more...]

Stay Away From “Those” People

Did your Mom ever say to you “stay away from those kids, they are nothing but trouble?” And your response was something like, “I know Mom, but I’m not going to do the things they do. I just like to hang out with them. Don’t worry, and besides, they are not THAT bad.” The truth is, we tend to take on the characteristics of the people we hang out with. Even as adults, we like to think that the people around us don’t have a strong influence on us…BULL! It’s as simple as this…the people you hang … [Read more...]

Raising the Level of Excellence

If you are a football fan, then you are well aware that Christmas came early for the Denver Broncos. I know, I know...those of you who are T-Bow fans are a little bothered at the moment. Yes, T-Bow is a good guy, a solid Christian and apparently a good teammate. But the Broncos needed a quarterback who can throw for more than 90 yards in a game with a QB rating better than 32. And by the way, don’t get mad at me for repeating the stats. Some people, who shall remain nameless (Kurt Johnston), … [Read more...]